Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I Have A Sore Head!!!!!





No I haven't lost the plot yet but am losing the will to live, trying to sort out a new host for my blog!!!!!

As you know trying to upgrade this one so I can load as many pictures as I want has not happened and I cannot contact anyone at Google to sort it out!!!

DH, who knows all things computer and is not only an Engineer he also can write computer code, is trying to build a new blog on Wordpress, which even he says is not easy!!!!  

With all this going off we are extremely busy with work and some problems which are happening there too and then trying to sort The Boys out as well, I really don't know if I am coming or going at the moment!!!!

Quilting seems to have got lost in the mix somewhere and I need to get sorting as we now have the Schedule for the Wicked Blog Hop, hosted by Wicked Wendy and I am on the First Day!!!!!! Oh my
 


It all begins on Monday October 22nd and ends, of course, on Wednesday October 31st, Halloween!!!!!

Here is the Schedule for the Monday :


Monday, October 22nd

Don't forget to stop by and see all the clever ladies who are hosting an event.  I can't wait.  There will also be a little Giveaway on my day too.  I have an idea of what to do and have all the material sitting on my desk waiting for me to play, now I just need to find some spare time.

I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday, today is normally The Wednesday Wag but Treacle has been under the weather recently (trips to the vets included in the rushing around!)  The vet thinks its the weather (!!!!!) which is not good here at the moment.  Only I could have a neurotic dog!!!!

Susie x  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Back To School!

Eldest in his Upper Sixth suit!

Youngest ready for Year 8

My Boys!

I know they have been back at school for two weeks now, but I found these photographs on my camera card when I was transferring them to the computer!!  Too much technology!!!

This will be the last year I can get this style of picture as it is Eldest's last year at school!!!!  Next year, hopefully, he will be heading off to Uni.  

They only ever look like this on the first day!  After that the uniform seems to go down hill, until it is replaced for the start of the next year; LOL!

Got to go out today and run some errands and then get back and finish some work.  Treacle is in charge today, no doubt she will be on the computer later!

Have a Wicked Wednesday (We will all soon be Wicked in the new Blog Hop coming up soon.  Don't miss it!!)

Susie x

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Something Quilt Related At Last!



The picture hasn't turned out too well but this quilt was stunning

A closer view of the applique work.
Hopefully Tuesday will prove a little easier than Monday was!

Quilt Club was last night and it was a bring and buy sale for Charity.  We all brought a lot of things, we all bought a lot of things and not much left over and we raised over £80 for the Charity this year.   I was very restrained and only bought these:

Six Quilting Magazines for 40p each!
Show and tell was very short as everyone had been too busy sorting things out to bring and sell.  The Quilt above was by one of our older ladies who decided she wanted a project to keep her busy for a few months!  She finished it in a week!!!!!  The pictures are not very good but it was stunning and I am very envious.

It was a lovely evening.  I was sitting next to one lady whose daughter has just started her second year at Uni and I was talking to her about all the form filling and nervous weeks when waiting to hear back!  I think you always feel better having talked to people who have gone through it, sometimes you feel so alone when trying to navigate through something new and unchartered!  

Tonight I am going to quilt, come hell or high water; which the high water part would be pretty funny as we live on a steep hill!!!!!!

Got to catch up on some business work and then sort out my walk in closet.  We are having a charity collection at the Swimming Club to raise funds for the kids and my closet at the moment is very messy as I am half way through swapping my summer for winter things and sorting through what I want to get rid of.   

The weather here is getting cooler by the day and I am sat at my desk now with a vest top, jumper and cardigan on, thick jeans and, as The Boys call them, my non-Uggs!  They look like Uggs but aren't and are only meant to be worn in the house, but they keep my feet lovely and warm!!!!  I am also trying to walk in some new shoes for a party we are going to at the beginning of October, my feet also hurt!

My new shoes

My non-Uggs!!!!!!!
The leaves haven't started to fall yet, because of all the rain we have had this year but they are starting to turn colour and I can't wait to see the wonderful reds and oranges.

I hope you are having a Terrific Tuesday. 

Susie 
x

Monday, September 17, 2012

Go Away Monday!!!


Planking: This white cat could be hardly noticed while sleeping stiff as a board across a camouflaging white sheet
Don't you just love this picture?  Oh to be a cat and this relaxed!

How is your Monday?  So far mine has not gone as planned.  

I had to take Youngest to the Doctors this morning and despite our appointment time, the Doctor was running forty five minutes late!  Anyway he has managed to damage the tendon on the top of his right arm, so we have some anti-inflammatory cream and he has to rest it.  Which means no sport at school for two weeks and he can still go swimming but only do kick sets, ie just use his legs!  He only missed one lesson this morning so no too bad.

