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Thankful Thursday.

Today is Thursday and instead of #TBT, I am doing

Thankful Thursday.


I am Thankful for this lot.


I am Thankful for my Fabulous Family, our Boys and DH!


I am Thankful for this Goofball, Treacle.

Not only being Thankful but also counting my blessings.  I hope you have a happy, Thankful Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx

It’s Monday Again.


Monday came round quick this week!!!  Our weather held over the weekend so we were able to eat outside with our friends on Saturday evening!!!  It was a very hot day and was very warm into the evening. 


Here is out outside dining table set for the evening.  I put my summer quilt on the bench in case it got cool in the evening. 


The friends who came to dinner are the ones celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in September and this is the quilt I made for them.  They loved it. 


Another picture of the front and one of the back courtesy of DH.


We had a lovely evening and we had not seen them in a while so it was great to catch up. 

Sunday was another very warm day so DH and I took the opportunity to get the garden tidy again and also continue with the changes we made to the top of the garden.  At least now it is in great shape before we go away on vacation. 

The top picture below is where we have put decorative bark down to help protect the plants with moisture, especially in this heat.  We have also put down weed suppressant membrane down as well.

The six pictures above are just the tidying we have been doing and getting it ready before our vacation.


The Buddleia has come into flower and the bees and butterflies are just loving it.  Above is a Peacock Butterfly.


The garden from the patio and you can see just a few wispy clouds.


The above, sorry it is blurred, is a Comma Butterfly.


Treacle spent all day outside on Saturday and yesterday too and was so tired last night she was fast asleep by 7.00pm.


This was a couple of hours ago where I caught her asleep sitting up (!)  I don’t think she has recovered from the weekend!!! 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and ready for a great week ahead.

Hugs, Susie xx

Terrific Tuesday & Wednesday Wag.


Yesterday The Queen and the Country celebrated 100 years of the Royal Air Force, which is close to my heart as my father served in the Air Force during WWII.  There was a Memorial Service at Westminster Abbey in the morning with several members of the Royal Family attending, followed by the presentation of New Colour to the Air Force by the Queen in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, followed by the biggest flypast ever.


The Queen watching the flypast.


The new Duke & Duchess of Sussex on the balcony.


The RAF Pipes & Drums Band.


The planes in the flypast just kept coming.


Finally the Typhoons flying in the 100 formation.


The RAF Squadrons spelling out RAF 100 in the Grounds of the Palace.

Watching the whole event made me very proud to be British and to have the connection with the RAF.

Today DH and I went to see a show case of the work done by Youngest this year, his final year at college before he goes off to Uni or something else!!!!!  We not only saw his work but work by the other students and it was all very good and of a high quality.  I am sure they will all do well with their final marks.

Today, of course, is Wednesday Wag but Treacle was in all day on her own as we were out but probably a good thing for her as it has been very warm today. 


This is when I come in.


When Daddy comes in!!!!!!



Still watching the wonderful tennis matches but so sorry to see Roger Federer go out but great for Kevin Anderson to be in the semi-finals.  It really has been an open Open this year with lots of different names coming to the fore.

Tomorrow is house jobs day and I am also going to go to the gym for the first time in over a year and as you know it is never that day or the next when you feel it, it is the day after that so probably by Saturday I won’t be able to move, tee hee!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!

Hugs, Susie xx



Monday, zzzzzz.


This is how I felt this morning!!  Last week was very busy and so was the weekend but I think it is the heat taking it out of me.  Yesterday was the hottest it has been so far and by the time we went to bed at 9.30pm last night it was still so hot that no one got much sleep including Treacle.

I got the two quilts finished and the bindings sewn on so just have to sew them to the back now and then wash and dry them and they will be good to go.


DH had a lovely day yesterday being one of the 1% schmoozing at the British Grand Prix in hospitality.  They arrived at 8.00am for breakfast, then they had lunch before the Grand Prix started at 2.00pm and had afternoon tea after the race!!! Alright for some!!! Just a shame Lewis Hamilton didn’t win to make the day complete but he did an excellent job going from last to second, so well done Lewis.

Been working all day today but did have to pop out for an hour at 3.00pm and although it has not been as sunny today it was still hot.  I think we could do with some rain now!!  The British are never happy with the weather!!!!

Although it is four weeks still to our vacation I am starting to get things ready, washing done and gathering things together, can’t wait!!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are going to have a terrific week. I have a busy work day tomorrow and again have to run an errand, Wednesday DH and I are going to see a showcase of Youngest’s work at his college along with his other classmates and then we are taking him for lunch.  Thursday will be house jobs and Friday I will be doing the grocery shopping as we have friends coming for dinner on Saturday evening.  I am hoping that the good weather stays until then so we can eat outside but of course you realise now that having said that it will jinx the weather and it will rain!!!!!  Whatever, I will take pictures to show you all.  Sunday we are at home so will be getting the gardening done again and try to keep on top of it before we go away.


Treacle’s picture of the day, next to my desk as I was working all day and at least it is cool in our den. 

Happy Monday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

Goodbye June, Hello July.


June has been a very good month this year.  I had a wonderful Birthday, the weather is amazing and on the home front DH and I got lots done and the Business is doing okay as well.  Sometimes I don’t want to say these things too loudly in case I jinx the next month!!!!


We never know what a month has in store for us but I am hoping it will be the same as June and a good one.  Carnival has started today for the week and Wimbledon starts tomorrow for a fortnight, now that is great. 

