I’m In!

31 Jan

Well, here I am in my writing space:


Only four days behind schedule.

I had intended to move the desk on Saturday but Spud begged for time to clear it first, only he just had to watch the City match; do his homework; learn his lines.

I gave him 24 hours and I spent a couple of happy hours moving in, arranging and re-arranging my poetry books, writing books, other books, my collections and bits and pieces onto two shelves.


I had intended to move the desk on Sunday afternoon, but I received an email which took most of the afternoon to deal with, so I gave him another 24 hours.

I had intended to move the desk on Monday afternoon but he got another 24 hours because I had arranged to help my friend sort church paperwork at the vicarage into our brand new filing cabinet (well, it was new when it was delivered three months ago).

Before filing, we put three poster-sized papers up on the wall and mind-mapped the whole thing down to the last detail.  We had three starting points which we broke down into groups, groups-within-groups, categories-within-groups-within-groups, off-shoots-within-categories-within-groups-within-groups…you get the idea.

Once we’d broken that lot down we were able to label the hanging files in the drawers.  We organised the files into what-is-likely-to-be-most-accessed order, then alphabetically within that.  We then filed three pieces of paper (easily) before noticing it was home time.  If there has been a better organised from the start filing system anywhere in the galaxy, I’ll be surprised.  I’ll also be surprised to learn of two people who had more fun than us on Monday afternoon.


On Tuesday morning I attacked Spud’s desk.  I filled two large bags with stuff from school, Christmas (2012), much small change, more Christmas (2011), books he was supposed to have returned after his GCSEs last year and even more Christmas (2010).  I don’t know why I buy him cheap stocking fillers if he’s just going to leave them lying around and never use them.

Once rested and lunched, I moved the desk.  It is small and light and I had no trouble.  The eight p.m. exhausted sleep I fell into was induced by exposure to Spud’s dormant past, I’m sure.

I spent all afternoon – having had the foresight to walk the dogs early and grab something easy from the freezer for that evening’s dinner – happily arranging my desk.  When I came in on Wednesday morning, the Hub had left me a love note to start me off as I ought to go on – smiling; and loved.  


Note the cow.  Perfecting Motherhood blogged about the Yahoo purple cow, which I loved.  She suggested I have one in my space.  I promised to get one.  I drew this.  I don’t have a purple pen so I coloured it blue because he’s Fresian… If you can’t read the writing, it is entitled, The Cow Who Mooed Because He Cud.

It is now Thursday and the novelty has not worn off.  Moo.


52 Responses to “I’m In!”

  1. jmgoyder January 31, 2013 at 14:11 #

    NO! Don’t let the novelty wear off! BRAVO!
    ps. Can you help me do this too?


  2. vivinfrance January 31, 2013 at 14:16 #

    Une merveille de proprété. (A marvel of tidiness) Happy writing.


  3. Ron. January 31, 2013 at 14:21 #

    Well, your space is improved, but I can’t imagine that the entertainment value of your work has much room for improvement. Happy writing to you, TB!


  4. SidevieW January 31, 2013 at 14:24 #

    I love the way you planned the filing. Now I need to know can people find stuff easily?


  5. Karen Snyder January 31, 2013 at 14:31 #

    “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
    ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

    I don’t know about the money part (although you seem very rich in the things that count), but you’ve certainly attained a lovely little room. 🙂 Write on!


  6. bevchen January 31, 2013 at 14:47 #

    LOVE the blue cow! The only purple cow I know is the Milka one. Mmmm, Milka!

    Love your new space.


  7. sanstorm January 31, 2013 at 14:55 #

    Congrats on the space. Looking forward to what it inspires!


  8. viveka January 31, 2013 at 15:09 #

    Wow … you don’t rest … that was quick .. and well organized too – Welcome home!


  9. mairedubhtx January 31, 2013 at 15:10 #

    Your very own writing space! How wonderful! It looks great! I have my very own writing space. It is the left-most side of my futon sofa, propped against three pillows against the left arm of the futon with the laptop balanced on my lap (of course) and my knees. When I’m not writing, the laptop sits on the coffee table. This is my office. I have a desk, but it is filled with boxes. I should clean it off. However, this way, I can watch the morning news while I troll the blogs and write my blog and answer my emails. I can multitask. I quite like my little multipurpose office. But your is beautiful, too.


  10. klrs09 January 31, 2013 at 15:30 #

    This has nothing to do with this blog, I just wanted to share something with you. Please follow this link I think you’ll like it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallhangingsrus/6843458392/. Have a nice day!


  11. klrs09 January 31, 2013 at 15:33 #

    Now about your blog — congratulations! A space of one’s own — totally awesome. Happy writing!


  12. gigihawaii January 31, 2013 at 15:44 #

    That is so wonderful, Tilly. I am happy for you.


  13. misswhiplash January 31, 2013 at 15:58 #

    congrats..it has started off neat and tidy. But will it stay that way? happy writting , now that you have your own space


  14. misswhiplash January 31, 2013 at 16:00 #

    I meant writing


  15. Rorybore January 31, 2013 at 16:07 #

    wonderful to see you all “mooo”ved in.
    that was awful.
    I’ll show myself out 🙂


  16. sharechair January 31, 2013 at 16:23 #

    Congrats on your new nest!! Looks great. So neat! Be sure to give us another picture in a month from now. 🙂 Just sayin’ …


  17. laurieanichols January 31, 2013 at 16:31 #

    I love the space! You have the same desk as the baby girl, she loved it and she was disappointed that she couldn’t bring it with her to college. I enjoyed the side story of your impressive organizational skills at the vicarage. 😀


  18. slpmartin January 31, 2013 at 16:48 #

    Congrats on your new space…enjoy!


  19. Elaine - I used to be indecisive January 31, 2013 at 17:23 #

    The only purple cow I know of is the subject of this poem, which I feel I have always known (maybe since secondary school).

    I’ve never seen a purple cow
    I never hope to see one
    But I can tell you anyhow
    I’d rather see than be one.


  20. Pseu January 31, 2013 at 18:14 #

    Can I explain something about cows? They are female cattle. If they are male they are bulls -. Unless castrated, then they are bullocks. 🙂

    Only one letter missing

    (runs and hides…..)


  21. SchmidleysScribbling January 31, 2013 at 20:14 #

    Love personal writing spaces. Now if only I could write creatively. Unfortunately, all my creativity was killed by working for the government for all those years. I mean who knew Frisian cows were blue? Dianne


  22. judithatwood January 31, 2013 at 21:30 #

    Hooray! 😎


  23. Tom (Aquatom1968) January 31, 2013 at 21:43 #

    Tilly, I want to come up with an intricately easy filing system… you made it sound like fun! 😀


  24. adinparadise February 1, 2013 at 03:16 #

    You have been a very busy bee, Tilly. We expect great things of you. 😀


  25. Katharine Trauger February 1, 2013 at 07:06 #

    Somewhere in the Old Testament, God called the women of Bashan “cows” for several reasons, one of which was that they told their husbands to fetch them a drink.

    Now, if I ask my husband to get me even a glass of water, he moos at me.

    Just so you’d not feel alone. 🙂


  26. idiosyncratic eye February 1, 2013 at 11:28 #

    Love the cow! 🙂


  27. eof737 February 1, 2013 at 15:40 #

    Congratulations… A room, a view, a space of your own! 🙂


  28. Grannymar February 1, 2013 at 21:54 #

    No moving poem about your move? Enjoy the writing space.


  29. bluebee February 1, 2013 at 22:15 #

    Happy Writing, Tilly (I won’t mention the spider) Are those collections your writing? Am also intrigued by the book of poetry titled ‘Staying Alive’.



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