I am also having trouble with blogger.  I had noticed with a couple of other ladies who blog who have had the same problem when they have reached their free download limit.  This of course if for pictures.  I decided I was going to pay for the extra storage and keep everything else the same.  

I arranged it and paid Google with my credit card.  As it was such a small amount by credit card company called to see if was a transaction I had authorised.  I said yes and that this small amount would be going out every month and I knew about it so don't block it! 

Last month, again, I had a note from Google to say my payment had been blocked by my credit card company and I needed to go in and authorise it again.  I called my card company and complained and they said that Google is always blocked and even though I said it was okay they would still automatically block it!!!!!  As you can imagine I had words with them.  I tried to have words with Google with no luck.  They won't take one yearly payment and you can't pay them any other way!

I am now looking into other ways of hosting my blog and will let you know in due course what is happening.  I hope that all my Followers and anyone who reads my blog will follow me wherever I go.  I hate it when everything is settled and then this makes it all change!

I hate change!  I want to be that cat!  We all know that the best bit about blogs is the pictures!!  Sorry for a moaning Monday.

The weekend was not too bad, although very busy and I am still hobbling about but the pain is starting to ease now.  I still don't have my car!  The part was held up in Customs over here!!!!!  I think the Karmic worlds is against me at the moment.

At least it's Quilt Group tonight, yeah.

Have a Happy Monday.

Susie x

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Is This a Quilting Blog?

This came from Shadywood Quilts website But I think it is so accurate!!!!
Yes, it's supposed to be!!!  But there hasn't been much quilting of late!  Everyday I have the best intentions of when I have finished my work and got the house and Boys sorted I will sit down and do the quilting, which is starting to pile up.

However, last night I fully intended to do the above and then with things happening; driving lesson, grocery shopping, homework, getting dinner, DH being late because of traffic jams, it was 8.45pm before everything was finished!

I looked at my sewing and decided I was too tired to even think about sitting down to do any.   

I have got up this morning with my right leg and back hurting and I think I may have trapped a nerve on that side whilst asleep last night!  I had trouble down the right hand side whilst I was expecting our Eldest and every so often this happens.  I can't sit, lie or stand at the moment and if I do after ten minutes it hurts!  I don't think there will be any quilting done for a bit :(

I have also, taking notice of Rule Number 1 above, just bought this new fabric

A lovely Layer Cake which I am going to make into a quilt with another one I have.

A bundle of Moda Fabric in Autumn colours and I love it.

A better picture of the stack.
I bought this from Crazyquiltgirl Fabric Shop (www.crazyquiltgirlfabricshop.com).  Corinna Jones runs the online shop and also has a blog.   She has a great range of Moda Charm Squares, of which I can only get a few in the UK, and she also has an Ebay shop too.  She is really helpful and shipped my order the next day.  
 
I can't wait to start creating with it but I think it will have to wait until I am feeling better!!!  Now where did I put the painkillers?!!!

Have a Thrilling Thursday and happy Quilting to those of you able to!

Susie x

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Wednesday Wag



Happy Wednesday everyone.  It has been very quiet around here since my Boys have gone back to that place called school.

On Monday after Mom had been to see the bikes come through the village, she and her friend came back for coffee and brought my good friends, Mac and Purdy with her.  I generally play with them when we are on our walks, but we got to play in the garden instead.

This is me looking out of the kitchen door windows at the two, yes two, squirrels running around in my garden!  I am not happy! However Mom won't let me out to sort them out which is not fair!!!!!

I have also been in trouble this week as I managed to eat a whole pot of casserole which was de-frosting in the sink!  I managed it by standing on my hind legs and pulling up with my front paws.  It was lovely and had defrosted enough for me to eat it!  I was also in trouble last week as I managed to eat half a pound of butter as well!

Mom was not happy with me and I was put on half rations until my tummy had sorted it self out, which if finally did yesterday!!!!

(This Was Treacle over the last few days poorly sick - Mom)
So I have been confined to my basket for the last few days, while Mom has been working, hopefully I will soon be back in her good books!  Oh well, I just couldn't help myself.  I now have a new name from the Boys; A meat/butter licker!!!!!



Have a Wonderful Wednesday.  

Treacle
Animal Paw Print

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11th


On this day of remembering my Grandmother, we also remember all those who were lost on this day in 2001.

