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Friday, 15 February 2019

We Stayed In!!!

Well the night out didn't happen last night as we had realised that it would probably be very busy everywhere with it being Valentine's Day. Instead we snuggled up in front of a DVD with scrambled eggs and beans on toast and really enjoyed it.

After a heavy frost to start the morning it has now turned into a beautiful day. It's a little hazy but the sun is out and I have just been watching a beautiful Buzzard soaring in the sky in search of his lunch.
The bird feeders are still busy apart from the new one Andy bought me last week. It's a window feeder but the birds don't seem to want to come near it which is a bit disappointing.

I have just put a huge pot of minced beef and onions on to simmer and it is smelling so good. Some will be used for our meal tonight and the rest will have various beans, tomatoes and chilli powder added to be put into the freezer for later meals.

The weekend will see me out both days. Saturday I am off to the market in Derby for a few sewing essentials and Sunday I am going to the food shop at Trentham Shopping Village to stock up on some things I have run out of.
Andy will be cooking Sunday lunch so it will be a nice relaxing couple of days.

Are you doing anything nice this weekend?
Hope you have a great one.
Sheila-x-

Thursday, 14 February 2019

A Bit Of A Teary Day!!!

I woke up this morning feeling really sad and tearful. I still feel heartbroken that Smudge is no longer here and I miss him so much.
I know a lot of people would say..."oh God...it's only a dog" but after spending twenty four hours a day, seven days a week with him over the last eight years and nursing him through a mangled leg after two dogs attacked him, an operation for a growth in his throat, various other ops and also having to bathe his eyes every day he just felt like a little person to me.
I'm still finding it a shock to walk into the living room and him not be on his blanket or into the bedroom at night and not find him on his bed.
I am hoping that when Spring comes and we can scatter his ashes that I will be able to start and get over it.
Andy has asked if I would like another dog but I have said no. I wouldn't want a puppy and I'm not sure about taking on a rescue dog with issues even though I know people with rescue dogs that are fine.
My main thought here is the girls. They both knew Smudge all of their lives and I would be scared of anything bad happening with a new dog. Smudge was quite happy to share toys once he had gutted them and never snarled or snapped at the girls but there is just that worry there so I think for now it's better to be safe.

So I am just having a mooching day today. I have bought my old crafting carousel down from upstairs and got rid of all the dried up metallic pens and other stuff it held and filled it with sewing tools so that everything is all together and now I am off up for a bath as DD is taking me out tonight. I have no idea where....she just told me to be ready for when she got home and not to cook any tea so I will do as I am told.

Hope you are all having a lovely day.
Sheila-x-

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Hurray For Sewing Bee!!!

I am absolutely overjoyed that Great British Sewing Bee is back on TV.
Some great characters for this series and I love the new presenter.
That's me sorted out for 9pm on Tuesday nights then.

My own sewing is coming along with two aprons cut out and two more to do (I couldn't make a decision between two fabrics so I went for both). The binding is basted onto one of the cut out ones and I just need to get the machine set up.
I don't know if that will be today though as I am late getting started after going into town this morning and I have a few little jobs to do before I can have any me time.
There was only a list of salad ingredients and a couple of things for Andy to be picked up but in T***o I splurged a whole 16p on four jars of mincemeat they had on yellow sticker (use by date is Nov 2020). I am going to use it to make mincemeat cakes for pack ups.

No Ruby today as she has a very busy social week again but we saw her Monday so I haven't missed out altogether.

It's quite warm today which is what prompted the journey into town for salad ingredients so I'll do some crispy chicken with a nice dressed salad and a small bread roll for tea.

Hope it's warm where you are for a change.
Have a lovely day.
Sheila-x-

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Scissors At The Ready!!!

At long last I am ready to get started on some sewing.
The pattern is cut, the fabric is sorted and my scissor hand is itching to get cutting. I just need to tidy the table before I crank it up to cutting height.
I am going to cut out two or three aprons to replace all my tatty old ones so that will keep me busy for a few hours. I also need to make some bias tape which is one of my favourite sewing jobs.

Not sure what I am doing for our meal tonight but it will be something simple like beans on toast. I'll see what DD fancies when she comes in.

Ruby's little tea party last night was lovely and DDIL had made the most amazing unicorn cake for her.
Marlowe kept reminding us that she will be having a birthday party next month and that she is having a unicorn cake too....so cute.

It's quite cold here today so I think I will go and put the heating on so that the house is warm when DD gets home.

Hope you are having a lovely day.
Sheila-x-

Monday, 11 February 2019

A Computer Free Weekend!!!

Hello.....so sorry for the lack of posts over the weekend but my computer has been playing up....or rather the internet connection has.
I've only been able to get online in short bursts before it has gone off again.
It seems to be a little more stable since later on last night and so far this morning has been OK so here's hoping that it stays on while I write and publish this post.

Obviously as I had no computer to play with much I had to find other things to do so quite a few jobs have been ticked off both of the job lists plus I had time to think about my sewing project and sort out some fabric.
The duvet cover I mended the other day got put on the bed and changed again pretty quickly as I didn't like the feel of it. It was a very expensive one bought for DD some years ago and is very smart navy with white dots and a panel of a contrasting fabric. It's now been reduced to a heap of fabric and will be turned into aprons as I could do with some new ones.

No apron needed today for cooking tea as we are off out to celebrate my gorgeous Ruby's 9th birthday at The Doodle House.

To fill in the time until then I am off up to tidy out the old airing cupboard on the landing and then have a nice peaceful bath before I come down and start on cutting out the pattern for my aprons.

Hope you have all had a fabulous weekend.
Sheila-x-