Treasured Moments



I’ve had a few days off writing – well almost a week if I’m honest.  But after a few months of hard work, I needed a boost. What better way than to spend some valuable time with my mom. She flew over to Germany last Friday and we’ve had an amazing few days. Even though we speak every day by phone, it was great to give her a real hug.

Naturally we talked a lot about reading and writing and spent many an hour discussing over coffee and cake. We did the obligatory shopping trips, a bit of sight-seeing and a whole lot of drinking and eating. On one of our outings, we came across an old wooden cart wheel (pictured above) resting at the entrance of a former monastery. It triggered all kinds of ideas which will no doubt end up in a future short story. But the main thing that came to my mind was ‘life’ and how limited and unpredictable it is. This wheel may have survived centuries, but we humans don’t live that long. My mother has often said that time is the most precious gift that one person can give to another as we never know when that time will expire.  This seems obvious, but when we hurl ourselves into a new project and get lost in the ‘to do’ list, we do often forget to enjoy spending quality time with others.

In addition to my long list of writing targets for the spring season, I am going to ensure that my life is more balanced and spend a lot of time in the physical presence of my family and friends.

Do you spend enough time with family and friends? Are you prepared for the A to Z challenge or are you way behind like me?  

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  1. When I interviewed the prolific writer, Laurie Graham, for Writing Magazine she said she took a Sabbath every week. It didn't have to be Sunday. It could be any day but it had to be away from writing. I have a Sabbath at least once a week and visit friends, family or go some place new. Once or twice a year I meet up with you. A special Sabbath.

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    1. Aaaww thanks, Lynne. It's been far too long since our last special Sabbath. I must come home again soon. Have a lovely weekend.

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  2. A lovely post. I have a large family as you know , so getting time to write, either the hours or the mental space, can be difficult. I admire your work ethic and how much you produce. I aspire to get more done this year. But today is my husband's birthday, so he will have a lot of my time and the Easter weekend will be spent catching up with children and grandchildren, after which I usually need some "spaced out" days to recover. Happy Easter to you .

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    1. Happy Easter, Marian. Thanks so much for popping by. I used to love Easter when my daughter was little. We used to go to Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire for an Easter Egg Hunt. It was such a great occasion. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend.

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  3. ahhhhhh. 'Balance.' What exactly is that?

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    1. I'll let you know when I've got it right :)

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  4. You're right, we should spend time with family and friends. They matter more than stuff. Glad you had a good time with your mom.

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  5. We have no way of knowing what is around the corner. Life is so unpredictable. Time for ourselves and our family and friends is the most precious thing we can give ourselves. I love the relationship you describe with your mom. You're very lucky.

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    1. Thank you Karen. I feel blessed every day to have a family like mine.

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  6. Thank you for that lovely post, Nicola. How great to spend time with your Mum - life is so short and every moment precious. Love that old wheel.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. Have a lovely Easter weekend.

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  7. I love it when inaminate objects inspire me. This wheel reminds me of the iron wheels my dad used to have in front of our house when I was a child.

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    1. It reminded me of a scene in a book I read over Christmas - Lamentation. A great read. Thanks for popping by to comment Chrys.

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  8. I love that old wheel! And I agree with your mom. Family is the most important thing in the world.

    I was going to do the A-Z Challenge, but decided not to.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to comment, Vicki. There is always next year for the A to Z. This is my first time, so I'll give an honest appraisal of the experience, if I survive :) Have a great weekend.

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  9. Lovely photo, I too love old things. Have never figured out why, but great analogy. We do concentrate on the less important and take for granted the important will always be with us. Balance is key but one of the hardest things to achieve. A to Z will throw all that out of the window soon. I'm ready, she says laughing. :)

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    1. I'm laughing with you Yolanda. Still have loads to do - something like 20 posts :):) But I'm ready to get stuck in. I'm not usually so last minute. Thanks for popping over to comment. Lovely to 'see' you. Have a great weekend.

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  10. Time is certainly a precious gift to give family and friends. Unfortunately, so many of us are on the "hamster wheel," and aren't as available as we'd like to be.

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    1. So true, Sherry. I'm learning to jump off that wheel. Have a great weekend and thank you for popping by to comment.

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  11. Treasure the times you have with family and your mom. That is nice that she came to see you. I wish I had my old mom back with me. She has dementia and, even though she knows me and we can talk a bit, it is not her. Now I have memories and not a large family so enjoy all. I a, behind as well with the A to Z and this weekend is the crunch time

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    1. Sorry to hear about your mom. And remember you have a massive family here with us and all at IWSG! I'll be thinking of you this weekend when I'm catching up on my A to Z too. We should meet for coffee when we've got to 'm' :):)

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  12. I have a lot of me time, although I'd like to spend more time with friends. I write a lot, but I also spend quite a bit of time away from the manuscripts.

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    1. Thank you for popping by to comment Medeia. Sounds very balanced to me :) Have a fab weekend.

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  13. You are so right - time is the most precious of gifts to give and receive. So often time slips through our fingers and gets lost in our to do lists. I am hoping to spend time with my daughters this weekend.
    The wheel looks so interesting, great finding things that inspire our stories.

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    1. Have a lovely weekend with your daughters, Suzanne. Thanks so much for popping by to comment.

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  14. A lovely photo, Nicola, and precious time with your mum. Nothing is better than that.

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    1. Thanks, Jan! Happy Easter!! I wish you a relaxing weekend.

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  15. My thoughts mirror your mums...time is precious. Spend it with those you love, and the people that make you feel happy.
    Happy Easter!

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    1. Happy Easter, Maria. Thank you for popping by.

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  16. It sounds like you had a great week with your mom. There never is enough time, the best we can do it try to balance and enjoy the time we have.

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    1. You are right, Cherie. Balance is key. Thank you for popping over to comment.

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  17. I'm glad you had some special time with your mum, Nicola. I'm visiting my mum today and haven't seen her for three months, which makes me feel dreadful. The writing does tend to take over and we definitely should take whole days away from it sometimes. It's all too easy to lose track of the weeks and then months. I know I will come home refreshed and newly inspired from the time away and, more importantly, will have spent valuable time catching up with my mum. I hope you and your family have a lovely Easter weekend. xxx

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    1. Thank you, Joanna. I wish you a lovely time with your mum and a very Happy Easter!!

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  18. I try and balance things - it doesn't always work though.

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    1. I know what you mean :) Thank you for commenting, Wendy. I hope you enjoyed a lovely Easter weekend.

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  19. How wonderful you got to spend time with your mom. My mom lives far away too, and I'm excited she'll be visiting next month for my son's birthday. :)

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    1. That's great news, Christine. Hope you have as wonderful a time as I did. Have a great week!

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  20. just wanted to say thank you for being a Ninja Minion! And no, I don't spend enough time with dearly loved ones - always an excellent reminder thank you. Great to hear of your special time with your Mom...

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    1. Thank you, Susan. Wish you a lovely week.

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  21. Hello Fellow Minion,

    I love the presentation of your blog!

    I live away from my home country, so get to see my parents (and other family members) once a year, but we have a month or two together to make up for the long absence.

    Mums are special and top priority!

    All the best with the A-Z, see you in April.

    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. Really pleased to meet you fellow, Minion. Thanks for dropping by to introduce yourself and for leaving a comment. Wishing you an April filled with fun!!

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  22. I make sure I spend time with friends and family - or research, as I call it!

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    1. I do a lot of 'visiting' research when I go back to the UK. It's the best. Have a great week Patsy and thank you for popping over.

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