A book I read afterwards by Patricia Carrington, Julia Collins, Claudia Gerbasi and Ann Haynes, four widows of 9/11, had a profound affect on me. It is a book of loss and hope and I urge anyone who has not read it to do so.

The Title is "Love You, Mean It".  It came about after Julia shouted it out to their helicopter pilot during a visit to Scottsdale.  It became their saying between themselves.

Since 9/11 I always make sure that when DH and The Boys go out the door, I tell them to be safe and I love them.  

Love You, Mean It.

Susie x

My Grandma!



My Grandma at Disneyland in 1981

On August 24th my Grandmother (on my Mom's side) would have been 110 Years Young!

Grandma is the one who taught me to sew, cook and keep house and looked after me whilst my Mom went to work. My Mom went back to work when I started school at the age of five and every holiday I spent with my  Grandma and Grandpa at their house, near where we lived, or at their holiday home in Skegness!  

When I was five my Great Grandmother also lived with my Grandparents and I got to spend some time with her too.   

My Grandma in 1926
My Grandma was born in Wales in 1902 and her sister was born two years later.  Her father was a Blacksmith and mother stayed at home looking after the girls.  Her Dad moved around the country with his Blacksmith job and eventually settled in Nottingham where they put down roots.  When the Girls were grown up and married her mother bought a shop, selling sweets, newspapers and general groceries, she ran this until she retired at the age of 68!

Grandma also had her own shop, but only selling sweets!  Grandpa was born in Lancashire in 1897 and was the eldest of three, he had two sisters.  His family moved to Nottingham in the early 1920's when he met Grandma and as they say, the rest is history. They married in May 1929 and my Mom arrived in October 1929!!!!!!

My Grandparents on holiday in 1954

Grandpa was a civil engineer and worked in and around Nottingham all his life but Grandma gave up her shop when she was 50 and became a Housewife.  She was 62 when I arrived on the scene and was a real Grandma.  We had so much fun during the holidays with me helping out cleaning the silver and brass items, helping clean the house.  

She taught me how to bake and did a very good job as everyone likes the cakes I make.  She always said you could either bake or make bread but not both and in our home it was true.  Grandma could bake but not make bread, my Mom could make bread but not bake and I can bake but not make bread (I have a breadmaker now, so cheat!!!!).

Grandma also taught me to sew, embroider, crochet and knit.  I am much better at sewing and embroidery than I am at crochet and knitting (too many holes in them!!!!).

 We also used to spend weekends together as a family.  The summer would be spent in the garden or going out for walks with the dogs and in the winter months after dinner on a Saturday we would spend the afternoon playing board games.   One day stands out in particular, I must have been about 7 or 8 and they got Monopoly out.  My Grandma had a sitting room off the kitchen and it was always warm and cosy and this particular Saturday was cold and rainy.  We set the board up and played all afternoon and it was great fun. We then sat around the fire in the evening having supper.  

I also used to help Grandpa in the garden, which was his pride and joy.  When I learnt how to do cartwheels I was not allowed to do them on his grass as I made a mess!!!!  At the bottom of his garden he had his vegetable patch, which fascinated me as it had no paths.  One side there were three apple trees, and a greenhouse and the rest was a vast area of soil for the veg.  During the War he had built an Anderson Shelter there for the family.  He taught me how to plant and look after the veg and the garden.  He also taught me how to look after the car, checking the air in the tyres and washing it and checking the oil!

My Grandpa died at the age of 80 and I was 13.  My Grandma carried on and in fact outlived my Mom and died at the age of 86 when I was 24.  She was the last of my family and I miss her and them all the time. 

When I think of all the history she saw during her lifetime and the advances of mankind, it was an amazing journey and I hope that they know how much I miss them and are proud of what I have done with my life and my family.

I hope you all have a Terrific Tuesday and happy Quilting.

Susie x
 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Finally Caught Up!








I have finally caught up on reading the Blogs I follow!  Phew!  I don't seem to have got my head around blogging again since getting back from Vacation! Either I forget to blog something or I realise I haven't read any of the blogs.  I will get back into the swing of things probably just before the next holiday with the Boys!!!!!

I have also caught up on the TV programmes I had recorded whilst away.  Which is a good job as some of my favourite shows are back for the Autumn, including Masterchef Australia and you know how much I love that show!  It started last night with a special two hour show and it was great! Now I just need "Bones" to be back and I will be okay for TV watching during those dark Autumn days!!!!!


 
 

Susie x

Monday Morning Mayhem!

This is what this Monday morning felt like, peaceful as we start the road to the Weekend.

Normally Monday is a day of peace and quiet after an hectic weekend.  

