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Talking TV!

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A couple of TV shows which I have watched for a while are finishing this year, Bones and Grimm.  It takes a lot for a show to hold my interest and I tend to go for either out there shows or procedural shows but I don’t watch every one.  Bones has been on the air for twelve years and I have read all of Kathy Reich’s books and it will be finishing its final series in a few weeks and I will miss this show.  Grimm has not been on the air as long only six years but again it has been a great show to watch.

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It was announced on TV the other day that the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer is twenty years old!  Oh boy I remember watching this when it was first out, so where did twenty years go?

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Then of course who remembers this show?  This is actually twenty seven years old (!) and I watched every episode!  I can’t say that I understood every episode or even the ending but I hung in there!  More depressing is the fact I was twenty five when this first appeared on our screens and now the new Twin Peaks will be on our TV screens in May this year.  Are we going to understand the new version?  Who knows.  I do know that they did repeat the original series on TV and I did start to watch it again and after about the second episode my impression was how slow the story line was!  At the time it was really out there and new and different compared to what was on TV then but it really is dated now.  Especially after the X-Files which is my favourite of all time and even though it is twenty four years old the episodes are not dated!

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I will certainly give it a go but lets hope the episodes move a little quicker!!!Image result for Big Little LiesThis has just started and seems promising, especially as so far some of the women are very much like some of the Moms I know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also to make DH and I feel really old Youngest was invited to a party the other weekend which was fancy dress.  The theme?  The Eighties!!!!!!  We were young in the Eighties!!!!  No Fair it is now a fancy dress theme!!!!!!!

Today is a lot cooler than yesterday so we seem to be back to winter again (!) and Treacle is snoozing in her basket whilst I am working.  Tomorrow I have lots of errands to run and then house jobs in the afternoon and I am seeing Jayne for a coffee, yeah!  I hope your Thursday is going well.

Hugs, Susie x

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Spanner In The Works!

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I was going along quite fine last week and then one spanner and another got thrown in and the whole works went out of wack!!!!!!!!  Well that’s what it felt like!!!  It took me from Wednesday to today to catch up!!! 

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Anyway enough of that our weather has been great over the last few days, very spring like and it has even got me round to planning my Spring Cleaning.  I even managed to get a bit done over the weekend! 

Youngest dragooned his brother to help with his documentary he has to do for one of his college assignments which is about cars (!)  So on Saturday they were out and about filming and then on Sunday DH and Youngest were down at Mercedes World again filming.  This meant that I was able to get the second baby quilt finished on Sunday and just now need to sew the binding on and sew it to the back.  Yeah!

Monday I got caught up on my work and a basket of ironing in the evening to get up to date which is a relief!!!! Youngest and DH are out again this Sunday filming so I am hoping to get another full day in of quilting although I will miss National Quilting Day as I have jobs to do 😦  Never mind I will do mine on Sunday.

I hope your last few days have been okay and the weather kind.  Treacle is feeling spring like and is far more active and I will need to book her into her spa if the warmer weather stays as she is getting very curly again!

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Hugs, Susie x

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Throwback Thursday!

james-bondTwelve years ago here are the Boys on Half term Holiday in London.  Daddy was at an exhibition just outside London and I took the boys into the city every day to visit the museums and one of the visits was to Madame Tussauds.  They both loved and still do James Bond so when they saw the wax of Pierce Brosnan as Bond they had to have their picture taken with it!!!!!  Eldest was nine and Youngest was five!

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Chertsey centre

We were staying at an apartment in Chertsey which is twenty seven miles outside of London and getting the train in which went over Clapham Junction.  This is a huge hub for the trains and it has railways going in every direction.  The Boys loved it, they had never seen so many trains. 

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Clapham Junction

We came into Waterloo station which is enormous and at that time the terminal for the Eurostar.  We came back to the station in the evening and I was trying to find the platform for the Chertsey line and there were hundreds.  I suddenly found it and it was right round the other side and we only had a few minutes to catch it.  It was like a comedy film with the Boys and I running through to get the train.  We made it, just!!!!  The Boys loved it!!!!!

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Waterloo Station with all the boards!

It was a great week and we spent every day at the museums, including the Natural History Museum which was their favourite.whaleLovely memories.  Happy Thursday everyone

Hugs, Susie x

Blue Monday? No Happy Monday!

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The Daily Telegraph says today is Blue Monday.  This is because that Christmas was three weeks ago, everyone is waiting for payday and they have been back at work and the bills are starting to arrive. 

However I feel that if you look at it this way you are setting yourself up to be blue.  So Happy Monday everyone!

We got jobs done on Saturday and then Sunday I did some quilting!!!!!  I know shock, a quilting blog with some quilting on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

img_0417I have been quilting Eldest’s quilt and have been carrying on with that.  It takes a lot to do this as it is a single quilt but longer so a little between a single and a double but I have been managing, but it does make my arms ache after a while.

img_0416Treacle loves it now that I have made a space for her and she can be found in this spot even when I am not in the room!

img_0418Just to show you another quilting thing, I got this pattern in the post all the way from Australia (through Etsy).  I am going to make Evalyn a new quilt for her new room and thought this would look great for a three year old but not be too little girl ish that it will last for a while.  However I am going to get my UFO’s finished first.

img_0430I think the thing I miss most about Christmas when it has ended are the lights.  I love the fairy lights and because they now have lots of white lights I decided to keep this set out and put them in my sewing room along the shelves.  I think they look very pretty and I love the warmth they give to the room. 


