Middle Aged Womens Stuff: Making the Most of Midlife

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Menopause, Marriage and Motherhood

When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Cancer

When I started this podcast, one of the things I wanted to do was chat to my friends so they could share their stories. I love listening to people’s stories and I’m always left feeling deep respect for the things they’ve dealt with in their lives and the way they’ve dealt with them. Jo Dolan, …

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Losing a child – with Deborah Ann Corbin

This wasn’t a planned conversation. Deborah and I had planned to talk about something completely different, but the death of Kobe Bryant just a few hours before our chat brought all the emotions and grief back with a vengeance. Deborah’s son, Graham, died a few days before Christmas in 2017. He was in a different …

Woop Woop!

“Hmm, where’s Karen got to? I haven’t heard or seen her online for months. Maybe she’s given up on the whole blogging thing?” I’m sure HEAPS of people have been saying EXACTLY that, I’m sure of it. I’ve been busy doing new stuff, in particular, learning how to podcast, and today’s the big day, the …

I Just Don’t Like Music… Apparently

I love it when life presents me with new ideas, new skills to learn, new things. While I might get a bit scared at first, I love strapping on my big boots, picking up my rucksack and heading off into the Great Unknown looking for the Next Big Adventure. Which is why I’m now the …

Australia is big. I mean, really big.

Australia is big. That’s stating the obvious, right, but it’s all very well to know that in an abstract, classroom kind of way; it’s quite a different thing to experience it. Australia is big. The advantages of living in the EU When we lived in the UK, John and I would get in the car, …

My Family and Other Animals

My family and other animals When I was at senior school, back in the dim mists of time as far as my teenaged daughter is concerned, we were given Gerald Durrell’s book My Family & Other Animals to read. I remember quite clearly being offended by the title on behalf of his family. Personally, I …

Growing Old Disgracefully

Between you and me, since I was a teenager, I’ve actually been looking forward to getting older. I mean, the whole sagging bits, aching joints and grey hair doesn’t intrigue me one iota but there are other aspects of aging that I’m definitely looking forward to. I have to admit that feeling this way could …

Not a country girl, then?

I could never quite understand my cousin Julie (I’ve changed her name. Regardless of the fact that she lives over the other side of the world, I’m still not going to invite her wrath). She is a week younger than me, we look similar – same height, same kind of weight (back then, anyway), same …

Certifiably Insane

Between you and me, there have been times over the last twenty-five years where I’ve wondered whether I was actually certifiably insane. One time when I clearly remember questioning my sanity was while lying in a darkened room watching the flickering and fuzzy picture of my unborn child on a black and white screen. “Congratulations!” …

A Masterclass in Losing Your Lunch Stylishly

I’m not talking about leaving your lunch behind when you head off for school or work here, I’m talking about vomiting. Puking. Barfing. Chundering. Praying to the Porcelain God. Regurgitating. Spewing. Upchucking. Throwing Up. Doing the technicolour yawn. I have been blessed with a child who can do all of these things WITH STYLE. The …

I just wanted to be a Mermaid

We’re on a diving course at the moment, as in SCUBA diving. John and I first learned how to do SCUBA when we first landed in Australia in 1991. I was always a keen aquatic and one of my biggest dreams as a child was to be a mermaid. More specifically, I wanted to be …

Kissing the Blarney Stone

I’m probably going to get into a lot of trouble for this, but I’ve been in trouble my whole life, particularly with my family, so it’s not a new experience. This blog is one that I wrote more than three years ago about my Mum’s eldest sister, my Aunty Joan. She passed away at that …

Menopause, Marriage and Motherhood

Taboo

I heard my Mum say to my Dad on numerous occasions, “You know what happens when you talk about religion or politics…” I’m having a meltdown. Over something and absolutely nothing. To the point where I didn’t sleep last night. Actually, you can take that last statement with a pinch of story-tellers’ salt; this had …