This weekend saw us with Girlfriend round on Friday evening and a family BBQ as the weather has been so nice.  Saturday we were at the Produce Show in the Village and I was helping out with the tea and cakes.  I had gone downstairs to ask the Stewards for their drinks orders and came back to find what seemed like hundreds of people looking at the entries!  I didn't even get to take any pictures, they all appeared as from nowhere! 

It was a great success and at 5.00pm it was finished and we had cleared up but it was a whirlwind of activity!  Saturday evening was a swimming meet and DH and Eldest went.  Sunday we spent doing all the jobs we didn't do Saturday.

Bradley Wiggins won The Tour De France 2012
So back to Monday morning; DH off to work, Boys off to school and Treacle and I ready for the day!  What's this?  The Tour of Britain Cycle Race 2012 will be coming through the village at 10.50am?  Bradley Wiggins will be racing (Winner of this year's Tour de France and Olympic Gold).  Off we went to stand at the corner where they will race round.  The Village School had got the young children out to watch and the older children had walked to the park to see them go past.  The Race was then proceeding to go past the Senior School, where the Boys are, for a sprint stage.

This was about the tenth Police Motor Bike

One of the Officials Cars

This is part of the Sky Team and we think Bradley Wiggins!

And The Rest

Tail End Charlies!!!!!

And All the Support Cars.

 So in a flash it was all over!  Too much excitement for a Monday morning really.  I am now home and need to do all the work I should have done this morning!!!!!

Have a Great Monday and happy Quilting.

Susie x

 

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Thursday Things!




My Think Christmas small Quilt finally completed.

I added the binding in the same fabric as the house block.
This was my other finish from our vacation, the binding on my Think Christmas small quilt.  Our competition for Quilt Club this year is an embellished item, so I thought I might do some embellishments on this for my entry.

The first day of School is over and the Boys got on well.  I went to the exhibition at Kedleston Hall but we were not allowed to take pictures (!)  It is a National Trust property and they can be funny about pictures being taken. 

The exhibition was by ladies who had taken inspiration from different parts of the Hall for their work and every piece was very different.  The two quilts were in the main entrance to the Hall and they were stunning and it is such a shame I can't show you.  

The trip in the afternoon filled my first day without the Boys nicely and as Wednesday is the only evening we don't do an after school activity, it was nice to sit down to family dinner in the evening.

My car is still poorly and is now waiting for a piece to arrive from the US!  This won't be here for about another week and then they have to fit it!  I love my car (!) I want my car back!!!!! Oh well.

Today is a home day, as in I have to do house jobs and then some work.  Tonight is our Swimming Club evening where I am for three hours (!) and tomorrow I have to go grocery shopping as well as making two cakes for the Village Produce Show on Saturday.  This is the Village competition for people who have grown things, made things and created things.  I am putting in my American Quilt for the sewing section.  I have not managed to make any jam this year because of everything which has happened, oh well. 

Saturday night is a swimming gala and Eldest is taking part, Sunday more house jobs!  I will get quilting eventually!!!!!

I have signed by to be Very Wicked in a few weeks time so have a look at which I have been up to (now where is my Halloween fabric, must get on with it!!!!)  There will also be a Giveaway, something spooky.

Hope you have a Thrilling Thursday and happy Quilting.

Susie x

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Don't Like Today!


Sad Treacle, The Boys aren't at home!!!!

Treacle and I are sad today!  The Boys went back to school after the summer break and it does not seem five minutes since they broke up for the holidays!

I hate it when they go back to school!

This last week has been a whirl of sorting things out for back to school and Eldest, now he has turned seventeen and taking driving lessons, sorting out a car for him.  This was not to bad as we found a little Volkswagen Polo at the local dealership, we sorted out the details and picked the car up on Friday last!  Good job as my car decided it needed to go to the car hospital on the same day so at least I still have a car, Eldest's!!!!  He is not too happy but at least I am still mobile!!!!

Why are these things sent to try us?

Over the weekend Youngest was at Scout Camp sailing and other water things.  He had the best time ever and the weather was great, although everything he took with him came back wet and damp.  So everything has been washed including his sleeping bag!!!!!

Trent Lock Scout Activity Centre
The Scout Camp - it is on an island off the shore at Trent Lock

Today I have a few jobs to do this morning and at lunch I am going out with a friend for lunch and to see an Exhibition of needlework, including quilting, at Kedleston Hall which is not too far from where I live.  I will hopefully have some pictures later.

I hope everyone has had a lovely summer and are now getting ready for all the things that autumn brings.

Happy Quilting

Susie x