>Catching up

>On Friday I JOKINGLY said that as they’d forecast a mostly dry weekend that would naturally mean rain. On Saturday we had rain.

I did my shopping on the way home from work on Friday to free up Saturday and to save on petrol. Then much of Saturday was spent cleaning, tidying, washing, putting stuff away, de-cluttering, writing, with the intention of either heading off to Matlock at about teatime, or to a gig a bit later. The weather already put paid to Matlock, and a very long phone call meant it was too late for me to get ready for a gig even if I wanted to. So that was more Strictly Come Dancing and X-Factor. And quite a lot of “chatting” on Facebook or by text.

Matlock has been deferred for a fortnight, when I’m hoping at least one of my Brummie mates can also make it – he’s put it in his diary and reminded me we have umbrellas if it’s raining …

Sunday I had a lovely drive in glorious sunshine (why did it have to rain the day before?) and I got to my parents’ at about 1pm-ish. My sister and 2 of the kids joined us shortly afterwards, and we had birthday cake. I got home at about 6pm and had more doss time in front of the telly (Countryfile, X-Factor, Downton Abbey).

Yesterday was a writing day and yet more chores. I even did some ironing. I had two more lovely long phone conversations, listened to more heavy rain, breathed in fireworks and bonfire smells from the back step, and watched Whitechapel before bed.

Today I’ve come in to work for a 3 day week. I have PR stuff to do and some magazine stuff still to do (I have to go see people).

It’s the start of a busy couple of months for me now, with me breaking myself in gently. We have a Ramblers’ meeting on Wednesday, and it’s the AGM, plus there’s a jam night in my village that I might stick my head into on my way home. Thursday will be another busy writing day. At the weekend we have the first of our parties to kick off NaNo, in Leeds. And on Sunday … I may go for a walk.

I’m delighted to have been given a “sweet friends” blog award by Teresa Ashby (thank you!), and will do what I need to do with that tomorrow.