Wonderful Wednesday #21


It’s been a long, long time since my last Wonderful Wednesday.

I’m hoping I don’t have to send back my membership card just yet. I think my excuse of a puppy running rampant around my house is a good one though.

I have quite a bit of wonderful to chat about, so let’s get straight into it.

My Bonny Bears.

Also know as: the Mother-In-Law makes her owns bears – and rabbits, badgers, elephants and one time, a banana – which I think are really great and that some of you might like too. She even has her own Instagram account, that’s how hip my MIL is.

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 3.28.42 pmMug cakes.

This deserves a spot of wonderful all to itself.

Delicious, gooey, chocolate-y mug cake. With custard.

Comfort food at its finest.

Also Birds custard powder: vegan. Win.

Finding my (furry) feet.

Dare I say it, but I think I might have got to grips with this whole puppyhood thing. Until I broke my foot at least.

But prior to that, there were a few mornings where I woke up and didn’t feel like I was neck-deep in unrealistic expectations and questionable advice from the internet, and that I might just have a handle on raising a dog. Just.

Now, I’m a little scuppered with the foot thing, but there’s still plenty of things to work on in the house, and it gives Kris plenty of opportunity to work with Moxster for a change.

Still, I’m impatient to get moving and training again. Can’t have my little lady’s standards slipping, we wouldn’t want to embarrass ourselves at the dog school.

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Hammy dearest.

More pet talk. My little Chopster is doing fantastic. A while back, I mentioned that he’d developed testicular cancer and after a lot of thought, I decided to book him in for surgery to have them removed. Since he’s in such good health, despite being over two years old, there was a really good chance that he’d do great with the surgery and removing his testicles would cure him of the cancer too.

He had his surgery last month and he’s been right as rain ever since. He’s back to his chirpy self. He gets up earlier, runs in his wheel more, has stopped drinking so much and just looks pretty damn sexy again. Even his hair has thickened up and gone back to being a nice even black instead of looking a bit washed out and brown. I was genuinely shocked at how much difference the surgery made to him, if I’m being completely honest. I should have done it sooner.

Shockingly, he also lost 20g in weight after the tumour was removed as it had also grown up into his abdomen as well as outside his body. He recovered amazingly from the surgery and took his antibiotics and painkillers like the champ that he is.

I couldn’t be happier, and I’m looking forward to many more happy times with my main man.

Jolly good weather.

It’s Spring and the weather has been (mostly) gorgeous. Damn, I love spring time.

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The return of the mojo.

My mojo has taken a serious beating with puppyhood. All mojos, not even just my blogging one. My reading mojo, my photography mojo, my sleep mojo, just my mojo mojo, they were all too exhausted and stressed to the edge of sanity but now they are making a come back.

In the last few weeks I’ve picked up my camera again, I’ve lost myself in a book for a few hours, I’ve cooked something that wasn’t instant noodles, crackers and cheese or a mug cake (none of which really constitute cooking).

It feels good to mojo my way through my day again.

Other mojos still to return include: the smoothie making mojo, the keeping my house clean mojo and the self-confidence mojo. But we’re getting there. In fact, I’m going to make a smoothie for breakfast tomorrow. Those bananas won’t eat themselves.


Not instant noodles.

I could be embarrassed about the number of times I have eaten instant noodles for lunch or dinner in the last month or so, but that doesn’t really scream strong, independent woman. It’s better to embrace it and move on.

With the return of the cooking mojo, we’ve actually enjoyed plenty of other tasty things like: this sweet and sour tofu recipe (many times), lots of vegan cheese, mac and cheese, spaghetti Bolognese (comfort food has been a bit of a theme lately), leftover pumpkin soup from the freezer and plenty of pasta. Pasta has kept us fed and warm on many occasion lately.

Friendly folk.

Isn’t it nice when people are just friendly? Apparently owning a dog makes you infinitely more likely to be spoken to by strangers, especially in Belgium. Usually, as just a person I would be nice and invisible, these days as a person plus dog I’m still sort of invisible but they sure like to talk to my dog a lot, then sometimes they notice I am there too.

And some of the people have been quite nice. I’ve actually had a nice time talking to people and being a bit sociable. Shocking, I know.

We’ve made some friends at the dog school, people who are even willing to do a little translation for us to help with the classes. We’ve met an old couple who invited my into their home for tea on morning as I went by their house (we have met before in the park, so it wasn’t too unexpected), and then there’s the one time chit-chats too which I’ve also enjoyed.

Oh and I can’t forget the tweets and messages from people checking in to make sure I wasn’t dead. That’s always appreciated.

I think that’s everything for now. There is more, but I really want to go to bed and read my book so I’ll leave it at this. Happy midweek to one and all! Share your wonderful in the comments below! 

Don’t forget to check out all the other Wonderful Wednesday-ers starting with the inspiration Sally, and then the rest of us raggedy bunch:  Kate, Helen, Jo, Cat, Michelle, EmmaSamLauraPetaSarah, JasminEleanor, Mimmi, Isabelle, Martina, Lynsey & another Sarah!


  • Aww I’m so glad to hear that Porkchop is doing well! That’s great news. Sad news about your poor foot though, I hope it heals up real fast!

  • Aw yay I’m glad that Hammy is feeling much better!! And that Moxie is starting to behave a little more 🙂

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • Emma Sealey

    What a gorgeous puppy!! I’m glad you’ve got your mojo back! X

  • I love how into Pork Chop you are, he is a lucky guy. I am following Bonny Bears – how does she not have more followers, they are amazing!! Chrysie hasn’t been too well. She got a cyst under her chin whilst I was in England and it injured her bottom two teeth and numbnuts didn’t notice so she now needs her teeth trimming once a month but she seems to be happier about it. I have decided to leave her with her breeder Julianna from now on. Julianna and some other folks and I have been busy creating the Ontario Hamster Club. I wish I could have been more involved though – the baby scuppered most of my hammy plans!

    • I love him! He’s my little man. He’s the reason the dog has to go to bed at 8:30pm, so that he can have free time on the desk and in his ball without her bothering him haha.

      I know right! She makes some great things. She’s only just started on Instagram, I will have to share her stuff on my Instagram too to see if she can get some more followers.

      Oh no, poor Chrysie! I thought Chopster would have problems with his teeth as on our first appointment the vet said they were a little crooked, but he’s had no problems. Thankfully! I will probably take him to the vets in the summertime for a checkup again. I think he just likes going to the vets because he gets loads of fuss haha!

      Oooh, a hamster club, that sounds like fun! Maybe once the baby is a little older, you can be more involved. That will be a nice thing for you to do for yourself when you need some “no baby” time.

  • we’re getting a healthy dose of spring weather as well (finally!) that i’ve actually gone and booked to get my winter tires off.

    • Yay! I love Spring!

      I’m glad I don’t have a car, so I don’t have to worry about things like that. For me it’s more of a “coat or no coat” dilemma.

  • Oh no I’m sorry to hear about your foot! How did you manage that?! At least you’re getting your mojo back! And you’ll have more time to read whilst resting. I don’t think I’ve had mojo for months now, I’m just 100% exhausted and I don’t even have to look after anyone else but me!

    • I fell off my bike! Well, I’m blaming the dog, but I just fell off my bike. We have a doggy trailer that she rides in and to stop her barking so much we have been stopping when she does. Well, she barked as I went down a hill, I didn’t think, pulled the break and the weight of the trailer pushed my bike over, I fell off and smashed my foot on the floor… sigh. I had a check up today and it’s more broke than it was first thought. It was originally just the fifth metatarsal, but it’s actually the 5th, 4th and the 3rd is cracked.

      Turns out it’s quite an awkward break to heal because of where it is. It’s called a Jones Fracture… that’s how great it all is haha.

      Well, at least my right left muscles will get a work out since I keep hopping about.

  • All of the wonderfulness <3 Especially little Choppy chops. So chuffed how well he is doing!


    • Me too! He’s a bundle of energy these days! Luckily Moxster goes to bed at 8:30 – 9pm so he has plenty of time to run about without being bothered by crazy pants.

  • Moxie is SO CUTE. Now that that’s out of the way, I’m glad you’re slowly but surely getting your mojo back! I hope that foot heals up soon. That’s a real bummer!
    And good for you for making the call with Chop! I’m glad he’s doing much much better!

    • Me too! I have missed having my blog to work on. It’s good for my brain to have something just for me. I’m still struggling to keep up with other people, but I’ll get there. I just have to be more selection of what blog posts I read haha!

      Me too! We figured we had nothing to lose. If it didn’t go well, he would no longer be uncomfortable and wouldn’t progress, if it went well, he’d have more time to hang out with us and he’d feel better. The only risk was if the cancer had spread from his testicles but since he got so much better so soon, it doesn’t look like it.

  • Lorna Davie

    Yay Wonderful Wednesdays are back!!!! Love ya DIL Thanks for the mention, not sure about being hip, well maybe you are right left and right hip remind me just how hip i am going up and down stairs lol…..can’t wait till you are back at Xmas.

    • no problem 🙂 I thought there would be a few people that read here that would like it. I will have to share on Instagram too!

      Looking forward to Christmas!

  • HORRAY for getting your mojo back! I completely relate with not having ANY OF IT, while my mojo wasn’t lost to training a dog, I know what it feels like to just want to eat the quickest thing possible, veg out and not do anything (damn university coursework!). No shame in the instant noodles!

    Sorry to hear about your injury! Hopefully it’ll heal in NO time and it gives you time to relax and catch up with blogging and reading etc etc.

    Enjoy the rest of your week! xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice

    • It does feel nice to have some mojo again!

      Urgh, uni is definitely a mojo killer! I know that feeling. How’s it going now? I hope you’re doing alright.

      It’s a bit of a pain, but it could have been worse!

      • Well coursework was killing my mojo and now its the turn of revision to do the same! Not long to go now though 29 days! (not that i am counting…) xx

  • Yay Chopster! I’m so glad to hear he’s doing well <3

    Keeping house clean mojo… I think I lost that many, many years ago. Actually, I'm not sure I ever had it. My flat is only kept clean(ish) because I force myself to do it, while hating every single second.

    • He makes my heart melt! I was really nervous about making the call to have the surgery, but he bounced back like a pro. He’s a machine, my little man.

      Haha, I don’t mind the cleaning, it gives me a chance to listen to my audiobook. But with a dog, sadly, my least favourite chore of hoovering is starting to look like a daily occurrence.

      • Hoovering is basically the only chore I don’t mind! I hate washing dishes, cleaning bathrooms & sorting laundry. I like to listen to my podcast while cross stitching 🙂