What’s Keeping You Busy This Week?

“FREE” week! Yeah, right!

I’m anything BUT free this week. School starts for the Granddaughters, with the last trips to Cheer and practices before the school busses step up and be the shuttle instead of the grandparents. Last ‘last-minute’ gathering of needed things, bake sale, car-wash, etc. for school.

The last week for The Grandson to be in town, although I must share him with his mother, so that is a lot of back-and-forth between our houses which are about 11 miles apart on opposite sides of town.  His father, (Son #2), has been up. He has been at my house, out to Lexington for training for his work, back to my house for a few days and then back to Memphis with his son.

The Granddaughters have been in more than usual; one has even stayed a few times. Son #1 has also been in to eat quite often. My sons have become best friends and have been here hanging out together.

Not only did the 16 year-old grandson bring almost every piece of clothing he owns that isn’t suited to the dead of winter, I took him shopping, (of course).  As mentioned in a previous post , I bought a new violin for him, and we found a used desk for him to take back to Tennessee. So, I have been helping him pack away. I grabbed large, washable sport bags at bargain prices for him at thrift stores to pack it all in.

Another doctor to see and more tests, but so far, so good. However, the timing was bad for it to happen  this week.

I hope the changing table that I found also great bargain, (and Son #2’s fiancée had stated a yearning for), will also fit in the truck.

Did I mention that Son #2’s fiancée is expecting? It’s probably my doing since I was lamenting that all of the grandkids are now teenagers. I have been accused of causing pregnancies by my words. “My sister-in-law got pregnant when her baby was a month old” and so did the hearer. Saying that  “Several family members were sure that their families were complete after a big gap, and then they had a surprise baby”,  seemed to cause a few late bundles  of joy and  telling people that “My grandmother had twins when she was 47” has been given credit for at least two late babies by those within ear-shot.

I really better watch what I say.

But I haven’t much time to say anything, not here this week.

What does all this have to do with writing?

It stopped me COLD, after I had up a full head of steam.

There is always next week, when the house will be too quiet. Granddaughters will be in school and Son#1 may be out of town. Son #2 and Grandson will be back in Memphis and although we text and talk just about every day, it’s not the same.

My characters will keep me busy, if my family doesn’t.


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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12 Responses to What’s Keeping You Busy This Week?

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Sometimes, when my days are full, I have to remind myself that it’s better to be busy than to not have the ability to do anything. We don’t start school until after Labor Day, but the hustle here is to get stuff done that SHOULD have been done earlier in the summer! Good luck with getting the muse back.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    wow … even a tiny slice of what you’ve been handling would send me into a classic tizzy.
    I’ve gotten to where even a single disruption of my “regular” schedule — disruptive enough, in my opinion — can really knock me for a loop. Especially in the creative sense of writing… as you allude at the end of your post.

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  3. No way to concentrate, especially when I am determined to get one WIP finally done.Going over it all, picking up the storylines, deleting, adding, cut-and-pasting would end up reading like a crazy quilt instead of the seamless garment we all strive to create.

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  4. Characters have a way of doing that, Tonette. Even when you’re too busy to think straight. My new ones won’t leave me alone while I’m trying to finish up the edits to the book I’m about to release. LOL

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    • Oh, the problem is that several strories’ characters have been pests, Sharon! It’s been hard to shoo some of them away so that I can get one project done at a time. As I said above, not much can stop me from thinking.

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I love a full house. As you say, you can write when everyone is gone.

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  6. Oh, I am thrilled to have everyone here. I was so used to having my grandson with me most of the time, that the last few years have been hard.A gap-year they in between Maryland and Tennessee they were this side of Cincinnati, which made trips down quite common and they never missed a holiday. It will be sad when they are gone, but I won’t be bored.


  7. Sounds like it was a busy week but probably a good one with being surrounded by family. That’s got to be so exciting knowing that there is another baby on the way!


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