I was 13 when my Nan - my Mom's Mom - died. I spent a lot of time with her growing up, with all my grandparents actually. She looked after me when I was poorly and my Mom was at work, or during summer holidays, or just because. She had an infectious laugh. She used … Continue reading Grief and guilt
You know when there are simple things in life that bring a smile to your face? These are my current ones! James Bay - Pink Lemonade Considering I thought most of the single releases from his previous album wee a load of melancholy tosh, I can't get enough of this song. Is it recorded in … Continue reading 5 things I’m loving right now
We'd all like to think that we'd instinctively know what to say or do if a family member shared something important with us, but it's not always the case. Sometimes we might need advice from a third party. It's not very often, though, that the third party would be a gay bar! This story is … Continue reading Friday Feeling  – who you gonna call? Gay Bar!
What's the best way to celebrate turning 106? If you're Jack Reynolds, you go on a 60 metre high, 400 metre long zipwire; casually gaining another Guinness World Record on the way. I say another, because Jack is no stranger to marking his birthday with a new World Record. Last year, at 105, he became … Continue reading Friday Feeling  – 106th birthday celebrations
This is one of the funniest stories I've read in a long long time - I defy you not to laugh out loud at it! 17 years ago a man brought some pepperoni to some of his naval buddies in British Colombia, and set it on his hotel room windowsill to refrigerate until he saw … Continue reading Friday Feeling  – when you think you’re having a bad day, read this!
I've noticed that I tend to neglect myself in January and February. And this year it spilled right over into March too! Not in a "woe is me" kind of way. Just in a "can't be arsed" kind of way. Know what I mean? Pyjamas become uniform (if I'm not wearing them by 6.30pm on … Continue reading Coming out of my cocoon
Last night when I got home, I found out that a friend's brother had taken his own life on Tuesday. This morning, a different friend saw the horrifying sight of a man hanging from a motorway bridge as he drove to work. Only last week, 84 sculptures were revealed on top of the ITV building … Continue reading Male suicide
It's not only blind and visually impaired people who can benefit from a guide dog; blind canines can too! Golden Retriever Jake had to have both of his eyes removed following severe infections when he was a puppy and his owners were understandably worried about how he would manage without sight. But their other, younger … Continue reading Friday Feeling  – Guide dog for the…dog?
I love a tag post - even if it's one I asked to be included in! (in my defence, Sophie at Wife Mother Life was asking for people who wanted to get involved). I find these kind of tags quite self-enlightening and thought provoking too. I hope you enjoy reading, and if you want to … Continue reading 100 truths blogger tag
It's easy to assume that little people get over loss sooner than grown ups, because their minds are still developing and constantly being filled with new information. Not so for this little girl, who's been using her Dad's old mobile phone to send text messages to her Grandad "in heaven" - even though he died … Continue reading Friday Feeling  – gone but not forgotten