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31 December 2017

The Last Migraine Of 2017!!!

Well at least I hope it's the last one.
I was out shopping yesterday morning just topping up on essentials and quite enjoying being out in the fresh air.
First my legs started hurting then my arms and shoulders and by the time I got home I had the whizzy thing in my eyes and that was me down and out for a few hours.

There is still a little tidying to do in the sewing room which I will get done today so that I can take some photos to show you and then I will be starting on some sewing.
My first project will be a draw string bag for DD the sock monster. I don't know how many feet she thinks she has but her laundry is probably half socks and half everything else. They are awkward to carry upstairs on top of a pile of other stuff so I thought I'd make a bag to keep them all together.

I won't be cooking a roast lunch today as we are having one tomorrow so today will be cold meats and salad with some buttered parsley potatoes. Nice and easy.

No partying for us tonight. We usually just have a quiet night. Andy will let his rockets off at midnight and we'll have a glass of Buck's Fizz and that will be it.

I wish you all a happy and healthy 2018.
Thank you all so much for your visits to my blog and the lovely comments you leave.
Happy New Year.
Sheila-x-


29 December 2017

It's Getting There!!!

The table is built and I am battle scarred after dropping one of the very heavy metal feet onto my foot which is now bruised and swollen.......and yes I did swear.
Now I am sorting out where everything will go and I think there should be enough storage space for everything I need.....fingers crossed.
There are before photos and I will take after photos once it's done.

Andy.....bless him.....is treating us to fish and chips tonight so that I don't have to cook. He said he was sure that I would much rather be sorting out my sewing room.
Is he psychic or what?.......lol.

Anyhoo....I'll go and get on with me sorting.
Hope you've all had a lovely day.
Sheila-x-


28 December 2017

The Table Is In The House!!!

Andy and I were up and out this morning for a trip to Ikea to fetch my table and I was surprised how light the traffic was.....well on the way there at least. The journey back was much busier with the usual quota of idiots speeding and cutting people up.....and when did they do away with the rule of giving way to traffic coming from the right? Gawd they scare me to death and I am only a passenger.

Anyway....the table is in the house. I doubt it will get built today as we have to remove six dining chairs, dismantle the table and move some boxes of fabric into the kitchen to make room to build it in situ. Once it is done there will be some serious organisation going on before I can even think about sewing but once it's done I will be off and running. I am so looking forward to being creative again.

DD has asked for a rug for her bedroom as her birthday gift so we picked that up for her this morning. We shouldn't have to go back to Ikea for quite some time now.

So for the rest of the day I will be pottering about in here creating some order from the chaos and will be in my element.

Hope you are all having a very happy day.
Sheila-x-

27 December 2017

......And Wonderful It Was!!!

I hope you have all had a blessed and wonderful Christmas.
Ours has been absolutely lovely.
Christmas lunch went down very well and there was no need for me to do anything for tea as we had our meal late to accommodate Miss Marlowe's nap so that she wasn't over tired. No leftovers to deal with as everything was boxed up and taken home by The Doodles for their Boxing Day meal. We just kept back enough turkey for sandwiches as I do love a turkey and salad sandwich.
Boxing Day was a no cook day apart from a tray of sausage rolls and some part baked baguettes. I laid out cold meats, salad, cheese, crackers and pickles and we just ate when we felt like it....bliss.

The kitchen and accessories we gave Marlowe went down a storm.....with both girls and Ruby was over the moon with all her new crafting goodies. DDIL loved all of her new gadgets for cake icing and DS's chilli themed gifts were well received.

I was pretty over the moon myself with a Wrendale single person stacked teapot and cup with my favourite robin on it and a notebook and pen in the same design, Nigel Slater's Christmas Chronicles and his book Toast, candle holders and candles, fluffy socks and some money which I am putting towards a new sewing table as Andy has decided that the dining room will now be my own sewing room and although sewing on the dining table is fine.....cutting out is not as it is too low and hurts my back so the table I am having is the SKARSTA from Ikea which is adjustable. It can be cranked up to the ideal height for cutting out and cranked down again for sewing. It's the same width as the dining table but longer which is going to be fabulous for when I am cutting out dress patterns.

DS is taking the dining table and chairs off our hands and I have an office chair upstairs which will do for my room.
The plastic drawers have gone to Ruby for craft storage and been replaced with a bargain Ikea childrens toy storage unit complete with boxes picked up from Barnado's for £20 on the Saturday before Christmas. The room looks much less cluttered now.
I think 2018 is going to be a good year for sewing at Tea Towel Mansion......I just need to work on making time for me to sew....lol.

The weather today has been quite pleasant which is lucky as DD is back at work.....only for three days as she has booked a week off for her birthday. We will start dismantling Christmas at the weekend but the tree will stay up until after her birthday on Jan 3rd.

The oven has just gone on and I am making baked potatoes with cheese and beans for tea. Good simple food for a change from Christmas food....lovely.

Are you all still enjoying some post Christmas peace and quiet or are you back in the swing of the everyday?
Sheila-x-

24 December 2017

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!!!

Wishing you all the most magical Christmas
Today is my most favourite day of the year.
Andy will be pottering about and DD and I will be together in the kitchen preparing what we can for tomorrow.
There will be Christmas music, laughter and the smell of mince pies baking and much excitement about seeing our girls tomorrow.

I hope you all have an amazing time.
Peace, Joy and Love to you all.
Sheila-x-

23 December 2017

Baby......It's Mad Out There!!!

I'm done and unless we are on the verge of starving....I will not be going out again until way after Christmas. No Boxing Day sales for me. I will be staying at home out of the way.
We were in town before 9am and already T***o had run out of cucumbers, they had hardly any fresh tomatoes and none of the coleslaw we like. Home Bargains had absolutely no loo roll. How does a shop run out of loo roll for goodness sake?

Anyway....we were back home by 10am and now the ham is on and cooking ready for our traditional Christmas Eve meal of ham, salad and chips.
Most of tomorrow will be taken up with food prep and cleaning ready for The Doodles arriving on Christmas Day.
Bring it on......I am ready.

Hope you are all having a good time getting your last minute things done.
Sheila-x-

22 December 2017

Utter Bliss!!!

It's not very often I stay in bed until I am totally ready to get up but I did this morning. I knew there was nothing desperate needing doing so I turned back over, went back to sleep and didn't rise until just before 10am. It felt so good and I feel like a new woman so I have decided that I will not feel guilty about it....lol.

Only one Christmassy job on the agenda for today and that was to take the joint of ham out of the freezer to defrost ready for cooking tomorrow. The rest will just be pottering about and cleaning up carrot crumbs.
Andy finished work this morning and won't be back until January 8th so he will be transformed from The Grinch to a slightly less grinchy Grinch by the time he gets up...ha, ha, ha.
No cooking today. DD is going for a drink with her team straight from work and then going to collect a Chinese for us all. I'm so grateful as I am just about all cooked out for the minute....until it all starts again tomorrow.

