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The First Day of Spring?


Today is supposed to be the First Day of Spring but it still fells like Winter!  Our snow has all gone as it was quite “wet” so the bit of sun we saw yesterday and it all melted but that has not meant that Spring has arrived as it is still flipping cold!  I think this quote from Charles Dickens says it all :

“It was one of those March Days when the Sun shines hot and the wind blows cold.  When it is Summer in the light and Winter in the shade!”

This definitely describes the weather we are having at the moment and I can’t even say I am looking forward to April as I hate the rain showers we get for no apparent reason when you can get soaked and the next minute the sun is out and it is quite warm! 


Easter is coming up fast and I think because it is quite early, end of March/beginning of April, it has confused me.  Plus we are normally away and we are not this year so another difference.  Youngest finishes next Tuesday from college and obviously we have Good Friday off as a holiday and Easter Monday too.  I am planning, if the weather is good, to either empty the garage and our room off and get rid of anything we don’t use, need or have duplicates of.  If the weather is not good then the idea is to empty the attic (!) and do the same for that.  We also have some rooms to paint but that may be a bit ambitious after my Op and may have to wait for later in the year!!!

Speaking of Ops, I am doing okay but still very tired by the end of the day.  I have been busy doing the exercises and making sure I am walking “properly”.  I did not get up early today as I was so tired from yesterday when I spent all day at my desk.  Tomorrow I have some more work for the end of the month to get done so will probably get up early then.

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It is Owen’s First Birthday on Saturday but we are not able to go but are visiting on Sunday to see them all then! As we have all said, where has a year gone?!!!!!!  Saturday DH and Youngest are out at swimming competitions so I will be spending a day quilting again, especially if the weather is still not good.

I hope you are all having a Thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx

It’s Friday!


It’s Friday, do the Snoopy Dance!!!!  It has been a busy old week but we got through it!!!  What are your plans for the weekend? 


This was Treacle very early this morning, after DH left for work and whilst I was drinking my tea!!  She is very much a snuggle monkey!!  We were catching up on what had happened overnight at the Winter Olympics.   We love the Ski Jumping, Luge, Skeleton, Bob Sleigh.  The Skiing, Ice Skating, Speed Skating and Biathlon. 


Sleepy head!  She has already been out and had her breakfast so is all set until lunchtime!!!!


She has actually moved and come into the sewing room with me.  She is very much of the opinion that you need as much sleep as possible!!!!  She did go out at lunch and had her biscuit, so does not need anything now until dinner time!!! 

I will hopefully show you later what I have been working on in the sewing room.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx



It has been trying to snow here all day, but I think it is too cold so it has just been tiny little flakes which have not settled.


Martha Stewart today has sent out her daily things to do, one of which is how to entertain yourself when the weather is bad and you are stuck indoors.  Martha you are too late I did that post on January 18th with “Thursday Thoughts” Here.


I ran a few errands today and got my work done so I am really doing well with one of my New Year Goals of keeping on top of everything.  I have a basket of ironing to do and then I am definitely all up to date.  Tomorrow I will be doing some cooking and making meals for the freezer and some baking and getting a few extra jobs done in the home as well. 

Tonight I will be getting on with sewing some of those bindings to the back of the items.   I also got some material out of my stash for another super secret quilt I am making for later in the year.  I think I may need some more material to go with it and if I haven’t got the right things it will mean a trip to the quilt shop!!!!!

I hope your Tuesday is going well.

Hugs, Susie xx


Treacle and I last night.  Whilst Daddy is away Treacle has his side!!!!!



DH and I were out last night for a business dinner and it was lovely.  We went to a Chinese Restaurant in Nottingham which has been there for over thirty years and it is always good food.  In fact some friends had their wedding reception there which is a whole other story.


The restaurant was getting decorated for the Chinese New Year in a few weeks time and it looked stunning.


Dinner has arrived, our friends had a banquet meal and DH and I had a main course each.


DH was hungry!!!

It was lovely to go out on a Friday evening and in fact it was our first meal out of the New Year so a real treat.  We got home around 11.30pm and Youngest was home and asleep when we got back!

It is raining here again today so I will definitely be spending the day quilting.  DH is out tonight at a swimming event announcing, hopefully not coughing too much.  Perhaps spending the evening in a hot, steamy swimming pool will cure him finally of this cold although from what friends have said the cold goes but the cough does not!!! 

Youngest has another audition and interview at one of his chosen Universities which is great news and he is really excited by it all.  He has also filmed another part in a soap opera which is on the BBC every afternoon called “Doctors”.

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He is playing the friend of one of the characters who have been to a fancy dress party and who are a little worse for wear!!!  As I said when I saw the picture “everything you hope for your child when he is born”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Hopefully this part will not be cut out of the production!!!

