Hour Power

The question posed this week is: If a typical day suddenly included and extra hour, what would we do with the time?

For the previous 20 years I would have had an easy answer:


When I had teenagers, a husband who worked at night and I and was working early bakery hours, I started getting very little sleep. Life changed but was ‘on-call’ at all hours for some years. Then I allowed myself to be put into a situation where I needed to be up late and then be up again very early.

I learned to run on very little sleep.

Now, those days are rare, but recent circumstances have made the going slower and I have been tired, so I may again say “sleep”.
But to be honest, I do have the freedom to rest most days, so I have to go with:


I have not put enough time in. I have several WIPs and many ideas/starts. I finished and submitted two stories, but not to enough publications.

I thought for sure during the last few weeks that I would get my act together, but one thing or another has stopped me. This week, I have a good excuse.

If I don’t get back to your comments right away, it is because my son and grandson are coming into town this evening for the weekend. I have not seen #2 Son since two days after Thanksgiving and the grandson since January 2nd. I speak to my sons nearly daily, to the grandson quite often, but, for those of you who know my family, it has been a rough transition for me.

This week, I could use the extra hour every day because cleaning has been slow going for me. The family will understand, though, if this isn’t like the Four Seasons…the hotel, not the group. If Frankie Valli wants to come and lend a hand, he is welcomed to do so! He’ll probably be here anyway, because I have the Oldies station on while I do a bit of house-preparation!


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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7 Responses to Hour Power

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Love the songs of the Four Seasons !!!
    Like you, I have many concepts on paper that need to be developed, many starts that need to be nudged forward, many works-in-progress that are starved for new words, and even some completed manuscripts that need revisions/edits… or even an overhaul.
    Time — the one thing we cannot “save” — slips through my fingers and I may go days or weeks without adding new words to a WIP… even though I’m blogging and tweeting and networking constantly.


    • Exactly. Networking is good, and although this is hardly my greatest post, I do get here every week. This is the one exercise I make sure gets done. Tweeting, not so much.


  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Have a great visit! Cleaning and organizing are a slow process for me, too. I can’t stick to it very long. This month I’ve resolved to get rid of one box of “stuff” each day. So far I’m keeping up, but I’ll have to keep going for several months before this place is truly organized – and that’s not going to happen! As for writing, I’m trying to get going on a new manuscript, but I keep running into roadblocks, as I usually do with a historical. But like Jeff, I’m always blogging and networking.


    • I think we can count our snappy blog and FB replies as writing, don’t you? LOL!
      I just got The Husband to understand that we truly needed to kick much of the clutter and then , wham! What can I say? I may need a bulldozer eventually!


  3. I’m so glad that you get to see your grandson and son this weekend. I hope you have a wonderful visit.

    I have a lot of starts and would as well.


    • I lost some starts in the crashes last year,Angie. I now have a back-up for almost everything.Fortunately, I had put the real work on flash drives, or I would be in a straight-jacket, I think!
      You have lots of time ahead of you. Keep the ideas flowing!


  4. Joselyn says:

    Hope you had a wonderful time with your family.


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