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  • Category: Anger  (1)
    • A voice in the alley 

      Dear Cath A couple of nights ago I was woken at around two by the sound of a girl crying, sobbing in the alley behind the house. There would be a moments…

  • Category: Forgiveness  (8)
    • How do I forgive myself? 

      How Do You Know You Have Forgiven Yourself? Apparently when I can think of what I did without wincing, without shame.

    • The breakup 

      Hi Cath I was just thinking about Paul. Do you remember that loser that I fancied myself in love with? I was thinking about the night, a few weeks after we…

    • Ways to forgive 

      How do i forgive someone?

    • How do you forgive someone? 

      We are all told that it's essential, for our own health and well being to forgive. But what happens if you don't know how to forgive?

    • You should do this! 

      Hey Cath Has anyone ever said to you, maybe when they're trying to help... You should 'Do this' - like it was easy You should forgive. - (When I was…

    • Forgiveness 

      Dear Cath I know that to move forward in life sometimes you need to take a step back and sideways and do a spot of forgiving. As you well know I'm afraid…

    • Anger and forgiveness 

      This one is about anger, how anger and hatred punishes yourself not the person who made you angry.

    • Being a rotten parent 

      Hi Cath I feel rotten. I just had a huge fight with both kids, Lisa as usual got the brunt of it and now, even though they were both being absolutely foul,…

  • Category: Happiness  (12)
    • The Rice Cracker Hat 

      The Rice Cracker Hat

    • In search of a Normal life 

      Morning Cath If you type the keywords ‘normal life’ into Google and hit search what turns up is funny and and, in all honesty, a little scary. A goodly…

    • It’s 11.11 am now 

      Yo Cath It’s 11.11 am now. I love that. It’s like a private synchronicity. When I wake up in the night and flick a glance at the clock it is quite…

    • The breakup 

      Hi Cath I was just thinking about Paul. Do you remember that loser that I fancied myself in love with? I was thinking about the night, a few weeks after we…

    • A favourite Joke 

      Hi Cath Baby bear goes downstairs, sits in his small chair at the table, and he looks into his small bowl. It's empty!  ‘Who's been eating my…

    • Kidnap 

      Personally I feel the word 'kidnap' is a little too strong. I prefer 'surprise adoption'. Hehehe - found on a friends FB status and it really…

    • Superman does it again 

      For some reason, the more I look at it, the more funny I find it. Joe and I were sitting in bed last night, like an old couple, him with his laptop me with…

    • Understanding happiness 

      What is happiness? How can I be or become happy?

    • How important is happiness? 

      I want to be happy - is that selfish of me?

    • Black Dye and the dog 

      Hi Cath My lower back which had recently been giving me hell decided to up the stakes with a lumber twist courtesy of the ruddy dog, who along with the…

    • Lisa and the Hamster 

      Dear Cath Lisa has decided she wants a hamster. This has been an on going whinge for some time. I don’t want a hamster and that’s how it usually works.…

    • A happy day 

      Hi Cath I have just had a wonderful day baking with the children. What a laugh. The music was on loud, I made food for the freezer, Sarah made shortbread…

  • Category: Healing  (1)
    • The art of Healing 

      Dear Cath Have you ever heard of Seka Nikolic? She is a healer who has amazing success. Do you feel the same way that I do about these things? I mean, if…

  • Category: How do I change myself?  (9)
    • Xmas shopping and coconuts 

      Hi cath - I dropped the children off at school and went into town. Sometimes it’s nice just to shop isn’t it. I started off with an enthusiasm that would…

    • They left 

      Both kids moved out today. Went to live with their dad because they prefer it there. It doesn't help that he doesn't expect them to do chores, cooks for them,…

    • The Birthday Party 

      Dear Cath We were invited to a friends 60th a couple of weeks ago. Apart from being alarmed at the fact that I now have friends who are turning 60 which…

    • How do you know what you want in your life? 

      Understanding your goals, are they really what YOU want? Or are they lip service to what you think you should want?

    • Who is God? 

      Is God that forbidding old man we see in paintings? Or a loving and compassionate God? Where is God? Where does he live? What does He think?

    • How do I know what's not working in my life? 

      If something is not working in your life how do you manage to pinpoint what it is? How do you know what to fix? And how do you fix it?

