Blogging and Balance

Blogging is not for the fainthearted; it takes real commitment and many hours spent at a computer to create blog posts, comment on other blogs, reply to comments, create bonds with new followers… It is also rather addictive! Finding a balance between real life and blogging takes quite a bit of fine tuning… My own self care continues to be a […]

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On the Beach

Cloudy skies  I purchased a little, open fronted beach tent two summers ago; it has been such a blessing – I can now spend quality time by the seaside in inclement weather. The beach called me last Wednesday, so I packed my tent and a picnic, before heading out to a quiet cove. A few clouds graced the Donegal skies:   Inside my beach tent Then the […]

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Shingles

April 12 I have an aching in the right side of my abdomen today. After my usual bedtime bath, I notice a rash of red spots on my tummy and my right side. It stings a little. I am thankful that somewhere in my consciousness, I recognise the rash as the first signs of shingles or herpes varicella – zoster […]

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Enjoying the Journey

Fibromyalgia makes driving long distances a challenge for me; I am comfortable on short drives around home, but anything beyond that requires careful planning and extra rest, both before, during and after the journey. Last week, an unexpected funeral around 60 miles away, took me out of my driving comfort zone. However, I decided I was going to enjoy the journey regardless, as it […]

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Lambs at Last!

This week, I was rewarded with my first glimpses of this year’s newborn lambs -two white ones and three black, including black twins.  I have been eagerly anticipating their arrival since February ! The Twins and their friend I felt so thrilled to see them; I had a smile on my face for the remainder of the day… Mother and Baby

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A Birthday Makeover

My birthday falls on 8th March – International Women’s Day.  I felt in need of a beauty boost this year, so I booked a makeup lesson with local beautician Nikki Doherty . You can see my “before” photograph below: I wore a jacket embellished with flowers which I hope to wear to future book signings… Nikki is a genius with makeup and taught me […]

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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a global initiative aimed at empowering women, which originated from a Socialist political event in New York, way back in 1909. International Women’s Day celebrated its centenary in 2011, a hundred years after Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland began their support of causes for women. In 1975, it was celebrated in the United Nations for the first time, […]

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Stopping the World

A HUGE “Thank you” to everyone who sent kind messages after my post Time Out  I really appreciate your support. I envisaged taking a few days out, but my Spirit needed longer… I travelled back to my father’s death back in 1995 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a terrible disease that ravaged his poor body, settling in his bones and causing him immense pain […]

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Healing Baths – Five Favourites

As a watery Piscean, I find baths very healing and comforting especially after a spot of over enthusiastic gardening. A warm bath is also wonderfully therapeutic, if I have spent too long at my laptop… My favourite bath ingredients include:  Sea salt of the unadulterated kind – I add a tablespoon or thereabouts to a deep bath. Please check the labels – it is surprising […]

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