Food, Parenting, Writing

In Search of White Space

November 14, 2018 | 7 Comments

I’m currently munching my way through a bag of chips, because I take the adage of “feed a cold” seriously. I feel that we need a better description for something that is not just a dripping nose. Because while my body aches and my throat hurts and my head is pounding, I know this is not real flu (as Ben had that earlier in the year and it is much more serious). Can we call it “clu” instead? Or a “flucold”? As in, “I’m feeling really rough, I’ve got a flucold?”

Anyway, husband had this exact virus last week, our nanny Norma had it over the weekend and now both me and my mom-in-law have it. Germs hey. I guess we’re all just tired. And the irony is that at this time of year when we should be taking it easy and slowing down a bit, we’re getting asked to attend many social occasions, and being asked to work especially hard, and it’s all kind of demanding on our bodies and minds.

I’ve also got no food in the house and no energy to go and buy any. I like to plan things properly, so a shopping excursion requires a bit of thought beforehand and I just don’t have the brain space at the mo. Some days I’m Ms Organised and some days we eat eggs on toast for supper and that’s okay. On that note, thanks to anyone who tried out UCOOK using my 30% gift code – there was some great engagement apparently, so they’re giving me a few more weeks worth of food, which as you can tell is very needed right now!

They’ve also just announced their Christmas feast box, which I’m pretty sure I’ll make use of – think Roasted Fig in Prosciutto stuffed with goats’ cheese, Beef Fillet Tagliata with roasted vine tomatoes & pine nuts, cheesy cauliflower gratin and maple glazed carrots – plus so many other delicious things! If you also want to test them out and order, use my code #makingmountains to get the discount (first time users only).

I’m also taking part in NaNoWriMo – have you guys heard of it? It’s National Novel writing month during the money of November, and the idea is to write 50 000 words by the end of the month, which I can tell you, is A LOT of words. So after you’ve done all your work for the day, and fed the kids supper, and sorted out your life admin, and put them to bed and brushed their teeth and eaten your own dinner and chatted to your husband and all the other things, then you must sit down and write almost 2000 words. Casual.

I’ve fallen behind, obviously, but I’m going to carry on, even if it takes me a bit longer than November to get 50 000 words down. The idea is just to chuck your story out there, on to the page, without too much thought (or rereading or editing), so you can GET IT DOWN. Because this has always been my problem you see, starting.

So I’m actually pretty proud that I’ve started, even though I’m only on 14 000 words and there is a rather long way to go. Someone tweeted me a beautiful quote on the topic saying that the first draft is basically just you telling yourself the story. Which made me feel loads better, because at this point, my story is really not very good, but I’m holding on to the thought that one day it will be;).

That’s why there has been less blogging lately, because there is only so much writing one person can do in a day. Only so many words that can shoot out of your brain cells towards your fingertips on to the shiny black keys and then appear like magical spiderwebs on the screen in front of strangers’ eyes. It’s weird really, when you think about it, how that transfer of ideas happens, like silver threads stringing us all together, all over the world. Okay guys, I apologise, I think the Myprodols are kicking in.

I’m also sure you’ve seen this post about our children’s busyness that’s doing the rounds. It’s nothing particularly new, this is stuff most of us know deep down, but I think it’s quite timely as we enter the summer holidays and imagine that we have to pack their days full of structured activities. It’s also worth considering as we plan their schedules for next year. I love the last line particularly: let’s give our children loads of white space.

I feel like that’s what I need now too, more white space. Less clutter, more clean.

That’s what I’m going to aim for with my holidays, which are exactly a month away today.

Better be off, I think it’s time for a nap – this flucold is tightening its grip:).



  • Reply Sigrid Kenmuir November 15, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    I totally hear you on the white space! I feel like this year has been so cluttered with events (some good, some less so!) that by this time it’s hard to figure out where to look. My aim for the holidays is to use the time to clear things out. Clear out rubbish, tidy up and try to start next year off with a lot of actual white space. Hope that helps next year feel more settled.
    Hope you feel better soon, there are a lot of nasty viruses going around at the moment.

  • Reply ailsaloudon November 16, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Good luck with the writing. Both my son and myself want to write books but you know – we are very good procrastinators!!

    • Reply Belinda (@BelindaMountain) November 18, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks Ailsa – I’ve been procrastinating over the pat few days so I need to get back to it!

  • Reply Megan Keith November 17, 2018 at 10:20 am

    I hope you’re feeling better xxx

  • Reply caleyjaderosenberg November 21, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Hope your flu-cold is all cleared up my friend – and I love that you are writing so much, it is so you!!
    I love venting into these December holidays because it is a safe that we can all actually wind down and relax and catch up – holiday time for me, hubs and the girls… Unlike the other holidays, where I do create an itinerary of activities because I’m on my own to entertain them!

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