Although I don't feel particularly Christmassy at the moment I am excited that the Doodle family will be here for lunch on Christmas day. Since DDIL went back to work after having Marlowe we don't see them all together quite so much so it's going to be just wonderful for us all to be together.
I am also super excited to see what Ruby thinks of her Christmas gifts. We have bought her a BigShot die cutting machine and some dies and lots of slightly more grown up crafting goodies so that she can make her own cards and maybe do some scrapbooking. She does love her crafts so hopefully they will be a big hit.
Marlowe is getting her very own kitchen with pots and pans and play food. Up until now she has been playing with the one we bought for Ruby when she was little and it is looking a bit worse for wear now. It's being replaced with a rather swish little wooden one so I hope she likes it.

Only one more trip into town tomorrow morning for salad and milk and to soak up a little daytime Christmas madness. Most of our shopping is done at night so it's not quite the same.

I hope you are all ready now and looking forward to the festivities.
Sheila-x-

21 December 2017

Getting Older Needs An Off Switch!!!

Just three hours or so ago I was warm, cosy, comfortable and completely pain free while I was lying in my bed. Launch myself out of bed to get started on my day and everything goes to flippin' pot. I hurt, there is a headache on it's way and although the thermometer tells me that it's warmer than it has been for a few days.....I am absolutely freezing even with extra layers on.
I would love to be able to go back to bed with a hot water bottle but that ain't happening so I'll drag myself through some jobs and maybe have a nap on the sofa later.

Poor DD was supposed to be meeting some friends last night for a pre-Christmas drink but got let down at the last minute which is becoming a regular occurance so we went out for a coffee instead. Just as we got over the brow of the hill just down the road from our house we came across the most frightening scene I have ever seen. There must have been a really bad road accident because I have never seen so many emergency vehicles all in one place at one time. Two fire engines, about six police cars and some ambulances. We had to turn around and go a different route into town.
I don't normally pray as such but I did last night....hoping desperately that nobody had lost their life.
That piece of road has seen so many accidents even though it's just a country road. There is a speed limit of 40mph which nobody adheres to and I wouldn't walk along there if you paid me. Where the accident had happened is where another road comes down off the side of a hill and drivers just fly out of there as if traffic on the main road doesn't exist. You certainly have to have your wits about you when approaching it as they will carry on coming even when you are almost upon them and DD has had to slam her anchors on more than once. It is very scary indeed.

Well I had best go and get this poor old excuse for a body into gear and crack on with something.

Have a lovely day.
Sheila-x-

20 December 2017

Pleased As Punch!!!

Now that the cold weather is here and we are using the new oil heating more I am wondering why on earth we didn't change over sooner. We are all amazed that we are so warm and cosy without having to lug buckets of coal and lay the fire.
We don't have the heating on a timer as we prefer to just put it on when needed. There was never any heat in the morning when we had the coal fire so we don't see the need to wake up to a hot house and similarly none of us like a warm bedroom so it is turned off to leave time for the rooms to cool a little before we go to bed. It is turned on late afternoon so that the house is warm for when DD gets home from working outside and turned off at about 9pm.
All in all it is working out to be quite economical so far.....and there is the added bonus of no mess.

Last night I decided to take advantage of us being in town dropping Ruby off and pick up some things off my list for the festivities. I was lucky enough to be in T***o at the right time and picked up a half price loaf to use for my bread sauce and £5 worth of sprouts for 90p. I can't believe they were clearing them out as they look perfectly fresh to me. They are now in the cool of the shed to keep them nice until Christmas Eve when DD does all the veg prep.
All I have left on my list now is salad and carrots which will be fetched on Saturday morning and that will be me done with town. No going out on Christmas Eve for me.

Today I aim to make a pan of soup which will be the starter on Christmas Day.....as requested by Ruby.....and I'll make the bread sauce too so that will be more of the meal sorted.
I also need to have a sort out in the fridge and make some space but I am putting that off as long as I can.....it's cold in there you know.
Tea tonight......I haven't a clue.....lol.

OK....off to warm my hands on a cup of coffee and then on with the chopping.

Are you all having a lovely day?
Sheila-x-


19 December 2017

The Day After The Nightmare!!!

Poor old Smudge....he must have worn himself out yesterday as he done nothing but sleep since we got him calmed down.
I must admit I still feel a bit sick but I'm sure once I get stuck into my jobs today I'll be able to get over it.

Lots to do. The Christmas wrapping stuff can finally go back upstairs along with some other stuff that has no business being here in the dining room. 
Ruby is coming for tea today instead of tomorrow and it's really cold so I think she will love a cottage pie to warm her up so I need to make that but it won't be too bad as I had some prepared meat in the freezer.
Just a pan of potatoes for the topping and some veg to prepare.
I want to clean the kitchen windows and the cooker is also on the list to be done but I might do that on Friday.
There's a bazillion little things want doing too but I'm sure they all matter more to me than they do to anyone else so if they don't all get done what does it really matter in the grand scheme of things.

My least favourite job is peeling the potatoes so if I start there the day can only get better...lol.
Coffee first and then I shall get on.

Have a happy day.
Sheila-x-

18 December 2017

Traumatised!!!

Andy and I had to go out this morning. When we go out and leave Smudge alone we are always as quick as we can be because he doesn't like being left so we were only gone for two hours.
I can't even begin to describe the mess the house was in when we got back. I have had to shampoo the carpets through four rooms. I am still shaking with the shock.
In future I think we won't be able to leave him alone at all which is going to make things quite difficult.
My poor little boy....he's never done anything quite like this and I think it has traumatised him. He won't settle down and he is trembling badly and I am really worried about him.

I'm off to give him some cuddles and see if I can settle him down.

Sheila-x-

17 December 2017

The Right Kind Of Day........!!!

........for staying in and finishing off some jobs.
It's miserable out there today. Not overly cold but very grey, misty and wet so the trip to and from the tumble dryer is enough for me.

Andy has gone to deliver cards and presents over the border in Nottinghamshire, DD has just nipped in to little town for a few essentials and I am tidying in the dining room ready to finish some gift wrapping so that it can all be cleaned and have it's corners poked at this next week. We are not eating in there on Christmas Day but it will be a useful place to stash the girls gifts until after lunch.

The freezer is just about full to bursting now with homemade goodies all ready to be popped into the oven or warmed through on the day. I think all I have left to do is the mince pies and the bread sauce.
Christmas lunch should be a breeze....she says hopefully...lol.

Right.........it's time for a coffee and then on with the tidying.
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.
Sheila-x-


16 December 2017

Stupid 'O' Clock!!!

I didn't get into bed until 2am.
Smudge decided by 4:30 am that I had laid down for long enough and started padding around the bedroom and stopping every few minutes to scratch himself with much thumping on the floor and other accompanying noises.
I gave up and got up and there is no sense going back to bed as I shall oversleep then which I really don't want to do today.