    • Changing who I am 

      How can I change who I am? How can change myself? How do I change myself?

    • 10 ways to beat Procrastination 

      Dear Cath As you know, (and frequently comment!) I have a partner who procrastinates.  He has it down to an art form but doesn't really know that he does…

    • Why do I need self-discipline?  

      If you think you don't have self discipline it's very easy to imagine you have a huge character fault. But things aren't as bad as you think.

  • Category: Jealousy  (1)
    • You should do this! 

      Hey Cath Has anyone ever said to you, maybe when they're trying to help... You should 'Do this' - like it was easy You should forgive. - (When I was…

  • Category: Just Chatting  (83)
    • Life in the slow lane 

      As a friend of mine said today - I may be a procrastinator and disorganized mess of a slow learner... but I am so glad I waited this long to learn what I…

    • Feeling bloody miserable 

      Sitting here with tears welling. Normally when I cry it's a more concious effort. The tears come but in some ways I encourage them. Cathartic and easing. Today…

    • Walking back from work 

      I was walking over the bridge watching two little boys besides themselves with excitement to be going to the playstation game shop. Skipping and jumping they…

    • Talk in action 

      Hey Cath There's a guy at work, I've found him likeable since I got there despite the tattoos, piercings and criminal record. He doesn't 'take no crap' and…

    • New job 

      Hey Cath I've been at my new job for a week now. A week! Today was the first day that i felt under control when it came to service. I only had a soup, (wow,…

    • Late 

      Dear Cath I got to work this morning at 6.25 am. When I arrived the place was locked up tight so I used the time to sit and stare peacefully at the world.…

    • Community service 

      Dear Cath It was an interesting day today. I learned some things. I got to work and my chefs white were missing. I looked and looked and looked. When it was…

    • Teens and rules 

      Sarah has been giving me trouble. I feel guilty but I look forward to the girls being grown up and moving out and hopefully looking back and realising that I…

    • Perfect conversations 

      Oh Cath, the time has come. I need a hair cut. I loathe going. It's even worse now that I have all these stress highlights. Beautiful shades of silver and grey…

    • Finding success in the world of self publishing 

      Finding success in the world of self publishing

    • Thursday Thirteen - 13 Amazing Treehouses to stay in 

      13 Amazing Treehouses to stay in

    • Bad luck loses out!! 

      Hey Cath!!! Been entering competitions EVERYWHERE so I can use up all my bad luck and be left with just the good luck and it's worked! I WON!!!! Thanks so…

    • The best letter I ever got 

      Don't ever lose your smile

    • Do you remember an Inn, Miranda? 

      Dear Cath I am a writer. It's what I do. I love doing it, take enormous satisfaction in weaving words into a story but a gift I have always deeply admired…

    • Milestones 

      Hi Cath, it's been such a funny week. It's Thursday already and I'm not sure what's happened to the last three days. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday seemed to…

    • 2012 - the truth revealed... 

      2012 - the truth revealed...

    • Talking to Ralph and the big white telephone 

      Talking to Ralph and the big white telephone

    • 2012 - it's here, the question is, will it stay? 

      Dear Cath I heard about the Mayan calendar prediction about four years ago. At the time 2012 seemed like forever away, funny to think it's here already.…

    • I have no friends!! 

      I have no friends!!

    • Bus Stops 

      Hi Cath Women with tombstone teeth, cop shy men, Russian scientists... Truly, American bus stops are a wonderful insight to the world. The first bus was…

    • Fed up 

      Dear Cath I'm writing. Thank God you don't read this blog (yes, I'm annoyed at you for being so far up yourself so I'm feeling resentful. Deal with…

    • Creating characters 

      Dear Cath I have been busy working on a new book. It's huge fun writing it but it's early days yet and I am still drawing my characters together, forging…

    • Cookie Monster 

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    • The Green Thing 

      Dear Cath At the check-out at the supermarket, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't…

    • Thirteen ways to travel lightly 

      Thirteen ways to travel lightly

    • So you've just typed 'THE END'? 

      With so many people owning their own computers and the ease of self publishing it's become incredibly easy to write that 'book that we all have inside…

    • Life changing jokes 

      Dear Cath Did you ever hear or read something that had a such profound effect on you that it changed your life? Well not changed your life per se but your…

    • Writing on my own 

      Dear Cath Writing can be a lonely business. In some respects it's like working as a temp in an office full of people that you really, really like. But…

    • Visitors online 

      Cath! CATH! CATH!!! Am so excited! I know it's daft but I'm tap tapping away here, slippers, scruffy hair and a towel on my lap that's keeping me warm,…

    • The Rice Cracker Hat 

      The Rice Cracker Hat

    • Being Brave Again 

      Dear Cath - the time has come for bravery. I used to think I was brave. In fact I was dismissive of those who lurked behind the shelter of caution. Life was…

    • By the hairs of my chinny chin chin 

      Dear Cath About six years ago there was a Mum who used to stand and wait with me while we waited for the kids to come out from school, She was blonde, quite…

    • How do I forgive myself? 

      How Do You Know You Have Forgiven Yourself? Apparently when I can think of what I did without wincing, without shame.

    • A voice in the alley 

      Dear Cath A couple of nights ago I was woken at around two by the sound of a girl crying, sobbing in the alley behind the house. There would be a moments…

    • In search of a Normal life 

      Morning Cath If you type the keywords ‘normal life’ into Google and hit search what turns up is funny and and, in all honesty, a little scary. A goodly…

    • Sarah and the skirt 

      Cath, my kids have to wear a blazer to school. Some years ago, against my better judgement and failing under the pressure of almost endless whines I bought…

    • Eggs from Pickles 

      Hi Cath - You know we're renovating the house. It's been a nightmare and there have been many times where I could have collapsed in a heap and cried and cried…

    • Alcohol and Sarah 

      Dear Cath – Sarah helped paint a wall today. I knew something was up when she was so eager to help. She started quite willingly, rolling on magnolia…

    • Lisa and the wall 

      Hi Cath - I know I am on a major whinge at the moment and that you certainly wont get to read these but I need to vent. It's kind of nice in some ways to be…

    • What's the difference between truth and honesty? 

      Dear Cath - Some one asked me today if I was being truthful with them and I got to thinking about that because I want to be honest, want to be truthful.  What…

    • Arguments 

      Dear Cath, I feel very down today. Miserable even. It comes down to the fact that I am no good at winning arguments and am too quick to recognise other peoples…

    • Idiot fathers and teen parties 

      Dear Cath I came home from a weekend in London to find suspiciously tidy house and two shiny faced children that were overly relaxed and eager to please. …

    • It’s 11.11 am now 

      Yo Cath It’s 11.11 am now. I love that. It’s like a private synchronicity. When I wake up in the night and flick a glance at the clock it is quite…

    • The breakup 

      Hi Cath I was just thinking about Paul. Do you remember that loser that I fancied myself in love with? I was thinking about the night, a few weeks after we…

    • Internet Dating 

      Internet Dating

    • When you say do - and mean don't 

      Dear Cath - Recently I've had a spate of it - I mean to say don't but somehow the the email goes out and I've said do. I mean can't yet I've written can. It'…

    • In good hands 

      Dear Cath Do you remember the book, 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat'? And the argument we had about the cover and how I got so worked up about the…

    • A favourite Joke 

      Hi Cath Baby bear goes downstairs, sits in his small chair at the table, and he looks into his small bowl. It's empty!  ‘Who's been eating my…

    • Interviewing a hero 

      Dear Cath Creating a hero for a book is fun. Because he's yours it's a bit like a trip to the pick and mix sweet counter. You get to choose all the yummy…

    • The centre of the universe 

      Hey Cath We have a flood of metaphors today. I know I do it a lot, probably too much but it's usually happens when I am upset or struggling to express my…

    • Grieving for the person I thought I knew 

      Hey Cath I know we both lost our mothers to cancer and I know all these years later we still grieve for them. I still find it hard to talk about her at…

    • What was it? 

      Dear Cath I was driving back from the grocery shop the other day and I had an idea for this amazing blog I wanted to write. It took shape in my head all…

    • Kids 

      Dear Cath I'm learning to get to grips with being a parent - after 17 experience it's still a roller coaster of a learning curve. Right now my tummy is…

    • Holidays 

      Dear Cath We arrived back home from a weeks holiday in Egypt at 4am this morning and I feel suitably shell shocked. Do your holidays ever feel slightly…

    • The Wedding 

      Dear Cath Yesterday I was an assistant to a wedding photographer. A young couple who'd been together for eleven years and already had two children were…

    • The test 

      Hey Cath Yesterday I went to the pharmacy. In the queue, just ahead of me was this really tall lad. He must have been in his late teens, around seventeen or…

    • The missing deodorant 

      Dear Cath - I woke up this morning feeling I could take on the world. Just as well as Joe had a sore throat and felt like death warmed up and needed loads of…

    • The Birthday Party 

      Dear Cath We were invited to a friends 60th a couple of weeks ago. Apart from being alarmed at the fact that I now have friends who are turning 60 which…

    • Ways to forgive 

      How do i forgive someone?

    • Chocolate and Quantum Physics 

      Understanding quantum physics

    • How do you forgive someone? 

      We are all told that it's essential, for our own health and well being to forgive. But what happens if you don't know how to forgive?

    • Understanding happiness 

      What is happiness? How can I be or become happy?

    • Finding what you need 

      Dear Cath I'm reading Seka's book. The one called You Know More Than You Think It was really, really interesting. It's all about helping you access your…

    • The art of Healing 

      Dear Cath Have you ever heard of Seka Nikolic? She is a healer who has amazing success. Do you feel the same way that I do about these things? I mean, if…

    • Training my mind 

      Hey Cath have you ever exercised your mind? Hehehe - and before you get indignant, I mean meditation. Another word for mind training. I am trying to…

    • A big day 

      Dear Cath - Today is the last day of school before the Easter holidays. The kids break up at three. There is an air of anticipation in the house, a sense of…

    • Lists 

      I don't know about you but I am a huge fan of lists. I like to make them. Lists for my day, lists for my week, lists for my life. At the start of each day I…

    • Iz not fah now 

      Catherine!!?? Macdonalds!! Chips?? I am shocked to the core... Says me, having just eaten a very satisfactory peanut butter and jam sandwich... I…

    • A normal life 

      If you put in the keywords ‘normal life’ into Google and hit search, it’s funny what comes up.

    • How important is happiness? 

      I want to be happy - is that selfish of me?

    • Stress = pig out? 

      My weekend was stressful as Sass decided to test her wing span a little more and has a friend who plays fast and loose with the truth with her mum and swept…

    • Prayers for Japan 

      Where food is physical nutrition, love and prayers are mental nutrition.

    • Anger and forgiveness 

      This one is about anger, how anger and hatred punishes yourself not the person who made you angry.

    • Black Dye and the dog 

      Hi Cath My lower back which had recently been giving me hell decided to up the stakes with a lumber twist courtesy of the ruddy dog, who along with the…

    • Lisa and the Hamster 

      Dear Cath Lisa has decided she wants a hamster. This has been an on going whinge for some time. I don’t want a hamster and that’s how it usually works.…

    • Being a rotten parent 

      Hi Cath I feel rotten. I just had a huge fight with both kids, Lisa as usual got the brunt of it and now, even though they were both being absolutely foul,…

    • The stairs 

      Morning Cath We started watching Catch Me If You Can last night and I went upstairs to turn off the bathroom lights. As I snapped them off I spotted this…

    • Mummy snores 

      Hi cath It’s evening, the sleep over kids have gone and having been in a foul temper for the 48 hours I feel immeasurably better having fallen asleep on…

    • A happy day 

      Hi Cath I have just had a wonderful day baking with the children. What a laugh. The music was on loud, I made food for the freezer, Sarah made shortbread…

    • It’s Christmas eve today. 

      Hi Cath It’s Christmas eve today. My sister and my other aunt, Nor (she’s ninety one) and the two children have just arrived with presents and yet more…

    • The Ice Palace 

      Hey Cath It’s 10.37 pm on the 23rd December and I am staying with my aunt in Wales in her seventeen bedroom mansion. yes the one with no heating. The one…

    • Finding Love 

      Hi Cath I've been thinking about love and romance and the realities of living with someone. This dating lark is all well and good but it's pretty damn…

    • A case for the dear diary 

      Dear Cath Wow… I found this from my diary written exactly five years ago. It made me laugh so hard to read. I'd forgotten this entirely. ~~ I have…

  • Category: Meat free - wheat free - low carb  (16)
    • List of menu meat free wheat free menu ideas 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Thai Green Curry 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Sweet potato risotto 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Brown Rice With Avocado And Tomato 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Vegetable Fried Brown Rice 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Cheese and Beer Fondue 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Spicy pumpkin coconut soup 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Tomato and feta frittata 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Tofu with chilli vinegar dressing 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Stuffed sweet potato melt 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Vegetable biryani 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Spinach, avocado and feta salad 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Sesame Roasted Vegetables 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Green Mango Salad With Coriander Vinaigrette 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Lemon-Pepper Green Beans and Rice 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for MY diet! Enjoy.

    • Low carb, meat free, wheat free, vegetarian... 

      One child wheat intolerant, one child vegetarian, OH strict carnivore ... to keep my sanity I have the following wheat free, meat free meals. Low carb too for…

  • Category: Meditation  (2)
    • Finding what you need 

      Dear Cath I'm reading Seka's book. The one called You Know More Than You Think It was really, really interesting. It's all about helping you access your…

    • Training my mind 

      Hey Cath have you ever exercised your mind? Hehehe - and before you get indignant, I mean meditation. Another word for mind training. I am trying to…

  • Category: Memory  (1)
    • What was it? 

      Dear Cath I was driving back from the grocery shop the other day and I had an idea for this amazing blog I wanted to write. It took shape in my head all…

  • Category: Parenting Teens  (11)
    • Sarah and the skirt 

      Cath, my kids have to wear a blazer to school. Some years ago, against my better judgement and failing under the pressure of almost endless whines I bought…

    • Eggs from Pickles 

      Hi Cath - You know we're renovating the house. It's been a nightmare and there have been many times where I could have collapsed in a heap and cried and cried…

    • Alcohol and Sarah 

      Dear Cath – Sarah helped paint a wall today. I knew something was up when she was so eager to help. She started quite willingly, rolling on magnolia…

    • Lisa and the wall 

      Hi Cath - I know I am on a major whinge at the moment and that you certainly wont get to read these but I need to vent. It's kind of nice in some ways to be…

    • Arguments 

      Dear Cath, I feel very down today. Miserable even. It comes down to the fact that I am no good at winning arguments and am too quick to recognise other peoples…

    • Idiot fathers and teen parties 

      Dear Cath I came home from a weekend in London to find suspiciously tidy house and two shiny faced children that were overly relaxed and eager to please. …

    • The centre of the universe 

      Hey Cath We have a flood of metaphors today. I know I do it a lot, probably too much but it's usually happens when I am upset or struggling to express my…

    • Grieving for the person I thought I knew 

      Hey Cath I know we both lost our mothers to cancer and I know all these years later we still grieve for them. I still find it hard to talk about her at…

    • Kids 

      Dear Cath I'm learning to get to grips with being a parent - after 17 experience it's still a roller coaster of a learning curve. Right now my tummy is…

    • Being a rotten parent 

      Hi Cath I feel rotten. I just had a huge fight with both kids, Lisa as usual got the brunt of it and now, even though they were both being absolutely foul,…

    • A case for the dear diary 

      Dear Cath Wow… I found this from my diary written exactly five years ago. It made me laugh so hard to read. I'd forgotten this entirely. ~~ I have…

  • Category: Procrastination  (2)
    • 10 ways to beat Procrastination 

      Dear Cath As you know, (and frequently comment!) I have a partner who procrastinates.  He has it down to an art form but doesn't really know that he does…

    • How to improve Self Discipline 

      Dear Cath Bet you're surprised I got this far eh! I do have self discipline after all. The only difference now is I know where my self discipline is…

  • Category: Promoting my book  (3)
  • Category: Romance  (1)
    • Finding Love 

      Hi Cath I've been thinking about love and romance and the realities of living with someone. This dating lark is all well and good but it's pretty damn…

  • Category: Sarah  (17)
    • Do you have a 16 year old daughter? 

      Sarah, a photo taken just an hour or two before the accident Dear Cath When the doorbell rang at 5.40pm on the 24th November, my first emotion was…

    • The wounds - don't look if you're squeamish 

      If you are squeamish please don't click the read more as this post charts the course of Sarah's injuries since the accident. Gory and pretty gross but we're…

    • Gettin' hit by a Bus 

      Oh Cath, my first memory of the scene is the bus. Shimmering in the night rain and the flashing blue lights the front window was a starred mass of broken…

    • The Ambulance 

      Catherine, would you believe that the ambulance arrived a full thirty minutes after the accident. Thirty minutes! It was an eternity. I wanted to collapse with…

    • Do you believe in Guardian Angels 

      The bus hit her right side - her black eye is on her left side.... Cath I know we've semi spoken about 'weird' stuff before but I wonder what your taken on…

    • Breathe James, breathe 

      Sarah - in the trauma ward We got to the trauma ward and they whisked her off into resuss and me off to do the paperwork at the front desk. The only time…

    • Worry 

      Sarah needed a scan and it took another endless hour to get to the scan room and that was harrowing too in so many respects. Her dad and I, just the two of us…

    • The ward 

      Ouch Sleeping next your desperately ill child on a hospital ward is not restful. You don’t expect it to be. We got to the ward at around two in the…

    • The reveal 

      Lisa spent the night with Sarah last night. I know it's the last night that any of us will be able to stay with her but I think it's been good for the sisters…

    • War wounds 

      Where they tried to find a vein Sarah, as I've mentioned once or twice LOATHES needles, they terrify her. This being the case, every time they need to find…

    • Physio 

      The picture of health Sarah had physio this morning. She got as far as sitting up, swinging her legs over the edge of the bed. Then she want about six…

    • Discharged... or not! 

      Thumbs up! It's five days since the accident and physio have said as far as they are concerned she can go home. It made us excited. We never dreamed that…

    • Pavement special 

      Oh so happy to be home She's home safe and while not exactly sound she's heading that way! I feel this overwhelming sense of responsibility now. Her…

    • A big fright 

      The NHS is an amazing organization but, by God, it doesn't always get it right. Sarah needed her dressings changed every three days so as instructed I went her…

    • 'I'm not from here, I'm from Yorkshire.' 

      They did a swab on Monday for infection and yesterday, (Wednesday) when we had the dressings changed they told us there was definitely infection and that we…

    • Back into hospital :( 

      On Sunday Sarah complained of a hard and swollen patch on her leg. On feeling the area my first thought was hmmm, deep haematoma. I’d had a couple over the…

    • The vacuum dressing 

      wound vacuum dressing, wound vac, does wound vacuum dressing work

  • Category: Self Discipline  (3)
    • What is self discipline? 

      Dear Cath I think you are right. I wonder if the crux of my problems is not simply the lack of self discipline. As Mick Jagger said, 'It's all right…

    • Why do I need self-discipline?  

      If you think you don't have self discipline it's very easy to imagine you have a huge character fault. But things aren't as bad as you think.

    • How to improve Self Discipline 

      Dear Cath Bet you're surprised I got this far eh! I do have self discipline after all. The only difference now is I know where my self discipline is…

  • Category: Spirituality  (1)
  • Category: Travel  (2)
    • Holidays 

      Dear Cath We arrived back home from a weeks holiday in Egypt at 4am this morning and I feel suitably shell shocked. Do your holidays ever feel slightly…

    • Journeys 

      Dear Cath - I was reading what you said about your days backpacking in Europe and how they helped mold you into who you've become today and it made me…

  • Category: Weight loss  (1)
    • The Birthday Party 

      Dear Cath We were invited to a friends 60th a couple of weeks ago. Apart from being alarmed at the fact that I now have friends who are turning 60 which…

  • Category: Writing  (7)
    • My Thursday Thirteen Meme 

      My Thursday Thirteen Meme

    • Writing on my own 

      Dear Cath Writing can be a lonely business. In some respects it's like working as a temp in an office full of people that you really, really like. But…

    • Indie Books 

      My kids and I argued the meaning of Indie yesterday. Independent I said emphatically. No, they insisted, just as emphatically, individual. The long and the…

    • Getting Reviews for your book 

      Getting Reviews for your book

    • Social Media Networking for authors 

      Social Media Networking for authors

    • When you say do - and mean don't 

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