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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 to Isla on Saturday.

‘You married her, that’s your job,’ says my girl to her Dad.

I may have pee-pee laughed at that.  I am 37, after all.

Never-ending Eskimo kisses from Isla and coffee from Neil that I didn’t have to drop hints for.  Awesome day.

And I have to share this somewhere.  I got a birthday card from a clothing catalogue company.  I’ve only ever bought one pair of shoes from them.  Thanks, Joe Brown’s.  That’s some freakish marketing, right there.

Did I mention that Neil found me a Baileys Easter Egg online and that Isla also calls my birthday Judge Judy Day?  There’s that, too.  It’s nice to be known.

I thanked everyone in real life and on Facebook for the birthday wishes.  All my new grey hairs are indeed named Fred.  I like them.  We can work together.

We were supposed to have a Poker night at Dad and Anne’s, but I’m old.  So we waited and had an Easter Egg hunt for Isla in their garden the next day.

Thank you for staying up til 3 am to dye eggs.  I shall never forget it.

‘Campah, I found another one, it’s a little cracked.’

Aren’t we all?





After Isla found all the eggs, she peeled them.  She didn’t eat them, but she peeled them.  Of course, she ate all the chocolate eggs.  And we brought some peanut butter bunnies from my Mom’s Easter box.

‘These are mine,’ I announced to anyone who’d listen.

They didn’t taste as good as when I was a kid.  Too much sugar.  I am old.

And last night, I had plans to write good words and drink good coffee.  Happy New Year to me.  Instead, I helped Isla find some unicorns before she sugar-crashed into dreamland.  And I tried to watch the end of Santa Clarita Diet.  But I fell asleep, too.

This morning, along with my new notebook, I made some pledges:

Write every day.

Post three times a week (for real)

Kick ass.

Enjoy everything and make sure Isla never stops singing.


Happy New Year.










What’s your mantra for the year?  Are you sticking to it?





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  • Reply TanGental 2nd April 2018 at 12:56 pm

    My mantra? Always leave them laughing… happy New year and may it involve Chocolate and coffee in unfeasible amounts…

  • Reply thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany 2nd April 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Lots of sweet stuff there. Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply Nicole 2nd April 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I binged Santa Clarita Diet while sick in bed this week. Love that show.

    • Reply Lorna 2nd April 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Literally makes me LOL.

  • Reply Suzanne [globalhousesitterX2] 2nd April 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Love your daughters comments 🙂 A sense of fun are always present in your posts, Lorna.

    • Reply Lorna 2nd April 2018 at 2:26 pm

      I get my fun from Isla. Ha!

  • Reply johnrieber 2nd April 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Great goals!

  • Reply maryandjohnineurope 2nd April 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Awwwwww ….. I love you all. Never, ever change. Any of you ! May your year be full of song, coffee and only the minimum amount of grey…. mwahhhh!

    • Reply Lorna 3rd April 2018 at 3:36 pm

      Love you, too. The whole crew. <3

  • Reply Joanna Bayford 3rd April 2018 at 1:26 pm

    You married her that’s your job ? great come back lovely to see isla has a sense of humour. Hope u had a lovely birthday.

  • Reply mammasschool 3rd April 2018 at 6:51 pm

    This is so cute and funny 🙂 She must make you smile a lot and I like your sense of humour about another year clocked up. I always wish I wrote down what my three say to me so I can have a giggle when they are older

  • Reply Mary 3rd April 2018 at 8:33 pm

    The kids get to have all the fun right?
    Keep going lovely, another birthday will be here soon!

  • Reply Laura@dearbearandbean 3rd April 2018 at 9:16 pm

    A bailey’s egg, I’m very jealous! My three year old makes me laugh daily!

  • Reply gemmaorton 4th April 2018 at 9:38 am

    Happy New Year! Be it filled with love, coffee and more fabulous Isla quotes. Love hearing your little family tales.
    I think as I get older, each grey hair makes me care less. Care less about the hairs, but also about what people think, and the small stuff. It’s stuff like memories you’ve shared in this post that are the real deal.

  • Reply fashionandstylepolice 4th April 2018 at 10:07 am

    Lovely post here. Made me laugh. My mantra is to do my best and remember to care for myself a little more.

  • Reply You Can Always Start Now 4th April 2018 at 11:13 am

    That is a good mantra. I have had the same one for years now and it is no regrets. Just do it.

  • Reply Lise 4th April 2018 at 11:20 am

    Happy belated birthday! Your girl seems to have her wits about her for being so young, I kind of envy that! 🙂

    • Reply Lorna 4th April 2018 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you, Lise. Isla honestly thinks she’s 35.

  • Reply Losing the Plot 4th April 2018 at 11:24 am

    I can’t get ‘liking’ this until I’m on my laptop (phone issues) but I love it, like, wouldn’t have done it justice. My greys are currently staging a coup dêta, we aren’t on speaking terms

  • Reply Losing the Plot 4th April 2018 at 11:25 am

    D’oh!! Happy Birthday xxxxx

  • Reply Kara 4th April 2018 at 12:51 pm

    I have not seen the Santa Clarita diet but have heard loads of good things about it. Happy Birthday 🙂

  • Reply Chomeuse with a Chou 4th April 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Good mantra! I’m still working on mine. I like the idea of wishing yourself a happy new year and making resolutions – I think I might try it for myself when my turn comes around 🙂 A belated happy birthday – it sounds like you had a lovely and very genuine day 🙂

  • Reply thatfeelinginside 4th April 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Happy belated birthday, sounds so fabulous! good luck with your goals x

  • Reply susielindau 4th April 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Happy Birthday fellow Aries girlfriend! Mine is next week!

    • Reply Lorna 4th April 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Aries people are my favorite people. Happy birthday month to you!

      • Reply susielindau 4th April 2018 at 9:14 pm

        Mine too. Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Kate 4th April 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Lol I’ve given up on mantras, which might be a sign of age in itself! I could only eat so much of the Easter chocolate before I started to get a migraine and had to have a salad for dinner; my husband made fun of me, and my kids thought I was crazy!

  • Reply thebeasley 4th April 2018 at 7:09 pm

    These are excellent pledges. I have no doubt you’ll do the Isla one easily. Also, BAILEYS EASTER EGG?!?!? Amazing. So glad you had a lovely day. April born people are the best (bet you can’t guess what month I was born in) x

  • Reply Karalee 4th April 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Happy belated birthday! I haven’t seen the Santa Clarita Diet, but it looks interesting!

  • Reply MELANIE EDJOURIAN 5th April 2018 at 3:47 pm

    I know what you mean I love that smell of candles being blown out too it’s great. You lucky thing a Baileys Easter Egg, yum!

  • Reply Steph Renovation Bay-Bee 5th April 2018 at 9:51 pm

    I’m where is those Bailey’s Easter eggs????!!! That sounds amazing

  • Reply Ami Rose 6th April 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Aww how cute are the things your daughter said. The Easter Egg hunt sounds fab too! I still have way too much chocolate from Easter…

    Ami xxx

  • Reply Emma 8th April 2018 at 12:52 am

    Birthdays are such a special celebration! I always think that another year of life is another year making wonderful memories that not everyone gets the opportunity to make. This year I vowed to travel more and we are now travelling around South East Asia, so I’m certainly sticking to it so far! Have a wonderful year.

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