Have a great weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx


Last night when I was getting ready to go out, Madam was on the bed and this look says “Mom please be quiet I am trying to rest”!!!!!!

The Days are blending into one!


I can’t tell you what day of the week it is, the days are all blending into one round of sick people coughing and spluttering everywhere with no end in sight.  DH kept Treacle and I awake all of last night and Youngest joined in from his bedroom as well.  It is amazing what is on TV at 2.00, 3.00 and 4.00am!!!!  I was only watching TV as I had tried to read my book but that didn’t work.  I got my Autumn wall hanging binding to finish but could not concentrate on that!!!  Nothing we have tried has helped DH’s cough so it is just down to plenty of fluid.  Me you ask?  I am still wheezing but have not got what these two have fortunately although I just feel exhausted from it all.


Treacle is not getting much sleep at night, so making up for it in the day!


The weather was not good all weekend and as everyone was feeling yuck I decided that there was no point trying to get any extra jobs done round the house which we would normally be doing, so DH was doing bits and bobs of work, Youngest was in bed with Treacle and I decided that the only thing I could do was some quilting!!!!

I managed to get some clothes repairs done which needed doing and some other bits of sewing done which are not quilting and managed to get that cleared.  I sorted out the rest of my UFO’s with backing materials that needed cutting and just now have to pin them and get them quilted, so things are at least progressing there.


I also need to tidy my stash as I have been busy pulling things out and they have got in a mess so that will be another little job but at the moment the sewing room is very tidy. I find if I do a bit of tidying after each time I have been in there it does not mount up.  I cannot wait to start my new projects but am determined to get these UFO’s done first and then get my machine serviced before I start anything else.  Well that’s the plan. 

I hope you all had a good weekend.  Friday of this week is Groundhog Day when Punxsutawney Phil decides if we are going to get another six weeks of winter or an early Spring.  Normally I don’t mind what, but I think this year I would like an early Spring!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

Thursday Thoughts.


I don’t know about you but at this time of year I get fed up with all the articles and adverts on TV/in magazines/in newspapers about getting fit, especially after as they put it, gluttonous Christmas blow outs.  Firstly we don’t eat anything more than we would normally over the Christmas period and if we do have a few treats, it is only a few.  Secondly all these companies want to do is actually make more money by getting you to join their club/course/gym.  Everyone sets these New Year Resolutions of getting fit and healthy and by the end of January they have stopped.  However you can help yourself without spending lots of money.


I think what does affect people at this time of year is the weather, which is often dark and dreary and the fact that all the excitement and celebration of Christmas is over and we are back to normal days with nothing to look forward to.  However you can make yourself feel better with a little effort and don’t forget everyone is probably feeling the same, it is not just you.  Being organised always makes me feel better and as you know I am a great list writer, so this may help you feel a ittle less at a loss.  Make lists of things you want to do during the year, in the home or the garden or places you would like to go and put them somewhere where you can check them off.

As you are probably indoors more because of the weather and dark nights take the opportunity to do any jobs in the home that you have put off.  Is there a room in your home which needs a good sort out, or have you been meaning to get your printed photographs organised.  Is there a book you have been meaning to read for a while and not got round to or have you always wanted to try a recipe  and not had the time.  Now is a great time to have a go at these things.


If you love to garden but can’t because of the weather you can always plan what you want to do this year.  Especially spending time looking for inspiration on Pinterest or plan a visit to a garden you have always wanted to visit for later in the year.


How about arranging a get together with friends for supper.  Rather than putting stress on yourselves with a big dinner make it easy by just doing a main course which can be cooked beforehand or a casserole that can be made and left in the oven and jacket potatoes in the oven and get everyone to serve themselves.  If you want to make a pudding make it easy or just buy some cookies.  How about a movie night?

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Don’t forget that the children probably feel the same as you do at this time of year.  If the weather is not too bad you can always get them out for a bike ride or walk with the dog.  If the weather is bad then an afternoon playing board games as a family is great fun.  This is something I did with my family when I was a little girl and I remember it so well and is one of my most happiest of memories. 

Eating better and getting out and about is always a good idea but don’t put yourself under pressure with hard goals.  Just change one or two things and see how that goes and if you can maintain it then change something else and do it gradually, that goes for exercising too. 

I must admit I always feel a little down at this time of year and try very hard to do things which lift my mood.  Obviously quilting is one of my outlets but if you don’t have a hobby you could always begin a new one.  With the Web you can research so much and find out about things before embarking on your journey and even if you don’t start something new, you have found out lots of information and that means you have been doing something else instead of stressing over the time of year! 

I hope these few hints of helped you get over this time of year and it won’t belong before the nights are getting lighter and hopefully the weather is getting better.  Have a very Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx