Saturday, June 30, 2012

July 1st - Red White & Blue Blog Hop


Welcome to the Red, White and Blue Blog Hop!

July 1st 2012

If you hop over to Jane's Fabrics and Quilts Blog you will see the Schedule for everyone hosting and all the days of the Hop (Link is on the left)

My Turn is on July 14th along with :

Diann C  (hosted by Jane's Fabrics and Quilts)

So please pop back on July 14th to see what I am up to, there will also be a Giveaway and don't forget to have a look at all the other blogs too.  

Happy Red, White and Blue Hopping!!


Saturday Start Up!

Its raining again!!!!  But hopefully tomorrow and the start of Carnival is due to be nice again, fingers and everything else crossed.

Today I am baking most of the day for the Dog Show on Monday evening.  I also have to sort through our Books and donate any we don't want anymore to the Book stall on Carnival Saturday, next week.  

Tonight is the swimming gala where we are taking part in our own Olympics.  We have each been given a colour of an Olympic Ring.  Our Club colours are Royal Blue with yellow highlights and the colour we have been given?   Green!!!!!  So we are going for an Hawaiian Leprechaun theme!!  I will have pictures!!!!!!

I have noticed that we are getting very close to 1000 views and my Giveaway.  As tomorrow is the start of the Red, White and Blue Blog Hop which lasts until July 16th, I will have my 1000 View Giveaway after this, so I don't confuse people as to what is going off.  So don't despair we will have the Giveaway just not yet.  It will also be before the Next Hop I am involved with which is Think Christmas, beginning on July 30th.

So, July will be Giveaway Month!!!!!

Begins Tomorrow!!!!!
Don't Forget the Red, White & Blue Blog Hop begins tomorrow and Hop over the Jane's Fabrics and Quilts for each day's schedule.

Hop back to me on July 14th.

Thanks for all of you who read my blog, especially those who find me on Find A Friend Friday, and to you who are following me.  It is really great to know that you are out there!

Have a sensational Saturday.

Susie x

Friday, June 29, 2012

That Friday Feeling

After yesterday's storms things have calmed down a little round here and it is now cooler.  Last night it was still very humid and I had the swimming run.  As you can imagine the pool was like a sauna.  Not bad for the kids in costumes but for all of us sat around waiting for them!  I think I must have lost about three pounds just sitting there!

Two Days To Go!!!!

Don't forget the Red, White & Blue Blog Hop begins on July 1st so Hop over to Jane's Fabrics and Quilts to see the schedule for each day. Or by clicking on the link to the left will take you there too.

Now I have another confession!  Usually I don't have the sound on my computer, especially working all day, I cannot stand all the bleeping!!!  Well I copied the above button from Jane's site and my sound is on today (must be the Boys!!!) and there is music with it!!!!!!  So if, like me you don't have your sound on, put it on; its great!!!!!!

I am Hopping on July 14th!  There is a small tutorial and a Giveaway!

Also July 1st sees the start of our Carnival.  Posting may be a little haphazard next week but I will try and keep up!

Sunday is Crowning of the Carnival Queen and picnic on the park and the Scarecrow Judging, which I organised.  Monday is Junior Football and the Dog Show so we are keeping everything crossed for the weather!!!!!

Our garden during the storm yesterday

Looking out at the front.

This rain was pounding down

The road flooding and we are on a hill!
The photographs don't really convey how bad the storm was yesterday!  It was so dark all our lights were on and it was still dark and the thunder and lightning and rain was unbelievable!  The Boys school got a direct lightning strike and all their power went out!
Today is also quite windy!  This is summer here!!!!!!
Hope you have a lovely weekend, there will be no quilting done for the next week as it will be manic here!
Susie x

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

This is what it felt like!!! (courtesy of

We have just had, over the last two hours, the most horrendous thunderstorm!  Treacle has been quaking in her paws and I must say one or two thunderclaps have been so bad, so have I!

One was so bad that it rattled the windows at the back of our house and it registered on the alarm panel, as if someone was banging on the windows!

I had to power down all the computers in case the power went out, it usually does, but we escaped that.  The rain was so bad at one point the road was beginning to flood and we are on a hill!  

It has calmed down now so I will go back to doing the cleaning!!

Scared Susie & Treacle x



A Pathwork of Things!

It's Thursday today and another busy day here, not only work to do but house things to do as well!  This post is a little bit of everything, just like a quilt!

My very good friend, Jayne, gave me, for my birthday, a gift card and this is what I bought with it :

I Haven't read them yet, I am saving them for when I have time!

This morning, early, I went out into the garden and took these pictures of the flowers.  It is starting to fill out, although the slugs and snails have already eaten my seeds which had just begun to grow!  

My cottage garden starting to fill out.

The Honeysuckle surrounded by flowers.
 I took these pictures later on.  Treacle's nemesis!  I just have to make sure that Treacle doesn't land in the flowers when she is trying to chase the squirrel!

On the lookout for Treacle!

Escape!  This was through the window of our Den, which is why there is a slight glare!

Have a Thrilling Thursday.

Susie x

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Wednesday Wag

Just look what happens when your back is turned!  I went out this morning and stayed out as it was a nice day, not sunny but still warm, and I just came back in for a drink and look what Mom has done now!!!!!!

And where I am supposed to sleep?  Is Mom's bed free I wonder?!!!!!
 My basket is being used as a store while she works.  Her desk was messy and she needed room to work, so Mom has moved all her quilting stuff into my basket!  

It has been busy round here for the last few days, Mom has been sorting all the entries out for the Dog Show and getting the route for the Scarecrow judging done and writing lists so she doesn't forget anything, except the list.

I need to get myself tidy for Monday as I am in the Dog Show.  The Boys have entered me for Adult Dog Category 3 - 6 Years Old, Best Young Handler 12 and above (Youngest is doing that with me), Most Ear-Ristible Ears (they really are beautiful you know!) and Best Wag.  When I have a tennis ball in my mouth my tail is like a helicopter!

The next week is going to be very busy and I suspect they will all be in and out during the day and the evening, but that's okay I get to play on all the beds, especially if its hot.  It will be soon time for me to go to the hairdressers!

Hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday.


 Free Clipart Picture of an Animal Paw Print


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Half Way There

This is about what my desk looked like this morning!
I have managed to finish half of my work, so I am getting there!  The rest can be done tomorrow as it is now getting on for the Boys coming home, getting homework done, piano practice done and then off to Tennis for Youngest and Swimming for Eldest, oh and fit in preparing and eating dinner somewhere in all that!

Wimbledon should be longer than two weeks!
I am in seventh heaven at the moment as Wimbledon has started.  So far we haven't had too many rain delays!
On Saturday last Eldest went down to the racetrack for a 4 x 4 experience we had bought him last year after completing his exams.  He had a great time, learned a few more things about driving.  Youngest and Girlfriend came too and afterwards we had lunch at Pizza Hut.

Here are some pictures of the day.
Getting the controls sorted, this was an automatic, first time he had driven one.

Starting off slow and slight hill.

I have to go down there?  Not quite vertical but getting that way!

Always good to play in water.

Don't get it stuck!

You can swim if we do get stuck?  Can he swim Ha!!!!

Safely out!

I want one!!!!!!!

Heading into the woods.

Another hill!

 Susie x

My Quilting Gift from The Boys

Isn't he cute?

In all the rush I forgot to show you the other small gift the Boys bought me for my Birthday!

Every year there is a competition at Quilt Club and last year was a Toy.  Anyway at the Quilt Show at the beginning of June some of the Toys were for sale, to raise funds for the Club and DH bought me this one.  I love elephants and as a child Dumbo was one of my favourite films and this one looks like Dumbo!

I had only been out of hospital a week when it was the meeting for the competition so I didn't get my toy completed.  It was all cut out and it was going to be a pig but I will finish it hopefully sometime!

Lots of work to do today and trying to catch up on the laundry tonight.  Sunday sees the start of Carnival with Crowning Sunday and Picnic on the Park, we are all keeping our fingers crossed that the weather is good.  On Saturday I have to bake most of the day for the Dog Show on Monday evening for the refreshments!  SO I don't want it to be too warm on Saturday!  Never satisfied!

I have another post which I will try and get done later of what we did on Saturday!

Susie x


Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Over With!

I think I will get this engraved and put up!  It is definitely my excuse this week!

 After the hectic previous few days today was supposed to be a sort out for work and home!

Not so, I took our winter double duvet and the Boys single winter duvets for professional washing at the end of last month.  They all went away together and were supposed to be back last week.  I went in and only a single one was back.  I was assured that today the others would be back.  In I duly go, the double is back!  I am still awaiting the last single one!

I had two other errands to run, the post office and the copier place and then I remembered I had to got to the bookstore as my good friend Jayne, her daughter Emily had been in hospital for an emergency operation.  She is now out and on the mend but I wanted to get her some books to stave off the boredom of being in bed.  

I called round to see her and she looked quite pale but getting better.  These are the friends who are also moving from the Village and they have now sold, so hopefully will be on the move soon.

I then had to call at another friend's house in the village but they were out!  Eldest had a late session for one of his classes, so I have been coming in and out of our home like a yo yo and Treacle has given up coming to the door when I come in.  The last time she just raised her head up off her basket, looked at me and then went back to sleep!!!!

