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2020 Oh What A Start!

We had a rocky start to 2020 and sorry for no posts!!!  New Year’s Eve we were at a friends home for dinner and to celebrate New Year and it was a lovely evening.  The Boys were both busy with their Ladies but we all got together on New Year’s Day! 

On the Saturday and Sunday following New Year it was the swimming club’s Open and there had been traumas about whether it would happen as someone on the staff on Christmas Eve had left the drain open and the pool had emptied all the water!  This may now sound like a big issue until I tell you that it takes a week to fill and then several days for the levels to be sorted and for it to heat!  Anyway the Leisure Centre managed it and we were there for the events.  However DH was not well and the gland which came up a year ago when we were on holiday was swollen again.

By the Monday morning he looked like he had three of Treacle’s tennis balls around his neck!  We got him into the Doctors who said it was an infection and gave him medicine.  He then had to go back in the evening to have his neck dressed!!!  Tuesday Treacle was ill!  She went to her Doctors and there was a bug going around in the dog and cat population so she had tablets!  Eldest is still off with his shoulder and is at the Hospital today for an MRI! Now DH has a cold! 

We also managed to go down from five cars to none as DH was at work, Eldest’s car needed some repairs and an MOT, Youngest car also needed some repairs so he had mine and Girlfriend had hers so I was left without transport for two weeks!

I am REALLY hoping that this is not going to be the trend for this year!!!!!

Anyway here are some more pictures of Christmas. 

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Girlfriend & Youngest Christmas morning!

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Treacle Christmas morning.

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Fiancé and Eldest Christmas afternoon.

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Any more Presents Mom?

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Stockings!

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My very good friend Susan in Washington sent us some wonderful gifts.  Here is Treacle with her new lead made by Susan’s Daughter.  It is nice and long and glows in the dark too. 

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Susan also sent me some lovely quilty gifts and this wonderful calendar for the year and Tom some very useful torches for his Truck.

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A new bag and planner.

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A Christmas Dreamcatcher

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Some wonderful quilting things.  The tray is magnet and will help me from constantly dropping pins.

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She also made me this wonderful table runner which is now in our dining room.

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We also received some wonderful gifts from Sue and Molly in New York.

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As you know Treacle loves opening presents.

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Sue and Molly know how much we love Snoopy and sent Treacle a lovely new Snoopy Collar.

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She also sent Treacle a softy Snoopy which she loves.  I was hard pushed to give it to her but I do have a cuddly Snoopy too.  Treacle loves her new softy.

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Sue and Molly also sent Treacle some of Molly’s favourite treats and this wonderful woolly of an Airedale running.  Sue does some wonderful work and it is now next to the mat she made for me with an Airedale on that too.

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I also got some lovely chocolates.

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I have sent emails to Susan and Sue & Molly to thank them so much for my wonderful gifts.  We all had a really lovely Chirstmas & New Year.

I also know I did not get around to doing Book Club last week so will try and sort that out for tomorrow.  Friday DH, Youngest, Girlfriend and I are off to London for the weekend so more pictures next week.  Eldest decided to stay at home and look after Treacle for us.   

I hope your start to January was a little easier than mine!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

December 1st!

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It’s Friday but not Black!

I am so fed up of our retailers jumping on the band wagon for Black Friday!  It has always been an American day, ie the day after Thanksgiving, when Christmas starts and their retailers do discounts to encourage people to shop.  However our lot seem to have appropriated the day and some people have lost their heads over discounts, which are not always what they are cracked up to be!!!!!  If I get one more email about Black Friday…….!!!!

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We were going to get the tree this weekend and decorate but DH now has to be at an event anouncing Santa’s arrival!!!  So it looks like it will be next week now!!!  I am doing okay with my plans for getting things sorted for Christmas and as DH is not around for this weekend I can get on with my jobs!!!  I have been out today running errands, some of which were successful and others which were not!!!  Hey ho.  My aim is to get the majority of the jobs finished so that we are all then able to enjoy the next few weeks in the run up to the Big Day!!! 

It was actually sunny today which has made a huge difference after all the rain over the last few weeks.  It was very cold first thing with a hard frost which will also hopefully help kill off all the bugs!! DH has had a cold since last week but so far, fingers crossed, I have avoided it!!!!

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Treacle loved being outside this morning and I sat at my desk for as long as I could with the door open for her until I was frozen, but she happily came in and got in her basket for a snooze whilst I worked!!!  As you can see she is also getting ready for Christmas.  Next week she is off to the Spa for the day!!!!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend for the last day of November!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

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Christmas is Coming Fast!

Sorry for the lack of posts.  DH and I were away in Edinburgh for two days on Wednesday and Thursday of last week and then the weekend rushed up on us and Monday and Tuesday flew by and here we are a week later and oh boy is Christmas rusing headlong towards us!!!

So I will do this in order!  Tuesday I went to the flower show with Fiancé’s Mom and it was a lovely evening and some stunning displays that were raffled for the charity, Blood Bikers.  Mel and I decided that we did not want to win one as they were enormous and we were worried about getting them home in the car!!!!

Jonathan Moseley was really entertaining keeping a running commentary going whilst doing these huge floral designs.

