Saturday, 24 March 2018

Project 365 week 12

Got offered another prize for a giveaway after last weeks post.  Think including the ones I am supplying prizes for I am now up to eleven giveaways. I will run them every second/third day over the month of April. Started writing up the posts as much as I can now, will be running them all as Gleam giveaways.
Also filled in a job application form this week, first one in about fifteen years. It is an internal post that is half an hour longer than mine but doing the same thing. I sit around between shifts anyway so makes sense as this way I will have a ninety minute gap between shifts not two hours as I currently have.If I get an interview - great, if I get offered the job - brilliant and if I don't then hey ho I am no worse off than I am currently.


A full day at work with some cross stitching while listening to an audio book in my break. Went to sit down for my tea. Daft dog was under the impression if she turned her head away I would not see her. Well it did not work so into her bed while we ate as is expected of her.


Dixie managed a bowel movement today. So that should help with her discomfort. The low grade moaning when we stroke her has gone as has the ear scratching that she had been doing, and the slight swelling of her top lip had gone down. Guess her teeth were bothering her to some extent. Still doing the odd cough but nothing major.
Dropped Bob at gymnastics and went for a walk round Auchincruive with dog and hubby.


Was a beautiful afternoon so we decided to go for a walk, managed three miles along the river near Coylton. Dixie dog just does her normal plod plod.


Dixie still has a bunch of strange symptoms, but her not wanting to eat is the one concerning me most. So I took a list of symptoms and took a visit to the vet. The vet thinks she is having a phantom pregnancy, fits with the symptoms we presented her with and the vet says she has fluid in her teats. All she wants to do is snuggle.


Bob was back to the hospital in Glasgow to start on his new meds. He was suppose to be part of a trial but as he is on steroids he does not qualify to take part in the trial but will still get the meds regardless. Three hours wasted to find that out and now he needs an out patient appointment and to start all over again with blood teats.

So I had the three wee ones while she took him. We went to the park to play, then into the library to read some books and play with the Lego bricks before going home for lunch. Put Spud upstairs for a sleep and played a few games with the twins and then let them have their tablets for half an hour.


When I had had Dinky yesterday she had had a small mark on her knee and had said a few times her knee was sore. Time tea was over the lump had gone from peas size to sprout size so her mum decided to take her to A&E last night. The xrayed it and could not see anything broken and the mark did not show on the xrays. 5 hrs later and despite the xray passed to various people they still had no clue as to what had caused it. She did not seem to be showing signs of an infection at all. They said they would have a meeting in the morning. I was on stand by in case they wanted her in but  they phoned back to daughter this morning to say to bring her in tomorrow, The idea is full blood tests, an MRI and a biopsy of the lump.
I popped in to see them on my way home and she was under a blanket on the couch with a dummy. The kids are not allowed to bring their dummies out of their beds but daughter had let her as she really was not well. Don;t think I have seen her with a dummy in her mouth for over 3 years.


Still trying to clear my hands up. They seem to get just about better and then flare up again. So trying this to see if I can seal them and hope that will help.

Friday, 23 March 2018

When it’s Time to Kick Back and Relax – A Positive Lifestyle Change

Eventually, we all come to that time in our lives when it is time to slow down after years of hard work. Although we may not want to give up work and other responsibilities, we certainly welcome the prospect of having more time for ourselves – something that isn’t always possible when attempting to juggle a full-time job and time for the family.
As we begin to slow down and look to enjoy some of life’s finer things, it is only natural to evaluate what our current situation is. Such as your financial status (can you afford to go part-time or retire?), where you are living (could you move somewhere quieter?) and how close you want to stay to relatives. If you are in a position where you can begin to make life revolve around you and not the other way around, making more time for yourself is a healthy lifestyle change that you should be making.

Part-Time or Retire Outright?
Whether you want to reduce your workload and go part-time, or retire outright, completely comes down to you. If the thought of having no work to get up for in the morning sounds frightening, going part-time is for you – going from one extreme to the other can be a shock to the system, while a part-time job helps to keep your finances topped up.
Semi-retirement means that you can maintain a part-time position (ask your employer about this as they may be willing to offer the hours that you are looking for). A few hours in the morning leaves the afternoon open to spend as you wish where you could potentially take up a hobby, renew an old interest or simply sit and snooze in front of the television.

Move Out of the City
When you begin to slow down, you may find that you prefer to live somewhere a little bit more laid back than your current habitat. Big cities are awash with busybodies pushing and shoving to get from A to B – it’s something that you just don’t want to contend with on a daily basis.
Rural areas offer a sanctuary away from busy cities, promoting a lifestyle more akin to the one that you might be looking for. Green fields replace buildings and noisy roads make way for peaceful rivers. If you worry that you cannot afford to live in such sought-after locations, it could be worth looking into parks with residential homes. Here, you can keep the cost of living down to a minimum while making the most of a natural setting.

Making Time for Family
One of the biggest perks of slowing down is that you have more time for those that matter, your family. Life can be busy which means that families often don’t have time to see one another half as much as they’d like – now, with time firmly on your side, you can make more time for loved ones.
Grandchildren, for many, are the number one reason for cutting down work hours. If you are fortunate to have grandchildren in your life, no doubt that they, too, take their place towards the top of your list of reasons to make more time.

Time to Travel
Finally, reaching the point of retirement or semi-retirement means that, at last, you have the time to travel the world and see places that, once, you could only dream of. At this point in your life, you have earned the right to travel and think about number one, so what are you waiting for?
Reaching the age of retirement shouldn’t feel as though it is the end as, in reality, it is only the beginning. With more time for yourself, now the world truly is your oyster.

This is a collaborative post. 

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Dear Elaine - #VicksBabyRub Challenge

Dear Elaine....a letter to myself. What would I tell my younger first-time-parent self by the time the second baby came along  or things I wish I knew as a first time mum? This is for the #VicksBabyRub Challenge

DD1 at two weeks old. 

Well first of all congratulations. There were no home pregnancy tests in these day. You had to make an appointment at the family planning clinic.You always wanted to be a mum, always wanted lots of children. Well wow your first baby is still under a year old when you found out that baby number two is on the way. Well now your second daughter is here and a month old, and your first born is now approaching nineteen months old, so what have you learnt that you wish you knew before No1 was born that is going to help now No2 is here? 

DD2 at 3 weeks old

Well to start with I think the most important lesson is to accept any and all offers of help that come your way. Try not to be stubborn and independent, people that offer help  only do so because they want to help. Having two children in terry nappies, living in a top floor flat with no washing machine, getting out to the drying green to peg out more dripping wet washing is a nightmare. let one of your friends or relatives take a load  away and bring it back clean and dried. 

Secondly they grow up far to quick, Child number one  was walking before she was a year old, talking in sentences already and far to clever for her own good. Enjoy them while they are young, worry less about the house and what people think of your abilities as a young mum, you can still be a good mum even if there is a layer of dust on the tv or some dirty dishes in the sink. 

DD1 at 27 months and DD2 at 9 months 

Sleep when they sleep, or at least sit and relax in the quiet gaps in the day. Yes I know it is  not quite so easy with a second one as the chance of getting two of them to sleep at the same time during the day is nearly impossible, but if it does happen rather than thinking you can get x.y.and z done, make your self a cup of coffee and a slice of toast or something else to eat, you are no good to anybody worn to a frazzle. 

Do you really need to bring in your first born and change her because she got grubby in the garden? Creating yourself more washing than is needed. If she goes to bed clean every night then clean dirt harms nobody, relax and let the poor child enjoy herself. 

18 months and a 3rd birthday 

Do not feel guilty when the in-laws come in and comment on the fact your husband is doing the ironing which is woman's work, just let them think what they want. Running a house with two young children is team work. 

So breast feeding did not work out, nothing there to feel guilty about, your first bottle fed baby is still alive and growing, healthy, intelligent and well adjusted no reason No2 will not be the same. 

You don't need enough clothes to change your child four times a day for the first year with some of them never worn. Don't keep good clothes for good, as they out grow the clothes before they get enough wear out of them to justify the cost of good. 

