New Year: new me?

It doesn’t feel like three weeks since my last post, though I’m glad to report that Ray is making great progress with his recuperation, (the human body is an amazingly forgiving organism) and we had a lovely Christmas and New Year. But can that really all have taken up the last twenty-one days?

Is it only me who finds taking a break is often not so much about having a rest, as providing an opportunity to reflect?

If we’d used the time to go away on holiday somewhere – ah, remember those days? – we’d have been kept busy adjusting to the accommodation and exploring our surroundings. Holidays, in my experience are adventures.

This time, spent at home pottering, hasn’t been consciously given to contemplation. Although I’ve put some time into lesson preparations as well as my domestic duties, we’ve both just taken time off, and not thought or talked about work for days at a time.

It was only when I began to transfer class dates from the notes in the back of my old diary to my term-planner, last week, that I drew in a sharp breath. Could I have been sane when I committed to so many teaching hours?

I was. I swear I was.

But, there is going to be a lot of reading. It’s going to be fun, too, meeting so many people from all over the country, sharing our ideas about reading and writing – without any need to spend time driving!

I’m loving on-line teaching. It’s very different to classroom based groups, which I look forward to returning to, it has a slightly different dynamic and I hope I’ll be doing both in the not too distant future. However, this term something is going to have to give, at least for the next three months.

I’m tempted to let the housework slide, so, so tempted… But the truth is I do prefer not to live in squalor.

My reading has already been slimmed down to the eight novels and nine short stories that are on my class reading lists, and the background research that goes with them. There is, I realise, as I settle at my desk on Sunday the third of January, one other way to make some space in my diary… I can, temporarily, cut back my blogging to a monthly, instead of a weekly schedule.

So, lovely readers, I’d like to send you all my very best New Year Wishes. I hope we’re all heading into much better times than the last few months have offered, and I hope you’ll continue to drop in and see what I’m rabbiting on about, on the first Monday of each month… at least until April.


52 thoughts on “New Year: new me?

  1. That sounds like a smart decision Cath. Having breaks at home, without the ‘adventure’ of packing, travelling to and exploring new places, gives us much needed time to reflect on and revise our lives. Your blogs will be all the more eagerly anticipated now we have to wait a wee bit longer for them. Hope you’ll find some time for some creative output too and do remember your own well-being needs. Love to Ray; so pleased to hear he’s recovering well xx

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    • Thanks, Ruth. Ray sends hugs and love.
      I’ve big hopes for this new timetable in all areas, there are one or two outstanding projects I would like to get back to. It’s almost a New Year Resolution, except I gave up making those several years ago… I thought.


  2. I liked the old Cath and this new one sounds pretty good too. Lots to chew on in your post and I’m happy you enjoy on-line teaching/learning and that you are looking forward to continuing doing it as well as the drive-to-work sort. Looking forward to those future posts whenever they came. And all the best for health and happiness in a world reflected on, restored, renewed.

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  3. Happy New Year once again! God bless Ray and you and your family members with good health and inner peace.
    Felt so good to read your post, and like all your readers I too want you to take out some quality time for yourself. But I will surely miss reading your posts on every Monday. I hope this change is just temporary.
    I will always wait for you at Chiming Stories.
    More creative power to you! Cheers Cath!
    Thank you

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    • Thank you, Jagriti, for a beautiful blessing. We both wish you, and yours, good health and inner peace, too.

      I’m hoping there will be time for a few extra visits to my blogging friends over the next three months, so I look forwards to reading more of your writing.

      Happy New Year.

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  4. Looks like lots of work, Cath – good luck with your teaching!
    Worry not, I’ll be visiting your blog as always, even if you’re going to be less active here πŸ˜‰

    Happy New Year and all the best to you and Ray – hope he’ll get back to full health soon!

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    • Thank you, Ola. I’m planning to keep up with my blog visits, too, just cutting back on the postings. I look forward to you continuing to extend my reading (and watching) wish-lists. Happy New Year to you and yours. πŸ₯°

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  5. Happy New Year, Cath! Blogging once a month is all I can usually manage though I enjoy writing posts – and the achievement of finishing something! Your teaching schedule sounds so busy … I hope that brings its own rewards. Also good to hear your husband is on the mend. Mine-to-be went through a trauma of diagnosis, operation and recovery in a very short time over the last two months. It takes up a lot of energy helping someone through it (and at the same time there’s that consciousness that it’s happening to your loved far more intensely and closely). Also I am in reluctant agreement about housework – I often think of that saying ‘a clean house is a sign of a wasted life’ as I mop the floor. But a clean house also makes me feel things are a bit more right with the world ☺️ Unlike blog posts though housework is never finished so I also practice a bit of strategic ignoring! Good luck with the new schedule. See you in Feb.

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    • Thank you, Maria.
      Congratulations on your engagement. 🍾🎈 I’ve glad to hear your fiancΓ©’s medical situation has been successfully resolved. I hope his recovery continues steadily.

      Yes, reluctant is exactly the word I’d choose when it comes to housework. I’m very good at strategic ignoring, up to a point. Once reached, solving the issue – yes, it’s the kitchen floor usually for me, too – becomes imperative.

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  6. And an absurdly belated new year to you, Cath! I’m sure you’ve been on all sorts of literary adventures these past seasons. I must say that while I’ve struggled to stay on top of reading apart from the podcast, it’s been a joy to see my kids find series they love so much they actually read the whole thing. The peace books bring to my house is priceless. πŸ™‚ I hope you’ve been able to write along the way as well! I suppose I’ll see as I sloooowly work my way through posts, but still, know that I’m cheering for your creativity from Wisconsin. xxxxxxxxxxx

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    • Thank you, Jean, and I hope you’ve been having a Happy first half of the year, too.

      It’s lovely to hear about happy young readers.

      Don’t hold your breath for many more posts from me, I’m afraid they fade away to a drought, shortly. My reading (and research) has taken over everything for the past few months. I’m just slowing up, and beginning to catch my breath. I’m hoping to redivert some creativity into my own writing over the next month, but not sure yet if that will include blogs. I’ve committed myself to another heavy schedule for the autumn, and will need to put in some serious preparation time. Perhaps I’ll blog about that…

      Hope all of you and yours are continuing to stay safe. I’ll be dropping in on your blog to catch up, shortly. I just know you’ll have managed to squeeze in some well-used creative time. xxxxxxxxxx

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      • I’m hoping I can get creative soon! August looks promising for at least a few days. Like you, I’ve taken a heavy schedule–not so much with the teaching as much as presenting for conferences. I’m also volunteering to reform the curricula at my daughter’s school and UFFDAH, is that an undertaking. Still, these things do matter, and the beauty of creative writing is that the stories will always be waiting for us to read, to write, and to share. xxxxxxxxxxxx

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        • Wow. That is an impressive work-load, not least because it sounds completely involving. Yes, it’s a good job those stories do wait. One of my flashes that I’ve just had some luck with waited two years for the correct re-draft! xxxxxxxxx

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        • Only the usual, course preparation. I’ve been setting up so many extra reading-groups in the last few months that I’ve had to do lots of background on some fascinating authors, from John Le Carre to Muriel Spark, to Leonard Woolf, to George Orwell. It’s been illuminating, but completely absorbing. I’ve got some more to do in preparation for the autumn, but I’m also hoping to get working on a few stories over August – I may even throw in a few blog-posts…

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