Tomorrow I have to catch up on all the work I did not do today and still tidy the house!

Quilting, you ask!  What quilting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susie x

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Busy Doing Nothing......!

After the Whirlwind of the last five days, which I have had a blast, but the early mornings and late evenings have finally caught up with me!  So I am busy doing nothing today!!!

Not strictly true as I have some business work which I must do today before work tomorrow!!!!

I just wanted to remind everyone that one week today the Red, White & Blue Blog Hop begins and you can find the schedule here :


My day is July 14th so come back and see what I am up to on that date but check in with all those blog hopping, as there are going to be some great projects and giveaways.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend and Happy Quilting

Susie x

Friday, June 22, 2012

What A Whirlwind!

Bridge to Reception
Champney's Springs where I went for my spa day.
It has been an hectic few days here.  The Boys and DH treated me to a day at the spa for my birthday and I had the best time ever.  Because I did not do anything all day except lay around reading my book!!!

They then took me out for a great Chinese meal in the evening, so I was thoroughly spoilt and I loved every minute of it.

China China where we ate in the evening.

 Yesterday saw DH and I heading to Ponds Forge in Sheffield to see our swimmer, Molly Renshaw, try and get into the Olympic team for 200m Breaststroke.  Sad to say but unfortunately she did not make the time required which was 2:26.89.  She did the 200m in 2:27.72 so just missed out.  Now although there is a spot left for the Breaststroke event at 200m, the British Swimming Team will not be taking anyone as Molly just missed out this time!

Molly Renshaw
Molly preparing to Swim
 Britain appears to be the only Country which has two qualifying rounds (all the other Countries have one), if we only had one then Molly would have qualified in March.  None of us can see the sense of this and representations have been made to the Swimming Team selectors but I don't think she will be allowed to go.  However because of her swim yesterday she did get a Gold Medal and is National Champion.

Today DH and I have been in Nottingham getting my Jeep MOT done and seeing one of his Aunts and doing a little bit of shopping!

The weather has been atrocious all day, really since yesterday and although yesterday was the Longest Day the weather is making it feel like November!

We had to be at the swimming pool yesterday by 6.30am for the Heats and the finals were run in the evening, we then went to our Swimming Club meeting last night so did not get home until 10.00pm.  As you can imagine we are both shattered!

Again we had to be up early and at the garage at 8.00am so another early start.  We also have a very busy weekend ahead so I think by Monday I will be asleep in the corner somewhere!

No quilting done, although I did collect my quilt after the show a couple of weeks ago.  I am trying to finish Treacle's quilt!  

Happy Weekend and Quilting.

Susie x

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Wednesday Wag

Today is a quiet day at home, I have the place to myself!  So can dabble on the computer to my hearts content.  Why you ask?

Well its Mom's Birthday today, Happy Birthday Mommy!

Dad and The Boys have treated her to a day out at the Spa and she was whisked off there after The Boys had left for school.  She won't be back until this evening and I am sure she will be having a great day.

Now what can I do????????????

Mom will never know I was on her bed!!!!


 Free Clipart Picture of an Animal Paw Print

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I didn't Mean to Moan!

This would be Youngest if I asked him to sell my patchwork things!!!!!!  Love this Picture!!!
This would be Eldest; In fact I think I have a few actual pictures like this!!!!!

Today was not meant to be a moan as my previous post, but it just made me annoyed that I was missing from the Followers of the blogs I read!  Especially when I don't understand why it happened!!!!!

I was going to write today about the great fun I have had over the last few days looking around blog land for ideas and tips about creating patchwork things to sellAs you know it is Carnival in our Village soon and in the Village Hall on the main Carnival Day there are craft stalls, where people pay for a table to sell their homemade wares.

Obviously I don't have anything for this year but am going to spend between now and next year putting things together so that I will be able to have a Table next year.  Obviously because I am so busy on the Day normally I will have to persuade someone else to run it for me!  

Now do you think Eldest or Youngest would be the best???????????????????

If you have Boys you will know why I am splitting my sides thinking of either them selling pin cushions, needle cases and anything else I can think of to make patchworky!!!!!!!!!

Anyway I have spent enough time looking round blog land, I had better finish Treacle's quilt or else she will be moaning again!

Susie x

Okay, So What is Going On?

The Invisible Woman Movie Poster (27 x 40 Inches - 69cm x 102cm) (1940) Style C -(John Barrymore)(Virginia Bruce)(John Howard)(Charlie Ruggles)(Oscar Homolka)(Margaret Hamilton)

I, like a lot of other bloggers, have a blog list which I read every day.  Now on all those blogs I have put myself down as an openly following this blog person.  

Well today I clicked on to one of the blogs I read every day and I didn't come up as a follower.  SO I put myself down as a follower again and there I appeared.  I checked all of the other blogs I follow and the same thing, I had disappeared from the list?!!!!!!!!

So what is going on?  Anyone know?

So if I am a follower of your blog and I then appear not to be, please don't think its me, I think it is either Blogger or Google!!!!!!!!  

It's either that or I am becoming invisible!  I think that some times at our house when I am telling the boys off for something,  I know they can hear but I just seem invisible!!!!! 

Is there anyone out there...............???????

Susie x


Monday, June 18, 2012

Confession Time


I have a confession to make!  With regard to my TV Viewing!

Now some of you know, who read my blog, I love Sci Fi.  So Stargate, Star Trek (all of them), Star Wars anything really set in the future or space.    I also loved and still do, The X-Files.  

Recently I have been watching a mixture of programmes.  We all love A Town Called Eureka and Warehouse 13, Eldest and I have been watching Alcatraz.  I have been watching Grimm (I really like this new program). Also Sanctuary and all the CSIs'.

Desperate Housewives has just finished and I really liked it.  I loved how many murders were committed by the Wives and they got away with it!

We also love Ice Road Truckers, IRT Deadliest Roads and Pawn Stars. I also love Bones and have read all of Kathy Reichs Books. 

However my most favourite at the moment is Hart of Dixie!  I just love the characters, especially Lemon Breeland.  Although a modern day setting, it has all the wonders of old South.  So this has now replaced Desperate Housewives. 

What I want to know is that when there is a good programme why do the studio bosses not renew it, just because it doesn't get fantastic ratings?  They are not renewing Alcatraz but it really was good and Eureka is finishing despite the stories still being good!  

Anyway I would love to hear about your favourite programmes.  

Happy Monday

Susie x

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day DH x
 There is nothing like a relaxing Father's Day for Dad.

Or, as we started the day,  with no power!  No cups of tea, no cooked breakfast!!!!!  To add insult to injury DH had to then unblock the toilet!!!!!  Things got a little better as the power came back on and the toilet issue was not as bad as we thought.  

We did have a lovely lunch with The Boys and Girlfriend and I am cooking his favourite dinner tonight too. 

So although the day started a little wonky it straightened out just fine.

I hope you are all having a great day.

Susie x

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday At Last

Friday this week has been a long time coming!  Do you ever get weeks like that where sometimes they fly by and others seem to drag, endlessly!  Well this week has been like that here.  DH has been at a business exhibition all week at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) in Birmingham about an hour away from where we live by car.  He has been leaving at 6.00am every morning as the traffic is so bad.  However a big gardening show has also been on at the centre and they and he have been coming out at the same time to come home.  So although he has been leaving at 5.30pm he has not been getting home until 8.00pm!!!

I have been doing all the extras with the Boys this week and I have been getting up with DH as well.  I am so afraid of going back to sleep and then not getting up in time to get the Boys off to school I have to get up.  So with early mornings and late nights, I am sooooo tired!

Quilting has been doing okay this week.  Jayne's table runner was delivered to its new home and Treacle's quilt is almost done, here is a sneak peak of it.

The centre of Treacle's quilt - My first go at applique

Some of the quilting done.


When I hit 5,000 views I am having a Giveaway and here is what I am giving away:

A Make Yourself At Home Mug and Rug

And Another Make Yourself At Home Mug and Rug

So if you would like one of the above get viewing.  When we hit that magic 5,000 I will let you know what to do.

We have a busy weekend ahead as well but I will try and get Treacle's quilt completed and then I will be onto Eldest's quilt.

I hope you have a terrific weekend wherever you are and Happy Quilting

Susie x

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Silly Things

A friend of mine sent me this yesterday!  Perhaps you agree with it and perhaps you don't!  It is funny though.  What I want to know is who thinks up all of these?

Susie x


A Tour Round Our Garden

The start of my cottage garden bed.  The white stuff is gravel and shale to stop the slugs and snails!

Our little veg bed with lettuce and tomatoes growing.

Treacle's lookout spot, she can see quite a bit from the top of the steps!

The top of the garden and our deck

Looking towards the house from the top of the garden

Right at the top of the garden.

The patio and my wisteria over the pond.

DH and I have been getting the garden into shape after its winter hibernation.  Fortunately we have had a few weekends where the weather has been okay to get out and do the jobs.  

It is like the cleaning, I hate starting it but when the job is done I am really pleased I did it.  We have had to cut down some of the bushes and tidy quite a few up, but it is better than pulling weeds!

Here are a few pictures of what it looks like now.  We still have some work to do but hopefully over the next few weeks we can finish it.  Then it will just be keeping it like it!!!!!

Happy Thursday and Quilting.  (Treacle's quilt is now being quilted)

Susie x