Well I'm trying to get back into it but it's just not happening yet!
You know what its like - the end of the summer holidays arrives all too soon, the kids go back to school, and there's a little guilty sigh of relief that despite the wonderful times enjoyed during the holidays, it is actually quite nice to get just a little bit of humdrum routine back into your life.
And, it must be said, (if you're fortunate to be based at home ) perhaps a bit more control over how you can spend your TIME.
The older I get, the more I value time.
When you are young, time seems immaterial as there always seems to be an abundance of it.
Even as you get older, and life seems completely taken over by work by day, social life by night, and chores squeezed into the weekend, time starts to speed by a little faster and becomes a little bit more of a luxury, but its still not valued as a scarce commodity.
But then if you have children, just when you thought your life couldnt get any busier with the full time job, social life and chores, suddenly you have this tiny little being to care for that is totally reliant on you and yet still do all you did before as well, and on precious little sleep!
I remember when my daughter was in her first year and I had recently gone back to work, we had our first baby free evening out for a while, after a day at work - and all I wanted to do was go to a hotel and sleep!
(Of course we didnt, we managed to drag ourselves out for a meal and talk babies all evening!)
That's when it first creeps up on you, that realisation that there really never is enough time in the day to do everything.
Time suddenly becomes a huge luxury.
As they get older, suddenly you realise how quickly the time seems to pass - another birthday cake, the end of another term already, now the end of another school year - life becomes punctuated by the school holidays.
And conversations with friends when arranging to meet for coffee after they've gone back - " I can't believe how quickly the holidays went", and "how can it be the middle of September already?", and "I just don't know where the time goes".
And all the things you'd planned to do once they'd gone back a week or so ago still remain unticked on your list because you are still "catching up" after the holidays - phone calls and paper work and computer "stuff", tidying and sorting and catching up on skimped housework.
I have reaffirmed all the above with a friend this morning who is also "still catching up" and feels the same lack of time, and once again we have come to the conclusion that there will never be enough time so something has to give and we'd better just try and get on with what we want to do atleast some of the time, and let the housework go hang!
So having written off last week with the chimney being re-built above roof level, I am now armed with a long, neatly typed list of all the things/jobs I want to do with my now (supposedly) relatively free days.
There are lots of decorating and painting jobs on my list as well as outdoor jobs galore, so before picking up the paintbrushes I will just have to make an effort to spend plenty of time researching ideas and getting inspiration from the latest lifestyle and homes magazines..................
I have also booked coffee mornings this week to catch up with friends I rarely see during the busy holidays.
Delay tactics methinks, as the list is rather daunting!
I hope everyone had a great summer holiday - I'm very much looking forward to visiting you all and catching up on your holiday pics and your news - and thanks for all your comments on my last post!
Hope you've all managed to get back into your "groove"!