Ill-Fated Road Trips, A Crisis, A Resignation & An Anniversary!

I thought it was time that I touched base with you all. Quite a lot has been going on in my life, but not much here on my blog recently.

So, to fill you all in, our much longed-for road trip had to be cancelled at the last minute, we then had several transatlantic phone calls with our adult children trying to sort out a crisis at home, and I finally gave in to anxiety and quit my job of 20 years!

Read on to find out what happened and see what’s coming up on the blog soon.

photo of a road in palm springs that has collapsed
The aftermath of Palm Springs’ floods


This winter, we had planned our most adventurous road trip yet – 4 states in one week, California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada.

We knew that it was going to be colder than normal, but arrived in LA and drove to Palm Springs in torrential rain – I don’t think we’d ever seen rain in California before! There were rivers instead of roads and many roads were actually closed. It certainly made for an interesting journey!

The wind really howled that night, but the next day there were bright blue skies and we enjoyed an early morning walk in the desert. We witnessed some of the local damage from the previous night’s storms. Roads had just collapsed. It was quite something to see.

After brunch, we headed off to Arizona where we spent a lovely couple of days.

Little did we know that freak snow storms were about to hit, meaning that we would have to cancel the rest of our trip and return to California.  I will go into more detail about our travel disaster in a new post about our road trip to and from Lake Havasu.

san diego skyscrapper skyline from across the water
San Diego

Sure we were disappointed, but we settled in San Diego and made the best of a bad lot. We got to see the shipwreck at Coronado, whales swimming really close to the shore on two occasions and an osprey and flock of pelicans diving for fish. (watch video).

Then our next “situation” occurred. We got a message from our adult children back home. “Nothing urgent but can you call us!”

The nothing urgent was a leak from the shower sending water flowing into the room below. We then spent many hours on the phone trying to sort it out with them.  Between us we got a plumber in so they could at least have the utilities back on and said that we’d sort out the damage and repair on our return.

TOP TIP: Always leave the number for a handyman or emergency plumber, and your insurance details to hand if you are going away and leaving others at home!

Still, we had a fabulous time.   And on the plus side, it means we have a great excuse to go back.

Oh yes, and I decided to hand in my resignation at work too!


My blog has really had to take a back seat because of all this, although I have been doing lots of behind the scenes maintenance.  I will be seeking out more freelance writing work soon, but I have lots of new blog posts in the pipeline:


silver vintage microphone with text musical features and interviews at Tea & Cake for the Soul

I have a great interview coming very soon with musician Jonny Bowler.  I caught up with him whilst we were in the States. He’s about to start a residency in Las Vegas, so we talk about that and his musical career to date.

I have a list as long as my arm of other people who want to be interviewed for my musical features, so I’m looking forward to that.

AND many years ago, back in the Myspace days, I published my scooter rally and musical memoires from the 1980s and beyond. It was kind of like a mini ebook. I plan to update that and republish it here on Tea and Cake for the Soul for my email subscribers in the not too distant future.


open road through the desert with red mountains in the background and clear blue sky - road trip USA
Road Trip USA

My next travel post will be about our road trip from Palm Springs to Lake Havasu then on to San Diego. We travelled there especially for a music festival and to go on the Bluewater Jetboat Tour of Topock Gorge.

Rather than going on the fastest roads, we tend to take the long route with lots of cool things to see along the way. I will share our hotel and and activity reviews showing some cool things to do in Lake Havasu. This will be published shortly.

I have many more travel articles to tell throughout the year, including lots of free things to do in San Diego and Los Angeles, and I will be updating my post about the Basingstoke Canal as we explore more stretches of it.

green lagoon water surrounded by red rock mountains for topock gorge bluewater jetboat tour lake havasu
Topock Gorge Lake Havasu – Bluewater Jetboat Tours


I’ve got some environmental tips, a couple of health posts and will be sure to share any recommendations of books that I enjoy.

I will be telling my story about why I quit my job of 20 years due to menopause related anxiety. Having talked about it with others, it seems that I am far from alone and it is a huge problem for many ladies in their 40s and 50s. I will also be telling you what I plan to do instead.

A blue and white circular wordpress logo with text to celebrate a 4 year blog anniversary


As it happens, this month marks my fourth anniversary of blogging.

Those of you who have been here from the start know that I set this blog up to give tips for planning a road trip holiday in the USA and to give hope for those suffering from mental illness.

As the years have passed, I’ve committed the ultimate blog faux pas of not sticking to a niche at all, but I do believe that you should write where your passions lie.

As well as health and USA travel, I now write about many subjects including music, money-saving, household tips, eco issues, UK travel, books, recipes and kindness. Hopefully, there will be something here for everyone to enjoy

So until next time, I will sign out.  Thanks for the support as always. I can’t believe it that my little space on the internet is now approaching 5,000 followers. Your shares and comments really do help and are much appreciated.

Remember you can access all my old posts by category from the drop down menu at the top of the page, or get direct links to every post that I’ve written from the coloured box on the homepage.

18 thoughts on “Ill-Fated Road Trips, A Crisis, A Resignation & An Anniversary!

  1. I am so excited for you that you can concentrate on the things you really want to do! I love your ideas for the blog and look forward to seeing what you do with it. I always enjoy your posts so much. Btw, are you on Pinterest? I wanted to invite you to contribute to a books and poetry board.

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    • Thank you so much. It means a lot to know people enjoy it. And yes I have a great feeling of calmness now.

      No I’m not on Pinterest. I know that is the place I need to be to promote my blog and may be one day I will, but the thought of getting to grips with another thing urgggh 😉 especially as I’m rubbish on the graphic front. I just want to write 🙂

      Maybe next year Haha!


      • I feel you there. Honestly, Pinterest might have been a big part of the reason I had such a psychological struggle when I started having my heart issues last year. It’s an immense project when you don’t start from scratch and want to pin everything of use, but It really is as worth it as they say. I’ve had to basically relearn all if my graphic design skills and I’m still working on creating proper pins for the majority of my 308 posts. Ugh. It’s a real time suck if you do it like I’m doing it, but the numbers 😲 It’s definitely a great way to attract readers. Haha! I was really just going to invite you to contribute to my literary board and now I’m trying to suck you into the Pinterest vortex. Sorry. I’m actually kind of addicted now. It’s really quite a beautiful cataloging system once you get the hang of it.

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  2. Well, it is all going on for you isn’t it! Exciting times! I relate so much to the last part of your blog about not having a niche,I worry about this so much with my own blogging but the way you manage to put everything together and have it work so nicely, reassures me that being non niche is ok!I

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    • Thank you. I think it depends what you want out of blogging. Maybe it’s important if you want to make a living out of it, then I guess it’s important to write about something that nobody else is and to do it well.

      I write because I enjoy it and I want it to help people. I like different things in life as I’m sure most of us do so I like reading blogs that cover various topics.

      Please try not to worry and just enjoy what you’re doing. 🙂


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