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This is Blog of a Mad Black Woman!!

Blog of a Mad Black Woman

A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realise how blessed you are.


Have a blessed day all. ❤

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Depression – “Was A Sunny Day”

This is Being Lydia!!


I love Paul Simon’s music. While this particular song has no connection to what I am going to be talking about, the title is a great way to start.

Today is a nice sunny day. It is still a little cold, but I love brisk sunny days. It is supposed to get even colder tonight.

So, why the category of depression? It is ironic that I worked for almost 2 weeks on promoting awareness about mental illness and directly after I go into a medium depression. Or maybe it isn’t.

I have been housebound for most of the winter, I have been fighting chest, sinus, and other infections and have been going through many very harsh pain flares. And even though the work on the awareness was not strenuous but a labor of love, it did take a bit of a toll on me as well.

Reading the stories of women…

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Where are You Going? Here’s to Strong Women

This is Second Wind Leisure Perspectives!!

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.

With all the turmoil and sickness plaguing us these last few weeks, I want to take a moment to celebrate my daughters’ January birthdays.

If we were having coffee today, I would invite you in for a hot beverage of your choice (coffee’s ready!) and perhaps some virtual birthday cake.

Today is my oldest daughter’s 32nd birthday. My younger daughter turned 29 on the 21st. They spent many of their childhood and teen birthdays with just me, when I was a single mom raising them with little financial help.

There is something about our children’s birthdays that incites reflection.

Two years ago I wrote a reflective piece when my oldest turned 30, a milestone birthday for the both of us. Here is that post, Where are You Going, My Little Ones.

Through the grace of God, some luck and sheer grit, I raised these incredible women to be strong and…

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Spicy Rice Noodle Salad

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I love simple recipes and this one is as simple as it gets. Packed with flavor and it’s one you can make ahead and go about your day.


  • 1 pkg of Rice or Soba Noodles
  • 2 stalks of Celery chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Carrots
  • 1 cup shredded Green Cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded Red Cabbage
  • 1 cup of shredded or finely chopped Jicama
  • 1 1/2 cups of Zucchini
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Bell pepper
  • 1 Habanero pepper
  • 3 T Sriracha sauce
  • 1 T Thai Pepper Paste
  • 3 T Soy Sauce
  • 3 T Oyster Sauce
  • 2 tsp. Sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh grated Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh grated Turmeric
  • Juice of 1 lime or 1 T Vinegar
  • 2 to 3 T Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 C sliced Green Onion
  • Fresh Cilantro or Basil
  • Crushed peanuts, pine nuts, almond…

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Waving Good-bye to High Heels

Introducing Tripping Through Treacle!!

Tripping Through Treacle

I don’t normally post about fashion – I am not a great one for following the trends and I am happiest sitting around in my comfies and fluffy bathrobe. But, occasionally, I like to get dressed up and make an effort, especially for special occasions, such as New Years Eve 2016.  I bought myself an out-of-my-comfort-zone new black lace top, which I love, went dark with the eye make-up (‘why are your eyes so black, Mummy?’) and went to a house party to celebrate the dawning of the new year.

And this is where this post comes in.  Whilst there, I couldn’t take my eyes off my friend’s gorgeous, sparkly, silver high heels.  She looked amazing, swanning around her kitchen in the perfect mix of casual (jeans) with glam.  And I was so jealous.  Anyone who knows me may be surprised.  I am of the cherry-red Doc Martins…

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Winter Lookbook 2016

This is One More Shot Please!!


I spent days filming and editing this so I hope you all enjoy it. Let me know what you think! Please give it a thumbs up, share, and subscribe.

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Confessions of a fraud – Single Girls Rock

I. Am. A. Fraud. Wanna know what makes me one? When people ask me how my new job is going my response is “great”! It’s okay, I took it because my previous job made me mentally lazy and I needed…

Source: Confessions of a fraud – Single Girls Rock



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I left off last time in northern Thailand at the top of the hill at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. I’ve just noticed on the notes that visitors can climb the 309 steps for free…