Slow time


This week the Ever Lovely Mrs J and I have been trying to slow down and be kind to ourselves. The internal less than friendly voice that nags me – Major Panic? – does not seem to like this. So, I’m doing what I can to just kick back and drift gently into Christmas. Perhaps it’s hangover of the now-now-now of work culture that needs to jog on for both of us.

Sure, there’s wrapping to be done and we do need to get a few items in food wise. With the kids being teens and neither Mrs J nor I feeling in need of anything in particular, I think this year’s wrapping activity may be thankfully low. Both kids are also out with friends, leaving us plus hounds. It’s a strange feeling after years of them being in the house every evening. Both, however, are fully masked up and took COVID tests before going out.

However, all that aside, we’re setting ourselves a goal of only two activities a day. One of those is getting out with the hounds, so hopefully we’ll be on track for an easy holiday and not – as Mrs J points out – running ourselves flat trying to make everything ideal.

I’m hoping I’ll make some time to write something up for 2021. I’m very grateful that the group has been able to meet, that Mrs J’s health seems to not be worsening, and I’ve remained working from home. T wise, as much as I’ve loved meeting with friends at Chams, on a personal note, I feel not having been out in the real world feels like a step back. I am also frustrated by the lack of progress on reform by the current government. But, hey, perhaps that’s about playing the long game. Well, fingers crossed eh?

Whatever you are up to in the run up to the holiday season, I hope things go well.

L x


  1. An excellent notion, slow time, and one I shall endeavour to adopt!

    Sounds like your break may even become, well, an actual break. May it be all that you wish (or, rather, may you do as little as you plan) and a very Meryy Christmas to you and yours!

  2. We wish you a merry Zenmas and a chilled out New Year. Sounds like a good period of calm rest is ideal. Here’s also hoping that Mrs Jones’ health improves too.

    Have a lovely holiday time, Lynn

    Sue x

    1. Thanks Sue. Mrs J’s health seems to be gently heading in the right direction. No doubt down to her research, listening to experts, and making significant diet changes.

      After writing an end of year post, I headed out to the supermarket for a late night food shop. With just the four of us this year, it wasn’t too pricey either.

      I hope you have a lovely Christmas and that 2022 is good to you.

  3. Lynn,

    Enjoy your slow time. It’s that time of the year now when you get to spend quality time with those who are really special to you and forget all about work and stuff for a wee while.

    Things are going okay in the Sparkle household, everything is calm, presents are wrapped and we are all stocked up on food and Xmas drinkies. Sports kit is washed too ready for Xmas morning parkrun which will burn a few calories ready for the afternoon feast.

    My sincere Best Wishes to you and your family for Christmas and the New Year.

    Lotte x

    1. Good luck on your park run tomorrow. We may be having a much slower bimble around the nearby park post lunch.

      We’ve been taking it easy of late and that’s been a real treat this year. We have, however, somehow managed to complete the wrapping, so we’re all set for tomorrow.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours. 🎄❤️🏳️‍🌈

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