Monday, 29 February 2016

I've lost 12 bags of sugar

Eight weeks
On a healthier plan
Doing OK

No white sugar
Lots more vegetables
Fish, water, fruit

Energy is up
But no changes in pain
Not yet anyway

And it's easy
Never going back to

Or dairy
Those things were
Killing me

Eight weeks in
I'm quite adjusted
Habits changed

No cravings
Making healthy choices
As much as I can

Today, scales say
Lost over twelve bags
Of sugar, cool!

Treasured Moments Linky

In February 2015, four months after I lost most of my eye sight,
I wrote a poem which flowed from the soul.
It made me realise how important it is to treasure the special moments in life.

That is how the #TreasuredMoments linky started.

Today the prompt, if you choose to use it, is Love.
After all what better theme for great moments.

Come and link up your #TreasuredMoments blog post 
and meet others who are treasuring every moment they can.

MS Calling

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Eight years #TreasuredMoments #micropoetry #haiku

Eight years
In a blink of an eye

Into preschool happily
Great memory

Great memory
Reminds me to trust

Changes in our lives

This weekend whilst
She's on cub camp

She's on cub camp
Never would have thought
I'll encourage

I'll encourage
Every new experience
She can seize

She can seize
Life and make it hers

I'll be cheering her on
Love her

Love her
Even more every day
No limits


This is linked up at #TreasuredMoments

Friday, 26 February 2016

Blindness Blessings #poetry #micropoetry #diets #beauty #advertising

Blessings everywhere
You just have to look for them
Even when blind

Adverts can annoy 
Especially diet ones
Sucking us in

Size 16 is not
Really overweight
Get perspective

And fashion ads
Weird definitions
Of beauty

It's a devils dance
Selling the impossible
For majority

But now I'm blind
They can't touch me the same
Self esteem increase

Yes, that's right
I feel better about me
Now I can't see

I am celebrating the #TreasuredMoments in life
and would love you to link up your posts about times you don't ever want to forget each week.

Linked up at:

How to pin an important post on blogger #blog #howto #poetry

I don't know about you, but I'm often forgetting the things I used to know about blogger.  Today one of the things I had to relearn was how to pin an important post to the top of my blog.  After a load of mistaken clicks and failures I thought I'd share how to do it; both so I can find it when I need it again and because I can't be the only one who doesn't remember how.

Why pin a post?
I decided it would be good to have my "TreasuredMoments linky post as the first one seen; making it easier for people to find when they land at MS Calling.  You might have a post about why you blog, or an update on something going on for you, or perhaps a sponsored post which you'd like to have higher profile.

How to pin a post?
1. Go to the dashboard for your blog on Blogger.
This is where you go to approve comments or edit posts or see blog stats
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2. Select Posts and find the blog post you would like to pin
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3. Select Edit on the blog post you want to pin
You might need to hover your mouse over the post title to show the edit link
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4. Select Published Date
This is within Post Settings on the right side of the screen
See below
5. Choose the Date to the last date you wish the post to be pinned
This doesn't immediately make logical sense
But believe me, it is the way it works
I have selected the day before the next "TreasuredMoments linky goes live
See below

6. Click Done below the calendar
This will confirm the date you have chosen

7. Click Update at the top of the page
The post of your choice will now be pinned to the top of your blog until the date you selected

Seven easy steps
One post pinned
At the top of your blog
Easy as pie
I hope that's helped
Bye for Now

Remember to spot your #TreasuredMoments and share every week at

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Wokingham BC Young Carers Failure #haiku #MSWarrior #Blind

Hi there
We're looking for help
For our girl

She helps me out
Every single day, in
Many ways

We're hoping
You can give her time
And some fun

Looking forward
To hearing from you

But no
That's not working
No response

Email bounce
From the address online
No help at all

Thanks a lot
From us and our girl
Council fail!


I must update
Since I wrote this poem
They've been in touch

And come to see
Me and my girl and
Voila, help

No more fail
Now we have success

Fan the flames #mspoetry #haiku #micropoetry

Cat sat
On trampoline
Lady and Tramp

Lady and Tramp
That cat's no lady
Fan the flames

Fan the flames
We caught you out
Cheeky cat

Cheeky cat
Bouncing around
Then still

Then still
When we try to video
Cat sat

Link up your #TreasuredMoments at

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Curvaceous #MSPoetry #micropoetry #haiku

Beating rapidly

Waddling awkwardly
That's me

Time #haikuchallenge @baffled #mswarrior #spoonie #micropoetry

Sliver of Time
Before Energy Decline
Body of Mine

This was inspired by the prompt by @baffled
Can you guess which word was the prompt?

Do you take photos or write poems to remind yourself of those special times?
Come and link up with your #TreasuredMoments

Frozen #writtenriver #haiku #micropoetry #chronicpain #fatigue #spoonies

Sudden Storm
caught unawares

no more steps possible
Sudden Storm

Art by Mary C Farrenkopf
Do you take photos or write poems to remind yourself of those special times?
Come and link up with your #TreasuredMoments

Spill #haiku #micropoetry @V0Ella @v0etry

Blind and wobbly
Always spilling my load
All over the place

Do you take photos or write poems to remind yourself of those special times?
Come and link up with your #TreasuredMoments

Affinity #sensewrds #micropoetry #haiku

Not forever, that's

Do you take photos or write poems to remind yourself of those special times?
Come and link up with your #TreasuredMoments

Salt Garden #botaiku #haiku
Salt garden
Growing without life
Crystal clear

Do you take photos or write poems to remind yourself of those special times?
Come and link up with your #TreasuredMoments

Treasure every moment #poetry #blind #love #treasuredmoments #photo

Treasure every moment
Every little thing
Every sight you see
Every word you sing
One day
Far away
It will be
Just a memory
To recall
And re-see

Treasure every beautiful thing
Every bird in the tree
Every flower in bloom
Every joy you see
You might
One day
Loose sight
And then that
So important
It will be

L.O.V.E #40acts #lent #haiku #micropoetry #pointshoot

Love means a lot of different things to different people. It might look like hanging up the bathroom towels after you use them, instead of leaving them on the floor. It might look like a special surprise. It might look like a day spent in someone's company. It might just be a pat on the back and a smile. But each of us is built to give and receive love. It's a basic need. So give it to someone today.

Today means being
Really silly

Really silly
Getting Dressed Silently 
Dad surprise

Dad surprise
Make Rachel giggle

My girl, such beauty
And smart

And smart
Means more to me than

Means less than hard working
That she is

That she is
At everything she tries

This post of haiku is linked up at

Cuppa #micropoetry #haiku #snaphappybritmums #mswarrior

Here's my cuppa
Not quite what you thought?
Healthy start

Healthy start
Full of vitamins
Sets me up

Sets me up
Gets me set for the day
That's my cuppa


I haven't really blogged about my dietary changes for ages, mainly because they don't feel like changes any more, they're just life. 

It's going well and I've gained energy and lost weight which is all good.

I've tried a bit of gluten and it doesn't seem to make any difference to my pain or other MS symptoms. But dairy, on the other hand, is definitely a factor.  After a slurp of milk I suffered for three days. So bye bye dairy.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Thursday, 18 February 2016

8am #snaphappybritmums

His patience has gone

Meow meow
Come on, get out of bed
Give me water

Family #snaphappybritmums

This is our life
Family no matter what

New #snaphappybritmums

Toy I remember
Now Rachel has one too
Creative fun

Spots #snaphappybritmums

Only you mum
No matter how ill you are
I love you

This is a haiku of a beautiful thing Rachel said to me as she gave me this love heart.  I've printed this photo to remind me not to be so hard on myself as I struggle with coming to terms with all my health changes.  This is a spot of joy which I'll be holding onto.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Fighting for our kids futures #youngmindsmatter

HRH Duchess of Cambridge this morning launched the #youngmindsmatter as guest editor of The Huff Post UK.  I was inspired to write haiku poems for over 20 of the articles which were released and tweeted them through the morning.

If you'd like to read them then please visit LLM Calling to read my thoughts about kids and their mental health.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

RonovanWrites #HaikuChallenge #84

Glass and half milk
Mix with love until smooth
Which Chocolate?