My plan for today is to get dropped in town and spend some time hunting for some small gifts for DD to open on Christmas Day. I hope I get a good dose of inspiration somewhere along the way as I haven't a flippin' clue what to get her. She is not a 'girly' girl so no make up or glittery things and she doesn't have a favourite perfume so come on Big Town help me out.

I have made the most ridiculous faux pas by taking some sausage out of the freezer to use to make some sausage, chestnut and cranberry rolls for Christmas Day and have just realised that I am not going to be able to freeze them when they are made. So that will be sausage, stuffing and apple sauce cobs for tea tonight then and I will buy some more while I am in town.
What a flippin' numpty.

These got made yesterday.........

Sage and onion with cranberry and orange wrapped in chestnut smoked bacon.
They are now in the freezer along with some braised red cabbage which I made using Marlene's recipe.
Thank you Marlene it turned out great and we love it.

Only the sausage rolls and some mince pies to go and I am done with Christmas cooking until the day.

Brrrrr......it's cold down here. I think I shall have a nice hot cup of tea and a bit of a browse round the internet.

Have a lovely day whatever you are doing.
Sheila-x-

15 December 2017

So Weird!!!

Yesterday it was bucketing down with rain all day and got even worse after it got dark and it was freezing cold when DD and I were out shopping.
At around 1:30am the rain was so loud on the dining room roof that I couldn't hear myself think and then all of a sudden it started snowing big fat heavy flakes which even on the soaked ground were laying.....and then it froze over and the roads and paths are absolutely treacherous now.
I won't be going anywhere today then.
There were plans to be making Christmas food for the freezer but a phone call from DS has put a halt on that until later on as I am having a little visitor in the shape of Miss Moo while Daddy goes to watch Ruby in her Carol Concert. She will need lunch and I am very, very happy to put off the domestic stuff.

Another job off the Christmas list finished last night....the cards are written on and ready for Andy to hand deliver at the weekend. We don't send anywhere near as many cards as we used to so I think the stash bought in the sale last year will do for another year at least. I have been really good and not bought any more this year even though I have been sorely tempted.

We've still not had our egg and chips which I have been promising all week so they are on the menu for tonight although we won't eat until just after 7pm when Andy finishes work as he wants it as well.....and I am not cooking twice.

Well I had best go and Moo proof the house. She will be here in about an hour.

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

14 December 2017

Calm And Cosy!!!

The jobs are done, Smudge is sleeping really peacefully and I am just about to have a nice cup of tea and get out the notes I have made for the Christmas food needs and preparations to see what can be picked up tonight when I go shopping.
Pretty much everything is in either the freezer or the store cupboards but it doesn't hurt to check just in case I missed something.
This weekend I will be making sausage rolls, mince pies and stuffing for the freezer and I am also considering doing braised red cabbage to pop in there too.
The only thing I am struggling with is what to do for pudding. Nobody ever wants Christmas pud being either too stuffed to eat it or they don't like it so I like to do something a bit lighter.
Maybe I will get hit by a bolt of inspiration or maybe I will have to trawl the internet for ideas. I need to hurry up and decide though.
It's so nice and cosy in here that I doubt I shall want to move when it comes to time to go out but if we go as soon as DD arrives home we'll be able to come back and get snuggled down and hopefully have a couple of hours or so to enjoy something on tv before Andy comes home and takes charge of the remote.

What are you all up to today?
Sheila-x-

13 December 2017

Men!!!

Why is it that men if they can find a spanner to throw into the works will invariably find one and bugger everything up.
Yesterday was planned with military precision....Smudge to the vets for the day for his blood tests......DD primed and ready to go directly from work to pick him up and be advised as to results of said blood test and Momma of the house to get a well deserved break from constantly opening the back door for a dog who sometimes wants to out but more often just wants me to hold it open while he has a sniff of the air.
Andy decided to call the vet to see if he could fetch him back before he went to work....rushing about and leaving himself virtually seconds to turn around and get out for work. I had to try and get a message to DD and hope that it was passed on so that she didn't go into town on a wasted journey.
On top of that he spent most of his time snapping and snarling because he had had to pay what he thought was a £700 bill for blood tests when in actual fact he had misheard and it was only £70.
I am still waiting for an apology but I will probably have battered him to death before that materialises.
I say again.....Men!!!

Anyhoo it turns out that Smudge does have Cushing's Disease....not curable but it is treatable with medication and regular blood tests to check that the medication is suiting him and doing it's job. Apparently with the right dose we should get our gorgeous little boy back to pretty much normal fairly quickly.

A very happy two hour treat yesterday when Ruby came a day early for her after school tea. We all had tomato soup and toasted cheese sandwiches which went down very well as it was so cold outside.

Today I have just about done my jobs and am planning on egg and chips for tea and not going anywhere in this foul weather of wind and thrashing down rain.
I'm just going to wash up the lunch plates and then I need to go upstairs to check if there are any more gifts that need wrapping so that I can get rid of all the wrapping paraphenalia out of my way.

This got done yesterday.........




.........so that is all the decorations done for this year apart from decorating the table for Christmas Day.

Hope you are all having a lovely and cosy day out of this rain.
Sheila-x-


11 December 2017

We Escaped!!!

About an hour after doing my blog post yesterday a neighbour let us know that the main roads were clear enough to travel so DD and I managed to nip up to the garden centre which was blissfully quiet for a Sunday. When she had gone up the day before she had seen a perfect gift to add to Andy's pile for Christmas and was worried that if we couldn't get up there until next weekend they wouldn't have any left.
We got one and so now that is Andy done and dusted.

We also nipped to T***o to get some milk and a few other bits and bobs just in case we get more snow on top of what we already have and by contrast it was absolutely mad in there.
I doubt we shall go very far for the rest of the week.

Today has not really started as planned. I overslept so am a little behind with things so far.
A cup of coffee and some toast should get me moving and then I'll spend the rest of the day catching up.

Keep safe and warm.
Sheila-x-

10 December 2017

White Out!!!

I can't believe it.......we are snowed in.
Andy has been to the main road and says it looks very dodgy so I don't think we will be going anywhere today. We have just watched a 4x4 struggling to get up the slight incline of our road so DD's little car stands no chance.
I think it will turn to rain later by the looks of it though.

Andy has just let me know that he has to do extra hours at work tomorrow so he will be leaving the house at 8:30am. Perfect.....I will do the shampooing tomorrow as I won't have to wait until he goes to work just after lunchtime. That means I can get some other jobs finished off today, do the carpet tomorrow and get my day off on Tuesday....yay....sorted.

So today....finish the laundry, finish the gift wrapping and decorate the kitchen dresser.

I hope you are all warm and safe today.
Sheila-x-

09 December 2017

When Can I Go To Bed?!!!

Sleep and I just aren't getting along very well at the moment. I think it was getting on for 5am this morning before I managed to drift off and I am shattered.

The carpet shampooing has been shuffled on to tomorrow's list as I just haven't the energy to push the beast round but the beef stew is bubbling away on the stove and the gift wrapping for DS is almost done. 
I started the laundry instead of doing the carpets so now my day of doing what I want has been moved to Tuesday.....sadly because Smudge will be at the vets for the day being tested for Cushings Disease due to certain symptoms he has. I am almost certain it's not that but I am very scared of what I think it might be which is Cognitive Behaviour Disorder which is basically doggy dementia.
I was watching him last night when he went to get a drink of water and just stood staring at his bowl......he pee'd and he really didn't know he was doing it.
We will see what the vet says.

We have had a couple of snow flurries this morning. Lovely big fat flakes but they haven't settled as the previous bit we had has melted and everywhere is damp. It was nice to watch though.

DD went off to the garden centre this morning as she wanted a new fleece jacket which she got but she also returned with the most bargainous pair of boots for me.....£10 reduced from £50 from Cotton Trader's. My toes will be very cosy if we get any amount of snow.

Very simple bacon, lettuce and tomato rolls for tea while we watch a film or something but first I need to go and hoover up the carrot crumbs and threaten severe pain to anyone who makes a mess before I get a chance to sit in a clean and tidy living room.....lol.

Hope you are all having a great weekend and staying safe and warm if you are one of the areas getting lots of snow.
Sheila-x-


08 December 2017

Here Comes The White Stuff!!!

It started snowing in the early hours of this morning just as I was going to bed  I didn't get over excited because it was also raining and I didn't think it would settle.
Well those brave little snowflakes fought a good battle and won and we woke up to a slight covering on the rooftops and cars.
We've just had another little fluttering and if it gets any heavier it will lay as everywhere is pretty dry now.
As much as I love it I'm not really ready for it yet. 
Christmas week would be lovely.

I have just been into town with Andy as I needed to pick a few things up. There was a list and I knew how much I would be spending but forgot to factor in the Andy effect....he should not be allowed in shops....lol.

I'm writing my blog post now trying to fend off the inevitable job of chopping the veg for our evening meal. Chicken stir fry with sesame noodles. Love the stir fry....hate chopping the veg.

This weekend will be busy as I need to shampoo the living room and kitchen carpets.....a thankless job as I know they will want doing again before Christmas due to a certain little doggy boy. I need to finish the hand stamped wrap and bags for DS and write on the few cards we send. Hopefully that will all get done tomorrow and also leave me time to start a beef stew for our Sunday lunch giving me a virtually free day on Sunday to do something I want to do rather than cleaning and feeding. I think I am going through one of those phases where I am sick of thinking what to do for meals and sick of cooking too but I'll be better once I start on making things for the festive season.

Time to stop waffling and go and chop those flippin' veg.

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

07 December 2017

Pickling In Me PJ's!!!

I was up way earlier than I wanted to be this morning because Smudge was werriting at the back door. No going back to bed else I would have fallen asleep and probably not surfaced until lunchtime and I wasn't having that.
PJ's were warm and cosy so I just slung my apron on and started on the cucumbers and onions I had left draining overnight. I'm just waiting now for the jars to finish sterilising and that is one job out of the way today.


For the life of me I can't seem to get a good picture of the Christmas tree so I have had to lift a picture from my Pinterest board taken in 2015.
The tree is pretty much the same except that we have added a giant lollipop to the topper and removed the giant poinsettia. We have also added one new decoration of a front door with a wreath.



The garland on the mantelpiece looks lovely although looking at the photo I do spot a little bare space so it needs some tweaking.



The living room looks so cosy at night with all the lights on.

The kitchen dresser will be done in the next couple of days and then I think I am done with decorating and all the boxes can go back upstairs out of the way.

The weather was awful this morning when I got up. Still some of the strong wind from overnight and then we had a short thrashing down of rain. Now it looks to be quite sunny but there are still some grey clouds about so I expect we will get more of the wet stuff before the day is out.

I managed to pick up a ham when I went shopping last night. This will be cooked and used for our traditional Christmas Eve meal of ham, salad and chips. I'm hoping that I still have the A**a Christmas book from last year as I would like to do the rum and blackcurrant ham I did last year which was beautiful.
The festive food is just about sorted apart from fresh stuff and the few bits I want to make in advance to freeze.....pork, chestnut and cranberry sausage rolls, mince pies and some cheese straws to go with Ruby's request for my no vegetable vegetable soup which is packed with veg but whizzed down to remove all the lumps....lol. She would like it for a starter on Christmas Day.

I'm starting to flag a bit now with being up so early so I think a nice cup of coffee to spark me up and then on with the jobs.

*Edited to add that I have just tried to make myself a cup of coffee with a teabag.......maybe I should have just gone back to bed.....lol*

Hope your day is wonderful.
Sheila-x-


06 December 2017

Cooking On Gas.....!!!

.......well I would be if we weren't all electric...lol.

Jobs are getting done at a good rate and I even got the mantlepiece garland done-ish yesterday.
I've never had one before so wasn't quite sure how much decoration it would take........more than I thought so when we drop Ruby off tonight I will go and purchase a pack of snowflakes to brighten it up.
Next up will be the dresser in the kitchen but I need a snow blanket for that so will pick that up tonight too.

Had one of those awful moments at 2am this morning when the phone rang. It only rang once and I didn't get to answer it but my sixth sense just told me that Andy was unwell and was being sent home from work. Sure enough within 20 minutes he was home feeling very sick and with a bad headache.
Packed him off to bed with painkillers and a mug of warm milk and he seems to be a lot better this morning after a long soak in the bath.
He says he will be going in tonight so I expect he will go back to bed shortly.

I am just off for a bath myself. I love having one during the day....it feels rather decadent.

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

05 December 2017

Checking It Twice....Or Maybe Three Times!!!

Well.....I rather stunned myself yesterday by getting quite a few jobs ticked off my list....more than I was expecting to get done.....and have now made a new list. I have checked it twice and unfortunately there is no crossing off to be done....lol.

More gifts were wrapped last night and I have reclaimed two more shopping bags which I have been using to keep everything tidy.
Tonight I will be making a start on wrapping gifts for DS but this will be a bit of a long job as I am hand stamping the wrap and bags for him........it was a fun idea when I thought of it but now it's just making me wonder exactly how crazy I am....lol.

There are two lots of meal prep to do today.....cold meat and salad with some new potatoes for tonight and some mince to cook for a cottage pie tomorrow. Andy has also asked for a jar of bread and butter pickles so I might make them today or I might leave them until later in the week. I'll see what I feel like and how well I get on with everything else today.

Have a lovely day.
Sheila-x-

04 December 2017

This Week-It's All About The Cleaning!!!

This week I shall be putting on me big girl knickers and cracking on with some cleaning and adding a bit more Christmas to the living room. Me polishing and window cleaning arm will be going nineteen to the dozen and I'm sure my back will be screaming by the time I have done with it all.
I love having a clean house but boy does it cause me some pain to achieve it.
DD has gone back to work today and Andy is on nights. He will be off to bed later to catch up on some sleep so I'll have a bit of time with nobody but the dog under my feet although he will probably sleep most of the day.
Tonight I will try and get the wrapping finished off. I'll be glad to get all of me shopping bags back in the car where they belong.

Home cooked fish and chips for tea tonight and I think a nice bowl of salad to go with it as Andy has gone off mushy peas and I must remember to get some mince out of the freezer as Ruby has requested cottage pie for Wednesday and I will need to get the meat cooked tomorrow as it always tastes so much better the day after it has been cooked.

So what are you all up to this week?
Whatever you are doing I hope you have a lovely week.
Sheila-x-


03 December 2017

A Little Bit Of Peace In the Middle Of The Madness!!!

Today we are having a quiet day as a break from all the madness that is Christmas preparation.
Outside is a bit grim.....damp, drizzly and dark but inside is warm and cosy.
There is a tuna and sweetcorn bake topped with mashed potatoes and cheese in the oven smelling really good and Andy is watching Miracle On 34th Street on the tv.
Four years ago today I was actually on 34th Street in New York looking at the Macy's window displays and I am feeling rather nostalgic and wishing I was there today.

There is just one of the London gifts needing a bit of titivating and that job is done so I might spend the afternoon painting the drawers on my thread and sewing storage unit or I might just watch some You Tube videos....it depends what I feel like when we have had our meal.
This will probably be my last chance to do as I please until after Christmas Day so I'm going to make it count.

.......and on that note I think I had better go and see how our meal is doing.

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

02 December 2017

Tea Towel Mansion Is Twinkling!!!

The tree is decorated and twinkling away and there are snowflakes dancing on the front of the house but there are still festive things to be done.
For the first time ever I am able to have a garland on the mantlepiece as we no longer have a coal fire and I need to dress up the kitchen dresser.
We've had a lovely time with Ruby but she has now gone home 😢 I would have been happy for her to stay another night but she has other things to be doing and I certainly have things I need to be getting on with.

I need to make time in the next week or so to do a really deep clean in the kitchen and the lounge and I'll be glad to get both of those jobs out of the way although it will only be about three quarters of the lounge really as the area where the tree is has already been done.

For the rest of today I have to sew and finish off the London gifts which didn't get done the other day due to the emergency babysitting .

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

01 December 2017

Welcome To The Madhouse!!!

I'm a bit slack in the blogging department at the moment.
The peaceful week off with DD has turned into a mad kind of monster and we have hardly been home at all.
Yesterday we went out shopping for food just before lunchtime and didn't get in until gone 5pm then the phone rang with a request for an emergency babysitting session so it was a quick turnaround and off to sit with Miss Marlowe.
By the time that was done I was totally off the idea of cooking at nearly 9pm so I am thoroughly ashamed to say that we ate at Macdonalds.
Today I have cleaned the bedroom ready for Ruby and changed the everyday duvet set for a Christmas one, cleaned the bathroom and changed the everyday soap dispenser for a Christmas one and I am just about to run the hoover all through downstairs.
DD has built the tree and put the lights on ready for decorating tomorrow and she will be fetching Ruby from school shortly.
We'll have a quick breather and then we'll be out at 5pm for Ruby's Christmas Tree Weekend treat of tea at Frankie & Benny's and then back to watch some Christmas films and drink hot chocolate.
I should sleep like a log tonight if Miss Munchkin doesn't spend the night tossing and turning.....and nicking all the duvet....lol.

Hope you are all enjoying your Christmas preparations.
Sheila-x-

29 November 2017

#ShouldHaveGoneToBirmingham!!!

So sorry for the lack of a post yesterday.
I was out from 9am until quite late....first in Derby and then in Burton.
The sole reason for going to Derby was fabric shopping as we had decided against going in to Birmingham but in hindsight we should have gone with our first plans to go to Birmingham because fabric shopping in Derby was a bit dire to say the least.
The stall where I usually get all of my fabrics had hardly anything like as much as they normally have and I left with two metres.....yes just two metres of fabric and four zips.
I really wish we had gone to Birmingham now but it's the cost of the train fare that made us think twice.
Oh well...it was what it was.

Today DD is building her wardrobe and I am catching up on laundry, preparing veg for tea and tidying the dining room table ready to get the sewing machine out later. 
Once I have sewn what I have to sew I need to get the London gifts down and get them sorted ready to deliver to the Doodles house tomorrow to go down to London at the weekend and will also deliver the Advent calendars ready for Ruby and Marlowe to start on Friday. Poor Marlowe...hers is a bit boring this year as each day just contains a 50p coin but hopefully she can save that up and Mummy will buy her a toy with it. She is too small for anything tiny that will fit in the pockets and I don't think I would be very popular if I filled it with chocolate for every day.

Tomorrow will be another busy day....bringing down the tree and decorations, building the tree, fluffing it and putting the lights on ready for Ruby and Aunty DD to decorate on Saturday morning. We only have Ruby overnight and up until lunchtime Saturday so it's going to be a quick job this year.

Right....back to the tidying, laundry and veg......I could really do with eight arms today....lol.

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


27 November 2017

Not Normal!!!

Good Morning 😊

This week I have not made many plans for anything I need to get done.
DD is home for the week and that means normality goes out of the window.
I know we are going to Derby tomorrow but beyond that I haven't a clue.
Luckily Andy is on afternoons so I don't need to cook big meals. No lunches to cook as he has to be at work early today and tomorrow so won't be here for lunch.
I'm sure DD has a duvet day planned for us.....sofa hugging with dvd's and a very simple meal which is always nice.
Friday we pick Ruby up from school and she is staying here for the night and helping to decorate the tree on Saturday morning before we deliver her home after lunch to spend some time with London Grandma and Grandad.
So.....although the week is mostly unplanned I'm sure it will be busy.
What are you all up to this week?
Have a good one whatever you are doing.
Sheila-x-

26 November 2017

Feeling Festive!!!

At my age I am usually a little bit ho-hum about experiences for children that winkle rather a lot of pounds from parents and grandparents pockets and don't deliver fully on their promises.
Well the National Forest Adventure Farm at Tatenhill went all out and actually delivered the most amazing Christmas experience ever with their North Pole Adventure.  DDIL says it was worth every single penny and I have to agree with her.
From the beautiful entry tickets to the passports which you had to get stamped at various points, the Elf coins that could be spent in the Victorian street to the polar bear that knew all of the children's names it was pure magic from start to finish.
I don't know who the people were who played the parts of the ticket collector, the Elves, Mrs Christmas, Santa and various other characters but they played their parts so well.
The whole trip took just under two hours and the girls didn't get bored at all.
Ruby isn't a fan of fake Santa's but no such qualms for Marlowe who gave him three high fives before we left his cosy little room.
If I had to be picky and point out one thing that was lacking it would have to be that there were no Christmassy smells.
A gentle pine scent as you walked through the forests would have been so nice as would the smell of gingerbread cooking in Mrs Christmas's kitchen....but that is just me....I'm sure nobody else was that bothered.

