Menu Plan Monday

AVFH-MPM-MintMonday – Slow Cooked Pork & Hawaiian Rice

Tuesday – Sausage & Veggie Risotto

Wednesday – Lasagne, Salad & Garlic Bread

Thursday – Crispy Chilli Beef, Rice & Stir-fry Veggies

Friday – Take Out Day

Saturday – Boursin Stuffed Pork Steaks, Crushed Potatoes & Roasted Tomatoes & Peppers

Sunday – Sunday Roast


Linking up with: OrgJunkie


Silent Sunday



Not quite silent…
Today in church my friend commented on my crucifix. It’s not a regular single cross but 3 crosses.
Luke 23:39-43

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

This is a reminder to me that  am a sinner but that I want to be a sinner who asks Jesus to remember me and to hear him say to me “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Friday Fragments

Finally we have real broadband in our little village and so it’s time I make use of it to get this blog back on the road.

This first post is going to be a bit fragmenty (yes, I just made that word up). There might also be things that don’t look quite right while I play about with the new look so bear with me.

I’ve got a series planned for Fridays – Car Maintenance girl style. I plan to show you that you can be a girly girl and still keep on top of this stuff yourself.

I worried while considering putting not only this blog but my whole website back online about catching up on reading other blogs that I’m subscribed to. I mean I must have had about eleventy billion un-read blog posts. Guess what? I just purged them. Yep, that’s right I just purged all un-read blogs that were more than 48 hours old. The world didn’t end. It’s OK – sure I may will have missed out on some fun and interesting stuff but nothing bad will happen by purging those posts and now I don’t have to stress over whether or not I can catch up – happy days!

Sally made me smile with this post. I am guilty of Sky+ing almost everything I watch and skipping the adverts so I haven’t really seen much of recent advertising for children’s toys. However, I have to agree with her about the Orbeez – it’s bad enough with the couple dozen small balls that my cats have kicking about, the chances of a small person keeping all 2,000 marbles inside the toy – yeah, about zero.
Then talking about toys of our generation Sally mentioned the Speak & Spell – Oh how I loved mine. I had the Speak & Maths too; together they must have been my most played with “toys” ever.

I love that Mandy had just the cone from Baskin Robbins. Waffle cones are perfectly good on their own. I just can’t bring myself to eat ice-cream anymore. I think it was from a tv program (Supersize vs Superskinny?) but I somehow ended up with a really gross image of ice-cream being nothing but frozen fat and sugar and haven’t eaten it since. So, now I’m FroYo girl :) so metro LMAO.
When I did eat ice-cream my fave flavour was mint choc chip closely followed by caramel type flavours. I was never a fan of nuts in my ice-cream but I’d quite happily have chopped nuts on top.
And, yep, I’ve been woken by a rooster but then I grew up in a small rural village :)

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Blog Reading Round Up

One of the things that leads me to end up with a blog reader full of posts is not really knowing what to do with all those posts I want to read more than once.
If I mark them as read they’re gone =( but if I keep them as unread then they clog up my reader.

Then I had an epiphany! If I blog about these blogs I’ll always have a link back to them when I want to revisit.

So here is this week’s round up of saved blog posts.

Nails & Make Up
OH SNAP: How I Take My Pictures – A well written how to that I ought to read about 50 times!
Then and Now: Week 16 – Absolutely beautiful.
Digit-al Dozen DOES Animal Week – Purple Leopard, Then… and Now – I love leopard print nails, I just haven’t tried yet. I’m hoping to get some nail art pens and have a go at freehand leopard print.
Neon Leopard Nail Art with Nail Candy Pen + Giveaway – More delicious leopard print nails.
How to Draw a Perfect Cat Eye… Every Time – It should be this easy, I just seem to end up with wonky lines all the time.

Food & Drink
Recipe: Very Chocolatey Brownies – Brownies and marshmallows, need I say more!
Snickers Brownie Trifle – More brownies, this time with Snickers.
S’mores Rolls – Chocolate and marshmallows, are you seeing a theme yet?
Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream – What a sweet little treat in the middle of these cupcakes and Nutella too.
White Chocolate Drizzled Orange Cake – This looks yummy, hoping that I can get my family to try it.
Nutella Swirl Rolls – Definite chocolate theme going on, more Nutella.
Copycat Hostess Cupcakes – More chocolatey cupcake goodness.
Nutella Coffee Milkshake #CupofKaffe – I love coffee, especially iced coffee, and I love Nutella but I’m not yet sure how I’d like the little hard bits of Nutella in iced coffee.
Easy Meals for After Church – Sundays always get me. My family are used to a traditional roast on Sunday but they like to eat around 3pm and that just doesn’t work with my time at church. So I’m always looking for ideas so that they won’t miss the roast.
Magic Microwave Meringues – These look like awesome fun.

Coded Love – Simple but amusing, could be a fun way to invite your spouse out on a date.
Mooncup – I tried the Mooncup and it wasn’t for me but I’ve had my Meluna Soft since August 2011 and I love it as much, if not more, now as I did back then.

DIY Garden Sunlight Chart (How to Plan for Your Garden) – Clever idea, I really need to do this for my garden. Need to find a day when I’m actually at home all day though.
DIY Garden Projects for Kids – How to Make a Seed Tape – I am going to do this with my carrot seeds and most probably parsnips too.

Google Tweaks the Blogger Template HTML Editor – Well, as a self taught coder I don’t need any interface to “help” me, I code directly into Notepad++ (I can do it with pencil and paper if need be). Truthfully though a quick look at the overview of the changes and it looks fairly simple to be able to edit the template in the WYSIWYG editor or with the Edit HTML option.

Parsonage? – Our village still has a Vicarage (where the current vicar lives!) and also The Old Vicarage (where previous vicars have lived (and where I went to “Sunday School”)).

Mystery Braid Bracelet Tutorial – I see birthday gifts in the making here.

Organized Mind & Changes

I read blogs – lots of blogs and sometimes I get behind in my reading.
When I’m behind in reading I don’t write – what if I want to write about something I might read? I won’t know until I read it…
Today I’m really behind in my reading and I’ve just been tempted to do something shocking! All those blog posts in my reader that I haven’t yet read – what if they just disappeared?
The world won’t end. I won’t miss something life changing – in fact I won’t even know I missed it.

After I get done writing this I’m going to delete every post more than 7 days old – I could go for every post but I’m being a little realistic here.
I feel that I can get 7 days worth of posts read this evening.

I’m going to challenge myself to keep my reader empty until the end of the month. I know that’s not long but again I’m being realistic.
Anything not read at the end of the day can and will be wiped off.

The reality is that once I’m behind unless I let something else slide I’m never going to have the time to get caught up. And I just don’t feel like I can let anything else slide right now.

I’m not prepared to let my daily SOAP slide. Especially not as a group leader. If you want to join in my with SOAP group contact me kia [dot] biblestudy [at]
I’m leading a Good Morning Girls study – Luke 9-16. I’m also following The Story as part of our church bible group.

I guess that’s really my biggest change – church and bible study. Only with that change has come other social changes. I go to church and with some of the girls from church I go to breakfast once a week during in school term time. The cafe we have breakfast at I now volunteer at one lunch time per week. It’s all kind of related but these are some huge changes to my life.

With the better weather coming I’m going to be spending less time at my PC. I’ve got a start on garden veggie planting and much more to go out there and plenty digging to be done still.
I’m planning on growing my herbs in our “dead land” in containers. It’s “dead land” because the neighbours have some mighty large conifers that suck all the nutrients out of the soil in that area. I figure that I may as well use that space by putting the containers there and that will also ensure that my herbs don’t start to make a bid for garden domination!

It’s odd that I have this problem with getting behind on reading blog posts. I have, for as long as I can remember, made a point that I clear my email inbox of unread posts every single day (several times usually).
I quickly delete anything I’m not interested in, then scan everything else and either delete or file it if I want to keep it.
Well, now I’m going to apply that to my blog reader too.

Apparently Depression Is A Choice!

Hannah Lynn Art wrote the following on facebook (I’m paraphrasing as I didn’t take a screen shot) :

Let’s say you’re sitting in a not-so-nice apartment, eating a can of chilli you got from the local food closet. You’ve got no money and basically you’re depressed because of the glum situation of your life.

Now let’s say you’re sitting in your not-so-nice apartment, eating a can of chilli from the local food closet, only this time when you file your taxes expecting a small return you find out that everyone (you included) is getting a check for $100,000. It will be in your account in 6-8 weeks.

Aren’t you happy now? You aren’t depressed anymore, even though you haven’t got that money yet, you still feel happy.

Well, that’s how you should think everyday. Just pretend that check is on it’s way and you won’t be depressed any more!

What about when the check doesn’t turn up? Well, that’s OK because you were happy while you thought it was going to turn up and that’s what’s important… Just pretend again that there’s another check on the way!

Depression solved!

