Back to Blogging

It snowed today. Again.

The other news for the day is that after a break of six days I am back to blogging. Has it really been 6 days?

It started with a hectic night. As it approached midnight I was still busy and decided I’d miss a night rather than just throw a few words at the page. Next night it was easier not to write a post and suddenly not writing blog posts became the new norm.

When the kids used to attend a dojo regularly to train in aikido the instructors always used to say that it only takes two weeks to break a habit. From what I’ve seen in the last week, you can probably break a habit in three days.

I was surprised that, after a thousand posts, I could just stop, though I think there were other factors at work. In the past it’s really annoyed me to miss a post, but this time it was actually a relief. Part of the problem, I think, was that I’ve been finding it difficult to adjust to regular employment, For twenty-five years I’ve been used to planning my own time and making my own decisions (apart from the ones Julia takes for me) and it’s a bit tricky adjusting.

I’ve also been adjusting to new, repetitive, tasks in cramped conditions, which seems to have brought on a new crop of aches and pains. Six hours a day moving coins round may not seem the most onerous of jobs, but the weight mounts up. Honestly.

After a week sorting pennies (we had nearly a ton of pennies to sort this week) and countingΒ  foreign currency, I’ve shifted a fair amount of weight. Much of it has been moved whilst sitting in unsuitably hunched positions. We also bought in a large quantity of modern 50 pence pieces, including two of the famous Kew Gardens coins.


The new shop may have more room than the old one but it still isn’t built for comfort.Β However, it’s a lot better than the old one, and BT may, just possibly, connect the internet sometime soon…

Our other problem is that, with a shared front door people think we are closed, and several have gone into the Indian Takeaway by mistake. You would think the presence of a menu, and absence of coins, would give them a clue, but one spent nearly five minutes in there.


Next week we are going to buy a sign that days “Open”.


32 thoughts on “Back to Blogging

  1. Helen

    I’ve been pondering whether blogging is a β€˜habit’. If it’s a hobby, it might be something you miss doing when you’re too pressed but a habit is more something you do without reflection?

    I’ve heard that it actually takes 60 days to change a habit but then I guess it all depends…

  2. tootlepedal

    Work is the curse of the blogging classes but it is good to get another report from the world of pain. I hope that you get a chance to photograph some flowers soon. It will not be before time.

  3. jodierichelle

    A new job and a new schedule are enough to disrupt anyone. Just keep your writing chops strong & keep your ideas of blogs in your head as you go through your day. Then – when you have a night with a little gumption left, do your post then. I can’t imagine the stress of an every day post.

  4. Laurie Graves

    Also, I have found that at sixty, I simply don’t have the energy that I had when I was forty or even fifty. It’s not that I can’t accomplish anything but rather that I have to be very choosy about how I expend my energy. Again, good luck finding the balance. Hope you find the energy to write posts for your blog. I really enjoy your dispatches.

      1. Laurie Graves

        Yup. A normal part of aging. We can still do things and lead a creative life, just have to pick and chose more carefully than when we were full of vim and vigor.

  5. derrickjknight

    I haven’t seen some of those 50p coins. Your Open sign will have to go in your window with directions on how to enter. Perhaps it would also need to be multi-lingual

    1. quercuscommunity

      Our customer demographic, as the young girls in the opticians pointed out, is “old men”, so it’s absent-mindedness rather than literacy. As for the window, I fear a sign won’t show up as it’s already full of writing.

  6. Pingback: Snow! | quercuscommunity

  7. Laurie Graves

    Perhaps a different blogging schedule might work for you, say, three days a week. I had to cut back when I started writing novels. Anyway, hope you are able to find a balance that works for you.

    1. quercuscommunity

      Yes, I’m going to have to look at it as I seem to have so much to do. It’s not so much that I need to learn stuff, but I have to reactivate the dormant knowledge. πŸ™‚


Leave a Reply