Author, Barbara Studham

Creator of memoir, fiction, and the children's picture book, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Seventy years of age, and still going!

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Happy Birthday to me!

I am 70 today! I can’t believe I made it to 70, especially after all the emotional junk life emptied on me. But, here I am, still standing, and looking forward to my bonus years. Whatever time is left me is surplus, so I am curious as to what life will bring my way. Today, I decided, for the first time in my life, to keep a journal of my special days.Within an hour, my car of six months broke down, so the first record in my journal contained a few choice words. Oh well, that’s life. And I hope I have a lot more to come.

Good stuff also happened. As my journal is an open book, take a read and discover how a bonus day looks. Sorry, you won’t find any obligations there, as I’m no longer expected to work, jog, or be nice. I can say “NO” if I don’t want to babysit someone’s kids, I can say “cook it yourself” if I’m not in the mood to make supper, and if I am feeling really lazy I can let the dog poo in the back yard instead of walking him at the park. Wow, bonus years are great!

First page of my journal

Oh, I forgot to mention the silly cartoon I created.

Author: whereasi

For over twenty years, I have parented four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: a disorder caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Please read of our family struggles and challenges at My two ebook memoirs available on Amazon titled: Two Decades Of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, describe the struggles my grandchildren and I experienced during their youth and teenage years. I have also written fiction, including a six-book English seaside series, titled, Under the Shanklin sky. I am now embarking on a new adventure creating children's picture books, designed specifically with kids with FAS in mind. The two main characters of the book are Strawberry & Cracker, twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The first titled The School Day focuses on the special supports the twins need at school for a successful outcome. The book is due out in the fall of 2017, to be followed by more in the series, all focused on the daily challenges faced by children with FAS. For more info, see my author blog at

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