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WHEN IS A GOOD TIME?

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WHEN IS A GOOD TIME?

I’ve been trying to schedule some writing time since I’ve been so busy with my paying job lately. When is a good time I ask myself? According to the world around me – NEVER. So many interruptions and so little time. Sometimes those interruptions are welcome interruptions and puts a smile on your face. 🙂

One of H’s favorite lines when he is off for the summer is, “When you get to a stopping point…” and then the rest of my day is filled with ‘not writing’. Five more days of the school year left and because H teaches there is no telling when and if I will get to write. I guess I will have to lock myself up in the Philadelphia room for hours at a time to be able to show a little progress.

My summer will also be filled with visits from three of my daughters – maybe the fourth – and their children. This house will be bursting at the seams. I realized in a state of panic last week two visits were over-lapping for one day. OH MY GOODNESS! Where will I put 11 extra people in this 1145 square foot house? Two extra beds, a pull-out sofa, and very little floor space for the blow-up mattress may not cut it this time. The grandchildren are growing and not all are tiny anymore.

Doing the math in my head was just not working. One of those extra people was Andrew who would be home that week to work with his dad with the WHS percussion line for band camp. His room was in jeopardy. Every time I placed a person in one bed to sleep another came along to push them out of that bed. It was like the song about the little monkeys jumping on the bed and they ALL fell out and bumped their heads. I would be needing a lot of bandages!

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Kerri and her two girls will be here for the fourth and then she will leave Lia and Charlee for the week so she can go back to work. The next weekend I will meet her halfway to deposit them back in her arms.

That will be the same weekend Andrew will be coming in to work band camp so we will probably pass each other on the road. Jessie and her crew of five will be arriving on Monday the 13th, leaving on the 16th and Amie and her four daughters plan to pull in on the 15th. Kinda confusing right?

So that still leaves those 11 extra people jammed into this tiny house at one time. What to do?…What to do? Quickly making a call to Amie I encouraged her to postpone her trip for one day and then stay an extra day. It was that or someone or somebodies would be sleeping in the van parked in the driveway! Actually, she was fine with the plan. She said she would be seeing them in June for a few days anyway. So glad she’s easy-going!

So as Jessie and her family of five exit, Amie and her four girls will be entering. They can wave, hug, kiss, or whatever as they pass through the gates!

Now we are trying to fit Terri and Will into the mix somewhere. She is planning to drop him for a week and then I’ll meet her halfway for the return trip back to Louisiana.

H barely has five weeks off this summer because they changed the start time of school to an earlier date – two weeks earlier to be exact! The first week of his time off will be spent on a band trip for a few days to Wild Adventures with his students. After that, his time is his own…until band camp starts and everyone starts rolling in. This is what happens when you have a big family and a small space.

Where there is a will there is a way and it will all be good! There will be beach time, goofy golf, the Armament Museum, and plenty of laughter for old and young!

So…you tell me – when is a good time to write? Any suggestions? 😉

~Elle

 

 

 

 

 

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress.

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  1. My problem is that I don’t have a router that works and Internet cord can’t reach either of my bathrooms. If it did, I’d be bloggin’ in da john too! Haha!

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    • It may be either that or in my only free time as in between midnight and 5am. Sleep may have to wait! I have found recently that blogging on my phone has become the norm for me. I can’t remember the last time I sat down at my desk to write…~Elle

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  2. I have the same problem. Not with the family size, but with finding time to blog when my paying job takes priority, which is why it took me so long to comment on your post. Today is catch-up day. My current corporate project entails a great deal of technical writing and after a 10-hour day, I need a break from the desk. I’m thinking about buying a tablet and writing in bed.

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  3. I have found waking up before anyone else is my best time. With an iPad ready at my bedside, no distractions and a clear mind, I have thoughts that do not come later.

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  4. Well, Elle, I hear you. I have found really early morning is working well for me at the minute. It never did before! Then I have the rest of the day to do all the other stuff and not feel so guilty doing it 🙂

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    • Yes, Jackie, it’s the guilt that bothers me. I love to write in the mornings. I just don’t know when to quit and the. It’s afternoon without any lunch eaten and scrambling to get my work done. Lol! ~Elle

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  5. I really appreciate the candor here…how you feel you never have time to write yet you pen this great, illuminating essay.

    4 daughters and a son..JESUS. Another big impression at this end. You are a mom 5 times over…you write…you sew…you make wedding dresses for women that will keep them in crinoline to pass on to their daughters. You travel with your musical husband, keeping the minutes, keeping him warm.

    I am just so moved by you.

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    • Some days or actually weeks I would just like to write and do nothing else. The more I think about it though all work and no play would make my life very dull. There would be nothing to write about Susannah! So…I guess I have to give a little to get a little. You sure much too kind. 😉 ~Elle

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  6. Just set aside 15 minutes a day. Some days you’ll get in a groove and roll along for an hour or two and other days when you’re not feeling it you’ll put it down after 15 minutes, but at least you’ll have done something to move forward even if it’s only a little.

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  7. Have you tried insomnia? Turns me into a grump for the rest of the day but at least I get something down on paper!

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  8. You can publish a couple of posts while waiting for an empty bathroom. I’m sure of it.!

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  9. If you give yourself the luxury of soaking in a tub for a bit, you can bring a tape recording in and speak your thoughts? Otherwise, as I do with reading, which while daily, isn’t always very long, but I do have trips to the ‘john’ no matter what. I read on my kindle in there. Wonder if you’d have time for that? Seems the bathroom has become a place to escape lol

    On the matter of where to put all the bodies… uhm… you know, have you a tent or two? In summer, a nice camping in the back yard might work?

    Either way, DO try to find a few moments of peace when you can. Sounds like you’re summer is busy, busy, busy.

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  10. I’m not sure Elle. I’m having a devil of a time writing and making time to read posts from other blogs, plus juggle work and family. Like you, this last weekend we entertained family and were trying to find beds for everyone. Help! :O)

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  11. Sounds like you have a full plate this summer, and what is up with moving school up so early. Geez poor kids don’t even get to enjoy the summer!

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    • I know! Neither do the teachers! Out on June 5th and start back on August 10th for students. Start time for teachers is a week earlier and H starts his 3 weeks of summer band camp July 13th so it won’t overlap with teacher meetings. Thankfully this is the last summer he has to worry with all that. Retirement in a year! ~Elle

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