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 to specially selected playlists (usually one of our four wedding mixes, though), eating snacks that taste better on the road, going somewhere where my friends are, even reading in the car.


After four recent road trips, I’m actually happy to be home and doing nothing.

Let’s rewind.

The three of us went to Edinburgh to have some family time and work on the goals outlined in this post over here.

We piled in the car with some old books, new music, and along the way picked up the scariest new stuffed kitten toy thing I have ever seen. We’ve dubbed it Ugly Cat, I keep singing Smelly Cat, and Isla thinks it’s misunderstood.

We had oatmeal cookies for breakfast on the road, because kinda healthy, and picked up some new books that I ordered in Inverness.

‘Can we get a Pumpkin Spice Latte?’ Neil asks me.

‘How is that even a question?’

But there was no PSL at the Starbucks. THEY’D SOLD OUT.

I’d come to this medium-sized city-ish thing, and there was no overpriced, over-syruped fall signature drink to be had. The maple one was nice, BUT NOT THE SAME.

Isla cheered me up by being the best kid ever. BUT SHE HAD A PLAN.

We’re tooling around the toyshop, maybe looking for Hallowe’en stuff, when she finds this egg thing. With added water and hopes and dreams it would turn into a dog or cat.

Well. The magic word.

‘You want that scruffy thing?’

And yes, I did say ‘scruffy’. What else would I have said?

‘Kitty,’ said Isla. She’s moved on from the unicorn phase, and now thinks she’s a cat. And so.

I suggested leaving the toy until the end of the trip. Maybe we’d find something else. Nearly Christmas, and all that.

‘Kitty,’ said Isla.

So we left with this blue fur ball that promised to transform into a swan. Or something.

Wait for it.

I just want a cat that’s more like a…Gremlin.











After springing the cat, we headed down the road to our nautical themed accommodation for the week.

The owner had apparently gone through the place with a tape measure to make sure I could get my wheelchair through the doors.


I could, but I couldn’t do much once through those doors. Y’know, like pee with the bathroom door closed.

But Isla’s room had bunk beds, and there was Chinese food close by and Netflix in the living room, so we stayed. Pick your battles.

The next day we went to an aquarium, and figured that we’ve now been to aquariums in Edinburgh, London, and New York. And a rather depressing one in St Andrews.

We met family for dinner and friends after dinner.

And the next day I found an everything bagel to eat while watching Neil and Isla play on the the beach. Yes, a real bagel. I had a moment.

And then I texted Neil. I could see them, but I texted.

‘Can we do something together now? Without sand?’ I wrote.

He waved. And Isla brought me back some shells.

Fresh air was had by us.

Taken while seated, and then squared.


Tuesday, we went to Stirling. Family friends were visiting from New York, travelling on their own before staying with my Dad up here (they first appeared in this post) so we got lost, had lunch and then actual tea and scones with clotted cream. The room had bookshelf wallpaper and my daughter was thoroughly confused and amused.

Wednesday we drove home (OK, Neil drove, I read), only to road trip again on Saturday.

My Mom’s cousin was on a bus tour through Scotland and after she emailed me her whereabouts for the whole three weeks, it turned out she’d be on Skye while we were in Edinburgh.

Visitors are like buses. Or something. You’re there in the rain forever and then three arrive at once.

However, we met her for dinner while she was in Inverness.


Funny story. Mom’s cousin who looks like her sister found me, and then my mother, because another friend they knew in high school read my blog, and figured I was my mother’s daughter from my words, and possibly my hair. Hi.

We met, and talked, and tried to find dinner. Went to three booked up places before going back to the hotel for dinner there and confusing the staff.

I actually gave Isla my phone to play with, because we only had a short time to talk, and I don’t hear 20 something stories about my Mom very often. I could have stayed all night.

We went back home, but the journey seemed shorter than usual.

Sunday night I got to test out the extra leaf on my kitchen table when Dad and Anne came over with our New York friends. More Chinese food and chosen family.

Still with me?

Monday saw our fourth road trip. In the back of Dad’s car with Isla and Di, it was all hips and elbows. But also laughs.

We found a pub for lunch and a red phone box for photos, and Joe the Barber GAVE ME A HAIRCUT.

So, those were our recent travels and trips down memory lane.

I wish my people were closer, but times like these make you realize the world is small and distance can be covered over dinner.

PS. Writing prompt linkup will be posted Sunday, it’s now up over here, but this week’s prompt is ROADTRIP. Share your words by Friday, November 2nd. I’ve already written mine.


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  • Reply Ritu 26th October 2018 at 11:16 pm

    You’ve had an interesting few weeks!
    And I am intrigued to see what happens to that ‘cat’!!!!

    • Reply Lorna 26th October 2018 at 11:20 pm

      Dude, the cat’s been watered down already. I swear that photo evidence cannot be improved.

      • Reply Ritu 26th October 2018 at 11:48 pm

        Lol! Perfect Halloween treat then!

  • Reply Gill 26th October 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Lorna you’re one amazing lady. I love reading your stories and almost feel like a member of the family! I must update my blog. Just recovering from 2 weeks in hospital with very nasty sepsis infection and finding it hard to recover my strength. I’ll get there tho. Keep on blogging girl.

    Gill xx

    • Reply Lorna 26th October 2018 at 11:22 pm

      Gill, I’m sending you all my good vibes. Keep getting better, my friend. xox

    • Reply Ritu 26th October 2018 at 11:48 pm

      Feel better Gill!

  • Reply Ritu 26th October 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Here’s mine Lorna!

  • Reply Rebecca Moon Ruark 27th October 2018 at 3:58 am

    I would say “lovely,” but I know you hate that! Still and all, great post. Glad you had nice visits and visitors and that you’re happy to be back to your regular programming.

  • Reply CarolCooks2 27th October 2018 at 4:06 am

    The lovely Ritu has beaten me again here is mine

  • Reply Debbie Harris 27th October 2018 at 5:22 am

    What a busy time you’ve had Lorna, it’s either a feast or a famine in regards to visitors. Just ask Melanie about it, she’s had masses this year but probably very few will visit her next year – I’ll be trying to get there though 🙂 . Enjoyed reading of your road trips and will see what I can do with the prompt 🙂

  • Reply fancypaperblog 27th October 2018 at 9:17 am

    I like your road trips! Sounds just perfect to me. Hoping to get round up involved this week.

    • Reply Lorna 27th October 2018 at 9:24 am

      Please do!

  • Reply angelanoelauthor 27th October 2018 at 12:56 pm

    An enjoyable roadtrip romp! (I am proud of my alliteration.) That cat gremlin is definitely a thing to behold. I wish my people were closer too. My mom heads in to town next week and it will be lovely to see her. Being far away does bring a sweetness to the visit though–like only being able to get a PSL in fall (when they have them in stock that is.)

    • Reply Lorna 28th October 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Enjoy the visit. My Mom will be here for Christmas again this year. We should compare notes.

  • Reply Anindya 27th October 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I know I missed the last one….but this one I am surely doing, Lorna….:)….

    • Reply Lorna 28th October 2018 at 7:58 pm

      Glad to hear it!

  • Reply johnrieber 27th October 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Trying to post while traveling is a challenge, so thanks for taking us through your adventures, and as much as I love to travel, I also enjoy getting home and back to regular life!

  • Reply Rhonda 28th October 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Wow, you all have been around! It’s always nice to get back home after all that riding in the car, isn’t it? That cat is creepy looking for sure. Enjoyed this post 🙂

  • Reply thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany 29th October 2018 at 10:30 am

    I am a fan of road trips, love to take them and I love to hear about others.

  • Reply Whitney Kutch 29th October 2018 at 2:50 pm

    I love the reference to smelly cat! And that she thought you misunderstood lol. Sounds like a fun trip!

  • Reply rachaelstray 29th October 2018 at 5:17 pm

    That cat is kinda creepy I must admit. Wow you have been very very busy! It’s difficult to be far apart from family and friends but it’s lovely that you can get together and share lots of yummy Chinese food together!

  • Reply Susanne Swanson 30th October 2018 at 12:04 am

    Here’s my story, earlier than usual!

  • Reply Laurie Stone 30th October 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Love following you on your travels. Have never been to Scotland, but would love to go. You’re getting me inspired!

  • Reply lsgaitan23 31st October 2018 at 7:59 pm

    What lovely times you had. Like you, I love to go, but I love to home then too! But, I cannot get a good fix on the cat that angle, ha ha. It can’t really be that hideous, can it? 😉

    • Reply Lorna 1st November 2018 at 10:13 am

      Yes, it can, ha! And I just saw you in this month’s Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop newsletter. How cool!

  • Reply Carol 1st November 2018 at 1:46 am

    how did I just realize you live in the real Skye?

    • Reply Lorna 1st November 2018 at 9:59 am

      As opposed to the fake Skye? I really don’t refer to it much, except in the sidebar, so it’s all good. And we are working on moving!

  • Reply Jennifer 1st November 2018 at 2:38 am

    OMG that “cat” is something special!

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  • Reply Ellen @ If It Brings You Joy 1st November 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Nothing better than a good ol’ fashioned road trip. I love figuring out each day’s agenda as each new day rolls around. What do I feel like doing today? Enjoyed traveling vicariously with you!

  • Reply RaisieBay 5th November 2018 at 3:11 pm

    What a lot of travelling, but it sounds like you’ve had fun. It’s great to catch up with family and friends….but I’m with you on the sand! Reading you for the first time from the #MMBC linky – Anne, a fellow wheelchair user.

    • Reply Lorna 5th November 2018 at 4:18 pm

      Hi Anne, how neat, I’ve read you before too. Hope you stick around to read more. Thank you for the comment! Lorna

  • Reply Cheryl TimeToCraft (@CherylInTheUK) 6th November 2018 at 11:32 am

    Good job you had a two week break to fit it all in. The cat sounds weird and I’ll pop back to see what happens. Love your neck of the woods. Many happy childhood memories for me. #MMBC

    • Reply Lorna 13th November 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Cheryl, that is the after shot, ha! And which neck of the woods? I have several!

  • Reply Flossie 6th November 2018 at 10:16 pm

    OMG that CAT!!! Why, Isla, WHY??? Whatever – at least it got her off the “I want something!” kick for awhile? I am a tad jealous of all your adventures, and more than a tad exhausted after reading about them all, and also a tad relieved that they were YOURS not MINE – this sounds all too much like my nonstop September…

  • Reply ellenbest24 9th November 2018 at 10:46 am

    You and your cousin are ships that pass in the same country 🤣☺ nice post lady.

  • Reply Rebecca Moon Ruark 28th November 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Even better the second time around. Tweeting out!

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