Susie’s Friday Monthly Book Club.

This is Friday Monthly Book Review is weeks late but I put that down to being not well and then racing to catch up.

As you know at this time of year I love to read Christmas books and also for quite a bit of winter too.  I have actually only just started to read this but so far I like what I have read.  It is very much in the style of Agatha Christie where the family gather at the family country estate for Christmas and various members of the family have it in for each other!  Throw in a number of prominent guests invited by the Lady of the House and you have the typical murder mystery.  So far I have not reached the murder bit but if you like dear Agatha then you will love it. 

Although I have rather a lot on my “To Read” shelf I have actually added quite a few new books to my Christmas list for DH and The Boys.  Of course you can never have too many books.  It is going to be on my New Year “Aims” again to do more reading.  I suppose that is the best thing about New Year you can always add the same things to your list and try another year to succeed at it!  That and my Quilting of course!  Hopefully this year we will not have to do as much DIY in our home as we did in the last couple of years during the Lockdowns!

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It is Christmas Eve and I do hope you have managed to get everyting done which you needed to do before The Big Day!  I have and now for the next few days I am going to kick back and do the minimum amount and perhaps read for a while and even quilt! 

I hope you have the most wonderful time and I will see you back here in a little while with some pictures of the family and Treacle of course.

Christmas Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Christmas Future!

As you can see this is from December 30th last year, so a past post really, but did I get what I had aimed to do done?  Some of it is the answer but not all of it!!!!!  Being ill put me really on the back foot with jobs for Christmas including getting some quilts done for presents.   I still have a Birthday present quilt which was due at the end of November not completed, I have two memory quilts I need to start and lots of Christmas things not even begun!  So for my Christmas Future I am going to get these Christmas things done which should have been for 2021 but definitely get them ready for 2022!!!

This lovely Snoopy material I bought to make Christmas gifts with and a quilt for me.  Needless to say it is still as it arrived and not cut out yet!  So this will now be for next Christmas.

Again these two sets of material were again to be for this year and they are sort of done.  I have quilted both of them they just now need the binding adding and sewing it down so these are a little further forward!

My good friend, Farm Quilter, suggested that the Boys should help and possibly get the Chocolate Log made.  Well I have the chocolate and the log and if they did help I can honestly say that the chocolate would not get onto the log as they would eat both trying to make it!!!!!!!!!!!!   They have managed to eat most of the Christmas cookies but they will have to wait for me to make some more until after Christmas now!!! 

I have managed to get most of my jobs done just some ironing to do now and finish the Christmas cake off by icing it and of course get things ready tomorrow for Christmas Day but that is it.  The weather peeps keep muttering on about snow over Christmas but not for us, it is just grey cloud and rain here BOOOOOOOOOO!  Saying that as it is dark all day the Christmas lights look wonderful!!!!

I hope your Christmas prep is going well.  Christmas Eve tomorrow. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

 

Merry PawMas

A Very Merry PawMas from myself and my Hoomans!

As you can see I have deigned to keep my Santa hat on for this Christmas post.

It has been very cold today and I did not want to get up this morning with Daddy to go out and have my breakfast early so I waited for the second shift of staff to arrive when Mom came down at 8.30am for my breakfast!

I don’t have any snow yet but I am keeping my paws crossed that we might.  The above picture was taken in 2010 the last time we had a lot of snow and my Boys were eleven and fifteen. 

Advance Ten years and this was taken last year when it was snowing.  My Boys were 21 and 25 but of course I have not changed a bit!

My Boys have been at home again today and I love it, Mom went out but I did not miss her!  Tomorrow everyone is at home Mom, Dad and The Boys!!   Yeah. 

I hope you all have the most wonderful of Christmas Holidays and Santa Paws delivers all those wonderful squeeky toys to you.  See you in the New Year.

Christmas Woofs, Treacle xx

Christmas Present.

Having been poorly for three weeks it put me behind in my Christmas prep, but over the last couple of weekends I have managed to catch up.  This past weekend I did the Christmas baking.  I am a terribly messy cook but that is half the fun!  I made 48 mince pies. 48 Christmas cookies and 24 gingerbread biscuits.  I still have to make the Christmas log and marzipan and ice the Christmas cake but I am hoping to get that done today.

Just before I started making the mince pies!

Christmas Cookies cooling.  These are the Cranberry and White Chocolate ones and DH took 24 to one of the companies we work with, for their Christmas lunch yesterday!

Mince pies done and cooling

We got the Christmas cards written and stamped ready to post out and the few in the village delivered. 

Christmas packages wrapped and ready for delivery.  I managed to get three lots delivered last week, DH & I went over to Nottingham on Saturday and delivered the rest then.  We saw DH’s Cousin who had an operation last year so instead of taking her for lunch, with all the new virus issues, we actually met her at home with safety in place.  We sat in her kitchen socially distanced with masks on except for when we had tea and had the door open for ventilation.  This was to protect her so that she is able to spend Christmas with her children.  We visited DH’s parents grave and placed a wreath and then we were going to go out for dinner but it was very busy in the City because I think everyone was making the most of things in case the rules changed again.  We dropped off a retirement gift for the swimming club and delivered the last of the village Christmas cards and then got home and had a takeaway!!

This little monkey was just sitting on our neighbours conservatory on Monday morning (!) probably no doubt eating one of my Spring bulbs I have planted(!)  Treacle fortunately did not see him, otherwise she would have been going mad!  We have had to have a new tumble dryer delivered as our old one was “burning” the clothes!  It is very quiet when it is working but makes a clunking sound when it starts.  I put it on to run overnight last night and It must have startled Treacle as she was barking at 3.00am!  Of course I was the only one who heard her!!!!!

Treacle is loving today as both Boys are home!  Youngest finished yesterday for Christmas as he has quite a bit of holiday left and they cannot carry it over so he will not be back at work until January 4th.  Eldest is off as he is busy trying to sort his latest project out and hopefully if all goes well he will also be starting on January 4th.  SO I have them at home, together, Hmm!!!  It is like when they were little and at home from school.  They really do revert to being six and ten years old despite now being 22 and 26!!!  Anyway Treacle is happy!

We had an early visit from Santa last week with the local Rotary Club collecting for their charity.

Youngest on the right and our Swimming Club Head Coach dancing at the Club Presentation Night last Friday.  The swimmers had a great night.

The above picture is outside the Swimming Club’s President’s House!

Above and Below are our outdoor Christmas lights, not that you can see much of them when all the vehicles are on the Drive!!!

I have ironing to do later and get those cakes done and tomorrow I have a meeting in the morning and then finish the final things.  DH finishes tomorrow and Thursday we will be getting the fresh food, I will be doing Home jobs and the final bits of washing and ironing and then we will be ready for the big day and for Santa to visit!!  Can’t wait for some down time!

I hope you are all having a lovely run up to Christmas. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

 

Christmas Past.

The above picture is my Grandmother, my Mom’s Mom, taken when she was in her early twenties.  I spent all my holidays with her and my Grandfather as both my parents worked.

In the run up to Christmas I got to help her with all the Christmas preparations.  My Great Grandmother also lived with them so Christmas was a real family affair.  Grandma always mader hear own door wreath from holly and greenery from Granddad’s garden.  She was also a great baker and would make the Christmas Cake, Pudding, Mince pies, biscuits and truffles.  In fact it was Grandma who taught me to bake.

The day the Goose arrived, which we always had for Christmas dinner, was a very busy day.  Grandma had a sitting room off her kitchen and we closed all the doors and Grandma would pluck the goose and I collected the feathers which she would use to re-stuff the cushions in the sitting room.  It was always great fun especially as the white feathers made it look like it was snowing. 

I used to help wrap the presents as well and Grandma was very creative with wrappings and I think this is where I have got my creativity from.  She also taught me to sew and she would help me make gifts for my friends for Christmas.   I loved the time spent getting ready for Christmas. 

