Tag Archives: Family Life

It Is What It Is: Goodbye Darling Dad

Hello dear friends, When I signed off here three months ago, I hoped to return in September with good news about my memoir writing progress, but in early July I got a call from my uncle telling me my dad … Continue reading

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Memoir Loneliness And Tony Soprano

Sitting with my mother in the hospital a few weeks ago, an elderly man shuffled into the small waiting room, flopped down into a chair, sighed and said, ‘Three children, eight grandchildren and I never see them…’ A nurse fast … Continue reading

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Missing Blogging

Dear friends, Eight days ago, my dear Mum suffered a stroke, an awful shock.  My boys (and Eldest Son’s Lovely Girlfriend) were home with us for the weekend to celebrate a belated Mother’s Day, hubby’s birthday and our tenth wedding … Continue reading

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Laundry: Women’s Work?

Robots are taking over the world.  Well, maybe not completely, but they are doing a good job of it, according to a newspaper article I read recently. There are robots in bars in Japan serving cocktails (I wonder if they … Continue reading

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The Power Of Surprise

In early summer of 2001, Eldest Son gave me a fabric CD holder inscribed with the name of his high school and date of his graduation.  Ideal for holding CDs for my car, when I opened it, I noticed there … Continue reading

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Times Past Challenge: Chinese Spoons And Eating Out

Dressed to impress in my purple and white midi dress my mother had made for me and  patent leather, navy-blue sling back shoes with block heels, I walked into the dimly lit Chinese restaurant, mesmerised by the brightly coloured lanterns … Continue reading

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The Light Of Christmas

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat Please to put a penny in the old man’s hat. If you haven’t got a penny, then a ha’penny will do; If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God Bless you. Children … Continue reading

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Of Guns And Flowers And A Car Crash

On Wednesday just before lunchtime, somebody drove across my path in the middle of a roundabout (I had right of way). I barely had time to slam on my brakes before crashing with a sickening thud into the side of … Continue reading

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Sunday Lunch Invitation – Sherri Matthews and Michelle Clements James.

Originally posted on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life:
Today it is all girls together for the Sunday Lunch although my husband is hovering in the background keen to enjoy the food that our guests have brought with…

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In Which The Story Changes

I found the words one day as I walked. These words:  ‘Stranger In A White Dress.’  The title of my memoir. But as I climbed high above the sea,  I found something more: I found strength. And I realised that … Continue reading

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