Archive for September, 2011



I would like to dedicate this (brief) return to blogging to the most important woman in my (and at a guess my sisters’) life … Our mother!

Most of you who will end up reading this will know her either personally as Carole or online as @kala59 but to my sisters and I she is Mom. Not Ma, not Mammy or Mam as she tried years ago to train us to say, but Mom. No it isn’t an American twang version but the way people of West Kerry say it from the Irish pronunciation. She always wanted us to call her Mam like she calls her mother but I think she secretly likes the Mom now.

There are so many things my mother has done for us and others that make us very proud of her.

She has raised (with some help from Dad who she is still happily married to 28 years later 😉 ) three happy and well grounded girls. Growing up Mom was always firm but fair (though when at the receiving end of a wooden spoon I didn’t think so!). She raised her three girls in West Kerry away from her native Dublin and her family. I know I am biased but I am pretty sure she did a good job and that all three of us are fairly decent skins. We all made it on to third level education which is an achievement I think for both parents and children. She was there for all of us through tears and a lot of phone calls home to Mom and now two who have achieved honours degrees and another is half way there (and flying it). I don’t know how she personally put up with me during those four years! We have all since upped sticks and ironically moved to where she left over 30 years ago!

One of her most recent achievements was puppy walking a guide dog in training called Harry. She had Harry by her side for over a year and having to hand him back for intensive training in Cork when he turned one. Harry, the clumsy mutt is now an assistance dog for an autistic child in Dublin and no doubt changed a young family’s life. She is over half way through round two socialising and puppy walking Quinn who I am sure will make the grade as a guide/assistant dog when the time comes!
As I type this first draft there is soon to be a new achievement. She should be almost finished her first half marathon at 52 years young despite having arthritis in her knees! UPDATE She completed it in 3 hours 43 minutes and the knee held up thanks to her buddy Difeine! Good job Mom!
But what we are recently all so proud of Mom for is her weight loss this year and how effortless she has achieved it!

Back in January Mom decided both for herself and her joints it was time to shed a few pounds. She has been down this road before as we come from a long line of “healthy” looking girls-you can’t beat genetics! She was inspired this time by Anjee Busby (@anjeebaby) who has lost a phenomenal amount of weight and looks amazing to join Slimming World. All by herself using their online resources (from the woman who couldnt use a laptop in her 40’s!) she has lost over two stone since the beginning of the year! She has gone from a size 20 to a slim 14! At the age of 51 she purchased her first pair of skinny jeans, something her daughter half her age is envious of having inherited her Grandfather’s chunky thighs! She is even starting to borrow some items and in some cases “borrow on a full term basis” from her daughters! Not only has Mom lost all this weight but she is maintaining it and still enjoying her glass (bottle!) of wine and just a few vodka and tonics 😉


Before ... January 2011


After ... July 2011

Now with her new svelt figure she is starting to dress in brighter more fitted clothing! Gone are the long flowing, shapeless tunics and in are the waist hugging shorter tops and SKINNY jeans! She is beginning, with some coaxing to stop standing behind everyone in photos with just her head poking out! The only pity with all this weight loss is that she hasn’t had a sun holiday to show off her new curves and maybe not hide behind a sarong like she used to do! All the old swimsuits will need to be burned before her next holiday and we may hide the sarongs!

Jenny, Mom, Me and Louise

Jenny, Mom, Me and Louise

Louise Jenny and I really are so proud of what you have done. To us you were always beautiful but now you are happier in that beauty and more importantly healthier! Because of all of the above and as a thank you for everything you have ever done and still would do for us we are bringing you to the Marina Suites in Gran Canaria for a week in January! All four of us are going and we managed to “twist” Lorraine and Nana’s arms into joining us for the week too! It is all booked so I hope your new boss gives you the time off!!

So roll on January 26th and alot of shopping in between!

PS We Love You Mom



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