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Blog for Monday 22nd January 2024

Today my little Raafie - my little Jack Russell dog - turns one year old! His celebration will be later this week as I want to pop into our butchers to pick up a large shin bone to put his one candle in, but in the meantime, I bought his some ‘My Dog’ titbits to enjoy!

I am delighted to report to you all that I again slept well last night, without terrifying my man or my hound by screaming or laughing while sleeping. What control!

I was up bright and early this morning at a quarter to four, so turned off my alarm clock before it began its tinny ditty and woke the household up.

After my Quiet Time and answering texts and emails I went downstairs and began on my ‘To Do List’ for today.

I did several loads of washing but my main task for today was to clean the oven and stove. Shoo! That took me almost the whole day – I stopped at twenty past five. When I stopped, I was one mighty proud owner of one sparkling, clean stove and oven! Yokes! But that was hard work, but … all worth it!

Halfway through my blitz on my stove Ken came up to the top shed and asked me to help him. He was busy slashing on the other side of the river where my little car stays, and the tractor kept stalling, which meant he needed the ute’ across there to kick start the tractor battery so he could get the tractor to start again!

Ken kick starting the tractor battery.

So, Raafie and I went across to help Ken and we remained there on standby, and it was well that I did that, as the tractor stalled several times. The reason for that is the slasher was “choking and stopping” because the grass was so long and thick and that in turn caused the tractor to stop. But in the end Ken got the area slashed enough that one had a path down to the river without having to do the Russian march to get there!

Tonight, I tried out that recipe that my little sister in South Africa sent me and it was really nice. It is so quick and easy, so an ideal meal to prepare and make when one is tired or one’s energy levels are low! I will include the recipe in today’s blog for you.


Place six 2-minute chicken noodles in an oven dish

Sprinkle half the 2-minute chicken spices over them.

Pour one bottle of Marinara (I used a Bolognaise sauce)

(I then added chopped cooked chicken)

Pour about a cup of thickened cream over the noodles and chicken.

Pour, mix and smooth about a cup of Ricotta cheese (or use a cream cheese).

Cover with shredded Mozzarella cheese.

Top with Parmesan cheese and slices of Pepperoni. (I had used chicken so did not add these.)

Sprinkle with pepper and salt.

Put in the oven for about 40minutes at 180̊ C and serve with a fresh garden salad.

Seriously easy to make an both Ken and I enjoyed our meal, thanks to Sheelagh my little sister!

I again went to bed nice and early and after watching an episode of the series I am watching I was soon fast asleep with little Raafie tucked in beside me.

What lesson did I learn today? To keep going even when I want to give up.

What am I grateful for today?  A sparkling clean stove and oven!

My saying for today is …

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