A play pen is an essential, even if it is to pop the baby in in her bouncy chair to stop the older child squeezing her feet to make her cry whenever you leave the room. A coach built pram is worth its weight in gold, as you get more than one child out of it, it comfortably takes a pram seat leaving the shopping trolley at the bottom for the shopping when you have to walk over two miles to the nearest supermarket. 

But I think the most important piece of advice is listen to your instincts, these are your children and you know them best. Part of listening to your instincts is knowing when they are ill. Have to say if my 40 year old self could have said to my 19 yr old self your second born will finish school, go on to university and become a successful person with a huge diversity of friends then I may well have worried less about the years she spent in and out of hospital and the operations and treatments she had, but that is another blog post. 

A parent usually knows best when their child is not well and what medication and natural remedies work best. One of them is Vicks BabyRub. It is a soothing moisturising product that you massage in. We all know how important baby massage is to help both the parents and the baby  bond and relax. 

Vicks BabyRub is great after a bath, before bedtime, if baby is irritable or unwell. The product contains natural ingredients - Rosemary, Lavender and Aloe Vera so can be used an time of the day especially great when they are teething or unsettled and massage is great if they are over tired, much better to spend five minutes massaging cream in than an hour getting both baby and parent stressed because baby won't stop crying. 
Vicks BabyRub is a non medicated product for babies six months and older. 

This post is an entry for BritMums #VicksBabyRub Challenge, sponsored by Vicks BabyRub. Specially designed for babies aged 6 months and over, Vicks BabyRub is available at Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, Asda, Waitrose and all good pharmacy chains. RRP £3.99.

Project 365 week 11

Been a week of grandchildren and a not so well little dog.

Blog wise I have had some luck with so far three companies that are willing to supply a prize for a few giveaways I am planning on running for my 7th blogiversary at the start of next month. Had hoped for more but with them and a few prizes I am supplying myself it should add a few extra views and comments. Will need to start getting them into frat mode this coming week.


Mothers Day is not something I hold big store by but I do love to get presents that are chosen with love. I have always got massive amounts of pleasure from my children, and the love I get from my grandchildren cannot be measured in presents, I just feel so honoured that they all want me in their lives and get so much love from them, snotty kisses and smelly nappies don't last forever and each stage is wonderful to watch.

Today I picked up one from DD1 and the grandchildren. Fifi had made a small 3d box  ( approx 1.5 by 2 inches) from popupdesigns and I also got a very pretty tin of teas. Some very different  flavours in there. May well need to go and find the chocolate vanilla and rooibos - very pleasantly different.


My present from DD2 arrived with the post today. A cushion which is now placed on the small coffee table so the dog does not lie on it.  I know they all appreciate us grandparents but this says the way they feel.


Bob had a Glasgow hospital appointment again today, sadly as he missed his last one due to the weather they had to start all over again with his blood tests. So her friend ran her up and I watched the three wee ones. The twins had been on a nursery trip and were rather tired, and mucky, so we popped into the library as I needed food bin bags, we read three stories, they each chose one, and then I let them chill out in front of the tv for a while as they had dancing after tea. Was quite nice as meant I got Spud on her own for over an hour and we played daft with the washing basket but she kept getting stuck in there so we changed it over for her tunnel.


A walk up at Auchincruive with hubby and Dixie dog.

DD1 was wanting to paint her skirting boards in her hall and up her stairs so as Bob can not tolerate the smell of gloss paint he was sent here over night.


Dixie dog has been having some issues and she is reluctant to eat anything hard and seems to be in pain when we stroke round her ears, so last weekend we had taken her into the vet who thought it might relate to her teeth so today she was going to have them cleaned and looked at. As this involves a general anaesthetic the vet decided as she still needed to be spayed he would do the two together  save the risk of a general anaesthetic twice.

For those of you who followed my blog last year  you may remember little Lilly started off not eating and appeared to be in pain and had a low grade cough, so to say the least I am a bit concerned. I know they say lightning does not strike twice, lets hope they are right this time. Dixie is only just two this month.

Bob and I spent some time playing Happy Families.

When we went to pick up Dixie she had not recovered from the anaesthetic well and was receiving fluids to prevent her from  dehydrating. She had also passed blood from her back passage so they had done an ultra sound but everything seemed to be ok.
When she got home she did not have the energy to stand. Hubby sat with her until 3am encouraging her to drink. She had a mad ten minutes about 2 am running around and jumping on and off the couch. So hubby popped her into her cage to stop her from injuring herself.


Dixie is a little bit more with it this morning. Gave her her pain killers and antibiotics, got her outside to wee and she walked back on by herself. Spent most of the day lying on the spare couch on her cushion, eaten a few bits of chicken and is drinking. Not happy with her breathing or the cough she has so back to the vet as soon as I can get some video footage of her coughing. If she needs a referral then a few nights wont make much difference but thought it was better than taking her back in the car again tonight.


Made some flap jack last night for taking to work. Not quite sure what happened but it stuck to the tin foil I lined the tin with and came off it bits rather than being cut into squares. Hey ho it tastes fine.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Project 365 week 10


Felt so awful, my nose would not stop running all day and made being at work very difficult.
This was my Facebook status for Sunday evening.

I would like to thank my eldest daughter and the five grandchildren for my early mothers day present. My hot burning eyes, my nose that wont stop running, my pounding head, the sore nose cos it wont stop running and it stings when I moisturise it., the chesty cough and the lowered peak flow, the sore throat and blisters inside my mouth and a cold sore to boot. Probably the most generous early pressie i have had in a long time

So went home to sleep. Find my chair easier to sleep in than a bed when I am like this.
It was really not fair to say it is their fault, there is plenty of it in the community and we could have got it any where.

Monday -Fri

been a lousy week, a week filled with antibiotics, steroids and throat sweets, paracetamol, hot and cold sweats, tins of soup as I have not felt like cooking or eating, coconut milk angel delight frozen as it does not thicken made with alternative milk. Spent a lot of the week sleeping and lazing in front of the tv. Hubby has been as bad, one day or so behind me so he has spent a lot of the week coughing and sleeping as well.

Did attend the funeral of a colleague on Tuesday, doubled it up with a GP appointment, her death has really thrown me, saw her a few days before she died unexpectedly. Really makes you think about how fragile human life really is.

1) watching Little House on the Prairie 2) some of this weeks medication
3) cracks on my hands back 4) a relaxed dog


A lamb mince meat loaf in the slow cooker for when I get back in from work tonight, away to do a back shift.

Not quite seven pictures but all that has been taken this week.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Project 365 week 9

Wow what a week this has been weather wise. Lots of snow all round us but we got a few light showers but less than an inch in total. But it has been very very cold and the wind would cut you in half. Had the dog out most days with plenty of layers of clothing on.

Been doing more cross stitching and started on my next picture.


While I was at work hubby finished doing the drain and used the rest of the cement to straighten the washing pole.


Dropped Bob at gymnastics and went for a walk along the river at Auchincruive with the dog and hubby.


A walk round the fishery, not that there was any fishing going on the ponds were mostly frozen with a few small gaps that the swans and geese were making the most of. Loved the reflection on the ice.

 Later on in the week the swans and geese had moved to some of the local fields obviously looking for stuff to eat,


We had a little snow in the morning and a few heavy showers through out the day but we got off lightly in comparison to other places. We were on the edge of the amber warning. Roads were clear so we went to the poultry shop to buy more chicken pieces and walked the dog at the same time. Then got caught in a heavy snow shower on our afternoon walk down to DD1 and the grandkids.


We had just gone to bed when hubby was gripped by an excruciating pain, so he went and got a drink of milk hoping it was indigestion but really not thinking it was.  After half an hour it was not getting any better so he agreed to me phoning 111, that is when I knew he was in massive pain as he hates hospitals, But just got a message saying we were in a queue  and our call would be answered as soon as possible. But twenty minutes later we were still on hold and I hung up. My thinking being if they were that busy it would probably take three hours or more for a doctor to phone me back, so as his pain was subsiding slightly we decided to wait on the GP opening in the morning and get an appointment. By the morning his pain felt more like bruising internally. GP thinks it may have been a gall stone moving so he has to go for an ultra sound to see if there are any more.

We then went for a cold walk round a local park, thought it would be a bit warmer in the wind surrounded by trees than the beach would have been. Started snowing lightly when we were walking.

A spot of babysitting in the afternoon as Bob had an ophthalmology appointment. He is just to carry on with the drops he is on. Was far far to cold to take them out, the wind was bitter so we stayed in and played games. Hubby walked down with Dixie dog and the wee ones were all happy to feed and stroke her.


Spud turns two today. Normally I would go round and take a cake etc but all the kids and daughter have a stinking cold, sore throat, aching joints etc, and none of them are in the mood for being civilised and they are not eating so seemed such a waste. They were suppose to be meeting up with the other grandparents for a visit to a local soft play but that did not happen either. She is too young to know it is her birthday. Have to say my throat is quite sore and I don't feel great either.

I got back with some shopping and popped the shopping bags on the floor and forgot there were some mini pork pies in there, so little miss helped herself to one. Wont eat good quality dog food but will eat human food.


I was suppose to be going to The Free From Show in Glasgow with DD3 today but it was cancelled due to the weather, disappointed not to be going but can understand why they cancelled it.

Got four bars threw from Muscle Foods by way of an apology. Certainly makes me feel better about their customer service. Yes I tried the dark chocolate mint one as I have a soft spot for those two together.

Throat feeling a bit better but rather hoarse with laryngitis and a bit of discomfort in my glands.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

An update on Bob

As everyone knows, Bob has various health conditions, including asthma and eczema.  For years now, he’s been having to use vast amounts of steroid inhalers to keep his asthma reasonably under control (he currently takes double the standard adult dose, of a drug not licensed for children), along with lots of steroid creams on his skin.  He also needs reasonably frequent doses of oral steroids, for those times when his asthma flares up.
Bob intermittently sees the paediatric dermatology specialists at the Queen Elizabeth Childrens hospital in Glasgow, and he was re-referred up there last year.  The dermatologist was somewhat concerned by the amount of steroids he was having to use, and requested blood tests, including a Synathen test, which measures the amount of natural steroid (cortisol) the body’s adrenal glands make.
Most people make cortisol throughout the day – in simple terms, it’s what gives us our get up and go.  When we are ill, we make more, to help us fight off whatever is causing the illness.  If we vomit, or break a bone, or have surgery, etc, our bodies will give us a massive dose of cortisol instantly, which helps us have the energy to get help, and helps to hide the pain, and helps us start to recover.
However, when we use regular, large amounts of extra steroids, like Bob has, our adrenal glands become lazy, and, over time, can doze off, and stop making enough, or any, cortisol.
To no-ones particular surprise, the Synacthen test showed that Bob’s adrenal gland had pretty much fallen asleep, and he failed the test. 
This means that Bob can no longer make enough natural steroids to survive, and so he needs to take oral hydrocortisone daily, and has to carry around with him injectable hydrocortisone, in case of accident.  The daily hydrocortisone has to be carefully balanced – his “healthy” dose has been calculated by his surface area, and has to be taken three times a day, and he has an “unwell” dose, and special instructions for sickness.  He has to carry a steroid card with him, and he wears a wristband which states that he is steroid dependant.  He’s also on a special list with the Scottish ambulance service, which means he’s always top priority for an ambulance.
He has to be given his medication as soon as he gets up every day, or he just can’t get himself going, and, if the last dose is too close to bedtime, he struggles to switch off, but too early, and he’s incapable of getting through until bedtime.  When he’s on an “unwell” dose, he’s like a toddler on too much sugar for a day or two, and when he goes back to his “healthy” dose, he has his sugar crash.
He’s been on the hydrocortisone for about 4 months now, and we’re slowly getting used to it – making sure we never run out of hydrocortisone (it’s not a standard medication stocked by pharmacies, so has to be ordered in specially, and can take a couple of days to get here), making sure he’s given the correct dose at the correct time, dealing with the mood swings that go along with it.
Now that things have settled down slightly with this, the dermatologist has suggested immunosuppressants, to hopefully dampen down his immune system, which will reduce the eczema flare-ups, and therefore reduce the steroids that we’re having to put on his skin and in his lungs.  He’s had (more) blood tests to check various things before the immunosuppressants start, and, all being well, he’ll be starting on them in the next couple of weeks.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Project 365 week 8

Lots and lots of walks this week with Dixie dog.