By the time we came out it was lunchtime so we did that and then it was playtime for the girls at various points around the farm although we decided the best place was animal stroking in the barn during the snow storm that arrived.
By 4:30pm we were all so cold that we decided to head for home full of the joys of Christmas.
I would love to say that I slept like a log last night....but I didn't unfortunately.
So much for excercise and fresh air knocking you out...lol.

A lazy day today. No Sunday lunch to cook. Instead we have had brunch and will have cold meat and salad with some buttered new potatoes at tea time.
DD is shifting furniture around in her room, Andy is sofa hugging but he will have to move shortly as I would like to clean the sofas and run the hoover round to clear up the mess he made with his nuts yesterday......I really hate nuts in the shell when he gets his hands on them.

I hope you are all keeping warm and dry today.
Sheila-x-


25 November 2017

How Fitting!!!

This morning we are off to The North Pole and I am absolutely stoked that we woke up to a scattering of snow.
How cool is that?
Unfortunately now it has turned to rain which will be mixed with snowy showers for the day.
Well whatever it throws at us we'll have a fun day.
I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow.

Stay warm and dry and have a fab weekend.
Sheila-x-

24 November 2017

A Very Slow Start!!!

I have woken up in a whole heap of pain this morning and have been very slow getting started on anything.
Most of it I think is related to all the pushing and shoving round of furniture yesterday in the dining room but that is all done now except for a bit of tweaking.
There is no way I want to be moving it all again for Christmas Day when The Doodles come for lunch so I have hit on the fabulous idea of bringing the summer dining table in from outside and temporarily scooting one of the sofas out of the way to use it in the lounge. Moving a sofa rather than emptying a whole room is a bit of a no brainer really.

Well the bedding didn't stay long on the line yesterday. I had to keep going down every five minutes to unwrap it from around the line which I soon got fed of and it went in the drier. I should have done that in the first place.
Today is totally different.....very still but sunny and bright.

I'm trying to catch up on bits of jobs today as I will be out for the whole day tomorrow visiting The North Pole with all my favourite girls....DDIL, DD, Ruby and Marlowe. The weather forecast is for rain so I think wellies and waterproofs will be needed. I haven't fetched out scarves, hats and gloves yet but it might also be a good idea to locate those......oooh and I must also charge the camera.
Andy will think he has gone to heaven with just him and his doggy boy in the house.

No idea what is for tea tonight. I'm not in the mood for cooking so maybe cheese and crackers with pickles for a change. I have just remembered a jar of piccalilli in the outside stores so yes.....definitely cheese and pickles.

Right...I shall go and carry on with shuffling about and getting me jobs done.
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.
Sheila-x-


23 November 2017

Not Quite Toad In The Hole!!!

More like Toad On A Skyscraper.......


.......and I'm not even sure what I did right...lol.
It was the same recipe I always use so all I can put it down to is my new oven because it never looked like this when it came out of my old one.
Nothing quite so spectacular for tea tonight as Andy has requested 'something with chips' so I might just do good old fashioned egg and chips.

The heating has had to go on for an hour this morning just to take the chill off the house. It looks really nice outside with it's sunshine and blue sky but the wind is absolutely wicked.
Good for drying though so I shall be pegging some sheets out shortly.
Once that is done I'll get on with the dining room....obviously after a coffee to gee me up a bit....lol.

Hope it's sunny where you are.
Sheila-x-

22 November 2017

What Was I Thinking?!!!

I must have been quite mad yesterday to start on the dining room. It is going to take longer than I thought.
Still at least there will be a break from it later today as Ruby will be here after school and I have to cram in as many cuddles as I can in the two hours or so that she'll be here.
She doesn't know yet that I will be spending the day with her on Saturday. Mummy is keeping it a secret so I have to be careful that I don't let it slip today.

It's another dark and miserable day....which I wouldn't mind if I had time for a bit of sofa snuggling but I haven't so it will be an extra jumper and fluffy socks instead.

I managed to eat the curry last night but only I think because my taste buds are still not right after the horrible cold. I can't understand why I love the smell of it cooking but don't like eating it.

A good old fashioned rib sticker for our evening meal today....Toad In The Hole with plenty of veg and lots of gravy.
This is another Ruby favourite which saves me having to do two meals although this is yet another meal that I am funny about....I don't like sausage and Yorkshire pudding together so I do without the sausage and just have mash and veg with a bit of Yorkshire pudding and some horseradish sauce.

Ooooh I have sat still for too long and I am shivering.
Time for hot coffee and my morning toast which is very late today as I didn't feel like eating when I first got up.

Hope you are all nice and cosy today.
Sheila-x-


21 November 2017

In The Mood For Moving!!!

Some months ago I had a bit of a change around in the dining room and I find I am really not liking it so it's time to find a better way to set everything out and I am in the mood so I will be going for it and getting it done. I will clean all the windows as I move stuff round and hoover in all the corners that haven't seen daylight in some time.

My free afternoon was spent.....tidying out a kitchen cupboard. It wasn't on my job lists but it had been driving me mad for a while....and now it's not. It wasn't what I intended to be doing but never mind...it's done.

There is a rather nice smell coming from the kitchen....I have just taken a tea brack out of the oven. It needs cooling, wrapping and hiding before Andy gets up as it needs to stand for a couple of days before cutting it and he will wade straight into it if I don't hide it.
Later there will be more nice smells as I cook a curry. I don't usually eat it but I have decided to try some. If I don't like it I shall have egg on toast and DD can take mine to work for her lunch tomorrow.

The heating thermometer is such a liar this morning. It is saying that the temperature is quite reasonable and yet I am freezing. I will resist putting the heating on though and go and find a job to do which will keep me warm.

Have a lovely day.
Sheila-x-

20 November 2017

Another New Week!!!

I love the start of a new week. Full of possibilities.

It's bed changing day today which I will have to go and get done shortly as Andy will be off to bed to catch up on some sleep ready for his night shift.
No chance of drying the bedding on the line though as it is very damp outside.

DD wanted a new wardrobe for her Christmas present so that has been bought and delivered and is currently awaiting assembly while she empties her old one and has a bit of a cull on the t shirt mountain she has.
I was chuffed to inherit a good stack of about fifteen of them which will come in handy as I was ready for some new tops and now I shan't have to buy any. I only wear them around the house while I am doing jobs so luckily nobody is going to see me wearing one with a pumpkin face on it....lol.

Bedding is done, hoovering is done and there is not a lot more on my list for today so I have a whole afternoon to do whatever I want and I haven't the faintest idea what it will be yet. I'll have a coffee while I read the papers and then decide.

Hope you all have a wonderful day whatever you are doing.
Sheila-x-

19 November 2017

The Last Sunday Roast Of 2017!!!

