Five Star Treatment – Meno-What? A Memoir by D.G. Kaye

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I read and reviewed this book BEFORE tracking down the author’s blog – just in case anyone’s watching. Seriously though – this book is hilarious, and written so cleverly that it literally had me laughing out loud enough to attract attention, while at the same time demystifying the whole process – like having a hair with serious attitude grow on your chin at the exact same time one pops out of your cranium. Ten stars from me!

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As we go into the summer months I am going to be selecting books for the series as well as asking you to contribute your own books or those of authors you would like to recommend.  There are now over 50 books in the series all with 5 star reviews and covering a very diverse range of subjects.. The link is at the bottom of the post.

It is safe to say that any woman who has reached 50 is in the middle of one of the most natural but often challenging transformations of a human body.  There is life after menopause and in fact there are countless advantages but during the process as hormones fluctuate up and down like a rollercoaster, physically, mentally and emotionally we also take the ride of our lives and usually drag hapless husbands and family members along with us!!

Ten years on for me…

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Saturday Round Up – How to escape Crocs, Cats on Ipads and The Hills are Alive!

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Happy July 4th to my American friends and I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. I am sure that you will be far too busy to be reading blog posts so enjoy..

 fourth of july

On with the review of the week.

As we get into summer and we focus on getting the house sold I will be making some changes to the schedule to leave the weekends more flexible for visitors and viewings.

Also everyone is much busier at the weekends will less time to read blog posts so I wanted to move William Price King to the Wednesday music slot instead of Saturday mornings.

I will schedule the Memories are Made of this series into Friday mornings and the health blogs and other regular posts will stay the same.

The Sunday Show will also go on hiatus from the weekend after next and I am…

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THE OWL LADY SAYS: Mark Your Calendars! The Sunshine Book Show Celebration is Coming ******** And check out my Rafflecopter!

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Here is a line-up of the authors who will be there to share their work
and answer you questions.

Prizes will be given out, too!



Let’s Party!

I have also started a Rafflecopter giveaway
for a $10 Amazon Gift Card
and an autographed copy of “The Owl of the Sipan Lord”:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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I’ve been TAGGED…

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Our Story in the limelight :D :D :D

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Ana from Anaslair tagged me in a challenge


1. How long have you been a blogger?

Since 4th April 2013

2. At what point do you think you will stop?

When I’m no longer enjoying it – which considering the great folks I’ve ‘met’ since starting, may mean NEVER :D

3. What is the best thing?

I can not only introduce great authors (new and seasoned) to everyone I’m connected to online, but I can also inject some of my other interests into the posts as well, like music, art and humour.

But the BEST thing about blogging is that I can ‘converse’ with people from all over the world – something I enjoy and miss since I retired from traveling and working outside of the UK.

4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

Not having enough time to read everyone’s blog…

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I,Asimov Quote Day

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In 1977 I wrote my autobiography.  Since I was dealing with my favourite subject I wrote at length and ended up with 640000 words
Day two of my quote challenge.  Yes, I know that the first one was ages ago.  I’m going to go with another favourite author – Isaac Asimov.  I’ve put a comma instead of a full-stop between I and Asimov by mistake in the image here, and I’m not in the mood to make it again.  So.  Apologies to IA.
Being the memoir junkie that I am, I’ve got rather a large collection of them on my Kindle, mostly by authors, but also others by people I find generally interesting.  I.Asimov is a pretty massive book, and so far I’ve been chapter hopping the titles that have been grabbing my interest, rather than reading it straight through.  He’s jolly lucky that he’s not being paid for pages read.   From a writer’s point of view as well as a fan’s point of view I’m finding it rather fabulous.  He doesn’t at all see any point in being humble in areas of his life that are about his genius, because that’s what he is, but he’s far from being a narcissist.  Ahem.
“Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do – I. Asimov”
He’s hilariously humble about other aspects of his life and personality though, and the bits about his fear of flying and fear of heights really resonates.
As far as I’m concerned, I get the biggest adrenalin rush when a plane takes off – I really do love that feeling of speed and power zooming up into the sky, but you can keep all the rest of the flying malarchy, especially the rottenest bit – THE LANDING.  All not things I’m fond of at all unless couraged up with copious amounts of wine, which is fodder for a whole other true story.  But the heights thing—.  No indeed.  I remember on an outing when I was little, the way some adults reckon that they can just jolly you through your fear, a friend’s mother managed to force me onto a narrow set of stairs between two high buildings.  I got to the middle and looked down.  And down, and down.  I very carefully lay down flat on my face, and ended up losing a fingernail during the following hour of various people trying to pry me loose and carry me to the other side.  Even looking at pictures of heights freaks me out, so just sharing this one has me trying to hold on to the floor with my toes.
 Person of a high mountain ledge
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Here’s a few other little gems from the book:
“Believe me, I’m an acrophobe – I. Asimov”  (I hear you Isaac – me too)
“The instant the roller coaster topped the first and highest rise and began to swoop downward, I reacted like an acrophobe.  I screamed in terror and I hung on desperately to my date, who sat there stolid and unmoved.  I got out of the roller coaster half dead, and if I had been older and had had a less youthful heart, I’m certain it would have killed me.  I. Asimov”
“As the workman staggered back, I reacted like an acrophobe, emitting an unearthly scream. I. Asimov”

Believe it or not – Alleged fixes for itchy throat, ice-cream headache and a stitch.

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Some out of the box tips from Sal today. :D

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These were passed to me several years ago and I can confirm that the first one to help an itchy throat does indeed work.. Also the party trick at the end is one to baffle your friends and family.. magic!!

How to cure a tickling throat – dig into that ear

When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm,” says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty centre in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. “This spasm relieves the tickle.” You can use an ear bud but do be careful about pushing too far into the ear and causing damage. Just enough to cause a cough reflex.

How to cure a toothache

Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found…

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