Author Archives: Jeanie McBain

About Jeanie McBain

Hello, I am a retired freelance journalist who has a passion for writing. I am married with three grown up children and three wonderful grandchildren. I am now enjoying life as a senior citizen.

It’s time for the chop

I think it is finally time to have my hair cut short now.  Anyone who know me has seen me with long hair for most of my life.  However, it’s time for it to go.

I will post a picture once it has been done, which will be this week sometime, inbetween other appointments.  Here are some styles I have been looking at.  I wonder which one I will choose.  Oooooh reinvention time. lol

If I don’t look like these models I will want to know why.   LOL


Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Jeanie's World


Welcome to my world

Welcome to my world

Hello and welcome to my world.

Since retiring this year I have been trying to keep myself busy.  I was at a loss for a while and continued to stick with my regular hobbies. Although I enjoy them they were not new for me and life began to feel a bit on the mundane side.  Knitting, sewing, trying new recipes and a bit of gardening  were the things to stop me getting bored.  However much I enjoy doing these hobbies, they are not enough for me.

I needed something to challenge me and I thought of creating a You Tube channel.  Of course I knew very little about it and I began to investigate it. This was the side of social media  that I have never thought of trying out, the creative side I mean.   I think you may have guest by now….. I have decided to go ahead with this venture and jump into the world of You Tube.  The channel is more or less set up just waiting for my first entry to be uploaded.  I am not rushing it, but, I hope to have it launched by the end of June this year.

I have plans in place and I am getting plenty of practice in so I hope that you will all join me in my new venture.

Grannies can do more than you think, they can become You Tubers too, but, without the skate boards!! Or maybe not.

Keep popping back for further information and thank you for your support.

Here we go……..POW



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Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Jeanie's World


News – Latest Book

Thank you for the emails regarding my long awaited horror novel.  I am glad to say that it is progressing nicely and will be completed by the end of the year. printable_blank_book_cover_template The book has been a long time coming but I am finally getting the chance to spend more time on its production.

Many of you have been asking about my Wallace series of short stories for children.  I am planning these for early in the new year.   The Rainbow land series will also be scheduled for next year and there will be more information regarding this when my writing schedule is completed.

Receiving emails from you has been very encouraging and I thank you for giving me the inspiration to continue with my writing.  I am sorry that I could not reply to individual emails, there was quite a few :).   But I will continue to post updates here to keep you informed.

You may share the stories from this blog, all that I ask is that you leave a comment here to let me know and add a link to this site for me.

Please keep the emails coming your support is very much appreciated.

Best Wishes


PS:  Janice B, the post Bubbles is a figment of my imagination, it didn’t really happen.  The place is familiar because the setting I used is a place where I once lived.

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Posted by on June 10, 2014 in General


Jeanie Says


excellent sunset

Live and love as though there is no tomorrow, for the long darkness will come to us  all one day.


Smile it’s a new day. 🙂

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Posted by on May 21, 2014 in General


A Poem By Euphemia Connor

excellent sunset

In The Brightness of Tomorrow

“It’s a road we must all travel, as we journey through our life

When the flag of time unfurrels at the end of all our strife

Then the road runs smooth and wide

Sunshine days seem endless, like an ever-flowing tide

But the road gets tougher and our trouble hard to bear

Till we meet a loving partner our burdens to gladly share

In the evening of life’s story when we view the way ahead

Some regrets of never doing, and words that are left unsaid

Tears and gladness flow together, in a never-ending stream

Always there is laughter in the magic of our dreams

When at last we see the sunset, in the twilight of our years

Yet the sunset lifts our spirits as we near the vale of tears

In the brightness of tomorrow, hope of happier days ahead

In the brightness of tomorrow, and a joyful road instead”

Ma Connor

Euphemia Connor

19th July 1937—27th  February 2014

Euphemia Connor wrote these words in the last days of her life to bring comfort to her family.  We understood what she was telling us.  This fine lady will be sadly missed by all who new her.  May you rest in peace Ma Connor.

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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in General, Poetry


Rabbie Burns 25th January 1759 – 21st July 1796

On the 25th January 1759 in the village of Alloway, William Burns and Agnes Brown welcomed their newly born son Robert (Rabbie) Burns into the world.  They had no way of knowing that this baby boy would end up as one of the worlds most famous poets.

Robert had a passion for nature and women and the first song he wrote was for Nellie Kilpatrick it was called  Handsome Nell.  This was the beginning of a life long writing career for the young poet, but he still had a long way to go before fame would find him.


Throughout his life Robert fell in and out of love and soon gained a reputation for his love of women. Nowadays, he would be called a womaniser or some other such title.  But in those days he was a scoundrel, a young man having fun and by all accounts women adored him.

Robert wrote many love poems but they weren’t all he wrote about.  His love of nature gave him inspiration to write about almost anything he bore witness to and his famous To a mouse is a prime example of that.

Scotland was his home and Robert wrote some memorable songs which show off his patriotism.  Scots Wha Hae is perhaps one of the most famous patriotic songs that he has written.  Today the song still has the ability to arouse patriotism in many a Scot.

Burns wrote about loves, people, places nature and his country and centuries after his death his works are still loved around the world.  Celebrations are held all over the world to mark the anniversary of his birth and to immortalise his work.

Many a burns night is held with men only at the celebrations, which is quite ridiculous, because Robert Burns would have enjoyed the company of women during such celebrations, I am sure of that.  However, the celebrations are done in grand style with a meal, (traditionally with haggis and turnip), singing and readings of the bard’s work.  The haggis is brought into the proceedings accompanied by the sound of bagpipes and the bard’s Ode to a haggis is recited.

Many centuries have passed since Robert Burns walked the earth and wrote his songs and poetry and yet here in the 21st century people are still enthralled and inspired by his works.   Amazing!

You can read the works of Robert Burns Here .

Scots Wha Hae

Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled
Scots, wham Bruce has aftimes led
Welcome tae your gory bed
Or to victorie

Now’s the day and now’s the hour
See the front o’ battle lour
See approach proud Edward’s power
Chains and slaverie

Wha wad be a traitor-knave?
Wha wad fill a coward’s grave?
Wha sae base as be a slave?
Let him turn and flee

Wha for Scotland’s king and law
Freedom’s sword will strongly draw
Free-man stand, or free-man fa’
Let him follow me

By oppression’s woes and pains
By our sons in servile chains
We will drain our dearest veins
But we shall be free

Lay the proud usurpers low
Tyrants fall in every foe
Liberty’s in every blow
Let us do or dee

Robert Burns

Happy Birthday Rabbie Burns.

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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in General


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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in General


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