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Things which strike me as well Strange!

April Already!

Yes I got them again this morning!  Eldest and Youngest still asleep and I rushed in at 6.45am to say that it was 10.00am and we had all overslept, get up quick!!!!  Eldest sat up and then looked at the clock and groaned at me and Youngest was getting up until I pointed out the real time!!!!! I think it helped putting the hour forward as no-one is sure what time it really is at the moment.  But I got them, I really did have them going!!!!!!!!!!

I have had a couple of days of lots of work and one or two other things to do but I am determined not to get behind, once I do it just gets worse so I am going to keep on top of it.  We are going away for the Easter break and we all can’t wait so I need to make sure that things don’t get behind.  However I have broken my resolution of getting some quilting done each week!!!!!  But I may be able to get caught up with that whilst we are away.

Okay so who can tell me where January, February and March went to?  The first quarter of 2014 has gone and I really don’t know where its gone to.  I know I have been busy and lots of things have been happening but three months already?  Wow before we know it summer will have gone and it will be the big run to Christmas.  Now how many days are left? (267 apparently!!!!!!!!)

So on that note I think I am going to do a Second Quarter Resolution!!!!!!!  Yep it is not only for New Year, you can be resolute any time of the year! Everything I planned to do in January, February and March is now transferred to April, May and June BUT I am going to do them this time!!!!!  I always think the first quarter of the year can be hard.  Its dark, often cold and you really want to hibernate (well I do) but as April opens the weather is getting better, the nights are lighter and the garden is coming to life so on that note I am off to get some jobs done that I have put off.  Well after the basket of ironing I still need to do!!!!!!!!!!

Have a Thoughtful Tuesday

Susie x

Found this on the Web, quite appropriate for me!!!!!

I Am An X-Phile!

Yes it has been Twenty Years since this programme first appeared on our TV screens, in fact on BBC 2 in this country!  It was seen as being a niche market programme not suitable for the main BBC channel.  For those of us who like these sort of programmes instead of the endless soaps or, at the time, lots of home makeover shows, The X-Files was (and is) amazing!

Who didn’t want to be Scully or Mulder!  The story lines were different to anything else being shown on TV at the time and they were the first to have this male/female business partners but really wanted to be more story line!

At the time we had video players and I always recorded the episodes to watch again and again, until the tapes failed! 

Some of my most favourite episodes are Squeeze, Dod Kalm, Humbug, Anasazi, Clyde Bruchman’s Final Repose, How The Ghosts Stole Christmas; hell I like all of them!

In January this year DH bought me a late Christmas Present, the complete collectors edition of the X-Files!  Seasons 1-9 and Fight The Future Film!  I have been watching my way through the Seasons whilst doing my ironing (I have to watch something when ironing!) and I have just started Season 9!  The best thing about this is that when I have finished I can go back and start again from Season 1!!!!

This week Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny were celebrating the 20th Anniversary!  It really can’t be 20 years can it?  However they are talking about a new film and I will definitely be at the cinema if they do.  It would be great if they brought the show back but it would have to have all the same writers, producers, directors etc for it to be the same!  They would also have to come up with a way to bring back the Lone Gunmen, but I am sure as it is the X-Files they could do it!

So Happy 20th Birthday X-Files and don’t forget

The Truth Is Out There

and

Trust No One

Hope you like the green writing, it just had to be green!!!!!

Susie x

Really Cool Pictures!

Photographer Sebastien Lebrigand, 38, took these striking shots as he walked alone under the night sky.

Mr Lebrigand got his camera out near his home in Crepy-en-valois, near Paris, France to take the images with a special lens for astrophotography

These pictures were taken by Monsieur Sebastien Lebrigand in Crepy-en-valois, near Paris, France.  He used a special lens for astrophotography and managed to catch the planes flying over from Spain heading for Germany.  

I love anything to do with space and I think he has managed to create a great image.

The British volunteers have to give round-the-clock care to the babies, many of whom have been rejected by their mothers

I can never resist a picture of a baby Elephant and this baby is an orphan at the Knysna Elephant Park in South Africa.  Abigail Hearn, 24, left, and Lisa Olivier, 28, are British volunteers who look after orphaned baby elephants.  The above picture reminds me of Treacle!!!!

And finally we now know the name of the new Prince of Cambridge, George Alexander Louis!
I hope you have a thrilling Thursday.
Susie x

I Forgot to tell you about the local news!!!!!

https://irs1.4sqi.net/img/general/width960/434821_3Pm_kCGFs1BfmUsA6TEFUpiRSRGtxNrZo3TCiN3XA_Q.jpgI forgot to tell you the big news in our Village.  This opened whilst we were away on vacation!  It used to be a Little Chef and had been not too bad but they had been closing them and finally ours did close and it was never very busy.  

There had been a lot of speculation about what it was going to be if anything and some had heard Costa Coffee had bought it but whilst we were away it was all re-done, re-painted and opened.

