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Awesome Books for 4 Year Olds

10th December 2018

My four year old has read more than me this year.  And 4 is a weird age thing.  They’re not babies anymore, but they’re not really independent readers. The picture books need to have a lot going on, and all the squirrels in their brains might be leaning towards chapter books, with a lot going on, but not so much they switch off. A reader recently asked me for a list of Isla-approved books.  I’m not an expert in the…

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Tipsy At The Toy Store

2nd December 2018

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you it’s been a minute since I last posted, and I’d thank you for thinking it’s because I finished my NaNo novel. I did not. Again. Congratulations to everyone who got winner badges and I’ll just be over here reminding the rest of us that novels aren’t just for November. If we were having coffee I’d say that in an effort to actually break a bad habit, my Christmas shopping is half done.…

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An Update On The Book Hoard

27th November 2018

I’ve read a few things about book hoarding recently. There’s even a Japanese word for it. I love books. I have triple-stacked shelves lining two living-room walls, a stack on my Grandmother’s mail table that now lives in my kitchen, and two stacks on my own kitchen table. There’s a bunch in my bedroom I should be reading, and 852 books on my Kindle. I don’t have a problem. OK, I do. Time to read them. I should make more…

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The Thanksgiving Chicken

22nd November 2018

I’ve been in Scotland 25 years, but I’m American. I don’t really fly my American flag, I’d say I’m from New York first. Except when I’m in Edinburgh, then I say I’m from ‘up North’ and everyone gets confused. Because then I look at my daughter, and decide that I might actually be from Edinburgh, because that’s where she was born, and that’s where I became a mother. Did I mention I was actually born in Dallas? The Texas one,…

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11 Writing Prompts

19th November 2018

I’m a little late (power-outage and everything), but if you’ve been following along here are some tuneful posts to match the time warp writing prompt from last week. Ritu’s dancing post Deb’s Sunday stills. Marian’s secret time-warp Carol’s Old Junk Shop Susanne’s Pleasant Harbor  And John’s post on Rocky Horror Picture Show. See, I knew there would be a few Rocky Horror references. But much to my husband’s chagrin, I’ve never seen the movie. Possible Hallowe’en on Christmas tradition? If…

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Life Writing

It Was Nineteen Eighty-Something

9th November 2018

And so, I got two emails recently. One from a writer friend asking how NaNoWriMo is going, and one from another writer friend about a probably inaccessible writing retreat that promised to unleash my creativity. Well. I got news. My creativity is fine. I don’t need a writing retreat. What I need is a baby-sitter and a drink. And possibly someone to unplug the Netflix. Saying that, check out these 30 ways Netflix can improve your writing. And so, I’m…

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If We Were Having Coffee During NaNoWriMo With A Writing Prompt

4th November 2018

If we were having coffee, I’d say that I haven’t linked up to the official weekendcoffeeshare in a while, so here I am. Hi. I have actually been trying to post this post since Friday, but bad weather has played with our internet connection and my nerves. Last week’s writing prompt was ROAD TRIP, thanks to my epic road trip over here. If you’re visiting for the first time, I post a writing prompt every week, and then share people’s…

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Writing

An Extra Hour & A Writing Prompt

28th October 2018

What have you done with your extra hour? This has been the house of junk food and movies today. And as I write this Neil and Isla are bonding over Super Mario Bros. The writing prompt this week was a little backwards, but as promised here are the posts on Prep: Deb on how blogging isn’t for the fainthearted (also, read the comments.) Ritu’s wordplay Carol’s Biscuit Crumbs Susanne’s Ready or Not and Rebecca’s review of a writing submission app…

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Life Travel

No Distance Over Dinner

26th October 2018

And so, this is literally the first chance I’ve had to sit down (pun may be intended) and write properly in two weeks. Or something. I should take a tape recorder on my travels. Isla has been off school for two weeks on sneaky Scottish school holidays that used to be for farming, and are now for nothing. But, we did stuff with those two weeks. There was a lot of riding shotgun for me. I love road trips. Listening…

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Friday Reads & A Writing Prompt

19th October 2018

And so, I’m still gathering words for our recent Edinburgh road trip. Edit: Those Edinburgh road trip words are now written over here. Here are the interesting answers to this week’s writing prompt: crossed wires: Kirsty’s Mornings Ritu’s Uncomfortable Silences Deb’s poem Carol’s Mistaken Identity Anindya’s Evening at Starbucks The next post from me will be an Edinburgh travelogue which included having afternoon tea in the country with our friends from this post on our New York trip. The writing…

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How To Do More With Your Blog

11th October 2018

I meant to post yesterday, but the internet got the better of me. So this is maybe two posts in one. But first, last week’s writing prompt round up. If you’re new around here, I’ve been posting weekly writing prompts for a few weeks now, and every week I link to other people’s posts on the prompt. Last week the prompt was Puzzle, and we’ve had some thinkers! There’s Ritu on the importance of reading and puzzles with kids. Deb’s…

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My Husband Told Me To Make A Spreadsheet

8th October 2018

I’m sitting here drinking my cup of coffee, flipping through some purple-inked pages in an actual marble composition book, trying to blog my way out of an afternoon slump. Edit: It’s now actually 8.50 at night. Dinner, a webinar, and Roald Dahl happened before I could finish this post. Time is weird. Hi. Who’s (still) with me? If you’re interested, here’s my daily routine. For real. Get up, tell Isla that it’s too cold to wear a dress, suggest she…

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If We Were Having Coffee In A Bookshop In Real Life

6th October 2018

If we were having coffee, I’d say it’s Bookshop Day here in the UK. There are no real accessible bookshops around here so I wanted to do something different today. Please share a link to your favorite indie bookstore, or a bookish post on your blog, or a book you’re reading, or one you wrote, or a binge-worthy blog post (about anything) you want to share. Imagine comfy seats, being surrounded by stacks of books, time with your best friends,…

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Talking To Strangers About Penguins

3rd October 2018

I’ve been waiting to post this post to replace that scary cat puzzle. It’s still in my house, by the way. But at least it’s no longer the first thing you see when you visit my blog. It was funny at the time, but moving on. Have I mentioned my house is a mess? Someone hid my grabber and true story, I can’t pick stuff up off the floor with without my Inspector Gadget gadget. Also, Isla’s been sick and…

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Writing

A Month of Ginspiring Writing Prompts

26th September 2018

You guys know that Math isn’t my thing, but I just counted backwards, and I think this is my  (really our) fourth writing prompt post. They’ve been coined ginspiring writing prompts, and I find that um, entirely acceptable. I posted the first prompt in the hopes of connecting with other writers and flexing my old writing muscles. Lately, the only writing I’ve done is for blog posts. The best ones happen with a cup of coffee and something to say.…

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Cheesy Love Songs

25th September 2018
Isla and the peace sign (Photo by Lorna at ginlemonade.com

And so, I’d been watching Isla sleep. In a non-creepy way. When Neil’s away, we have a GIANT SLEEPOVER and she crashes out sideways on my bed. On the days I wake up without her elbow in my stomach or her toe up my nose, I have the benefit of seeing her open her eyes. On Neil’s side of the bed. Isla opens her eyes on Friday morning, ‘Happy Daddy Day,’ she says. I’d texted Neil the night before. Even…

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Reading & Rambling

18th September 2018

And so, I’ve recently tried to blog more consistently. A wordy post here, a list post here. If you asked, I’d say I try to post something every other day, and by something, I mean something worth reading. I moved the writing prompt roundup to Monday this week, because Neil left for a city week on Sunday, and I knew I wouldn’t have time to put a post together on Sunday. Even list posts take me hours. And with Neil…

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Inspiration & Marriage Goals

12th September 2018

And so, last week I re-shared an old post about a day in my life as a disabled mother.  Because that’s my every day, it was an OK post, and it was Throwback Thursday. I know it might not be Thursday today, but stick with me. Within minutes, less time than it would take to actually read the post, I was re-shared with the comment, ‘So inspiring!’ Well, shit. For what? Did you actually read the post?’ What is it…

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Coffee & Fall Vibes

9th September 2018

If we were having coffee, I’d say that when I set last week’s fall-inspired writing prompt, I was feeling particularly cozy. Coffee beside me, soft light from my lamp, boxed in by an old-fashioned filing cabinet. And I had my mountains-in-fall scene as my desktop wall paper.  So, fall writing prompt. And sepia because those are my favorite photos and my favorite people, minus a few newer ones. I was going to write new words and share them, or find…

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If We Were Having Coffee & Writing

2nd September 2018

And so, if we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve yet again reclaimed my corner of the home office.  Cozy with my Tiffany lamp, my butterfly print, and um, a giant filing cabinet. For real, though. I meant to write yesterday, but we had to go pick up Neil’s new old man glasses. For real. Varifocals. He recently went for an eye test, and they explained his declining vision by saying, ‘That’s OK. It happens when you get…

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Never Panic-Buy A House

29th August 2018
photo of writing space in front of window

I moved to the country about three years ago. I was working through post-natal anxiety and maybe mistakenly thought that the fresh air would rattle my brain back to whatever normal is. (Normal is relative and over-rated) We first moved in with my family. My father wanted to be like The Waltons. But The Waltons is TV. Old TV.  (And I love my Dad, but I’ve learned that I also love reliable internet connections and family time that doesn’t involve…

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Books

Book Tour: The Caseroom

27th August 2018

While on holiday (kinda) in Edinburgh, I read a book set in Edinburgh.  I like it when my city matches what I’m reading.  I received a copy of this book from Loves Books Group Tours and took it with me on our road trip. This book is a family saga set in the late 19th century and centres on the print industry during that period. Book synopsis: Set in the thick of workers lives in Edinburgh’s thriving print industry, The…

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A Day In Dundee: Nostalgia & Penguins

22nd August 2018

There’s this interesting thing about me. The best part of any holiday or vacation or fuckskioffski or whatever you call it, is the night before you leave. That and Day One. Round about Day Two or Three, I’m already thinking of ways to extend the trip. Because I am a wanderluster like that. And as we approached the middle of our Edinburgh road trip, I got to thinking. Neil will tell you my over-thinking is a scary thing. But stick…

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If We Were Having Coffee In Edinburgh

20th August 2018
Starbucks Edinburgh city mug.

If we were having coffee, and catching up on blog news, I’d tell you Sonia at Losing The Plot won the recent blog promo video giveaway. And Christine at I’m Sick and So Are You, in her infinite wisdom, has come up with 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Read Gin & Lemonade.  Do you think sarcasm is the highest form of flattery?  Please say yes. Because then we can be friends. In real life, the fam and I took a week-long…

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My Writing Process: There’s An Octopus On My Ceiling

6th August 2018

And so, I’ve been thinking about giving you guys a peek into my writing process, but I don’t have one. Here’s yet another piece I wrote, a few weeks ago now, about not writing.  I’m re-posting it here, because I wrote it, and it’s the truth. July 26th, 2018. The day before yesterday, I stayed up til 1 a.m. to write and hit publish on a piece for the #30Posts30Days challenge. (On Medium. The challenge was started by Frank McKinley.)…

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If We Were Having Coffee: Catching Up

28th July 2018

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I need to get my shit together. How about you? If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I had space in the office for 5 minutes, and now I’m back to the kitchen. I’m here surrounded by markers and Bunchems (here’s Isla’s interpretation of me), and my business cards. There’s also tape, screen cleaner, and a scary plastic tiger peering at me from the edge of the table. This week, I…

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I’m Not Angry Enough

23rd July 2018

I had plans this weekend.  I was going to write at least 3 blog posts (I don’t usually write blog posts ahead of time but I’m realizing I need to start), read for 24in48 readathon and drink lots of coffee and cider. Isla was spending the weekend with the localist grandparents, and I was going to GET SHIT DONE. Because my time management sucks, I’ve read a grand total of 7 books this year, and I need to stop wasting…

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Please Don’t Tell Me To Enjoy My Kid

18th July 2018

And so, a few days ago I was thinking about writing while eating a root beer Dum Dum lollipop. Thinking about writing is pretty much my natural state.  Working on, y’know, actually writing more.  Stick with me. The Dum Dum was a nostalgic addition courtesy of a recent care package from my mother.  It contains too many E numbers, and two handheld gamimg devices. Isla, at four, is apparently behind her peers in the use of gadgets  that are not…

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Gin & Lemonade’s 6K Blog Party!

13th July 2018

Happy Friday, groovy people! I promised you a blog party when I reached 6,000 readers here at Gin & Lemonade. And so, overnight I seem to have ticked over to 6,003. Thank you! That means we party! Please leave a link to your blog and fave social media hangout in the comments so we can mix and mingle. Introduce yourself, talk to each other and check out other people’s blogs. You might find your new best blog friend! Before you…

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Self-Care & Cupcakes

9th July 2018

Funny story, I downloaded a meditation app.  It’s called Calm.  And I actually used it.  To meditate, find relaxation, hide, whatever.  This happened, a grand total of once.  So far. But let’s back up. My kid turned four.  And I met Katie from Fatty McCupcakes.  On the same day.  It was a groovy day. A day that included 20 cupcakes, 14 penguins, and a unicorn.  Or so we thought. The night before Isla’s birthday, Neil and I were wrapping Isla’s…

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Blogging & A Beverage

2nd July 2018

And so, hello.  Regular readers will know I’ve been blogging for a while. In the last 18 months, I’ve taken blogging more seriously and also had more fun with it. I’ve been thinking of ways to boost this groovy blogging community that seems to have stuck with me all these years.  (That would be you groovy people.  Hi.) Real talk time, I’ve wanted to start a blogging group on Facebook for a long time.  It’s my favorite social media platform,…

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Coffee & Camp NaNoWriMo

23rd June 2018

If we were having coffee, I’d say that Isla’s 4th birthday is next week!  Regular readers might remember her third birthday. Let’s hope we can contain the balloons this year. Speaking of coffee, check out this thing of beauty from Toast Coffeehouse.  I miss the old country and wish they delivered.  Or, I’d just like to see my friends again.  That would work. Speaking of friends, Katie from Fatty McCupcakes will be visiting me as part of her UK tour.…

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I Want To Be Like My Kid

20th June 2018

It’s been an interesting couple of days in the not so frosty North.  I wanted to write a letter to Neil about our fifth wedding anniversary, about how one day we got married and the next day Isla was nearly four and having her first dance recital. That’s exactly what happened. I was heavily pregnant for our first wedding anniversary.   We went to the zoo, I forgot my three gallons of ice-tea, and I actually ended up in the…

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Listen To Me Anyway

12th June 2018

A few months ago, I was on a self-care kick. I bought three mindfulness magazines made from recycled paper, and a candle that smells of books. This was it.  I was going to read through the magazines with the candle going.  I was going to learn how to relax, and maybe even get some sleep. And yet. The magazines sit unread in various corners and different piles.  The candle is still sealed. I’m still not sleeping, but that’s OK.  I’ve…

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My Dear Aunt Lucy

11th June 2018

And so, I was quiet the last few weeks because I had no words. My Aunt Lucy died, and then it was her funeral. And I really wish teleporters were already a thing. I received word of her death on the way back from dropping Neil off at the ferry for his two weeks in the office. My Isla asked me, I swear, if I was crying ‘because Aunt Lucy’s in heaven.  Can we call her up?’ Kinda sorta. And…

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Getting Lost and Found in London

8th June 2018

‘I only give Purple Monkey to people I love.  So here.’ Isla shoved the aptly-named purple monkey in my face.  This recentish favorite creature was rescued from an otherwise depressing trip a safari park, back when Pokemon Go was still a thing. Purple Monkey follows Isla wherever she goes, every second Tuesday. I felt quite special when Isla decided I could take PM to The Bloggers Bash. We’d been at Dad’s for a barbecue.  With no marshmallows.  Made no sense,…

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Writing

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Sitcom

5th June 2018

Right so, I realise I need to write some longer posts, like the London part of my recent London trip. However, life has been strange lately.  Neil is away for a two week whatever-the-frig he does in the city office, and I MISS HIS GIANT DORK FACE. This is Tuesday of the second week, so 3 more sleeps. I am passing the time by eating Ben & Jerrys, taking Isla to a dinosaur museum type thing, begging her to stop…

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Ragtag Daily Prompt

31st May 2018

Sometimes, however much we want to write, words are hard to come by. On days and weeks like this, I’ve been known to turn to writing prompts. It just so happens that the Daily Prompt from WordPress is shutting down. How inconvenient. But wait. I’ve found myself teamed up with a group of bloggers who plan to keep the daily prompts going. Check out this post from Curious Steph for more info and the list of prompters. You’ll notice I’m…

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Blogging Is Supposed To Be Fun

22nd May 2018

Over the weekend, I met a bunch of groovy people, drank a lot, saw Deadpool 2, kissed my husband at the top of the London Eye. And snagged Second Best Overall Blogger at the Annual Bloggers Bash. I clapped for myself like a seal, and rumors of my ambivalence/sore loser status have been greatly exaggerated. First, I want to thank anyone who nominated or voted for Gin & Lemonade .  This giant, global blogging community is a wonderful thing, and…

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What I’m Reading, Catching Up, & A New Look!

16th May 2018

First, if you’re reading this in your email (Hi.  And thank you) please click through to the actual post.  You will see that your Gin & Lemonade has been refreshed! I’m now using the Rosemary theme.  Because I love it and it kind of goes with gin, no?  Yes.  Let’s go with yes. I’m working with a very patient web designer (who I’m hoping to link to later, stay tuned!) Let me tell you how I got here. I wanted…

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Have A Nice Day

13th May 2018

‘You know how new hair grows in under old hair?’  I said to Neil through the bathroom wall. ‘Yeah?’ ‘Well, all my new hair is gray,’ I said. Before we headed off on our most recent road trip, I spent some time looking at myself in the mirror. I figured out some things.  I should probably drink more water. I may start wearing some make up, all the time.  But not really. Ah’m no bad, as they say over here.…

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Not Cool For Cats

9th May 2018

Isla’s at school and my coffee is half finished already.  I want to say there’s a balmy breeze outside.  But it’s just a breeze.  Or fresh.  Or a great big wind. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s October.  And I can’t believe it’s May. Today, I’m writing these words on the giant desk-top I like to call Truman Bubbles. If you’ve been hanging with me a while you may remember Coffee Gate and then Coffee Gate 2.  The times my…

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This Or That: Who Knew?

6th May 2018

And so, I have a wordy post coming up and I need to catch up on the promised book giveaway.  However, life and computer issues sometimes makes full sentences hard to finish. I was tagged in This or That by Sonia at Losing The Plot.   Here we go (Hyperlinks lead to longer stories)… Dog or Cat? Humans.  And that one cat. Netflix or YouTube? Netflix and BookTube Phone Call or Text? Text Toast or Eggs? Eggs.  In a cake.…

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Blogging Is Like A Cup of Coffee

2nd May 2018

Most of my friends live nowhere near me.  This situation is amplified a thousand times when Neil is away for work. He’s not in the army.  He doesn’t work on a boat.  He’s a software engineer.  And working from home requires some city office time.  Apparently. I don’t begrudge that cheeky beer with his mates or his attendance at the pub quiz. Well, maybe a little.  I’m really good at pub quizzes. My point is.  I miss him. The day…

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That Time I Wore My Heart On My Blog

29th April 2018

Just in case you haven’t spent your vote for the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards, I thought I’d let you know what a vote for Gin & Lemonade would mean to me. Have I mentioned it would mean a lot?  Like a lot, a lot? Now, I’m a writer anyway, I would be honest, anyway.  But to be recognised for my honest writing on this blog, would honestly be fucking excellent. I’m going to put some of my personal favorite posts…

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Driving Backwards Over Legos

26th April 2018

‘Mummy stay with me,’ Isla says after 67 books last night. We worked through a stack and then I had to drive backwards over some Lego to get to her bookcase. ‘Clean your room tomorrow, please.’ ‘OK’, she says.   ‘Read Miss Messy again.’ Sometimes she lays in our bed for stories, and sometimes I squeeze into hers.  If I don’t think I’ll get up again, I park beside her bed.  She crawls into my lap, still.  This kid. She’s…

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Book Tour: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter

24th April 2018

Something a little different on the blog today.  I’m part of the book tour for The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter written by Cherry Radford. Synopsis There’s someone out there, and an unforeseen, irresistible connection… After the break-up of her marriage, Imogen escapes to her aunt’s converted lighthouse on Beachy Head. Writing for a tedious online magazine but hoping to start a novel, she wants to be alone until she finds an entrancing flamenco CD in her borrowed car and contacts the artist…

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A Long Way From The Boat

20th April 2018

And so, I was sitting with my Made of Awesome eating cheesecake and consulting the Oracle  Google about options for my hen/bachelorette weekend. ‘But what do you want to doooo?’ she asked. ‘I don’t care.  Surprise me.  No Loch Ness cruises, please.  And no pampering bullshit. But surprise me.  Should we take a cocktail-mixing class?  Or go back to Prague? New York?  Surprise me, though.  I don’t care.’ ‘How many people are we inviting?’ ‘Everyone.  No one.  Just us.  Just send me…

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Recentish Additions To My Book Hoard & A Giveaway

18th April 2018

I’ve been promising a bookish post, and here it is.  Grab a beverage first, I’ll wait. I’ll be linking up with WWW Wednesdays to share what I’ve recently read, what I’m reading, and what’s on deck.  But maybe not in that order. Real talk time, I read one book in March.  There’s really no excuse for that except to say I’ve been writing more. AndIhavenootherexcuse. However, the one book I did read was 10 stars and kinda like nothing I’ve…

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7 Years of Gin & Lemonade

15th April 2018

I’m feeling nostalgic, and today I thought I’d take a trip down blog memory lane. For better or worse, but mostly better, I’ve been writing on Gin & Lemonade for 7 years and counting. I’ve travelled since I was 4 years old, but this blog began as a drunken idea I had in Italy when I was 25. After a frustrating but daresay um, an ultimately uplifting day of cobblestones and access issues followed by beautiful food and lots of…

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My Mother Has A Condition

9th April 2018

Our most recent family road-trip was a weekend in St. Andrews.  We were up with the birds on all the days. We actually loaded the car on Friday, after a coffee with my Dad in honor of my Grandma’s birthday, and I (humbly?) shouted from the blog-tops about the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. Baked potatoes and cheese for breakfast on the road, which Isla and I actually paraded in front of cheese-phobic Neil.  (She may look like him, but she’s…

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The One With The Award Nomination

6th April 2018

I’m excited, honoured and a little freaked out to announce the voting is open for The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards and Gin & Lemonade is up for Best Overall Blogger.   I don’t know who nominated me, but I will find you and I will tackle-hug you. I’ve been writing this blog for years, and it means a lot that I’m up for this award, with so many other great blogger friends. Voting is through this link, and it would…

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A Little Cracked: Birthday Lines

2nd April 2018

I’ve always been really excited by my birthdays.  The air was different, everyone was nice to me.  When I was a kid, I actually made wishes when I blew out the candles.  Most of them came true.  And the seconds after the candles are out is still the best scent, ever. This year, I feel every one of my years, and I’ve decided that that’s OK. ‘It’s Mummy’s birthday, you have to be extra nice to her today,’ Neil says…

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That’s Just How I Roll: Thoughts On Inspiration

27th March 2018

When I read about Stephen Hawking’s death, I was transported to a pub in Glasgow where I once found a prime piece of graffiti: Stephen Hawking hates karaoke.  I remember discussing this line with my friends and deciding it was kinda apt. My first thought on the death of genius was a tenuously linked personal memory. I went on about my day, steering Isla away from chocolate for all of her meals. I said nothing on social media because I very…

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When Your Child Has No Inside Voice

25th March 2018

Picture it:  A crowded restaurant.  A table full of friends.  All other tables full of strangers.  And a three-year-old with absolutely no inside voice. I was having dinner with friends I haven’t seen since my wedding (nearly five years ago, how did that happen?) There was music and memories.  Hot chocolate with impressive whipped cream, and lots of coffee and more than a few laughs. There was also a locked accessible toilet.  Some people would call that an inaccessible toilet.  But…

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Where Everybody Knows Your Business

19th March 2018

And so, over the weekend the fam and I went on road-trip to celebrate Neil’s birthday and to mark my 25th year in Scotland.  More about that later.  Our car is still in the garage after the last road-trip, so we piled into our red replacement and went in search of seafood. The music in the car was CD 3 of our wedding mix.  The music that played during the cocktail hour.  Did I mention we missed our own reception?…

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More No Bullshit Blogging Advice

13th March 2018

I am not a blogging expert, I usually don’t blog about blogging.  I get my blogging advice from people who are smarter at blogging than I am. I just write personal essays/sarcastic listicles in a public forum and some people like them.  That’s groovy.  I thank you. In the spirit of not being a bullshit artist, you guys know I’ve been blogging since 2010. However.  That’s only 430 posts. I’ve had 3 day jobs, married one person, and made another…

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Let’s Hang Out

9th March 2018

Hello!  It’s downright Springy here today, and I thought it was time to do a kinda Friday Faves post here at Gin & Lemonade. Recentish blog finds include: Book journaling tools from the Modern Mrs Darcy – perfect for my fellow notebook-hoarders out there. The Epic Guide to Using Facebook Groups to Explode your Blog Traffic – Some new points and new-to -me groups. Sunday chat and cake over at Losing The Plot. Comparison – The Stealer of Joy Kick Arse…

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Go Big Or Eat Celery

6th March 2018

And so, I found myself with some alone time this weekend.  And I had PLANS, you guys. I moved my laptop into the living room where I planned to write while watching television and eating Doritos for breakfast. Neil was playing in a Go tournament (which he still insists isn’t actually chess), and Isla was spending the day at my Dad’s. Everyone thought I needed kid-free, husband-free time, so I found myself tooling about the house on my own at…

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My Flat Ass: What Disability Means To Me

26th February 2018

Since I’ve decided to tell it like it is about my life with a disability, I thought I might write a post spelling out my perspective of what disability actually is. This is not a general post on all disabilities.  I’m aware that there are visible and invisible ones. I can only speak from my own experience as a wheelchair-user. Over the weekend, the fam and I went to a bookshop. There was a steep, but useable ramp to get…

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Disability Life Writing

A Day In My Life As A Disabled Mother

22nd February 2018

I am a mother.  I am disabled. I am sometimes a disabled mother.  Isla went back to nursery school today, after mid-winter break.  I enjoyed having her home for three days.  I’m also enjoying being able to write this post in silence, without cartoons in the background, while she is at school. This morning we had our usual cuddles with TV and waffles before what Isla calls ‘the team effort’ to get her dressed. She’s hopping around, pulling her jeans…

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Books

A to Z Reading Survey

20th February 2018

OK, so.  My self-imposed post-a-day challenge is in the shitter, because I hate small talk.  My head is so full-of-thoughts, there’s no time in the day to do them justice. How many ways can you say I feel like I’m losing a bit of myself every day without sounding like a depressing cow? My solace is reading.  And Isla, but she’s three and I might be clingy. So, books. I found this A to Z reading survey from The Perpetual…

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Have You Ever Double Booked?

18th February 2018

So, a family trip to the library yesterday resulted in some unintentional parenting humor today. (I couldn’t remember if I had the book, but wanted to read it.)   View this post on Instagram When you go to the library and bring home a book you forgot you own and the photo is extra funny if you know that freaking annoying song. #doublebooked #libraryhaul #bookwormlife #bookstagram #bookwormproblems #notaproblem #parentinghumor #daddyfinger #itsaproblem #sharingiscaring #yourewelcome #imsorry A post shared by Lorna @ Gin…

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Marshmallows For Breakfast

13th February 2018

Over the weekend, the fam and I did an experiment.  We tried a road-trip to Inverness without the added interestingness of staying overnight somewhere. Our experiment garnered varying results. You knew that, right? Stick with me. It takes about two and a half hours to get to the thriving metropolis of Inverness from here. I put my morning coffee in my giant turquoise Starbucks travel mug and we piled in the car. Now. I have always encouraged Isla to be…

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Books Sharing The Love

My Chronicle Book Box Unboxing & Bonus

9th February 2018

And so, I’ve said before that book-mail is the best kind of mail.  But yesterday I GOT THE BEST BOOK-MAIL. I was a big mope until My Chronicle Book Box arrived, and with it came the sun. Honestly, look at the bookish grooviness:     And feast your eyes, fellow book geeks.  3 books I DON’T ALREADY HAVE… The books: Murder At The Mill, M.B. Shaw The Devil’s Claw, Lara Dearman The Confession, Jo Spain I got the Crime &…

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12 Somewhat Useful Things To Say When Someplace is Inaccessible

6th February 2018

And so, I’ve been thinking of a P.S. to add to yesterday’s post.  I know I’m not the only person out there who deals with access issues. Here are some things I’ve actually said to people who own businesses that are kindasortamaybe or completely inaccessible. Try these next time you’re out: Could you please remove the bucket/sandwich-board/freaky-looking naked mannequin.  It’s a toilet, not a bin. No, dude.  I just use it for the parking. Thank you for putting us to…

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Anxiety & Us

5th February 2018

And so, last week was Time To Talk Day, but I think the point of this campaign is to highlight that it’s OK to talk about our mental health no matter what day it is. Honestly, this post has been bouncing around in my brain for weeks.  More honestly, my weird little journey with anxiety and my current dealings with it was one of the reasons I came back to blogging regularly. To share this road. I was never really into…

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Coffee Talk

More Words Tomorrow

3rd February 2018

Sometimes, you watch a video that sums up everything you’ve been trying to teach your Scottish husband for the past eight years.       Or is it just me? (A subtitled version can be found on Facebook.  I can’t link to it here.  Sorry, actually sorry.)  …

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Humor Life Writing

Why I Write & Why I Blog

1st February 2018

And so, I’m sitting here (as I do) wondering where to start. Perhaps with a confession.  Before I started this post, I checked my stats.  I know, I said elsewhere, don’t become a Stats fiend.  New year, new me?  No, not quite. But I’m looking at the chart, thinking: Who are these people? Where do they come from? How can I help them? Bounce rate is like, something fun, right?  No? I started blogging when blogs were indeed personal journals.…

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Books Reading

January Reading Wrap Up & What’s On Next

31st January 2018

Today I thought I’d do a January reading wrap up with the help of WWW Wednesdays. The bullet points are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?   And link-up details can be found here. My current reads are: The Dry – Jane Harper This is something I’ve actually been in the middle of for ages.  I recently re-clicked it on my Kindle, because I want to read the…

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Humor Travel Writing

A Road-Trip to The Ballet

29th January 2018

‘Isla, get off the stage, Dearest.’  We’d just arrived at the theatre after three hours in the car.  Isla was burning of some energy by strutting across a platform thing I think was leftover from another performance. Part of Isla’s Christmas gift was tickets to The Nutcracker when Scottish Ballet brought it to Inverness. We didn’t think we’d get to go, because weather was happening right up until we started our road-trip. But we piled in the car, picked up…

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Why Don’t You Sleep At Night?

22nd January 2018

Isla looked at my face this morning and asked a very maybe wise beyond her years/obvious/ simple question: Mummy, why don’t you sleep at night? What could I say? Because I’m cold, Because I’m reading, Because I’m hungry, Because I feel crowded, Because I feel alone, Because I think too much, Because it’s too quiet. Are you breathing? Have I done enough? How old am I? How old are you? Shit. Because I’m crafting complicated sentences. Fuck it. What time…

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More Conversations With My Kid

19th January 2018

On her second snow day… Neil: It’s a blizzard. Isla: I don’t see a lizard. It’s snow, Daddy. On love… Isla: I love you, Mumma. Don’t ever change. Me: *just over here on the floor* On snacks… Isla was picking through a bag of gum-drops after lunch. ‘Hmm. I think Nana ate all the good ones.’ On her mother’s artistic abilities… Me: It’s a butterfly. Isla: It’s a heart with a line in it. Me: Well, you and me went…

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How To Have A Snow Day & An Update On The Giveaway

17th January 2018

‘Is this some kind of cross-over show?’ I was watching Paw Patrol and thought I saw Nella from Nella the Princess Knight. ‘No, Nella has a pink dress.  That’s a blue dress,’ said Isla. Oh, of course.  And so begins Snow Day #2 in the Frosty North.  School is closed, Neil can’t drive out of the driveway to get to the shops.  He shovelled for half an hour before school called off. We had to replace our snow-tires last year,…

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Lanterns In The Rain

13th January 2018

There was a road-trip to Edinburgh while Mom was here.  Of course.  And the three of us go to the zoo whenever we get the chance.  I’d wanted to Isla to see the Giant Lanterns of China since they arrived at the zoo.  And I thought taking my Mom would be a chance to make some groovy memories. Except the trails were too much walking for Mom so she couldn’t come.  The zoo did offer Mom a wheelchair, but with…

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Coffee Talk Humor

How To Send Stuff To Your International Friends

10th January 2018

Medium-known fact/disclaimer: I’m an American living in Scotland.  I know a lot of people and more than half of them live not here.  I have been sending and receiving airmail since I was 12 years old.  These are my personal tips on how to send stuff to people who live where you don’t, while still keeping your bank account happy.  And theirs, too. Most of the stuff I send goes to people in the US. My mother has been sending…

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Books

January Book Haul & Mailbox Monday

8th January 2018

Please consider this my first official book post of 2018.  The plan is to make bookish posts a more regular thing around here.  Because apparently you groovy people like it when I gush about books. Hi. It is dark and cold on Skye (but not as cold as New York, apparently.) My point is, we got new lightbulbs.  So my blog photos wouldn’t look so fucking dark. Lookit:     Books pictured: Magpie Murders – Anthony Horowitz – A book…

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Gin & Lemonade’s 5K Giveaway!

7th January 2018

And so, Mom was here for three weeksish.  She’s back now, and returned to the coldest day on record.  Sorry, Ma. We managed all that togetherness without an argument.  Which hasn’t happened in like, ever.  Mom did get a chest infection and spent most of the time sleeping or watching British crime dramas.  On her IPad.  It was kinda surreal. Also surreal was a Christmas dinner where my divorced parents didn’t fight, and I found a wine that doesn’t give…

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Goals & Books & Bookish Goals

2nd January 2018

Today is day 793 of chocolate and chips (as in crisps as in chips).  I’ve sent Neil to the shops for vegetables and vitamins.  Hi. I guess this is my 2018 resolutions post, but they only last for a week around here.  So lets  call them goals. In this post I’m going to set out my goals and the tools I’m going to use to achieve them.  I hope the stuff I’m using is useful to you, too. Space. I need…

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Work With Me/Disclosure Policy

31st December 2017

Work With Me Before I lived on the internet, I had several day jobs.  Most of those included writing on topics such as accessible travel, education, arts and business writing. If you would like me to write for you on any of these topics or other ones, please get in touch. I landed my favourite job when I drove into the interview and everyone in the office read my blog before I got there.  My old boss calls me, um,…

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Sharing The Love

19 Blogs I Love And You Will, Too

29th December 2017

My second favorite thing about blogging is reading other people’s blogs.  To laugh with them, learn from them, and to feel less alone in my weirdness. In no particular order, my must reads this year have been: I’m Sick and So Are You – Christine writes about real things and is my kind of motivational. Em Linthrope –  Em should write more and I’m looking forward to having a cider with her at this year’s Blogger’s Bash! Suzie Speaks –…

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Coffee Talk

Christmas Eve Coffee

24th December 2017

Real talk time, I haven’t been feeling very festive.  But I’m trying.  Neil would say very trying, but I love him anyway. He’s wrapping stuff I’m not allowed to see. Isla is watching the SpongeBob Christmas Special while wearing a sparkly dress. And I’m just sitting here waiting to open the Prosecco.       Wanted to wish everyone here love and peace in the next few days. Well, every day. But, y’know. Merry, happy and all that.   Featured…

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The Christmas Road-trip

20th December 2017

On Sunday night, Neil and I clinked paper cups over burgers in Edinburgh. ‘Happy weird-ass date night,’ I said. We were doing some first-minute Christmas shopping before picking up my Mom at the airport the next morning.  I was running on nerves and chocolate after the six hour drive off the mountain.  We had an hour to shop, but I can’t shop hangry.  So, make that 40 minutes to shop. At toy stores.  And a craft store. Isla’s Christmas list…

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My Top 10 Books of 2017

14th December 2017

And so, Goodreads says that I’ve read 33 books this year.  My target was 50, so not quite there, but I did read some good ones. This post contains, um, one affiliate link. 10.  All The Missing Girls, Megan Miranda – 5 stars, and I finished this at 4 AM.  And I cried at the end.  This year, tears have meant a good review. 9.  The Fact of A Body: A Murder and a Memoir, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich –  This read like…

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Gin & Lemonade’s Top 10 Posts of 2017

8th December 2017

2017 has been a weird little blogging year around here.  I think I posted twice in January and then disappeared until April.  I don’t know what happened, either.  It’s old news.  We are not there any more. But as I plan to get more wordy this month and next year, I thought I’d take a deep breath and give you a rundown on my most popular posts of 2017.  Or since April. 10. Coffee & Questions –  This one was…

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How I Upgraded My Blog With Lyrical Host

6th December 2017

It takes me a while to make a decision, but once I do, I go for it. I’d been debating getting my own domain around here for ages, read up on other people’s experiences, but y’know, didn’t push the button. Because I was comfortable with WordPress.com, liked them (still do), appreciated the community, (still do) and saw no reason to change the habits of a blogging lifetime  seven years. And yet. When I started writing this blog I was looking…

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Adventures In Blogger’s Block

4th December 2017

And so, I set up this nifty new domain, my blogging composition book has titles written in it, I’m all excited to add words to those titles.  And…nothing.  Well, some stuff.  Noise in the kitchen.  Where I write. I would dearly love to have a door I could shut for 2 or 3 hours, and then I’d write, open the door and do the other things.  But since my writing has to happen around my life, on the kitchen table,…

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What’s It All About, Lorna?

2nd July 2017

I started blogging in 2010.   I’ve always written about my life as a disabled person. And now I write about what it’s like to be a disabled mother. Back in 2010, I had just moved in with my boyfriend, and I wanted to write from the perspective of a youngish, funny, disabled person in a relationship and living in not the most accessible city in the world. I’m also living in a country I wasn’t born in. I moved to Scotland…

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