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  1. Number your list most important to least or what needs done first to last. Or make a list for each day and divide it all up. Estimate how long each job will take and write it next to the item on the list. You’ll be surprised how fast shit gets done. (sorry 🙂 Give the teachers a copy of your book or a free subscription to your blog goodies. Set a timer. Drink wine!

  2. Definitely make a list. A long one with boxes at the side to colour in when completed. And keep calm and carry on. Dark bushy eyebrows are in this year….. aren’t they? (I hope)

  3. I personally know where you are coming from. I sometimes feel as if I am pulled in a million different directions and am hamster running in my wheel. I can get nowhere fast. Then I stay up all night making to do lists in my head that are forgotten when I wake up. Sometimes if I tackle the most urgent and pressing matter first helps. It often sparks me to get started and get going on all of them. Then again I can find myself sitting down in my chair with a cup of tea to read your lovely blog and that ALWAYS gives me inspiration. To be clear WE ALL LOVE EVERYTHING YOU WRITE. So don’t be so hard on yourself cause we all love you!

  4. LOVE the new book. Looking forward to the new e-book on puttery treats. How soon will it come? I love your ability to find sunshine even when it’s raining.

  5. Hi, Alison!
    I’m in the process of rousing myself from an internet break and something of a housekeeping slump (There’s nothing like the nitty-gritty of necessary home repairs to wreck your routines. *sigh*) and wanted to say, “Hi!” and catch up.
    You’ve had quite the year! I’m so sorry you lost your Mum, and so glad you found a man who makes you happy! I know it’s incredibly hard to do the kind of writing you do when your own life is blowing sky-high, and I appreciate your patience and fortitude.
    Like Charles in The Scent of Water, the power of simply getting up and carrying on can be one’s saving grace through all the vicissitudes of life.
    Speaking of, I’m going to go through my library of your downloads to help me get inspired around here. I could use a good ol’ Brocante pep-talk right about now, as I sit in a welter of power tools and flooring and wainscoting and paint.

  6. Some of these sound like jobs Finn could do. Especially the slug problem.
    My boys’ teachers will be getting pens, post its and flowers.
    I hope you are feeling better. Ste sounds like he is an angel in the body of a man in the prime of life. Xx

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