Our Vacation picture sjp

We have five weeks before we go away on vacation and I cannot wait.  Really looking forward to being away. 

I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday, it is definitely sunny here and hot.

Hugs, Susie x

Twenty Years.

Warning – Picture Heavy Post!

I know today is Friday and usually we do #TBT on Thursday, but I saved this for today.


Fourteen years ago Youngest started school at the age of four years and nine months old in Reception Class.  Today is his last day of formal education after fourteen years.


This was taken last September aged seventeen years and nine months old!

This also brings to an end for DH and I twenty years of taking them to playschool, school, college and:

Going to Nativities, plays, concerts, Easter productions, Harvest Festival productions, Christmas productions, End of Term Shows, House plays, endless sports days in baking sun and pouring rain, Parents’ Evenings, Fundraising events, endless bake sales, getting their new uniforms and sewing their name tags into everything including their socks and handkerchiefs  (!), buying school supplies and getting extra for after the first week when they had lost most of what you bought originally (!) sewing costumes the night before the event, collecting Youngest from his first trip out at senior school at 3.00am as they were stuck on the motorway because of an accident (!), several trips to A&E with both of them when they had hurt themselves playing sport, being there when the first relationship crashed and biting you tongue when you didn’t like the girlfriend that they thought was terrific (!), encouraging them and explaining why they needed to revise for their exams and then picking up the pieces when the results were not as they had hoped, but they were ashamed to admit that Mom and Dad were right!!!!!!!  

I could go on with a lot more things but you get the idea of the last twenty years and I would not swap one second of it ever.  I might have not said that at the time but I never meant it!!! I loved taking them to all the things and seeing them doing things and being there as their Mom and the same goes for DH being their too of course.  Working for ourselves meant that we were able to be there and see all this and do all this with them so we were very lucky in that respect.

The following pictures are both of them taken on the first day of school each September until Eldest left.


I just now need to go and cry for a little while!!!!  These pictures always make me this way!!!!!

We are taking Youngest out tonight for dinner to celebrate his finishing and then he is working all weekend.  DH is at home tomorrow and then is out tomorrow evening being the Compere for an event and Sunday he is out all day as it is the Crowning of the Carnival Queen and picnic on the park.  I will be staying home and quilting as I have plenty to keep me busy. 

The weather is going to be hot again but not as hot as some places such as the East Coast of the US where they are going to get temperatures over 100°F and I know some parts are already getting that, so our paltry 84°F is nothing really.

I hope you lovely lot have a fantastic weekend whatever you are up to and if it is hot where you are stay inside, stay cool and drink plenty of water.

Hugs, Susie xx



I have had a lovely Birthday week.  I had lunch with Jayne and we got to talking about life in general and I said that after the last ten very challenging years with the business as well as coping with huge changes in our family, I have been very stressed.  However this year I got to the point where I decided that really at the end of the day there is only so much I can control and the rest I just have to go along with. 

I also found that I was worrying about months ahead and even years so now I only think about tomorrow, possibly the following weekend and perhaps next week, but no further.  Fortunately things are getting better with our business, as are a lot of our friends who are in business as well.  It is not just us that have been going through these challenging times.  I do feel a lot better than I did, but one thing I have stopped doing is reading the news.  I feel that the news shows present the items with their spin on it and they just love dire news so I don’t watch or read the news now.  I listen to the radio and usually there is a five-minute news report at the top of the hour and that is plenty of news for me.


My Quilting has also helped me to focus my attention as well and then watching a DVD of one of my favourite programmes whilst quilting I find it very soothing.  In fact if I don’t do some quilting now I get quite upset so I try to do some in the evening after making dinner and clearing up.  I also find I get quite frustrated at some programmes that I have watched before but now seem to lead you by the nose and are stressful so I have stopped watching them too.

Books, of course, are another way I relax and find it very calming to get lost in a story.  I am also lucky, if you can call it that, that I can re-read books again and again which says a lot about my memory but even if I remember the story I love reading it again as it is like an old friend.  In the past few months I have not been reading as much as I normally do, so this is something I want to rectify.  I also used to read in bed and I stopped doing that after my Op as I was not able to lie very easily on my right side but now that I am better I think I will try again.  I am hoping that this will help me sleep better.


I have also been going through another period of waking several times in the night, which can be quite draining and I am still working on a solution to that.  I have tried the hot bath before bed, lavender oil on my pillow, wrists etc and many other things.  I never have a problem getting to sleep, I have a problem staying asleep!  I woke at 3.45am this morning to the birds singing and the sun rising.  It has been a wonderful day with constant sunshine and no clouds in the sky at all.  In fact I think we are warmer here than the Mediterranean and the temperatures are due to rise during the weekend and next week.  I love this weather but usually by 4.00pm am getting very tired.  As I say still working on a solution to this.


Treacle loves this weather and lies in the sun for so long and then moves into the shade for a while and then comes back into the sunshine!  Silly dog.  She just loves being outside. 

As the weather is going to be lovely over the weekend we are taking the opportunity to empty the garage and room off and tidy it up, get rid of anything we don’t want and of course put back the things we want to keep! 

I hope the weather wherever you are is going to be lovely and you have a wonderful weekend and remember:

Live In The Moment

Forget The Past

And Don’t Worry About The Future

Hugs, Susie xx