My Time!

I like to understand the process behind things, to be able to picture people creating and so I thought today I would share with you how, and when, my blogs come about :

I tend to wake up anytime between 4.30 and 5.30 am, as these days I only seem to need 5 hours sleep and then I am ready to go again. The rest of the household is still asleep – as are most of the country if they have any sense! – so I creep around trying not to disturb anyone. I let the dogs out into the garden and they are always pleased to see me bright and early. We walk around our field together, giving them time to stretch their legs and do their business – that is when I can often catch the most amazing sunrises. When I get back into the house, I put the kettle on and make myself a cup of tea, while I empty the dishwasher. The rest of the day I would always use a teapot but that first mug-full I just make with a teabag in the mug. I then open up my laptop at the table in our snug, check my emails and then open up my WordPress blog site. The dogs then settle down in the snug , going back to sleep, while I write.

It is only then, once the site is warming up, that I ponder what I might write about. If I have been struck by inspiration the day before, I may have made a note of an idea on my mobile phone, but more often than not I am inspired by what has happened to me or Joshua the previous day, what is in the news or something I may have caught on TV or the radio. My blogs typically take 15-25 minutes to write, often finding a catchy title is the more problematic thing. I then re-read the draft and then publish it, if I am happy with it. So they tend to be published around 6am, depending on what time I got up and what else I did first.

As soon as I have published my blog, I get dressed to go out : either taking the dogs for a walk or going down to the beach for a swim with the Mermaids, followed by a short beach walk. The early mornings are ‘My Time‘ to do as I please, hopefully uninterrupted, and it is very precious to me. Occasionally Joshua will wake up around the same time, perhaps a dog bark will disturb him, but these days, he will quickly go back to sleep if he is tucked back up again with Giant on. I typically get back from my walk or swim just before 8am, and find the house still asleep, which is perfect. If it is a daycare day, I will pull together his bag and write in his diary before waking Joshua, with breakfast in bed, at around 8.30/8.45. If it is not a daycare day, I let him recover and sleep as late as he needs. Yesterday he surprised me by coming downstairs around 8.15 so he ate his porridge, but then he wanted to go back to bed, where he stayed all morning! That meant I was able to fill my morning very constructively sending emails and making phone calls to try to resolve a few outstanding matters, jobs that are difficult to do when Joshua is around as he tries to fold my laptop away if he sees me on it or demands attention, like a toddler, if I am on the telephone.

So now that I have shared that, I have questions for you Dear Reader, about your blog routine, if you have one:

  • When do you tend to read my blog? what time of day and do you read daily or save them up for the weekend perhaps and read several in one go?
  • Do you have a certain place where you read my blogs? Are you on your mobile phone in bed maybe, while eating breakfast or enjoying your first hot drink of the day too or perhaps on your daily commute, after a long day in the office? Are you maybe sneaking a quick look while at work? I am intrigued to understand more about that please.
  • Do you have several different blogs that you read at the same time or just mine in isolation?

Thank you in advance for humouring me with this information, but it will help me to understand more about my readership, which is growing every week, which is very exciting. Who knew that I had so much to say and that so many people were interested enough to read my early ramblings too. This blog will be my 163rd that I have written on consecutive days in 2022 and I thank you for joining me on this journey, I enjoy your company.

5 thoughts on “My Time!

  1. Your Early musings are part of my early morning routine. Once I’ve made a cuppa I come back to bed and read your blog on my tablet , but it certainly isn’t at 6am! I thoroughly enjoy hearing about your family, and have decided Emma, you have as much energy as your Mum had! Bless you all Time to get up now Gill x

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  2. I read your blog whilst eating my breakfast of fruit and yoghurt at my dining table. Read it every day. Do not read any other blogs now, used to read ne from a girl who came fromPoyntonand
    now lives near Lake Garda in Italy, she blogged during lockdown.

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  3. · When do you tend to read my blog? what time of day and do you read daily or save them up for the weekend perhaps and read several in one go? Though the week tends to be at the end of the day, either last thing at nigh in bed, at the computer at the end the working day in a Friday. · Do you have a certain place where you read my blogs? Are you on your mobile phone in bed maybe, while eating breakfast or enjoying your first hot drink of the day too or perhaps on your daily commute, after a long day in the office? Are you maybe sneaking a quick look while at work? I am intrigued to understand more about that please. Sometimes I’ll sneak a look through the day but mostly I have to wait until work has ended · Do you have several different blogs that you read at the same time or just mine in isolation? Yours is the only blog read, I want to know how J and you and M are doing

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