A lifestyle blog from a forty-something mum

Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts

Thursday, 16 March 2017

When I Am Old...


Vintage, Volkswagen BeetleWhen I am old I shall drink Pimms from the teapot decanted into a fine
bone china cup.

I shall live by the sea and trade five a day for several measures of gin.

And swim every morning in the cold grey blue sea and given up hope that my hair will be anything but a tangled mess of frizz for the rest of my days.


I shall decorate the house with rabbit wallpaper and fill it with books and empty bottles of wine.

And share my life with a pug called Limoncello Belle Pugly instead of children who have grown and scattered to far flung shores.

Cute pug lying down

I shall shop daily for tidbits and eat brunch with the dog before taking a catnap.

And take long haul flights many times each year to check that the children are thriving and enjoying their lives.

I shall invite old friends to stay and reminisce about our former lives.

And recall all of the previous roles I have had... wife, mother, crazy cat lady, mentor, scientist, bottle washer. Jack of all trades, master of none at all.

I shall pootle about in a vintage car and get intentionally lost down winding country lanes to see where they go.

And invite lonely people to stay for Christmas and New Year to feast on recipes only I know - washed down with lots of wine.

I shall choose my next holiday destination by sticking a pin in a globe with my eyes tightly closed.

And create cake recipes with gin and whisky and rum and wine.

I shall not write lists any more. Making each day its own unfurling adventure instead.

Looking back on my life, I will smile and know that wine was the only thing keeping me sane.

I have travelled, volunteered and made amends for past grievances and realised that my hormones were mostly to blame.



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Friday, 30 September 2016

Lately...


Always be good to yourselfHello, my name is Izzie and it's been a couple of months since my last blog post.

I have no idea why writing has become more of a chore than a pleasure lately. Maybe it's my hormones, the weather, or generally feeling a bit 'meh' about writing.

Maybe I needed to take a break and write nothing at all.

Which is exactly what I've been doing all summer.

My daughters are all grown up and taking first steps into the world of adulthood and work. I suspect that they won't live anywhere near the place they called home. Their mum is fine with this. It's proof that they are heading off on their own adventures and that is exactly how it should be. 

What next for the blog and its author though?

Who knows?

Maybe it's time to shake things up a little and see where life takes me?

Watch this space.

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Friday, 25 March 2016

Home for Easter

Empty nest, parenting, EasterDaughter Olivia is on her way home as I write this post. Sophia is already here after we collected her from uni last weekend. Last Sunday was a very long day and this meant that we have been tired for most of the week. Not that we shared that with our daughter obviously. To our kids, we'll always be mum & dad and therefore capable of anything.

I anticipate chaos during the week ahead as we adapt to living together as a family of four all over again. Sophia will work on final pieces for her degree show in May; Olivia, on her dissertation. There will be mess and mayhem, laughter and tantrums as I try (and fail) to keep everything afloat.

I read a fabulous post from Suzanne over at Chickenruby earlier in the week. What Happens After Your Kids Leave Home? summed up rather beautifully what it's like to live without your children once they're all grown. It resonated well with thoughts about my own daughters.

It's taken a while to settle down, but since my daughters left home and went to university we've got used to sharing our home with a cat who thinks she's in charge. I juggle 2 part-time jobs. Keep the house going. Find time to read. Enjoy long soaks in the bath. Go out for leisurely breakfasts with my husband. Attend local music nights. Spend time with friends. And secretly enjoy my own company more than I ever thought possible.

Having to factor in the needs of four all over again comes as a shock. I sometimes wonder if I'm becoming selfish in my old age - but it's rather lovely to be able to do all those things I haven't had time for since becoming a mum. I love my daughters more than anything, but accept that they need to live their lives and enjoy their own space. When they left for university in 2013 I couldn't imagine life without them, but now, I love that my daughters are capable of being independent - it kind of validates your role as a parent doesn't it?

For now, I'm mum all over again. Cakes are baked, the freezer filled, cupboards stocked and Easter Eggs hidden. I anticipate the car never being on the drive, the house unravelling and not being able to find what ever I'm looking for. The laundry basket will overflow, plans change at the last minute and I'll be up to date with the latest chart music.

When they leave, I will miss their company and the laughter that fills the house when they are here. 

As both daughters finish university in June, I have to get used to sharing the house all over again. Sophia's off to the US for 3 months and plans on completing a TEFL course and heading off again after that. Olivia's home for the summer at least. Who knows what will happen next? She returns to uni early for work experience at a newspaper and is busy applying for jobs.

Whatever happens I'm exceptionally proud of my girls and all that they have achieved. But just like Mummy Pig in The Three Little Pigs, I know that it's time for my daughters to make their way in the world and believe that this is the ultimate goal any parent could possibly hope for.

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