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New Term (Full Term)

Posted on: 13 January 2010

Monday I dragged my feet like a reluctant and recalcitrant schoolgirl back to my writing class – a new term, a new class, a new teacher.   I was trying to justify every good reason for a no show – the course had been paid for, the money long gone, but the bottom line was that I simply could not be bothered.   Shopping lists, christmas cards, cheques, sporadic posts here and an odd (in every sense) comment there,  just about sums up the extent of my writing since breaking up last November.   You’d think with the number of vegetative days since the snows began I would have taken the opportunity to knuckle down and be creative – huh – it don’t work like that!   

The fact is I felt I’d lost my mojo and couldn’t face sitting in a class of  talented wannabes, my pen frozen in the air above the snowy white virgin sheet of paper and everyone else keen eager beavers.    Still I did make it ; the new teacher is a darling, it was great to see friends from last term and some newbies.  It was rather amusing seeing their young and enthusiastic faces enter the room – you could tell there was an element of shock when they saw the number of wrinklies and thought they were in the wrong place.  However as for not writing, I was not alone – no one else had and we all felt the same!

You see I blame the weather.   It’s odd how it changes one’s psyche.   We’ve all heard of SAD, seasonal affective disorder –  not that it particularly affects me apart from my usual moan that it goes against nature to get up from a warm cosy bed when it’s still dark out there.   It’s the psychological affect of snow; the feeling of being cut off and isolated that equates with hibernation; the desire to hole up and hide away and basically do nothing.   Now I live a fairly solitary life in any event, but somehow this is different.   

Last Wednesday was horrendous and my plans were scuppered so I chilled indoors, cooked and wrote a post.    By the time I got home from work last night, my road was ice free – the garden still pretty as a winter wonderland and the underlying perils gone.  

Today is another Wednesday – another non-working day – another night of snow and we’re back to square 1! 

As I’m typing, I’m watching it coming down from the warmth of my bed, the sky the same colour as the housetops and the road an ice rink again, but today I will not give in so easily.   Wisdom dictates I don’t do the North Circular, so sorry mother, another day not taking you to Brent X –  it wasn’t so much the getting there, but the getting home.    Still this vegetating has to stop.  Life has to go on.  

Tonight I have a meeting about my next official trip to Israel – driving on icy roads is one thing, doing it at night and I’m a real wimp, but it’s important.   Many of you will remember last year’s trip well I’m doing it again.   I’m looking forward to finding out this year’s itinerary and meeting my fellow travellers.     I should like to revisit Rachel’s Tomb and pray harder this time  –  I’ll leave it at that for now.   I heard we’ll be visiting Sderot, rocket attacks permitting.   I know this time round it will be a larger group, so I expect we shall have an armed escort and travel on a bullet-proof bus and  I know we shall be seeing Liore again – I am very excited.   If you have time, please see the video on her link – Liore shines with inner beauty, she is modest, she is brave, she is an angel.

No trip to Israel goes without seeing my family, so of course I shall be staying on.   Actually most trips are only about seeing them and weddings, talking of which,  Jon and Bridgitte celebrate their 6th anniversary tomorrow, the baby is due very very soon – like around Boaz’s birthday and he’s gonna be 5 next week – I can’t wait to see them all – so many wonderful blessings.    Coincidentally Jamie was due on Jon’s birthday, a long long time ago, except he came early – my husband wanted me to hang in there so he would then be born on his birthday the following day – yeah right!   As it was I  ended up living in a household with three typical Aries men! 


chez moi - october 2009


Now I really am gonna move myself – the chores and errands won’t go away and they don’t do themselves!


HOT OFF THE PRESS — just heard that probate has been granted on the home jamie and lucy want to buy – guess it looks like I really will be moving – heeeeeeelp!!!!!


17 Responses to "New Term (Full Term)"

Coming from Wisconsin, I know all about being forced to hibernate! Hope the weather is more pleasant there soon.

Can’t wait to hear more about your upcoming trip to Israel!

Moving! Congrats! I’d come help if I could!

hi kila – well i had to park on a very icy road tonite, and when i went to leave my car had slid into the car in front and i couldn’t reverse through the ice —- snow snow go away, don’t come back any day

tonite’s meeting was brilliant – there’ll be 19 of us this year (last year there were only nine of us) and the programme looks very exciting

as for moving, if i could just get my darling children to take their stuff it shouldn’t be too bad – thanks for the offer!

Some schoolgirl needs some discipline. 😉


Maybe… if you pay… someone might help with the moving. 🙂

oh brian, you are sooooo predictable 🙄

moving – but not quite yet – as for payment, i’m sure someone and I could come to some amicable arrangment

Hello Ann
So nice to be here again and catching up on your life.
How wonderful that you wil be moving to Israel and be with your lovely family! 🙂

I wish you a most wonderful New Year full of much joy and many blessings!

A warm hug across the miles.


((((hi margie))))

lovely to hear from you – hope you’re recovering well

btw, i’m not moving to no.1 son in Israel – i’m just visiting them —- my house move will be from east london to north london closer to no.2 son and no.1 daughter 🙂

Scuppered? I like that word. You are so very brave, Ann. I cannot imagine having to travel with an armed escort in a bullet proof bus. You must want to go very badly and I admire your courage/spirit. Be safe. And then add packing up a house and moving on top of that. You wear me out just thinking about all your activities. Best wishes in all your endeavors.

bobbyg – i don’t feel unsafe in israel – 🙂

i’ve been *house-doctoring* – i’ve got my first viewing tomorrow … watch this space

Hi Ann!! Wow you guys have been getting a lot of snowy weather! Washington State is a place where people who suffer from SAD should not live. Between our dreary skies and the extra dark winter due to our position on the map, it can get bad for those who crave sunlight. Me, on the other hand, I suffer from SAD during the hot summer with the neverending twilight.

I cannot believe that Boaz is going to be 5 already! Do you know the sex of the new baby or is that a surprise? When do you leave?

jojo – you know there are special lamps for people suffering from SAD – apparently they work too!

if the scans are correct, they’re having another —- boy

i’m going in about 3 weeks, but i’m going to jerusalem first then i’ll go see them – that’ll give boaz and moriah a little time to settle down and get used to their baby brother – if i go straightaway i think they’ll be a bit over-excited

I know what you mean about losing your mojo. It’s only my Vincent blogging that keeps me active – or perhaps I should say inactive – these days.

val, it’s whatever makes you happy that matters – like jojo, i leave all the vincent stuff to you more able and talented gals – i just sit back and enjoy it – thank you

Writing often comes when the muse finds us. Your writing will again flow when you are ready. Can’t force writing …. well you can however it usually stinks, ha.

mark – mine usually stinks muse or no muse 🙂
i’m just a wannabe

You are NOT a wannabe!
Your writing is exceptional, hon. And I think you are amazing and so much fun to read, no matter what you write.

So exciting about the new baby! You must be stoked to see all your “babies” again too 😉

Oh, send me some snow, please???? 😀

Love ya!

oh axe, i really can’t wait to see them – i miss them so much 😦

“some snow” – i’d send you the lot if i could 🙂

london’s been snow free for a few days, but they’re talking about it being back again on wednesday – what gives with wednesdays???? 🙄

oh, I see, you are moving to north london, close to your # 1 son and # 1 daughter.
it will be nice to have them close by 🙂
much luck with the move.


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