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img_0427Do you ever have a good hair day?  I don’t very often but today it looked okay.  Tomorrow it will be dreadful but I thought a picture was worth taking!  Good bathroom shot!!!!!!!!


Here is our handsome Eldest at the weekend.  They were out celebrating Girlfriend’s nephew’s 18th Birthday.

I have a basket of ironing to do tonight but tomorrow evening I am hoping to get some more quilting done. 

I hope you are having a Happy Monday.

Hugs, Susie x


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I read quite a few blogs of ladies who quilt and we all know that anyone who quilts is a lovely person and also blogs who have animals, especially dogs, and we all know that anyone who shares their life with an animal is a lovely person too.  Quite a few of these ladies have said that they are not setting any New Year Resolutions but have decided to find ways to help them through the year.  Quite a few have resolved to get UFOs’ finished or to try a new skill each month.

I have always been useless with resolutions and after the first week often forget what I resolved to do so last year I decided to ensure that I did some quilting each week.  I was doing okay until it got to the lighter nights and better weather and then life and commitments took over and it was quite a few weeks between quilting.

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I was reading Madam Samm’s Blog (here is the link to her post and she has declared this year as her “Happy” Year.  It is a great post and I have decided to try and emulate it and go along with the Happy theme. 

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This picture makes me happy!

The New Year is seen as a fresh start and we all know that things happen during the year, especially as this year is being portrayed as all of us staring into an abyss,   but at least if we start from a Happy place it won’t seem so bad.  Well that is my fuzzy theory!!!!

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Also the top picture is of Mr Happy from the Mr Men books by Richard Hargreaves and when Eldest was a baby he had a soft squeaky version of this which hung on the inside of his Moses basket when he was a new born so he could watch it and as he got a little older reach for it.  This is definitely a very Happy memory for me so I am starting off well!

Today is busy with work and I am running Youngest around for various things including swimming later and then DH is doing the pick ups!!!!  I am happy that we are able to do this and that we do not have any snow!!!!  They are still forecasting snow for some parts of the country but I don’t think we will get any, it is just going to be cold and frosty again!  Treacle will be disappointed.

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So I am wishing you all a very Happy Tuesday.

Hugs (another “H” word I love!) Susie xx

Oh My The Days Are Flying By!

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I swear it was Friday nine minutes ago!!!!!  The days are flying and with it the time to get things done!!! 

The Younger Swimmers had a great championships on Friday night and they really enjoyed themselves. DH, Youngest and I were shattered by the end of it!!!!  The Older Swimmers did their second half of the championships on Saturday evening and Youngest won two and came third in his final race, so he was really pleased.  Again DH and I were shattered by the end of it!  Sunday DH and Youngest were helping at the Remembrance Day service and did not get home until 2.00pm and I spent the weekend getting jobs done!

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This Saturday DH and I are going Christmas shopping!  You will not believe the logistics we have had to go through to ensure we get to go and I am keeping my fingers crossed that nothing happens between now and then to scupper it!!!!  Sunday DH is out again at a swimming event as President so I am trying to get some more order in my sewing room.

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I have been trying to catch up on my favourite blogs but have not had chance to comment on them. Hopefully I will be able to catch up over the next few days.  At the moment I feel like those hamsters on their wheels!!! My little paws are going as fast as possible but I am not getting anywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you are having a great Tuesday

Hugs, Susie xx

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There are 40 More Days to Go To Christmas!

Two Into One Does Go!

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Thirty years ago today DH and I combined our homes to make one! 

Little did we know then what the next thirty years was going to bring;

A move from our home city of Nottingham to Derbyshire.

Four house moves

One Wedding

A new business,

Chairman for DH of Round Table x 2, President of Round Table x 1, Chairman of 41 Club x 1, Chair of Governors at the Boys local school, Chair of Carnival Committee, Parish Councillor, Chair of the Village Hall Committee, Chairman of the Swimming Club (for years!), President of DASA!

Chairman for me of Ladies Circle x 2, President of Ladies Circle x1, Chairman of Tangent x 1, Secretary of the Boys Playschool x 2, Secretary of the Swimming Club x 2, Swim21 Co-Ordinator (for years!).

Three Airedales have been in our lives, Kelly (1), Kelly (2) and Treacle and two pussy cats Cinders & Penny.

Friends which we made when we first moved to Derbyshire that we are still friends with now and have watched the children grow from babies to adults.

Eight vehicles for DH, Nissan Bluebird, Renault Savannah x 2, Citroen, VW Passatt,  Isuzu Trooper, Toyota Truck x 2.

Four vehicles for me, Renault 5, Fiat Punto, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Hundreds of dinners eaten with friends and endless hours of fun and laughter

In that time we have lost family;   Doris Knight, Bill Parr, Ken & Molly Parr, John & Dorothy Parr, Margaret & Walter Wright, David Carnill.

But the best thing, besides our life together, is our two wonderful Boys


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We have two years yet before we celebrate our Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary but couldn’t let today go by without mentioning it!  DH left to visit customers this morning at 6.00am so I wasn’t very awake when he left!!!!  We are planning a special dinner on Friday in between taking Youngest to the Swimming Club for one of his teaching sessions!!!!!!

Happy Thursday everyone

Hugs, Susie x

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