Well last night did not go well. DD2 brought Ziggy back from the party just after 11. Dixie went nutty and yapped. Ziggy screamed, so dog yapped some more.....then DD2 went back out to the party and her and SIL2 rolled in just after one. Ziggy started crying not long after and cried for ages despite daughter trying to cuddle her in, so dog was doing low growls. So not much sleep was had by any of us. I had an eleven hour shift to do and DD2 and co had to drive all the way to Oban.
While I was at work Ziggy played with the pile of teddies again, just need to teach her to tidy them up when she is finished with them.They object to being left stood on their heads.


No gymnastics, poor Bob is still so tired and unable to do much but sleep half the day and all night. Not sure what is going on with him but he is not fairing well. Daughter has done an update on him here if you want a read. 

A walk with Dixie dog and I really liked the raindrops on the snowdrops.


Bob had an appointment in Glasgow. Daughter cannot get her mini bus into the car park at the hospital. But as nobody was available to run her there I said I would watch Spud and the gruesome twosome  to make it easier for her. Hubby was on standby in case I was running late getting back to the village. Spud was in her bed a lot of the time I was there so we could not get out to the park. The twins and I sat and played games and played silly. Fifi took them off to their dancing class, and I got home when SIL came back.

Dixie was down with us and she was there nearly two hours without any problems.

Minky is going through a phase where he will not go anywhere on his own, up stairs for a jumper, the loo, or the utility room for his shoes as he thinks there is a bogey man waiting to get him., Kids imaginations can be a pain at times.

Minky and Dinky play go fishing. 


Took the dog out for a walk to Dumfries House.
Dumfries House Set in 2,000 acres, this stunning estate and 18th-Century house with its unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture has something for everyone.

Nice dry sunny weather and did just over 4 miles and walked some of the paths we had not walked on in the past. The place will be more lovely in a few weeks once all the daffodils and crocuses flower.

Dixie does Dumfries House. 


Needed to go and do some shopping so paired that up with walking the dog. We did 2 miles round the Kay Park in Kilmarnock.

This much-loved green space has been a favourite with families, dog walkers and visitors for many years and is a prime venue for events and activities. 
Works will concentrate on the pond, which will be drained and repairs will be carried out to restore the banks which have eroded over time. Harmful algae will be treated and a wide range of native plants and flowers, which reduce algae formation, will be planted, all enhancing the natural look of the area. The pond will be refilled with water from natural sources and restored to its current level.
A new bird viewing and feeding platform will be built by the old boat jetty and information displays will be put up at various locations to help identify bird species and advise on suitable feeding. New nesting and shelter zones will be created to encourage more bird species to the pond and surrounding areas.

Dixie Dog does the Kay Park. 

Dinky asked if we could go down as she wanted to feed Dixie dog, or bixie bog as Spud calls her. So we popped in on the way back from a walk round the fishery.  She did actually feed her and stroke her, the other three fed her as well. Very brave of Dinky and Spud as they are both scared of dogs, but knowing Dixie is so small and was scared of them is helping to make them brave.


Wee Dixie tends to feel the cold, not sure if this is just cos she is very short coated, whether it is because she is use to living with a pack of dogs and had others to snuggle to or whether it is because she seems to be on hunger strike but regardless I made her a fleece jumper from a fleece blanket that was added to my collection. It is only for in the house and over night so does not need to look 100%  Can't do much about the first two but working on the third one.

Dixie dog gets a new jumper 


Went for a walk up to Failford where we have our caches to look at them and see if they were all right. One of them was not so disabled it and hope to replace it during the week if it is dry. Did nearly three miles and then popped in to a local pub for a drink. Ended up with hubby having a bowl of soup and I had a plate of chips.

