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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

And now he is an adult...

It is always hard to find the words to describe Michael... 

Quiet... but loud
Intricate... but simplistic
Gentle... but harsh
Deep... but humorous 
Clever... but unassuming


Happy 18th Birthday, Michael.

I always worry about Michael on his birthday and he, in turn, worries about me.  Mum died on his 11th birthday and her anniversary is always on my mind.  She is never forgotten but I now realise that I can think about her and remember her every single day if I want to and her anniversary should never over-shadow Michael's special day. She would have been so proud of the way he has grown up (... and up, and up, and up - he's almost 6 ft 6 in now!).

I wrote this last year.  I feel very differently now, even after just one year.  I am not sure why.  Maybe I am more positive about my life and something has just *clicked*?