On Christmas Day itself we went to Church in the morning and then we would get back home and my Mom would be helping with the dinner and I was allowed to make the gravy.  We always ate at about 2.00pm.  My Grandparents home was a big old Victorian house and the dining room overlooked their garden.  They had a large table which extended and we would have dinner and then sit afterwards and play board games.  Then we would move into the sitting room and watch a Christmas film and have Christmas cake and tea for supper. 

Boxing Day was a more relaxed day with everyone getting up a little later and helping themselves to breakfast and then luncheon was buffet style with the food laid out in the dining room for everyone to help themselves.  We took the dogs out for a walk before lunch and then spent the afternoon reading or playing board games again. 

This picture was taken in the 1960’s when my Grandparents were on holiday in Devon.  This is how I remember them.

I treasure the memories of my family Christmases and do hope that our Boys will remember ours in the same. way.  I hope you have enjoyed a look back at my Christmas Past.  I am going to, between Christmas & New Year, look out some more of the old pictures of our family and load them onto the computer.

I hope your Christmas preparations are going well. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle

 

The Wednesday Wag.

As it is The Wednesday Wag, Mom decided to do a #TBW pictures of me from the last few Christmas Holidays!!!!  I have had to wear some crazy head gear to please Santa Paws so I get my presents!!!

It has been very cold and rainy again today so I did not get up with Dad at 6.00am and only decided to go out and then have breakfast when Mom came down at 8.30am!!  It is these dark mornings I really am comfy in my basket and it is so nice and warm!!!!

I hope you are enjoying the run up to Christmas and having a great week.  Happy Woofy Wednesday. 

Treacle xx

Christmas is Coming.

Got some pictures of the decorations we have put up.  This is the sitting room bookcases below.

Our Nativity.

Some of my Christmas books waiting to be read.

Our fireplace decorations and candles.

Our Tree behind the sofa.

A close up of some of the decorations.

Our Dining Room has a few new decorations.

A few of the decorations in our kitchen.

Treacle helping with the pictures.

Peep Bo!!!!

The weather here over the last few days has been yuck, sleet/rain yesterday and cold and just a lot of rain today and high winds have been forecast for tonight again!  I think I would like the snow back please!!!

Tomorrow I have my booster jab for the Covid vaccine which I am hoping will not affect me.  DH had his a couple of weeks ago and just had a bit of a sore arm so am hoping that is all I will get!!  I don’t need to lose anymore days, I still have lots to do!! 

I hope you are all having a good week.

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Winter & Christmas.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ― Edith Sitwel

“At Christmas every body invites their friends about them, and people think little of even the worst weather. I was snowed up at a friend’s house once for a week. Nothing could be pleasanter.“ “Emma” Jane Austen

Literary Monday and two quotes which sum up the season!  We got our home decorated for Christmas over the weekend and The Boys helped. I will show you pictures tomorrow. Still have a few more jobs to do and hoping to get them done this week.  Also have a few nice things coming up including lunch with Jayne on Thursday.  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…….!

DH’s two events went well and the weather was kind for the light switch on.  This weekend we have another swimming event on Saturday evening and then DH is out all day Sunday at another swimming competiton which will give me time to finish off the jobs!  Cannot believe that it is only three weeks to Christmas!!!  I honestly don’t know where the time is going. 

I hope you lovely lot had a great weekend and a good week ahead. 

Hugs & Love, Susie & Treacle xx

Mom I need my Biscuit, it has gone past 12 midday!

All these Christmas decorations, I had better stay out of the way!!!

Celebration.

Youngest decided he wanted to stay in for his Birthday, so we had a takeaway dinner and then he opened his presents as he had been at work all day. 

Treacle getting in on the act, helping to open his presents!!

Eldest & Girlfriend.

Card opening!

DH & My Boys!!!!  They are all smiling for a change!!!

It was a lovely evening. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx