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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

#dosomethingyummy - Link Up - Week 3

Welcome to the #dosomethingyummy Writing Prompt Link Up for Week 3 of our CLIC Sargent Do Something Yummy awareness campaign.

Your writing prompt for Week 3 was "Getting Together" and you had a choice of three types of post:
  1. Personal post.  When was the last time you got together with a group of friends?
  2. Yummy post.  Tell us why getting together with other parents is important.
  3. Creative writing.  Tell us how you are surviving the half term holidays.  You also had a vlog prompt to get the kids involved with maybe an interview or something.
How did you do this week?  Did you tag someone?  Don't forget to remind them to link up here if they have written something.  I have cheated a little bit because my "Getting Together" post is family related rather than friend related but it's relevant to last week's post.  You can read it by scrolling past the link widget.  If you have written a #dosomethingyummy post please link up below but don't worry if you haven't joined in yet - the linky will be staying open for the whole of February and March.  If you are here to read the entries it would be great if you could share this post, or any of the ones linked up, on your social networks.


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Making Amends

After my post last week, I had to dig deep into my emotions to try and make a family meet-up something that was going to be a success.  My relationship with my family is a difficult one at the moment and whilst we love each other, we never seem to be on the same page.  It's like when people sing 'rounds' of London's Burning... we're all starting and finishing at different times.

My sister phoned to say that she was over at Dad's this week and could they come over to see us.  Yeah - drop everything Nickie and we'll come over and pretend to be a family for a few hours.  Without going into great detail, my sister ignored all phone calls and emails from me last year and still hasn't explained why.  Rejection, much?  Gawd, I sound bitter, don't I?

So, these sort of family meet-ups are always a little strained, to say the least, but seeing all the children together takes the edge of it.  Again, it's a long story and we're all really good a putting a front on but pictures like this make it all worthwhile.  Plus Dad offered to shout fish and chips for all - that was twelve of us when I counted up!    I can't even begin to tell you the blend of relatives here - siblings, cousins and second cousins... or first cousins, once removed ... maybe... I checked with Twitter and got them all confused!