She knows this because she was *that* girl.
And because she imagined that check over and again everything turned out just hunky dory…

That is until I came along and questioned her crap!
I pointed out that depression isn’t a choice.
That the relief you feel when you know a HUGE check is on the way is different from trying to have a positive mental attitude and hoping for small improvements over time.

She retaliated with “I’m a glass half full kind of girl” – yeah? Still doesn’t mean that pretending you have a huge check in the post is a cure for depression or that depression is a choice.

I’m an optimistic realist – not a hedonistic idealist. So I decided to ask the facebook world what they thought. Is depression a choice that can be cured by pretending a huge check is on the way or not?

Guess what? She only went and removed her post, had the post I wrote (on my own wall) removed and removed from her “friends” – not that that’s such an issue, I’d have removed her anyway – I don’t need to read crap like that in my feed.
But you see this is my blog on my server, and I live in a country where there is (supposedly) freedom of speech and so if I can’t voice my opinion at the original source – I’ll voice it here.

Thing is that only serves to make one believe that she lacked conviction in her own words.
If I wrote something I truly believed and someone questioned me – I’d stand up for what I believed, not remove it so no-one else could see.

Depression isn’t a choice.

A Note To Wonga!

Over time I’ve had a couple of small loans from Wonga. First time round hubby went off to do an IT contract and through no fault of his own ended up with the car locked into a car park (he actually asked where he should park). It happened to be 2-3 days before pay day and we didn’t have anything in the bank account for him to be able to buy any dinner, let alone get a motel for the night; so I turned to Wonga – I could borrow a small amount, pay half back this coming pay day (reducing fees and interest) and half the next.

Every thing worked out well and further down the line I again took out a small loan.

Imagine my surprise when I tried to pay off my loan early and my card was rejected! I had, of course, double checked that there was enough cash in the bank first. I checked again and yes, there was more than enough to make my repayment. Tried to pay again – card rejected. Paid a couple of other small things (PayPal and Amazon) without any trouble. tried yet again to pay Wonga but again card rejected.

I tried to phone them – the number listed on their site. But each time I got as far as being able to select the option for speaking to a real advisor the call was dropped. The first time I thought maybe it was gremlins on the line and tried again – same thing. Tried again later – same thing. Hmmm.

So, I did what seemed logical (and is actually on their site as an option) I set up a direct payment and paid off my loan in full before my “promise date”. I duly wrote and sent an email to the appropriate address on their site, made sure it contained all the appropriate details and relaxed knowing I had fulfilled my end of the deal.

What a shock when Wonga then took a late fee and partial payment of the supposed outstanding balance!
I tried to phone them but once more as soon as I selected the option for a real live person – guess what – yes, the line dropped.

Wonga then took further payment, supposedly completing my “outstanding balance”. Again no joy in being able to phone them. Of course during all this I have emailed them again and again.
Their site claims to respond to emails within 24-48 hours – it took over 200 hours before I got my FIRST reply from them.

Now, I’m not asking for much – I want my money repaid back to me, I want an apology for their screw up and I want my account corrected to show that I did not go into arrears.
OK I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t like them to repay the interest that they’d be charging me if I had money from them – but what’s the reality of that happening?

Of course Wonga now email back telling me to phone them and discuss my account.
Well, (not) surprisingly it’s not really possible to speak to anyone at Wonga – the line drops when you select that option. So telling me to phone them is really a bit like them sticking their fingers in their ears and going “lalalalalala”.
In fact why should I be paying to phone them for their error? Given that I had to give them my phone number to sign up in the first place – why don’t they phone me?

From my point of view there really isn’t much to discuss.
I repaid my loan in full before my promise date.
That should have been the end of it.
Wonga took extra money from my account.
- I want it back.
Wonga accused my of being in arrears.
- I want an apology for this untruth.
Wonga added defaults to my account.
- I want them removed as this is in fact in correct.

See – not much room for discussion.

To back all this up I even sent Wonga screenshots of my back account:
Showing that I had the funds to pay my loan, so no reason for my card to be rejected.
Showing that my loan repayment had been made, so not in arrears.
Showing that Wonga had taken extra payments after my loan was repaid, so should be returned to me.

I have written letters to The Financial Ombudsman, BBC Watchdog and Which amongst others.

Currently Wonga have had a £10 “late fee” and £33.58 of mine for 19 days AND a further £34.87 for 7 days now. I’d sure be interested to know what the interest on that would be.

Just a thought seeing as Wonga doesn’t have a contract with me for those “loans” doesn’t that technically make it theft or fraud?

No Wonga – I am not afraid to make the truth public.

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