The Failford Inn is a dog friendly pub with doggie bowls inside and out, dog beds in the bar and doggie biscuits in a tub on the bar.

Will need to go back one day and have a proper look at their menu and have a proper meal.

Home in time to go to work for an overtime shift. I had a diet coke as I was doing the driving.

dog friendly
Dixie Dog does Failford Inn 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Chicken Kung Po pasta bake recipe

One thing we eat a fair amount of in this house is chicken. We live near an estate who grow, slaughter and sell their own, so it is a much cheaper source than the supermarkets. So I am always on the lookout for a recipe that is a bit different to ring the changes. So having spotted and been inspired by Chicken Spaghetti bake on Cheryl's blog I decided to adapt it to the contents of my cupboard and made Chicken Kung Po pasta bake Lots of pasta sat in the kitchen cupboards and cooking the pasta also gave me an easy lunch to take to work the next day.

  • 4-6 chicken thighs depending on size
  • a red onion
  • half a pepper
  • 300 g pasta
  • jar Kung Po sauce 
  • a selection of vegetable ( I used frozen peas, broccoli, green beans and sweetcorn) 
  • 75g of cheese 


  • Put the chicken in the oven at 190 oC for approx 30 mins, or until chicken is cooked. You could use pre cooked left over chicken if you have any, it would work just as well. leave to cool. 
  • Once cool debone the chicken and set aside. 
  • Prepare the veg and fry off chopped onion and peppers. Half cooking them will be enough as they will finish cooking in the oven
  • Meanwhile cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water until al dente. 
  • and half cook the vegetables. 
  • Stir half the cheese through with everything else and pour into a casserole dish. 
  • Cook for 20 minutes, then sprinkle the rest of the cheese across the top and return to the oven to melt the cheese. 
Serve alone or with some crusty bread or sweet potato chips. 

I cooked extra vegetables and pasta and carried on cooking them after removing the al dente products and left it go go cold and then stirred a tin of drained tuna through it and took to work for my lunch. 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Project 365 week 7

Been a lazy week as I am really in a can not be bothered mood. Tv watching while doing my cross stitching and walks with the dog to break ours and her day up. Have had quite a bit of snow this week, but luckily none of it stayed for long.


No overtime this week so the usual walk with the dog after work. It is quite nice to get out normally. But we set foot out the door with a blue sky and within less than two minutes we had a total white out with snow. Twenty minutes of a walk and nearly two inches of snow had fallen.

winter is still here 


Had won a prize back in November from musclefood it turned up today but had cost me £1.50 in excess postage as they underpaid on it, prize itself was worth less than £2 so I was not at all amused. Have pm'd them on Facebook and they offered me £10 off of an order, but need to spend more than £10 before I can claim the discount and also need to pay postage. Apparently they did this to quite a few others as well. Others got offered higher amounts but regardless it is not acceptable policy and I feel well conned.

excess postage to pay 


DD1's birthday. We have a firm believe in our family that a birthday is not a birthday without a cake. So Fifi had said she was going to make her mum a Harry Potter cake, but she went away for a long weekend and then went to her friends overnight on Monday. So DD3 messaged me to ask me to pick one up for her, so we got another picture cake from Intercake, their cakes taste great, are good value for money and you can personalise it with a picture of your choice and then add borders, writing etc.

I feel cake decoration manufacturers should make + and - signs so she could have had 40-1, just cos I am rotten like

Happy birthday DD1 


Blew a gale and snowed on and off most of the day. So got in plenty of cross stitching and competition entering done. Dixie loves to spend time sitting in the sun (when it comes out) on the back of the couch. Does tend to woof a bit at some of the people passing but not at them all.

Watching out the window 


This little madam likes to chew anything she can pick up, and likes to pick up lots of things. Today she decided she would start on this mornings post.

Little Madam!!!


Have had a few nasty patches of eczema on the palms of my hands for about three months now. Nearly gone, an awful lot better than they have been. Been using steroids twice a day and a good quality moisturiser about thirty times a day. No wonder parents cannot get children cleared up as I never thought to moisturise my kids every half  hour when they had flare ups. Being on my hands does not help right enough as getting wet regularly.

