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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.

Photo of Lorna, wheelchair-user and blogger at Gin & Lemonade. Gin & Lemonade is a blog about life, parenting, family travel, and being a disabled mother.

Bubble tea and me on honeymoon in Barcelona. Neil was there, too.

I’m also living in a country I wasn’t born in.

I moved to Scotland from New York when I was 12. I’ve always had a weird relationship with both places and as such, fit in nowhere.

Also. My boyfriend has become my husband and we’ve made a human. I am a parent who blogs, but not a Mummy blogger. For starters, I don’t complain about my husband (that much), wine gives my heartburn, and I actually like my kid.

I appreciate everyone who reads me, but I love connecting with other sarcastic souls and disabled bloggers.

I am a mother who drinks and swears and tells her kid the truth.  I’m also her soft place to fall/climb.

I love my husband like no one else, even when he annoys the shit out of me.  Sometimes because he annoys the shit out of me.

These days, the three of us live in a medium-sized house in the country.   I miss the city.  But missing places and people is not a new concept for me.  Working on it.

I also have anxiety issues, but I’m working on those, too.

I’ve been trying to blog more consistently and connect with people that don’t live in my house with me.  Hi.

On this blog you will find musings and hopefully full sentences on all of the above, weird list posts, family flashbacks.  And reading updates.

I have some blogging advice over here and reflected on 8 years of blogging over here.

More about me is here: 25 Things About Me, and Why I Write & Why I Blog

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If you’ve just found the blog, nice to meet you.  If you’re an old friend, thanks for sticking around.







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  • Reply Beth 2nd July 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Good god the only differences between us is I’m the states and I don’t have a wheelchair. But dude, we are seriously twins I everything else. I could not heart you more.

  • Reply jisun 2nd July 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I haven’t been blogging and keeping up on my reading list lately, so I didn’t know you’d made a human! Congrats. <3

    • Reply Lorna 2nd July 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Hello! Isla was 3 last week! Please tell me you’re back to blogging again? xox

      • Reply jisun 3rd July 2017 at 6:09 am

        What! 3! Goodness gracious time flies! Now I’m going to have to go blog-stalk you to see what’s been happening. I’m back to blogging for the time being. Anger over healthcare has brought me back. Hopefully it’ll be a kick in the pants to keep writing, I missed it. 🙂

  • Reply Alana Mautone (@RamblinGarden) 2nd July 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Hi back! We are similar in some ways (I grew up in New York City) and different in a lot of ways (senior citizen, no wheelchair, never been off the North American continent). So it’s really nice to meet you!

  • Reply Kelly Buell 3rd July 2017 at 9:44 am

    I love that you are comfortable speaking your mind about how you feel around others. That’s refreshing. I may just try it.

  • Reply Glenda Cates (@TheMommiesRevie) 4th July 2017 at 3:13 am

    Hello, How are you? it is a pleasure to meet you and I appreciate your comment on my blog. I enjoyed learning about you, your family and your blog and I look forward to visiting again in the future.

  • Reply emmaeatsandexplores 4th July 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Hi – this is the first time on your blog so nice to meet you. Seems like you have a pretty realistic and healthy idea of motherhood and family life! Look forward to finding out more about you!

  • Reply Christine Goulbourne 5th July 2017 at 7:02 pm

    It’s nice to meet you, Lorna. I’m glad I found you, I’ve started following you and I’m looking forward to learning more about you. I’m a special needs mom who advocates for members of the disability community to have more access and involvement in their communities.

  • Reply thesubtleartofpostgrad 5th July 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I know in other another post you said you’ve been blogging for years but I’m a new follower and excited to read your future posts!

  • Reply Jenny 6th July 2017 at 3:43 pm

    So excited to follow along. I love your story and how passionate you are!

  • Reply trulyunplugged 8th July 2017 at 6:14 pm

    This post oozes charm…you are very engaging….thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply Lorna 9th July 2017 at 9:03 am

      And you had me at your Mary Tyler Moore post. Hi.

      • Reply trulyunplugged 9th July 2017 at 2:06 pm

        Thanks for taking the time to make me smile 🙂

  • Reply Josh Gross | The Jaguar 8th July 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Hello Lorna, I just found your blog through Janice’s blog party. I must ask, how do you find living in another country? That seems like a daunting prospect to me.

    • Reply Lorna 9th July 2017 at 8:41 am

      Hi Josh, I’ve been in Scotland 25 years next year. Not another country for me really. I just kinda have two. It gets interesting.

      • Reply Josh Gross | The Jaguar 9th July 2017 at 8:18 pm

        My sister studied abroad in Scotland for one year, and she had many wonderful things to say about it. To me Scotland seems like a country that shares some similarities with the US, but is still very different.

        Do you identify more with Scotland than the US now?

  • Reply noelleg44 19th July 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for following my blog! I’ve been married to the same man for five decades and he STILL annoys the shit out of me! You are a profile in courage, dear!

    • Reply Lorna 19th July 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you. Yes, being married to a cheese-phobe is quite brave.

  • Reply Judy E Martin 15th October 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Lovely to meet you Lorna, and look forward to reading your posts 🙂

    • Reply Lorna 15th October 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks, Judy! Happy reading. 🙂

  • Reply fattymccupcakes 20th January 2018 at 7:34 pm

    You are such a fabulous human, Lorna!

    • Reply Lorna 20th January 2018 at 8:06 pm

      Takes one to know one, my friend.

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  • Reply rachaelstray 5th April 2018 at 10:51 am

    Lovely to get a new insight Lorna! 🙂

  • Reply Melissa ❤️?? 5th April 2018 at 3:11 pm

    I enjoy your blog! I love that you are living your life and writing about it. Keep doing your thing.

  • Reply Lindsay Aratari 5th April 2018 at 3:34 pm

    So fun learning more about you!!!

  • Reply angelanoelauthor 6th April 2018 at 2:06 am

    My favorite part is that you love your husband sometimes because he annoys you. I think that’s the perfect way to describe good love.

  • Reply Lisa Orchard 25th August 2018 at 3:29 pm

    It was great learning more about you, Lorna! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Lorna 25th August 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Not new, updated about page, ha!

      • Reply Lisa Orchard 25th August 2018 at 3:42 pm

        Cool! I didn’t see it the first time around so it’s all new to me. 🙂

  • Reply Fancy 25th August 2018 at 4:15 pm

    And I plan to stick around for another while!

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