Isn’t it always the way.  Just when you think you have some spare time, something or someone happens and it is all gone…

I managed to find time to read books, mostly at night when I first go to bed – although I spent two hours in bed on Sunday morning to finish off the book I was reading.

I even got through the horror Tuesday last week where I had lots to do – I won the door prize at the Avon sales event, so I am happy about that.

On Tuesday, I got a call from my friend down the coast. 

“Can you help me?”  She asked. 


“I have an operation next Wednesday – you were coming down on Friday, just wondering if you could come a couple of days earlier?”

“Ummmm – I have to check it out with my husband and mum.  I can’t make any promises.”

“I understand.”

Hmmm, I wanted to go, but I also didn’t want to go.  I was looking forward to having some time to myself!  I have been reader writer for exams at the local area school for a boy – his last exam is today, I was going to spend a couple of days plodding, tidying the house, maybe writing, maybe editing, definitely reading.

I spoke to my husband.  “Yes, don’t see that as being a problem.”  Damn.

I spoke to Mum.  “I’ll take (your son) on Tuesday, he can stay with me, just get some homework for him.”

Double Damn.

Its not that I don’t want to spend time with my friend.  I love my friend very much and was looking forward to the opportunity to catch up with her and “my niece” (easier than explaining that we are very close friends and I was there for her birth…)  I haven’t had “niece” cuddles for a while and was really missing them.  It was the loss of free time that I was going to have.

But then I need to look at the positive side.  I will have niece cuddles, time with my friend, and I can take my laptop with me.  When I have some free time, I can write, or watch DVD’s.  Whatever happens.  I won’t have my son constantly telling me that I don’t spend enough time with him (he is jealous of “his cousin” and I having cuddles), or telling me he is bored.  I also get to spend a day and a half in Greymouth (only even driven through), so looking forward to exploring it.  (Yes, I am aware that there isn’t much in Greymouth, but hopefully there is a bank!)

And on Sunday I get to drive to Westport to spend the night with Mum and my son before driving home to Nelson. 

Hopefully next Monday, my post will be different… here’s hoping it isn’t “Finding Time Pt 4”!

Finding Time Pt 3
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