Wednesday and Thursday we were travelling for business and it was quite cold in Scotland but dry for a change although there had been some snow! 

We stayed at the hotel right next to the new bridge in Edinburgh.  It was a great room and for once there was a table for DH to work at and a dressing table which surprisingly few hotels seem to have these days!!!

This was the view in the morning at sunrise and I also saw a man working beneath the bridge in a harness.  It did not look comfortable!!!

We visited the customers in the morning and then headed home and stopped at a lovely old Mill for lunch.

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The Mill and the river next to it.

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Friday I caught up on work and home jobs and the washing of course and in the evening it was the Christmas Light Switch on in our village and, of course, DH was announcing!!!!  We had a lovely few hours despite all the rain!!!!

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After we had cleared up our friends Pat and Alan came round for dinner.  It was a lovely evening and launched the Christmas festivities.

Saturday DH was busy with announcing duties but this time for the Samoyeds, they were very cute and fluffy and quite different to the Rotties the previous week.

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Ready and waiting.

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These two pictures are the puppies.

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This is the winner!

Whilst DH was out I took the opportunity of clearing up the sewing room and then wrapped all the Christmas presents!!!  I will show you some pictures tomorrow.  Sunday DH helped me with the extra cleaning before we decorate for Christmas.

Monday I spent the day working and Treacle was keeping me company in the Den as it was, yet again, another wet and horrible day!!!  Yesterday I sneaked the day and went over to Nottingham to get the final gifts and have a look at the Christmas decorations!!!  Again I will show you some pictures later in the week.  This morning I have been working and this afternoon I have been making the mince pies!!!! IMG_3233

First lot of the pastry ready for cutting

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The first thirty six done and cooling!

The last meeting on the Wednesday in Aberdeen was at a local restaurant and whilst DH was busy I was having a look round and found these in the cabinet!

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Huge Christmas cakes made at the restaurant!!! 

Tomorrow is house jobs day and grocery shopping and in the afternoon I will try and get the cheesy stars made.  Friday I have a few more errands to run and I am hoping to make the Christmas cookies.  DH is announcing tomorrow and Friday evening for the Christmas light switch on in Long Eaton and Ilkeston and Saturday he is busy again with a friend’s daughters 18th Party and Youngest is going along to help.  Sunday he is then announcing Santa’s arrival at an event!!! At some point we will get the tree and decorations done!!!!!!

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Treacle has been busy helping me all day and has just got in her basket for a quick rest before her dinner!!!!

I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well.

Hugs, Susie xx

Tuesday Thoughts.

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So after all the rain we have had recently we woke up today to find it all frozen!!  The first extremely cold night of Autumn so far but fortunately the fog which had been forecast did not appear!!  Just once I would love it to snow from about the beginning of December and be snowy on Christmas Day.  Usually it is raining or just grey and dank!!!  I am very tempted one year to go somewhere where it will definitely be snowy for Christmas but I love being at home so it is a real Catch 22 situation.

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I got the Christmas puddings steamed and have replaced their caps of grease proof paper and tin foil ready for Christmas Day.

DH and I are off to Scotland tomorrow and Thursday for business and so Friday will be home jobs day and I am then hoping to get the mince pies, cookies, cheesy stars and sausage rolls made, before we go to the Christmas Lights switch on in the village and dinner with our friends. 

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This is Jonathan Moseley who we are going to see tonight at the flower arranging event.  He is based in Derbyshire and has done many floral demonstrations including at Chelsea Flower Show.  I am hoping I will get some pictures.

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

Monday Here!

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We had a wonderful week on the Stitch It & Gift It Blog Hop and because of it I have a few new followers.  So Hi, thank you for following and welcome to my crazy world!!!  I also still have a few comments to respond to and will get those done hopefully by tomorrow, but thank you for all the wonderful comments. 

DH was commentating at the weekend and I have some pictures of the event.  It was quite unusual.

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It was the Eastern Counties Rottweiler Club’s Annual Party, Fundraiser and Champion of Champions Show!  I don’t know exactly how many Dogs and Bitches there were there but they are all Champions from the year and this was the final competition. 

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This is Taylor and he was last year’s winner.  He was absolutely adorable and when we were fussing him he would throw himself at you and spin round to be fussed!!! 

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The room set out ready for the guests and doggies and DH’s sound gear in the corner.  They all must have had a good time as it did not finish until 1.30am!!!!

DH and I actually stayed at the hotel where the event was overnight to make things easier and also because it was our wedding anniversary earlier in the week but DH was busy!!!!  Sunday we met up with our good friends Tricia and Kevin who are now back from Jersey for good.  We had Sunday lunch and it was a really nice few hours catching up.  We have also arranged to meet up again just before Christmas!!!

Very long and busy weekend again but great fun.  Next weekend DH is again at the same hotel but this time for the Samoyed Club!!!  We are not staying overnight though this time!!! 

I have a check up at the hospital tonight (!) and then tomorrow I and Finacé’s Mom are out at a flower demonstration (hopefully I will get some pictures again).  Friday night will be the Christmas Light switch on in our Village and our friends who arrange it will be coming back to us for dinner.  Sunday DH and I will be getting some home jobs done before the Festive Period kicks into high gear!!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a good week to come.

Hugs, Susie xx