Hi, I’m Lorna.

I started Gin & Lemonade in August of 2010.

Back then I had just moved in with my boyfriend (Sarge), and I wanted to write from the perspective of a youngish person with CP in a relationship and living in not the most accessible city in the world.

And for added interestingness, I was an American living in Scotland for a really long time, with an accent that betrayed all my years here.

To bring you up to speed, Sarge has always been Neil and we got married in 2013.  Our daughter Isla was born in 2014, and we still call her Zerbert.  Sometimes.

The three of us live in a medium-sized house in the country, but now we’re back in the city.

I’m still American and my accent is still weird.

I used to drive a sports chair.  Now I have a minivan chair.

Gin & Lemonade is where I drink coffee and talk about all of it.  On this blog you will find musings and hopefully full sentences on all of the above,  quips, weird list posts, family flashbacks.  And reading updates.

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

Grab a drink and read along…

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P.S.  Another open letter to you guys is here.   And more about me is here.

P.P.S.  This was the original introduction to Gin & Lemonade:

A few days after I turned 29, I made a list.  This blog is not about that list.

On the list are things I want to do/work on before I turn 30.  Item 13 is: Start a public blog.

Never mind that I wanted to call it something else, and then something else.  Months after I wrote the list, the blog is called Gin & Lemonade, and here it is.  I think I’ll add: Don’t Procrastinate to any lists I make in the future.

For a few years now I’ve thought, I live my life, so I don’t have to write about it.  But stuff keeps happening.  And I want to write about it.

This blog is about me.  And my life.  The fact that I use a wheelchair and live in not the most accessible city in the world is only one part of it.  Or is that two parts?  I was never good at Math.  That’s another part.

And yes, I drink Gin & Lemonade.  And other things.  Like coffee.  But never at the same time.  Gin, lemonade and coffee would be too much.  Or would it?

I’m very likely to be drinking coffee while writing blog posts.  That can be taken as a warning, or as fact.

For other random or not-so random facts, you’ll just have to read along.

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  • Reply Wids 22nd September 2010 at 4:19 am

    Like this description a lot…
    I guess now I am just turning into a fan of yours

  • Reply tipotado 23rd September 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I am surprised that at the same age, 29, I started my first public blog. And, same subject matter as well- personal life. Will read more of your works and hope you can also check mine.

    thanks and more outputs.

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  • Reply Fab 16th January 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Hey Lorna, great description! It’s really quirky and conversational.
    I’m excited to read around in your blog!

    • Reply LKD 17th January 2011 at 11:07 am

      Thank you, and I think those are the two words most freely used to describe myself so it fits!

      Thanks for reading me!

      • Reply Fab 13th June 2012 at 9:29 pm

        I’m back again and I feel compelled to say that I read this description again, liked it again and was ready to write something similar to what I did last year.

        Your blog is still wonderful, but today it served to trigger a considerable amount of panic in me. Memory! Why is it so crap?

        If this happens again next year I may need one of your famed Gin and Lemonades.

        • Reply LKD 14th June 2012 at 10:14 am

          Glad you’re back! The bar/coffee-shop is always open!

          • Fab 29th June 2012 at 4:43 am

            Good to know! 🙂

  • Reply postadaychallenge2011 16th February 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I love your blog and now enrolled in good reads, thanks you are wonderful as I love to read.

  • Reply Katie 4th March 2011 at 8:47 pm

    “This blog is about me. And my life. The fact that I use a wheelchair and live in not the most accessible city in the world is only one part of it. Or is that two parts? I was never good at Math. That’s another part.”

    Reading your “About Me” section pulled me in immedately. I don’t use a weelchair, but I do have crebreal palsy. However, this is only one part of my life. I have never been good at Math either, and I suppose that’s another part.

