Kia Kaha – stay strong

Kia kaha is a Māori phrase used by the people of New Zealand as an affirmation, meaning stay strong. As I write my Blog and put my thoughts and feelings down, I hope as always that those that follow me find some benefit in identifying with my journey. When I receive feedback from readers saying how much they appreciateContinue reading “Kia Kaha – stay strong”

I am grateful…

A Parkinson’s Facebook Page that I am on asked the question ‘what are you grateful for?’ One thing I love about that page is the sense of community and positivity that it gives us all. Sometimes, while we are working our way through life with a degenerative condition, it is all too easy to focusContinue reading “I am grateful…”

A life with purpose… what will I be remembered for?

I think I have always been someone who, from an early age wanted to help and support people. I have had a lots of ups and downs in life, both in relationships and with my health. I have had depression, I’ve recovered and I’ve headed towards depression again in this life. I am happy toContinue reading “A life with purpose… what will I be remembered for?”

Finding my tribe…

I often say that there is nothing like a shared experience to bring people together. I know when I was a very young first time Mum – at age 20 – that getting together with other Mums and sharing our experiences and things that worked for us, was really useful. You knew that others wereContinue reading “Finding my tribe…”

Travels and making memories

I was reading another Blogger’s post today about her and her husband’s trip to Hawaii recently. She shares the same attitude that I do, that now is the time to be making trips away and doing activities that may not be possible in the future at some point. Some may say that focussing on aContinue reading “Travels and making memories”

Farewell 2022 and Welcome to 2023….

For the first time in probably 20 years, I sit here at home on my own on New Year’s Eve. My husband left for work at 9.00pm and won’t be back till the wee small hours, so I won’t see him till next year! It feels strange not to be seeing out the old yearContinue reading “Farewell 2022 and Welcome to 2023….”

Thoughts of Christmas and family…

So, three days before the blessed chaos of a family Christmas comes to our home. Chaos with 10 adults and 8 children. A blended family Christmas with my daughter, my son-in-law and their three girls, and her mother and father-in-law, sister and brother-in-law and their two children. My son and my daughter-in-law are also comingContinue reading “Thoughts of Christmas and family…”

Another year draws to a close…

Here it is the 18th of December 2022 as another year draws to a close. I have to say that this past year has been a good one. On the 21st of December last year we moved into our new home, into a single storey home that is much more sensible for someone navigating theirContinue reading “Another year draws to a close…”

Being strong…

I was reading a post on a Facebook Page that I am a member of, and a member posted on the topic of ‘being strong’. I have picked a few things from their post. “We often see people say things like how hard it is to “be strong” or about the need to “be strong.”Continue reading “Being strong…”

Don’t wait to gift things ….

This weekend we have had our beautiful three grand-daughters for the night on Friday night so their parents could go out to a Xmas do. Recently, we have usually had them stay with us for two nights, but the big girls (13) were going to ‘Armageddon’ a sort of Comic-con event. It is popular withContinue reading “Don’t wait to gift things ….”