Feed a Family of Five, One Week, Fifty Euro.

I have a passion for food and I'm lucky, we've always had a great relationship. I use it to to care for and nourish, to spoil and make well, to show love and friendship, to make sigh and Read more

Blog Awards Ireland & A Catch Up

You may have noticed a shiny new badge on my page to your right there, see? Yes that's right, I've been nominated again this year so thank you Blog Awards Ireland and thank you to everyone who nominated me, Read more

Anyone for a 'Salon' Gathering ?

I really badly want to go to a 'salon', unusual thought for a Monday perhaps but I've been thinking about it a few years now. I realise I may have to host though I'd much rather attend. Since first I Read more

This is War (a food post)

I haven't talked about food in a while but it's never far from my mind. I've talked in the past about my research into nutrition for parkinson's and cancer treatment and prevention (my Dad had cancer/has parkinson's) and how Read more

A Little Rain Never Hurt Anyone

There's the great lesson when your're Irish that you can't wait for good weather. It's possible the sun will shine and you hope it will, but you don't wait, you live as if the sun were shining. This is why Read more

First Chapter of my Novel - Reader Feedback

As you know I'm editing my first novel at the moment, a contemporary mythic fantasy. Even though it's daunting I have to say I'm enjoying it. I've switched my head from writer, not allowed edit, to editor and of Read more

Things I Learned Saturday

On Saturday I was in Dublin for my sister Martha’s 30th Birthday celebrations. Aside from great company, lots of laughs, food, music and dancing at The Clarendon and Odessa here’s a few random things happened, discovered or learned…

1. I can’t go out anymore, it takes days to recover, days, such a time waste. I don’t need to be drinking, just out very late. The funny thing is I can get by on very little sleep normally, five hours is plenty, and in most ways have more energy than I’ve ever had but going out kills me and no matter what time I go to bed I’m up with the lark, outwardly fresh, inwardly wrecked. P.S. I didn’t really learn this on Saturday just this summer generally.

Lesson: I don’t want to go out.


2. Just when you think you are past it you go to a city or just anywhere with life in it and get a massive ego boost from both gay men and straight men, chatted up and complements to beat the band. The gay guy comps were the best :)  

Lesson: Nothing ages a woman like living in the country.


I was called ‘very sensible’ for drinking tea at four in the morning, yep.

Lesson: There’s nothing sensible about four in the morning.


3. For the first time in my life I was pressed to smoke weed. She was some random stranger, the girlfriend of a roommate of one of Martha’s friends twice removed or something like that. I mean properly pressed, arm pulling and everything plus this memorable line ‘You need a challenge, challenge is good for you‘ Bahahaha, can you believe it? This never even happened me in college!

Lesson: From Salvador Dali, ‘I don’t do drugs, I am drugs.’


4. I slept with a cat. If you know me you know this is big. Martha’s cat is new and not allowed out at night yet. His name is O’Brien and when you surprise him he meep’s, very winning. He didn’t think much of the downstairs festivities and here I was in his safe place. There was nothing for it, we had to share a bed, after all he was there first I was just the sensible tea drinking visitor. If anyone had told me this would ever happen I’d have said not a chance but with each passing day I turn ever more into a cat lady. By morning, two hours later, we were happy out. I’ve shared a bed with worse.

Lesson: A leopard can change her spots.

a family pic

Siblings from L to R, Colm, Laura, Brenda, Me, Martha and not forgetting my daughter Shaylyn in Dublin on Saturday night :)

 

 

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Learning to Drive

Hello guys, how is everyone doing? I have great news, an update on my catch up post a few weeks back, I’m driving! For real, like a real person!

After I wrote that post I set myself a deadline, drive on my own, just into my mothers in town, by the end of the week. I figured with Adrian on holidays I’d get more practice. My mother wondered if festival week was the best time for this, it’s the busiest week of the year after all, but no, I couldn’t change it.

Then something else, once I set a deadline I have to beat it and no sooner had I made the announcement than I took off on my own.

Turned out that in the end the need, the desire to do it, was greater than the fear of doing it. Putting it off would have been much more painful than going for it and I’m so glad I did.

God it felt good, and if you’d seen me I’m sure you’d have laughed, I know I was.

The next day I went again, to pick Shaylyn up this time, what a feeling. This is possibly one of the greatest things things that’s ever happened me, probably the greatest thing I’ve ever done for me.

If you haven’t done it yet why not do what I did, buy a little automatic car for a few hundred euro and just force yourself. Pick one tiny route, to the shop maybe, for me it was the school run route and just focus on that.

I’m almost 41 and have trouble with things like, oh, kettles, tv remotes, food processors, you name it. I am the least mechanically minded person on earth, believe it, and then do what I did, keep telling yourself ‘this is no way the hardest thing I’ve ever done,’ and just do it.

Sure you’ll feel sick, sorry for yourself, hate doing it…at first, but that will change (very quickly with an automatic I might add) and then, then you’ll feel on top of world, exhilarated, free, like you can do anything, which you can anyway. And don’t you dare say it’s too late, it’s never too late, in fact the older you are the more you need to learn something new, keep that brain working.

This year I’ve written a novel, taken up painting and learned to drive, now I’m wondering what next?  I’ve a few ideas, more energy and less fear with every passing year. The more I do, the more I’m capable of.

Courage is a muscle, you know what they say about muscles right?

Before I go I have to mention my friend Kerry McClernon who recently learned to drive, in a proper car, a big one too I might add. She had a lot of fear about it and has spoken very eloquently and entertainingly on facebook about her experiences plus she passed her test first try! I’m not even thinking about that yet :)

My brilliant husband Adrian has to get an honourable mention for teaching me and for living to tell the tale, hardly a scratch on him, hahaha, we had good fun actually or at least I think that’s what he’d say :)

Women, because I know it’s mostly women, go to it, I’m allowed to say that now though I promise not to speak of it again :) Can’t…stop…smiling…

green flapper dress

I was invited to the Rose of Tralee tour of Ireland ball at Lough Rynn Castle last week, a great night in beautiful surroundings…didn’t think about driving at all

 

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