Today we will be having the last Sunday roast of the year.
I always have a cut off point for doing big Sunday lunches in the run up to Christmas but at least we are going out with a bang. Andy picked up a beautiful piece of beef while he was at the butchers yesterday so that is what we will be having with all the trimmings and hopefully there will be enough leftover to freeze some in gravy to have with mash and veg for another meal.

No going out today.....instead I am going to make a start on the laundry and get as much done as I can so that I can spend some time finishing off the Christmas wrapping next week.
I'd like all of the wrapping stuff put away by the end of the week if possible and then I can get this dining room tidied up. It looks like the wreck of the flippin' Hesperus at the moment and I still have sewing I need to get done.

DD has a week at work and then will be off for week of annual leave and with a bit of luck we will have the tree up and decorated before she goes back.
We have our first Christmas thing next weekend when DD and I are going to The North Pole at the local adventure farm with DDIL, Ruby and Marlowe. It looks like it's going to be a fabulous day and I am hoping for a bit of snow....lol.....or at least a good frost to give everything a lovely winter sparkle.

The roast potatoes have just gone in so lunch won't be too long now. Plenty of time to have a cup of coffee before the veg goes on.

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

18 November 2017

A Saturday Slug!!!

I would love to say that I was up bright and early this morning....but that would be such a lie....lol.
I was awake early but I was so warm and comfortable that I just didn't want to get out of bed.
Never mind I am now caught up with what I wanted to get up early for....a huge bag of sausages to be separated and bagged up.
We have to order the particular ones that we like and Andy collected them this morning so they are now all snugged up in the freezer.
Once they were done DD and I got off into town and got a big freezer shop done so both freezers are now full and the outside store is looking pretty healthy again.....I even have the turkey crown ready for Christmas Day.

For some unknown reason Andy has asked for corn dogs for tea tonight so that is what I will be making. I am quaking in my slippers at the thought of eating Frankfurters so I may have to do myself something else. They are not my most favourite thing ever.

Well I shall get off and make this corn batter so that it can rest a while and then look and see if there anything remotely interesting to watch on tv tonight.

Hope you are all having a good weekend.
Sheila-x-

17 November 2017

Brighter!!!

Thank you all so much for your kind comments yesterday I think those and a lazy afternoon have certainly helped as I feel much brighter today and able to have a bit of a potter about.
All I need to do really is run the hoover over so that the delivery men dropping off DD's Christmas present don't think I am a total slut....lol.
After that I shall get back to the Christmas wrapping until DD comes home and then I really must go and do a bit of shopping. The cupboards aren't exactly bare but there are some things we need to top up on.
Before I do anything else I need to test a little Marlowe sized dishwasher to make sure it works before I wrap it. We had trouble with the little washing machine and had to exchange it so I don't want her getting something that doesn't work on Christmas Day.
.....and that is just about all for today.

Hope you are all managing to keep away from these nasty bugs and if you have one I hope you get well soon.
Sheila-x-

16 November 2017

A Be Kind to Me Day!!!

This cold is really getting me down now. I don't feel any better than when it first started and it looks like it is one that hangs about because Ruby and Marlowe still have the cough and it must be nearly a month since they started with it.
This morning I woke up with dreadful earache so I have decided that there will be no housework, no Christmas wrapping and not much cooking....just me, the sofa, a blanket and a nice hot cup of tea. 
I shall close the curtains, switch the fake candles on and probably watch a Christmas film now that the Christmas channel is back on Freeview.
There is bread in the bread bin and beans in the store cupboard and I'm sure I will be able to muster up enough energy to do beans on toast so that will be tea for today.

I hope you are all keeping cosy on this wet and miserable day.
Sheila-x-

15 November 2017

Hawk Eyes!!!

Today I have to have a sweep through all of the downstairs and hide away anything to do with Christmas.
There is a little person with eyes like a hawk visiting today after school and there are a couple of bags with things in them which still need wrapping plus one filled Advent calendar which needs to be hidden else she will be poking about in the pockets.

Tea today....as ordered by Ruby.....will be crispy chicken and salad in a roll with potato pops and corn on the cob.
DD and I had chicken and salad last night but I always say you can never have enough chicken....or salad for that matter.

It's a miserable damp day here today but it does seem a little warmer than it has done lately so the heating can stay off for now.

Well I had best go and get on as I want to try and sneak in a quick bath before Miss Doodle arrives.

Thanks so much for dropping by.
Have a good day.
Sheila-x-

14 November 2017

Wrap, Eat, Sleep, Repeat!!!

Today will be a repeat of yesterday but without the pea soup as we are having salad instead.

I found the gift wrapping so soothing yesterday and it relaxed me so much that I slept like a brick last night and didn't wake up until gone 9am this morning.
All of Ruby's and Marlowe's smaller gifts are done. I left the bigger things until last and if you had ever seen me wrestle with a roll of wrapping paper you would know why....lol.

The cold is still hanging around and the cough in particular is really nasty. I shall be so glad when it finally goes.

So nothing overly exciting going on here which is good.
Hope you are all having a good day either exciting or not.
Sheila-x-

13 November 2017

Channeling Me Inner Santa!!!

Today I need to turn a bowl of soaked peas and some ham stock into a minted pea soup, sort Andy out with some lunch and wave him off to work and then I shall be immersing myself in paper of the Christmas kind, bags, tags and boxes. I'm thinking that the Christmas CD might be a step too far in mid November so I'll resist that and I will go with a cup of coffee rather than hot chocolate as if I drink that every time I sit down to wrap presents I will end up looking like the man himself.....minus the beard of course....ho, ho, ho....lol.

Tea tonight will be a bowl of the soup before I freeze the rest in portions for Andy and DD to take to work for their lunches. Now it's getting cold they both like to take something warming to eat rather than sandwiches.

I'm just going to have a quick coffee before I start the soup as it is very cold here today. When my hands are cold I get a bit clumsy so it's a good idea to warm them up before I start chopping onions.

Have a wonderful day....whatever you are doing.
Sheila-x-

12 November 2017

Lovely Sunday!!!

The last of the pork chops from the freezer are sizzling away in the oven along with a tray of roast potatoes, some roasting sprouts and some stuffing. Carrots and peas are bubbling  on the stove top and there is a pan of gravy waiting to be thickened for our very early Sunday lunch.
Normally we don't eat until around 1pm but I have discovered that I have forgotten a couple of vital elements for Ruby's Christmas box and need to nip up to the craft shop at the garden centre to get them.
Once we get home the wrapping will commence... although it won't all get done today.

Gosh that lunch is smelling good and my tummy is rumbling as I didn't eat breakfast with us having an early lunch.
I had best go and see if it's nearly ready.

Hope you are having a lovely Sunday. We have bright sunshine and blue skies today.
Sheila-x-


11 November 2017

Eyes Wide Shut!!!

I'm getting worse with these eye exams.
This morning I have had to actually hold my eyes open with my fingers for both the puffer test and the retinopathy photographs. So glad it's only once a year.