Of course the older teenagers have adopted it as their own and if you go past during a lunch time the car park is full mainly with kids from the Boys school!!!  I popped in on my way to pick Youngest up from school one afternoon and got a coffee and it really is nice inside and it was very quiet at the time.

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So I think it will be a big hit. 

Susie x

This sent a chill down my spine!

This was sent to us by a friend!  What I want to know is, who researches all these kind of things?

Abraham  Lincoln  was  elected to Congress in 1846.
John F.  Kennedy  was  elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham  Lincoln was  elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy  was elected President in 1960..

Both were  particularly concerned with civil  rights..
Both wives lost their children whilst  living in the White  House.

Both Presidents were shot on a  Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the  head

Now it gets really  weird.

Lincoln ‘s secretary was named  Kennedy..
Kennedy’s Secretary was named Lincoln …..

Both were assassinated by  Southerners.
Both were succeeded by  Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew  Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in  1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy,  was born in 1908.

John  Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born  in 1839.

Lee  Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was  born  in  1939. 

Both  assassins were known by their three  names.
Both names are composed of fifteen  letters.

Now hang on to your  seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater  named ‘Ford’.
Kennedy was shot in a car  called ‘ Lincoln ‘ made by  ‘Ford’.

Lincoln was shot in a theater and  his assassin ran and hid in a  warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse  and his assassin ran and hid in a  theater.

Booth and Oswald were  assassinated before their trials. 

As they would say on the X-Files, Spooky!!!!!!

The last few days have been really busy and no quilting done, although it was Quilt Club on Monday evening, which was good.  I have some pictures of the quilts the ladies had finished but they are on my Blackberry Tablet and I cannot get them to load onto the computer!!!  There is always something! 

Our Chairman has also set the Mystery Quilt for this year and this month’s task is to get the fabric.  There is not a lot to get and it comes out as a wall hanging size.  Next month will be the cutting instructions and her final comment was “beware this month will be the easiest”! Oh my!!!!

Having read some of the other blogs I follow I believe I now have to go into each blog and follow by email or get a new reader as Google are ending Google Reader!!!!  Another job!

Youngest had his first part of his brace put on yesterday and one side is fine but the other is not.  It hurts and when he was trying to eat yesterday at lunch there was a “crack” so we are back at the dentist this afternoon.  He has not gone to school today as his face is swollen and it really hurts when he moves his mouth! I feel so sorry for him.  I had a brace so know how bad it is.  I think the next two years are going to be long!

I also have to start printing five A4 pages for every parent in the swimming club, there are 254 families, as we have some new regulations from the ASA, which they need to know about!  I will have fun collating them all and getting them out to everyone!  One of our other committee members has printed the letters with the names on for me, so at least that is done! 

So on that note I had better get on.  I don’t like it when I am not creative in a week so I will have to find some time somewhere!  Also it is snowing again here!

Treacle isn’t here to do her Wednesday Wag, sorry, she is busy keeping Youngest company on his bed!  Although I think she is a little annoyed as she usually has the bed to herself on a normal day!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday.

Susie x

Saw this picture on the web and the machine is exactly the same as the one my Grandmother had when she taught me how to sew!

It Makes You Wonder?

This was sent to us by a good friend, who runs their own business letting cottages in The Highlands of Scotland.  They have had their own fair share of whacky queries but I think this lot beat them hands down!!!  It does make you wonder what people’s expectations are!!!!

From Thomas Cook Holidays listing some of their UK clientele’s genuine complaints.

1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store in Indian villages does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”

2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”

3. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food at all.”

4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels.”

5. “The beach was too sandy.”

6. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white.”

7. “Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women.”

8. “No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.”

9. “There was no egg-slicer in the apartment.”

10. “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”

11. “The roads were uneven..”

12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home.”

13. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends’ three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller.”

14. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the accommodation’. We’re trainee hairdressers will we be OK staying there?”

15. “There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners now live abroad.”

16. “We had to queue outside with no air-conditioning.” 

17. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

18. “I was bitten by a mosquito. No-one said they could bite.” 

19. “My fiancé and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room.

We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant.  This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

Off out to run some errands now, back later.

Susie x

Isn’t He Cute!

Cool dude: The calf looks as thought he is smiling as he confidently strides through the water

Touching base: The calf's feet are aloft as he rolls over during the the hottest heatwave on record for Australia

These pictures featured in The Daily Mail today, of this week old elephant calf who was born at Melbourne Zoo.  At the moment Australia is experiencing high daytime temperatures and so when the keepers thought the calf was safely on his feet they filled the pool and his Mom, Num-Oi, took him in to cool down.

Aren’t the pictures wonderful?  I love elephants.  I was lucky to go to Kenya in 1985 and saw elephants in the wild and it was wonderful. 

Susie x