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Spring & Literary Monday.

Happy March everyone, who can believe we are in the third month of the year and almost a whole year since this Covid thing began!

It is also St David’s Day, Patron Saint of Wales!  Wales and I don’t get along, every time I set foot in Wales in rains the whole time I am there and only stops when I leave!!!

March is also the first month of Spring and over the weekend we saw quite a bit of sunshine and dare I say it was actually mild at some points.  Of course today it is back to dull and grey!  I love Daffodils and I always have them in the garden but mine have all been stollen by the wretched squirrels so have to make do with this picture.  Today is Literary Monday so I thought we would re-visit this by William Wordsworth. 

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

I am not much of a poetry fan but this is one of my favourites. 

This is the Theology Room in the Gladstone Library, Hawarden, Flintshire.
Happy Monday Everyone, have a wonderful week. 
Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Will We or Won’t We be Out of Lockdown!

So our PM has outlined how we are going to get out of what seems a permanent Lockdown with various dates and what we can and can’t do and when closed businesses can open including restaurants, hairdressers, beauty spas etc.  Supposedly by June 21st, the day after my Birthday (!) we will be able to go about as normal without restrictions.  Of course this is all dependent upon whether the R rate stays low and we don’t get any more spikes.  We will be keeping our fingers crossed.

There was an article in the Daily Telegraph yesterday however which was really funny, entitled “The 16 Worries of Post Lockdown Anxiety” by Shane Watson (you can read the article here

Here are the 16 points :

  1. Now we’ll have to see everyone. All of them. How can we not see them when we haven’t seen them for the best part of a year and there’s nothing stopping us any more? We’re going to be hurtling up and down the country, in and out of front doors, waving bottles of fizz, arms aloft, every other day. We’ll never again be tucked up at home.
  2. No more being at home watching TV. We have – in between bouts of rage and weeping – quite liked being at home watching TV – what if that becomes taboo post lockdown? “You’re what? Watching a David Niven film on a Saturday afternoon? You’ve had a year to do that.” You can see how it might go.
  3. Now we’ll have to be more than just doing fine. We’ll need to be on terrific form when we  reconnect with all the people we care about. There will be no room for an off day or feeling a bit anti-social. We’ll have to have clean hair too.
  4. No more compulsory locked in time when we were forced to get things done. For the first time in 20 years the house is quite tidy and we know where things are. No more idling time, either, which some have been using to learn Italian or play chess while others spent it looking at wallpaper online, or holiday villas.
  5. Now we’ll have to join in the Guess The Right Holiday Date dame. This has already become the test of a switched on, post-coronavirus human being. Should you go ahead and book the place in Greece in September… or risk going earlier? Weighing up all the factors around holidays is always stressful and this is much worse.
  6. No more being able to WFH in the back garden while wearing a sunhat with our feet in a bucket of water.
  7. No more time for marinading.
  8. No more always being in for the delivery that they would previously claim you weren’t in for and automatically redirect to the post office.
  9. No more not having to worry about when exactly the plumber is going to bother to turn up.
  10. No more being able to justify the fancy cut of meat from the butcher and the £3 more than usual wine from the wine shop, because we are doing our bit for small retailers.
  11. No more being greeted by our local shopkeepers like long lost friends.
  12. No more early bed even on a party night.
  13. No more meeting a friend for a socially distanced walk in the middle of the day and discovering that you will get more said and sorted on a walk than in any other situation, with the possible exception of a long car journey.
  14. No more not having to spend money on hair, make up, waxing, nails, or grooming of any sort.
  15. No more never rushing like a maniac to be somewhere and then somewhere else. Pant pant no time to talk! Just arriving! Just leaving! There was none of that in lockdown.
  16. No more fantasising about all the many things we cannot wait to do, just as soon as we’re able to……..

I have to say that I agree with quite a lot of these.  Now the end is possibly in sight I must admit I am a little anxious of going back to how it was in 2019 with most weekends being busy with activities and then having to try and fit in doing jobs and things for ourselves between all of it.   I have rather liked getting jobs done at home, especially the garden last year, but also having a weekend of not doing anything at all except for chilling.  Also spending time with DH, Eldest, Youngest, Girlfriend and Treacle.  I do think that going forward we will definitely have a plan of what we want to do and what we do not want or need to do!  Also I like being up to date with work and home jobs as well which doesn’t always happen in a normal year.   

The weather here has been a lot warmer over the last few days so Treacle, who is getting quite wooly, is going for a spa day on Friday and whilst she is there I will do the grocery shopping.  The weekend is due to be nice too, if a little cooler (!), so we will be getting into the garden to do some tidying after the Winter. 

I hope you are having a Terrific Tuesday, it will soon be Friday!!!! 

Hugs & Love, Susie xxx

I’m Back!

This is why I have not been blogging over the last week or so!!  I managed to re-sprain my left wrist again!  It was just back to normal when I did it again and it was so sore but obviously as I use a keyboard all day I was trying to work in the morning and rest in the afternoons!!  It is getting better again and certainly not as painful as it was last week!

I missed Book Club Friday last week so will move it to this Friday.  We are still in Lockdown (!) but there is talk of some of the restrictions being lifted on March 8th but very slowly so the rates don’t go up again!  It is getting quite wearing as we are all just working and being at home and as I work from home I don’t go out at all!!!  I know it is the correct thing to do but oh boy…..!

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Literary Monday

“Why does February feel like one big Tuesday?”
Todd Stocker

February does always feel like it drags, I really don’t know why!

How about this for a Library.  Isn’t it cute and in fact I could also see a cute little quilt shop here too!!!  It dates from the 1900 and is from the University of South Alabama Archives.  There is not a lot of detail regarding the Library but I am sure it served the Residents in the local area.  (https://digital.archives.alabama.gov/digital/collection/usa01/id/179).

I will be back tomorrow with some pictures of the bits of sewing and quilting I have been doing.

Happy Valentine’s Day you Lovely Lot

Had a lovely day yesterday doing not a lot!  And also to my Valentine of thirty five years:

Happy Monday everyone and have a great week.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

A Little Bit of Sewing.

I did get a bit of hand sewing done over the weekend, which counts towards my “some sewing/quilting each week right”?  Anyway this was one of the first quilts I made at a workshop, Snail Trail although I know it is called other names too.  Well the original binding I put on was dreadful so I finally got around to taking it off and putting a proper one on and it needed just sewing to the back. 

The workshop was in the November so I used Christmas fabrics and I had some star Christmas fabric left over from another project so bound it in that.

All sewn down to the back. 

I will be doing some different sewing tomorrow as I am making new curtains for our kitchen!    I have not made any for a few years but the ones that are up are quite faded as the window gets a lot of sun during the summer months.  It has taken me ages to find a suitable pattern in a washable cotton fabric and I have finally found it and will show you them when I have done.  I hope I can remember how to sew ordinary square things?!!!!!!

(Picture : The Royal Family Instagram Account : @theroyalfamily)

The above picture shows Her Majesty The Queen Knighting Captain Sir Tom Moore last year.  Captain Moore became a national hero during our first Lockdown by walking around his garden 100 times, as he was celebrating his 100th Birthday, to raise a little bit of money for our NHS.  He thought he would raise around £1,000.  Well his story was reported by the local news, picked up by the national news and by the end of his fundraising he had raised £35m!!!! 

Sadly he went into hospital at the weekend with pneumonia, which he had been fighting for a while and died there today at the grand age of 100. 

Captain Sir Tom Moore

1920 – 2021

RIP

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

#TBT.

After the snow we had at the weekend, which has all gone now (!), I thought for #TBT I would show you some more snow pictures of when we were on holiday in Scotland at Easter in 2012.  It was the beginning of April and usually there is only snow on the mountains but we woke up to find quite a lot had fallen during the night.  The Boys had great fun and although again it did not last long it was a treat to be on holiday with thick snow to play in!

The view from the cottage.

One of those arty pictures!!!!!

Another arty picture!!!

The above one is on my Header.

The Boys and DH at Fort George a few days before all the snow!!!

I have been busy with work today so will be doing home jobs tomorrow after my visit to the dentist!!!  Not looking forward to that trip, especially as at the moment in lockdown I am not going anywhere else at the moment!  Will get the home jobs done when I get back and hopefully at the weekend some quilting done. 

I hope you are all having a great Thursday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Busy Few Days!

It has been a busy few days with work now that everyone seems to be back to work despite the new lockdown!  Today I have been doing home jobs and have some ironing to get done but am hoping to get some quilting done over the weekend. 

This is today and it is great to see after all the rain over the last few days.  It is very cold but that does not matter there is a blue sky and the sun!  I rather thought the sun had left to go on his holidays after all the grey days we have had!  In fact it has been so bad I was even considering of buying one of those light boxes!!!

Even Treacle has enjoyed being out today, wonders will never cease!!!

We also had a lovely surprise through the mail when we received a package from Susan, Tara & Sita, our friends in the US. 

It made it Christmas again.

She sent us some wonderful gifts and we sent out Thank You’s to her.  Here is what she sent.

We have heard about the Girl Scout Cookies and here we get to try them, they are yummy.

Susan always done wonderful work and she sent me this lovely mat I am using on my dressing table and the towel below which is under my machine.

She sent me this lovely shawl and DH the wonderful warm scarf which I didn’t get a chance to get a picture of before he spirited it away.

I love these and need them regularly; a magnet to store or pick up pins which I drop regularly!!!

Treacle got pressies and she loves opening them.

A lovely new red tennis ball.

And a Squeeky platipus which she loves.

Susan sent all of my gifts in this wonderful bag.  The moto is so apt!!!

She also sent me the Reno Gazette Journal Comic pages with Snoopy on! 

We love everything Susan, thank you so much.

We have made it to Friday and we are supposed to get some snow over the weekend again, but they have told us that before.  Because of all the rain lots of areas have severe flooding again and I feel so sorry for those affected by it. 

I hope you all have a great weekend whatever you might be up to.  We are not doing anything again because we can’t except jobs at home and as I say hopefully some quilting.  Happy Friday you lovely lot.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Tuesday Thoughts!

Yesterday was “Blue Monday” which is the supposed to be the worst day of the year because Christmas is well and truely over, it is a long time to pay day because you were paid early in December and the weather is generally bad.  However I didn’t feel too bad yesterday but today I feel yuck.  We spoke to some friends over the weekend and they said the same thing especially with the lockdown and we are due for heavy rain for the next three days!!!!

I am also finding it hard to come up with new meals for all five of us, that everyone likes and not keep cooking the same meals week in, week out! 

And to add to all of this I am in one of those cycles where I am waking up during the night!  Saturday it was 4.00am, Sunday was 1.00am, then 3.00am and then 5.00am!  This morning was 4.00am again!  By the middle of the day I feel exhausted! 

I think I am going to have to do something over the weekend to shake all this up so I can break this, especially as it looks like we are going to be in Lockdown until at least March!

I really wish I was at the cottage in the Highlands with this view! 

Treacle is helping me being in her basked next to my desk.  One thing is for sure she will not want to be out in all the rain!!!!

I hope you all are having a better Tuesday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xxxx

Joy Then Pain!

Well we knew it might happen after one day over Christmas mixing with relatives and friends, the country will now be paying for it by possibly going into a full lockdown like last March!  This new varient of Covid seems to be running rampant and although it is no more dangerous than last year, it is more easily spread.  So to curb this the PM is due to probably announce tonight another full lockdown!  I know the saying is “no pain, no gain” but it is hard to see, although both the boys have plans of what they want to do if there is another lockdown, they always keep busy whatever is going off!

DH doesn’t know it yet but we will be decorating if we go into another lockdown!!!  Last year we got lots of jobs done, mainly in the garden as previously we had only done the minimum, so it was a good opportunity to get it done.  However we did not get any painting done inside.  So I have ordered some Tester pots to make sure I have the right colours and we will be off!!!  There is a definite benefit to lockdowns!!!

For me the worst bit of Christmas has happened, we have put all the decorations away!  I know it is normally January 6th but that is Wednesday and DH is, well at the moment, at work so we had to do it at the weekend.  I hate putting the decorations away, our home looks so ordinary without them!  I have cleaned our home from top to bottom today, as well as working, and tomorrow I have a basket of ironing to get done and then we are all back up to date!!!  Youngest has two new pieces of bedroom furniture arriving next weekend which is part of his Christmas present so we will be building those then!

Susie’s Aims For 2021!

Now you all know that I don’t do Resolutions, if I did by now I would have broken them or forgetten completely about them!!!!    So I know it is the same but I think by saying Aims takes a bit of the pressure off!  If this year is going to be the same as last year my Aims are going to be centred around home things because I don’t think we wil be doing much else outside so to speak!!!

1.  Quilting – to do some quilting each week and get on with my projects that are waiting to be finished.

2.  Finish the Boys Memory Books and tidy up their keepsakes in the attic.

3.  Sort out the pictures on the computer and put notes with them and also put the several hundred pictures we inherited from our families, that are just in a box into albums!!!

4.  Decorating our home inside and out!

5.  Keep on top with the garden.

There you go, I will keep you up to date with how I am doing on these.  If DH, Girlfriend and the Boys are busy at the weekend with the furniture then I will try and do some quilting then.  Pictures will follow!!!

Have a good first week of January, especially if today was your first day back at work after the Holidays!!!!!

New Year Hugs & Love, Susie xx

My Stitching Resolution Blog Hop!

If you follow my Blog you know that I don’t make Resolutions, as by January 4th they have probably all been broken/forgotten/unworkable!!!!  So for the last few years I have made some Aims (I know it’s the same thing but hey it works for me!!!).  Of course we started 2020 with a lot of aims which if anything this year has taught us, it is to be flexible!!!

Anyway the wonderful Carla at “Creatin’ in the Sticks” who is the Master of Organisation came up with the wonderful idea of what we would all like to be doing quilting wise in the New Year.  So we are to let you know what:

My Stitiching Resolution Aim for 2021 is ………………..

To Get Back to My Quilting! 

Again some of you will know that our Eldest came home at the end of November 2019 for good, which I am loving.  However I was “camping” in his room as my quilting den and so when he came home I lost my space.   Now before he left I used to sew at my desk in our den which I work on every day of the week but it required a lot of moving of things and of course when I had finished quilting for the day it all had to be packed away and it was not a problem until I was using Eldest’s room.  I could just leave a project on the machine and material all over the place and basically a mess and leave it, but not on my desk as I use it for our business work. 

Since I had to move everything back downstairs (my stash is actually in clip boxes under our bed!) it has really not inspired me to quilt at all!  So 2021 is going to be the year that I will sort things out so I can get back to quilting again.  My aim over the last few years has been to do some quilting each week and I am definitely putting that down again.  I also have several projects which need completing.

Do you, when you go to quilt shows, see some material and it is labled enough to make a quilt?  Then when you start you think hmm big enough for a doll quilt?!!!!  Well this was the material I had above!  I loved the pinks but there was not a lot left so I added some white and the grey and made this little pinwheel quilt.  I am going to back it with more of the grey.

The above were blocks from Kathleen Tracy Quilt Along (A Sentimental Quilter) so I set them on point and added the white and I am going to back it with the material below.

Again this was a kit I bought at The Quilt Show in Birmingham for a little boy and it said all the material was there and it was just!  I need to back it and obviously quilt it.

There is a story behind this quilt which I won’t go into now, but it is for a King size bed so it is huge.  I have bought the backing for it and just need to get the wadding and then quilt it.  It will take a while on my machine but I will get there.  It is various shades of grey.  It was a pattern from Jenny at the Missouri Star Quilt Company on You Tube.

These are the quilts I want to make next but have not got around to cutting them out.  The above ones are for DH and I as I want to make a winter inspired quilt for our bed but I used some of the top material for something else so now need to get some more of that!!!!

You all know that I love Snoopy and have collected over the years various material, panels etc to make a Snoopy quilt and again I have not got around to it!!!!!  Definitely on my list to do this year. 

Again a Christmas panel I bought some time ago and I just love the pictures.  I think they were supposed to be for cushions but I am going to make them into mats.

You may have seen these mats on my blog from previous years but I still have four which are not finished (!) so they are going to be quilted, bound and finished!

This is the material that DH bought me for Christmas.  I just love the greens.

Now I know that some Quilters are very organised and whenever they finish a project collect all the spare material and cut them into different sizes and store them.  I would like to say that I did that, but I didn’t and now have a huge clip box full, bursting at the seams, with scraps which need to be dealt with.  As you can see above I did start to do this with a project I did finish and cut them into various squares.  My other aim is to make a scrap quilt and so I am hoping, again this year, that this will be something I can get on with.

Finally I have two quilts to make for DH’s cousin, her daughter.  Memory quilts for her two children and I need to buy some provisions before I start this so again another job to do.

There you have it, there is a lot of things to do but I am hoping that 2021 will give me the nudge to get on with them and who knows we may have another lockdown and I can get on with things then!!!!

There are thirty other very talented ladies who are taking part today to show you what their Quilting Resolutions are, so please Hop Along and have a look at what they will be up to in 2021:

Wednesday, December 30th

Just Let Me Quilt
MooseStashQuilting
Words & Stitches
 Sew Many Yarns
Websterquilt
Cocoa Quilts
QuiltFabrication
Stitchin At Home
Ms P Designs USA
Life in the Scrapatch
Kathy Kwilts and More
Karen’s Korner
Quilt Schmilt
selina quilts
The Joyful Quilter
Becky’s adventures in quilting and travel 
Karrin’s Crazy World
Quilting and Learning: What a Combo
VroomansQuilts
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
PamelaQuilts
Quilting Patchwork & Appliqué
Kathleen McMusing
Quilting Gail
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
appliqueand…
Songbird Designs
Storied Quilts

Susie’s World  You Are Here x

She’s Stitchin Again
Creatin’ in the Sticks

Thank you to Carla for arranging such a great Hop and I hope you have a wonderful New Year.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Treacle – My Quilting Helper!

Stay Away!

Yep it has finally happened, one of us has tested positive for Covid!  So we are all now self isolating for fourteen days!!!!  I suppose we have done pretty well to get to this point in the year and have not had an incident of it before!!!  Therefore we are starting Christmas now!!!! 

We decorated our home yesterday for Christmas and I will get some pictures of that for tomorrow. 

One person who is really happy we are all at home is Treacle.  She got up this morning and it was like yeah you are all here!!!!

Anyway we are all fine, no symptons of the dreaded Covid just the cold that we have all had!  At least I will have no excuse not to blog over the next two weeks!

Stay safe all.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx