About me

I have been writing poetry and stories since I was a child, and a love of reading was instilled in me from an early age. I am passionate about writing, and hope you enjoy the books I have written. Whilst most of you sleep soundly in your beds, like many Parkinson’s patients, insomnia dictates, so during those hours that sleep eludes me, the house is tranquil and quiet, an atmosphere perfect to immerse myself in writing. My life has been a series of strange events, which have without doubt contributed to my creativity. To publish anything is to bear one’s soul to the world. It is to stand naked and let everyone see who you really are. I have poured my heart and soul out on paper and I hope to share this journey, immersing you in a story, capturing your attention and firing the imagination. Through my writing and public speaking I hope to bring greater awareness to the general public about living with chronic disease.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Entertaining Parkie style

As hard as it is entertaining, making a meal for family or friends, is very important to keep up one's social life, both for myself and my husband. If I stopped inviting people over, we would soon find ourselves isolated, living like a recluse castaway on a desert island, an unhealthy scenario for anyone. I still love to cook and try to plan meals ahead of time when I know we're having company, making meals that can be prepared in advance with as little fuss as possible. I hate preservatives, food colourings or additives, and try to use pure healthy fresh ingredients wherever possible.
We had friends over the other night, and a little before they arrived, I realised I had made the exact same meal for them on their previous visit, so felt a little embarrassed. They must think I only know how to make quiches, salads and chocolate cake, or that my memory is failing! Let me assure you that it is neither. My repertoire in the kitchen extends much further than this simple meal, and my mind thankfully is as sharp as a tack, so all I can do is blame it on Parkinson's. After all, what's the point in having Parkinson's if you can't pass the blame on? It's like having one's own private scapegoat in the house!
Despite the repeated menu, we had a delightful evening and thoroughly enjoyed our guests company and the chance to entertain them in our home. Finding I get very tired in the late afternoon and early evening, mornings or lunch times are normally when I'm at  my best. So breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea is usually the best time to entertain. However, when people are working, this isn't always possible, so one has to remain flexible. 

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