This week the Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge reached 
#84 with the words Milk and Smooth

Monday, 15 February 2016

Gluten, dairy & sugar free brownies #friends #poetry

This is a little story
About friendship ultimate
This friend knew my love of cake
But understood my need for health
She saw that I was trying
To be oh so very good
And she went above
And beyond
To do the best
She could
To make me cake
My diet plan was stringent
No dairy or gluten at all
No sugar, except maple or honey
No sweetener, not even small
She scoured all over the internet
No corner left unsearched
And she found a promising recipe
But it ended up tasting like earth
Did she give up trying
No, she wouldn't give in
She found another recipe
Which also went in the bin
But on her third attempt
By which point any one else would have stopped
She found a complete success
And look at what I got
Brownies oh so yummy
Soft and gooey too
I never guessed what they're made of
And I bet you won't do too
Black beans, yes black beans
And maple syrup to be sweet
Cocoa powder for chocolate
And oats go in the mix
A few other small ingredients
But what really goes beyond
Is the chocolate chips from America
Of my friend I'm very fond
This is a little story
About friendship so complete
She made me these yummy brownies
Because she's so fabulously sweet.

This post is linked at:
Family Fever

On the buses #micropoetry #selfie #haiku

Bus selfie
Had lots of fun in town
Homeward bound


On the buses
With disability card
Friendly drivers


Rach and me
Spending pocket money
Quite a haul


Folding scooter
Confidence restored
No failure


With my girl
A fabulous guide
What a team

Eyes wide #micropoetry #haiku

To life with a blind mum
Make it a game

Out shopping
Who's really in charge


School letters
Trust her to be honest
Proud of her


But also now young


Guide dog
Pray I'll be selected
Release her

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Not butter #haikuwordgame #MSWarrior

"Not butter
Dairy is a dirty word!"
I steamed

This haiku, based on real life with my overcoming MS eating plan, is in response to the haikuwordgame which provided the words:

Every day new with MS #micropoetry #haiku #mswarriors

MS symptoms
Multiply then wane
Every day new

Blogged in response to the haiku challenge by @baffled

Micropoetry for #juniordoctors #juniorcontract #medicalvalentines

Last night I was checking Twitter before bed and saw lots of poems with the following hashtags:


Well what better wind down activity could there be before bed than writing a few of my own knowing that it might add to their campaign. 

Junior Doctors, these are for you.  I'm behind you 100% for all you do to keep the NHS going so we all have access to free health care at the point of treatment.

Roses are red
Doctors are blue
They're not valued by Tories
But are, by me and you

Roses are red
Jeremy Hunt's blue
Junior doctors would treat him
They deserve a thank you

Rashes are red
Asphyxia is blue
We know that you'll be there
We're so grateful to you

When I'm bleeding red
What else would I do
Than go to A&E
Get stitched up by you

Heart #valentines#snaphappybritmums@BritMums #micropoetry

Heart full up
Giving gifts, time and love


Today, at church
We celebrated a baptism
Remembering God loves us
And how we are invited
To love Him
Love others
Love the world
Love ourselves


Love is the truth
Of Valentines Day
And every day

I've also penned poems about Valentines day at LLM Calling

This photo shows some of the amazing gifts I received today.
Mike gave me a lovely big squashy .... Teddy!  And a speaker pillow so I can listen to my audio book in bed without getting sore ears.

Rachel made me two cards, one inspired by the Blue Peter make this week which turns and turns and turns.

And I got them photo frames each and... A trip to see the Moscow state circus next month.  They are thrilled.

Linked up at
My Random Musings

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Saturday Chillaxing #snaphappybritmums #spoonie

Golden hair
Invisible to me
On orange


Resting is becoming


I'm on one sofa
Mike's on the other
Rachel lies on beanbags
Tommy finds a comfy corner

ZigZag #haiku #nahaiwrimo #mswarrior #notdrunk #micropoetry

Written in response to the National Haiku Writing Month prompt for February 13: ZIGZAG.

precariously balanced
not drunk

Anyone who has seen me walking on an average day will know exactly what I'm talking about.  This is one of the main reasons I use my walking stick, so if I loose my balance I don't fall over, although the stick hasn't managed to save me on a number of occasions.

How MS makes us stronger - a video campaign #vlog #mswarrior

For MS Awareness Month in March 2016; Kate at in collaboration with Heather at MS Awareness Videos are collected videos from people all over the world living with MS. Those of us joining in are answering the question

"How has living with MS made you stronger?"

Well I'm still working that out, day by day, one day at a time.
But here are my thoughts for today

This is going to be an amazing video to raise awarness about MS and what it really looks like.

Fast #nahaiwrimo #haiku #micropoetry #mswarrior #spoonie

I may not be, but
Snails move faster
We're waiting

Image from:
Attacking me
All over

All used up

Stronger Together

Inspired by the prompt at