I like this cream 


DD2, SIL2, Ziggy and the dog down for a few hours today, going out tonight and then back here to sleep. We went for a walk down the park to exercise the dogs and get Ziggy some fresh air and exercise
Was a good test for Dixie having more than one person and another dog here at the same time. She was popped into her cage with the door left open for her a few times for getting herself distressed but calmed down quickly enough and came back out when she wanted too.

Ziggy on the slide with Dixie and Granddad 

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The hassle of moving a shed.

Ever since we moved into this house, nearly five years ago.hubby has been wanting to move the small shed near the back door down to the bottom end of the garden,so lately he has had the hassle of moving the shed.

The problem is he has too much junk  man stuff to store and as the shed was full the contents had to go somewhere while the dismantling and reassembling happens. As we know in this country can not guarantee a run of dry weather even in the Summer. So after we got the new shed up and running a few months back he decided to get it done.

He was not even sure it would move successfully as a lot of it was rotten as the back of it was sited against a brick wall and so it has had rain running down the back of it and getting trapped all the years it has been there, over twelve years that we know of.

So this project was started the first week in January with the shed being disassembled into its six parts. Luckily enough our neighbour was on hand to help as there was no way at that point I could help with my shoulder being so sore.

the shed sites against a small 3 brick high patio area. 

So once the roof was off they started on dismantling the sides and lying them down.

laying the pieces down as they are dismantled 

The back and left side were quire rotted and so these were left for repairing.

the rotted corners on the back and side 

The back and left of the base were also quite rotted.

the rotted corner at the bottom 

So over the next few weeks, in between snow and gales the repair work began with hubby working away at it when he had time.

Dixie dog helping trim out the rotten wood 

So the rotting corners were sorted and replaced with new lengths of wood, and yes the dog decided to help, and the rotted tongue and grove sides were repaired by screwing lengths of  ply wood onto the outside. The 8ft by 4 ft piece of ply was left a few years back by the window fitter who put in our new double glazing.

the new pieces in place 

The base was sorted next, it was the biggest repair job with about a quarter of the floor needing replacing. So this was done by adding new supports next to the old supports, the trimming off the rotten pieces and adding lengths of tongue in groove from a previously dismantled building that he had salvaged. His hoarding can be verry annoying but I suppose it is only his hoarding that allowed this to be rebuilt so cheaply.

the rotten bits have gone 

The electric saw was bought with some of the Argos Vouchers I won just before Christmas, it was used to cut the longer pieces, much easier than by hand.

using the new power saw to cut the big pieces 

Once the repairs of the base were completed the wood was trimmed to the right size.

trimming the new struts underneath 

So after all the repair work was done it needed to be reassembled. I could manage to help with this as by now my arm was feeling somewhat better and the individual pieces were not to heavy if I let me left arm take the bulk of the weight.

the back and the base ready to go together

No pictures of the assembly as I was needed to support and help assemble.

awaiting the roof and adding some shelves 

We needed help to get the roof on as I was not attempting to help with that. So some shelves were added while he had good light to do it with and he would stand upright. SIL1 came and gave hubby a hand when he came in from work.

still a few bits to patch in at the bottom. 

As seen from the bedroom window.

awaiting the roof 

Once the roof was on

complete with roof 

To finish it off inside hubby drove down the back road and picked up a load of laminate flooring that somebody dumped the day after he assembled it and used it to cover the floor with and to line the sides half way up. Most of the contents of this shed is just items for storage as it is not tall enough to stand up in properly

shed paint and boxes being stored 

To allow him to rebuild the base, back and left side we had to buy some new wood, the rest of it was done with older wood that he had lying around. The budget for all the repair work, including the screws came to under £30, we could not have replaced it for anything like that so was worth spending the time on.

With the shed moved we now have a view down the garden so it will be easier to see the grandchildren when they are out there playing. I am sure there is also a plan to move the table bench and chairs up to the patio area at the top.