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We all love blog followers and commentators. The more the merrier , right? It can become quite a high to see those numbers rising and rising.  And to feed that “one of these days somebody is going to offer me *insert dream* just for spewing my  thoughts out on-screen”  fantasy .

But then comes a merry morning when you sit down to blog and the words just don’t come like they used to.

There’s a flashing cursor and a blank screen and ……….nothing.

The sad result because of one thought flashing red upstairs : YOU CAN’T SAY THAT.

Aunty C won’t like it, sister-in-law won’t get the joke, ex-teachers/ future teachers of your children will hold their mother’s blog against them for ever and ever AMEN.

So you freeze. You’re a deer caught in bloglights. You’re up on that stage and you’ve forgotten your opening line.

You, me dear,  have BLOGFRIGHT.

And it’s time for some decisions to be made. You either blog for the benefit of the audience or you blog bravely. Honestly and willing to take whatever reaction you get. If any. Because here’s another thought : Who really REALLY cares about the intricacies of your every single emotion?

And why do people read other peoples’  blogs?

– To be entertained?

– To feel relief because “Hey, I’m not the only one after all?”

– To get a kick out of someone elses failure?

– To offer support?

Who knows.

But this here blog will remain what it is. A not-so-sweet mom of two sometimes-sweet–mostly-exhausting children, trying to remain un-depressed and satisfied with marriage and life on a farm. Miles and miles from the nearest mall and fancy restaurant. Boohoo and all that.

Read. Don’t read.

Follow. Don’t follow.

Judge. Don’t judge.

And every once in a while leave a virtual hug and cup-a-tea. ( or glass of white? )

If you’re feeling sweet, that is…





I recently saw under “search engine terms”  that someone googled “anal reluctant wife” and found my blog. MY BLOG? This particular one? Wha…..??? 

 This is, after all  a wholesome, innocent parenting blog . Written by a former church organist married to a farmer. An Afrikaans, church going farmer. A cleanliving, honest,  down-to-earth mother of 2.

YOU try googling “anal reluctant wife”. It ain’t pretty. It ain’t healthy. It made me blush. It shouldn’t be allowed.

Ok. I’ll wait.



What year is it?



15 reasons why I like peanut butter.

1. I like peanut butter because it’s salty.

2. I like peanut butter because it’s crunchy.

3. I like that I can eat it straight from the tub.

4. It contains vit B.

5.It contains vit D.

6. Actually, it contains a lot of vitamins.

7.It’s sort of like fudge, but more healthy like.

8. It’s not as fattening as chocolate.

9.You get more value for less calories.

10. I like the way it compliments butter.

11. I like the shape of the jar. It’s homely.

12. I like the way it looks in the fridge. Inviting.

13. I like the way it fits in my left hand while I hold the spoon with my right hand. Not  heavy.

14. I like that you can get it smooth or with bits. Your choice.

15. I like that I can get 15 things to say about it.



 “BLOJO” : BLOG MOJO    ….  the energy and inspiration that fuels a blog .

I wish I  was the creator of this  term but sadly, no.  It wasn’t me. It was the “big heels” lady over at A Daft Scotts Lass.

So what to do when you’ve lost “it”? When you keep on hitting “backspace”? When last week your blog was the rockin’ flavour of the month and now it’s vanilla?

1. You keep quiet.  Don’t blog for the sake of blogging. Wait a few days. Give it a rest.

2. Often blojo is lost when your audience becomes too big. And  too important. Remember why you started blogging. It’s a “weblog”. YOURS. UNIQUE. Keep it that way.

3. Read other blogs. And comment on them. See what’s out there and if there is something you can use .

4. Post a picture. Or a whole picture story.

5. Write a “top 10” list. Hints,tips, guidelines, what you’d like for christmas. “Top 10” is easy to do.

6. Just start. Often ideas get flowing once you’ve typed a sentence or two.

7. Don’t blog if you’re angry or if  you’ve had 6 glasses of wine. It won’t be pretty in the morning….and once it’s out there, IT IS OUT THERE. Forever. Until the cows come home. And you’re 6 feet under. And your grandchildren have to explain to their children ………and…….

8. Don’t think about every. single. word. you. write. It becomes torture just to complete a sentence. Not the point of blogging. ( see tip nr 1 )

9. I don’t have a tip nr 9.

10. I don’t have a 10th tip either.


I’ve “backspaced” at least 12 times .

Time to shut it. ( see tip nr 1 )

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