    Thanks for this blog. I know it probably wasn’t your intention to write for others, (as it never seems to be in the begininng) but I’m hooked in. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Reply postadaychallenge2011 4th March 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Lorna I really enjoy your blog. I love to read, write and learn from others. I will enjoy learning from you with or without a “wheel chair.” Bless you. Jackie

  • Reply smilesndreams 22nd March 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I’ve just started a public blog lately just after turning 29! Don’t know if I’m having some sort of a ‘pre-30’ awakening of sorts, but I’m kind of rediscovering myself and doing things that I’ve never done before – making fun to do lists and hoping I stick to it! You have a great blog and great posts!

  • Reply dudewheresthestove 22nd March 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Your writing rocks! I send you major props from California!

    • Reply LKD 24th March 2011 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you! Sending you good vibes from Scotland! Looking forward to reading more of your blog. 🙂

  • Reply silvia 22nd March 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Your story it’s very optimistic ! Great writing. I wish you good luck !

  • Reply worldathon 22nd March 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Ok this is a first. I never leave comments about people’s blog descriptions. Its not a principle or anything,its just not what I do.Your writing is great-makes me want to “look under the hood”. So now I’m going to have to subscribe and read you every day. See what you made me do ??? Cheers,Jeff

    • Reply LKD 24th March 2011 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Jeff,

      Thanks for that, I’m glad I could change a long-standing blog habit! Thanks for reading along!

  • Reply fairygodsister 22nd March 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I love you already! Plus I just saw you on Freshly Pressed, and I liked the easy style you wrote about your passport…I hope you get it back soon.
    I’ve never been good at maths too!!! Is it something about writers (some other comments allude to coming up blank with math)…. Anything above tens and I need a calculator, seriously!
    I will definitely be back Lorna……

    • Reply LKD 24th March 2011 at 6:51 pm


      I love your blog, too! Consider me a new reader, and thanks for reading me!

      And it’s always good to hear from people who aren’t mathematically-inclined. 🙂

  • Reply C_Blakeley 23rd May 2011 at 9:12 pm


    I would just like to introduce myself because my eyes are always reading your posts. ! 🙂 ! My eyes are always reading through your posts because they are always a good read. Keep em coming. 🙂

    – Charlie

    • Reply C_Blakeley 23rd May 2011 at 9:14 pm

      Oh my word.

      Please excuse the huge repeater in that comment.

      • Reply LKD 4th June 2011 at 6:24 pm

        Don’t worry about it! Thanks for saying hello, and glad you’re reading me!

  • Reply Samuel Snoek-Brown 3rd July 2011 at 1:25 am

    Just saw you’d subscribed to my blog. Thanks! I’ve been looking through yours and LOVE it! Also, coffee-addict-especially-while-writing? Bad-at-math? Texan-transplanted-via-various-places-to-wind-up-in-Scotland? Those all are my kinds of awesome! I have relatives up in Aberdeenshire, actually, and one of my cousins is currently at university in Edinburgh.

    Seriously, enjoying your blog, and I’m very happy to reciprocate the subscription. I look forward to more! 🙂

  • Reply evasantiago310 17th September 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I’ll be back!! 🙂

  • Reply ammusree 19th September 2011 at 4:59 am

    congrats to be in freshly pressed !!!

  • Reply Marika Josephson 5th February 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks for following me at She Brews Good Ale. Love your wit and writing and I look forward to following you!

  • Reply Heather 10th February 2012 at 5:58 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to getting to know you digitally 🙂

  • Reply bonaru 9th April 2012 at 10:13 am

    Hi, thanks for reading my poem and visiting my blog. I’ve really enjoyed reading about your blog ambitions. I’m so envious that you are in Edinburgh, I miss that city so much!! But you’re right. Not very accessible. Lots of slippery, stony streets and narrow stairways! Looking forward to reading more of your adventures. 🙂 Bonnie (from Australia)

    • Reply LKD 13th April 2012 at 8:58 am

      Hi Bonnie! Thanks for the viist, I did love your poem.

  • Reply tearoomdelights 5th June 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Lorna, I can see that you’re a fine lady. Your name just tops it off – Lorna 🙂

    • Reply LKD 19th June 2012 at 10:53 am

      Yep, we’re good people! Nice to meet you!

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  • Reply Tetraplegic Bhoy 19th May 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Hey Lorna

    Thank you for visiting my site, from one Scottish wheelchair user to another!

    Hopefully we can share some stories and some laughs, your introduction certainly made me smile!

    Where in Edinburgh do you live? I used to stay just off Gorgie Rd and down at the bottom of Leith for a while, loved my time in Edinburgh but wouldn’t want to negotiate it in a wheelchair.

    Anyway, this is just a hello and thank you.


    • Reply LKD 22nd May 2013 at 11:38 am

      Hi Steven,

      I found your blog when a friend posted a link on Facebook. It’s nice to connect with you!

      I live in Leith. Moved for love so I can’t complain, but I don’t love the cobbles!


  • Reply PsiFiGal 10th February 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Hi Lorna, thanks for following my blog! I like your writing, very conversational, funny and well-written. I’m looking forward to reading more.


  • Reply LaurenEph 17th June 2017 at 9:56 am

    Hi Lorna! I started a 30 before 30 list and my blog wasn’t on that list but then I started one anyway! (Actually I still have a few spaces left on my list so may add it so I can cross it off straight away ?) Nice to meet you and find your blog x

    • Reply Lorna 17th June 2017 at 10:19 am

      Hey Lauren! Really nice to meet you, too. Think I’m following you and Milly everywhere now. xox

      • Reply LaurenEph 17th June 2017 at 10:36 am

        Thankyou Lorna ?

        • Reply Lorna 17th June 2017 at 10:38 am

          Seriously, please keep writing.

          • LaurenEph 17th June 2017 at 11:00 am

            I will. I’m glad you like my writing.

  • Reply 61chrissterry 7th July 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you for following my blog and I look forward to reading your posts.

    Also i do agree that Gin, lemonade and coffee do not go together, for, I feel, it would spoil the 2 drinks, while some spirits do go with coffee, such as whiskey, gin I believe will not and may put you off both drinks, which would be a great shame.

  • Reply trulyunplugged 8th July 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you so much for connecting by generously “following” and “like-ing”, Lorna…I’m really looking forward to discovering the gems you offer 🙂

  • Reply Rowena 17th July 2017 at 6:05 am

    Great to meet you, Lorna.
    xx Rowena

    • Reply Lorna 22nd July 2017 at 8:21 pm

      You, too. I enjoy our conversations.

      • Reply Rowena 23rd July 2017 at 2:38 pm

        Me too. Really pleased to find you. That’s the blogging equivalent of “meet”.
        xx Rowena

  • Reply ellenbest24 21st July 2017 at 10:50 am

    Hello *waves* i already follow and read you often but today you are my first flip!

    • Reply Lorna 21st July 2017 at 11:04 am

      I’m honoured, Ellen! Have a cookie. Enjoy flipping! x

  • Reply We Travel Happy 22nd September 2017 at 1:28 am

    Hi! You have a nice blog here and I look forward to exploring your posts.
    – Amor

    • Reply Lorna 24th June 2018 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks, Amor!

  • Reply 40wishesandcounting 6th June 2018 at 3:26 am

    So excited to read through your posts!!!

    • Reply Lorna 24th June 2018 at 7:05 pm

      Hope you find something you like!

  • Reply Image Earth Travel 24th June 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Very cool and lovely to meet you!
    look forward to reading more of your posts. 🙂

    • Reply Lorna 24th June 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Ditto, Nilla!

  • Reply fancypaperblog 2nd October 2019 at 5:50 pm

    I will keep reading along!

    • Reply Lorna 2nd October 2019 at 5:59 pm

      I can always count on you!

  • Reply clairelomax2018 2nd October 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I genuinely love reading your blog and this about me is one of the reasons why, your writing style is just perfect and I always smile while I am reading it x

    • Reply Lorna 2nd October 2019 at 7:23 pm

      Thank you, Claire! That genuinely makes my day. <3

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