I don't know where DD has got to. She has done my stint of looking after the girls this morning and I was sure she would be back before we were.
No sign of her so she is either having too much fun with them or she has gone shopping and I am not going to bother trying to phone her as she never takes her mobile out with her.
We are supposed to be sorting the Christmas gifts out now that we have all the wrapping paraphenalia downstairs.
Oh well she'll turn up when she's hungry.

Another comfort food day today. Spicy Pork 'n' Beans with roasted maple glazed sweet potatoes and braised cabbage.
It seems ages since I did a proper cooked meal on a Saturday as we usually have something quick to cook and we eat in front of the tv but it's cold again today.

Right I am off to take a painkiller for this damned headache and put my feet up while it does it's thing.

Hope you are all having a good weekend.
Sheila-x-

10 November 2017

Is Your Journey Really Necessary?!!!

That was the question I asked myself this morning as DD and I got up and prepared for our trip to Ikea.
In the end I looked at my list and wondered if I could maybe find the things on there in the little town, decided that yes I probably could and the trip to Nottingham was cancelled as neither of us really felt like going.
Pretty much everything was found plus a few little bits besides. Grocery shopping was also done and we were home way earlier than we would have been if we'd stuck to our original plans.
The rest of the day will be spent sorting out all of the Christmas packaging and getting ready to start the wrapping sessions in the evenings next week.

It was pretty windy and cold in town so we picked up some baking potatoes for tea and we'll have those with some cheese and beans....yummy....we've not had those for ages.

......and on that note I shall love and leave you as I can hear the kettle boiling and I'm hoping it's for a nice cup of tea.

Hope you are all nice and cosy.
Have a lovely weekend.
Sheila-x-

09 November 2017

OK Cold.....You Can Go Now!!!

I can thoroughly understand why Ruby is so fed up with her cold. I've not had mine as long as she has and I am totally fed up with mine now. It seems to have settled in my sinuses and I feel like I have been kicked in the face.
I was very happy though to send my gorgeous girl home with a tummy full of chicken pie and these..........


The two on the left were already made up and just needed their clips attaching and the two on the right were made while I was waiting for Ruby to arrive......they don't take long to make at all.
Since I took the photo the orange one has had a daisy cabochon glued into the centre as it didn't seem to want to sit right but then it has been sat wilting in a box for over four years waiting to be finished and I know that because I bought the clips from Michael's in New York in 2013 and the orange and blue ones were already made up by then.
Anyway....Ruby loved them and has asked for more different colours so I can see a ribbon stash busting session coming on.

Today I want to decide on the fabric for the other set of mug rugs so that I can get them cut out and hopefully get both sets sewn and finished by tonight as I have remembered that DD is on an annual leave day tomorrow and she wants to go to Ikea so that is another busy day to add to Saturday and Sunday.
Roll on Monday I say......lol.

I can't cut out with cold hands so I think I had better have a cup of coffee to hug first.

Have a fabulous day.
Sheila-x-


08 November 2017

A Chicken Pie Kind Of Day!!!

DD bumped into DS at work yesterday and she enquired as to how the girls are. Ruby is still in the grip of this rotten cold and is very grumpy and fed up. I think I will do a bit of what Ganmas are best at.......and spoil her with some chicken pie, mashed potatoes and lots and lots of gravy which is by far her most favourite meal.
Despite the sun this morning it is very cold so Andy and DD should like it too.

Yesterday I got one set of mug rugs cut out, layered and pinned. I can't decide on the fabric for the other set so will leave that until tomorrow.
I also....finally got Ruby's JoJo Siwa hair bow mended. The clip had broken and I knew I had some hairclips somewhere which I could use to mend it and so that is off my list of things to do now.
When I found the box of clips there were two puffball hair bows that I had made which just needed clips adding. They will be finished today and she can take those home with her then I just have to make and finish the other four that I had cut the ribbon for.
I'm hoping to finish everything before the weekend as Saturday and Sunday will be a bit mad this week. I have my retinapathy appointment at the opticians at 11:10am on Saturday which clashes with my looking after the girls while DDIL works from home so DD is going to do that for me and then I shall look after them on Sunday while DD cooks the lunch.
I always get a bad headache after the retinapathy test so I'll not be fit for doing any sewing or much else on Saturday.

Well I had best go and get the filling made for the chicken pie so that it can cool down before I make the pastry.

Have a lovely day.
Sheila-x-

07 November 2017

What's On The Job List Today?!!!

Every night before I go to bed I tidy the kitchen and every morning before I can even start on my job list I have to wash up and tidy it again.
DD will have made toast and tea so there will be crumbs on one worktop and spilt tea on another.
Andy will have dumped his milk bottle, squash bottle and his disgusting tin mug which will need bleaching and there will be the dogs breakfast bowl and a few mugs.
I would love to come down one morning and find it just as I left it.
Today there isn't an awful lot on the job list....just some laundry to finish off and a tidy up in the dining room which makes me very happy as it means I can do some fabric cutting for a couple of Christmas gifts and then have a look to see if I have a piece of suitable fabric to make a small tablecloth for the table the Christmas tree stands on.
The spicy turkey meatballs I made the other day have been taken out of the freezer so all I have to do in the way of cooking is a pan of spaghetti to go with them so today should be a lovely day.

No frost this morning and no blue sky and sunshine either....just endless grey clouds and a very stiff breeze which means I might be able to hang some laundry out as long as it doesn't rain before it's finished in the washer.

So the computer is going off for a while so that I can make use of the dining table and once the bits of jobs are done it will be play time....yay!!!

Hope you all have a fabulous day too.
Sheila-x-

06 November 2017

I Need Matchsticks Today!!!

It was a waste of time going to bed last night. I think I have managed about an hour of sleep and my eyes just don't want to stay open now when I have a job list to get through.
Best get some matchsticks to prop them open....lol.

Got up to a lovely frosty morning. It's very hazy up to tree top level but above that is a clear blue sky and some sunshine.
My most favourite kind of morning and I would love to go for a walk but I have barely enough energy to drag myself back upstairs to change the beds and clean the bathroom.
Oh well.....hopefully there will be a few more like it when I am feeling more like myself.

I am hoping that by the end of this week the inside freezer will be empty and I have deliberately kept the fridge reasonably clear so that it can be switched off and thoroughly cleaned. Once that is done I can go off to Iceland and restock both freezers.
Yesterday I pulled out the last two pork fillets and they are now marinating in lime juice with garlic and chilli. I'll roast them tonight to have with some salad and Charlotte potatoes and there will be enough to slice up for pack up rolls....well if they don't shrink too much that is.

I suppose I ought to go and crack on upstairs. Andy is on nights this week and he will be wanting to get into a nice clean bed for his afternoon nap. he will be going up a little earlier this week as he has to get up to pick Ruby up from school.
Coffee first though....can't even contemplate housework without me coffee 😀

Thanks for dropping by today.
Hope you have a lovely day.
Sheila-x-