Well, that’s the question, isn’t it? How did I do this weekend?
I’ve reproduced the quixotic list I put on the New Year, New Retreat post. I think I knew as soon as I hit publish that the list was a bit grandiose for the amount of time I had left in the weekend. It was too much to get done in half a weekend. Half of the list has been on a list in some form or other for the past six months. I did get some of it done, though! And as I went back through my notes and thought about it, I did pretty well. Here are the results:
1. Set up editorial calendar for the next three months from my personal Book of Days.
2. Finish planning and research the rest of the tea series for January.
DIDN’T EVEN TOUCH IT
3. Plan out Election Connection through Leap Day.
TENTATIVELY PLANNED WITH PRIMARY DATES AND MOST RESOURCES
4. Write stories from Canada that I’ve been meaning to write since the summer.
I DID ONE.
5. Wales book outline.
STARTED A LIST, NOT NECESSARILY IN ORDER
6. Labyrinth book outline.
So, actually not bad with the admission that I did some finishing touches this afternoon between grocery shopping and a church activity. And I now have some things to concentrate on for the next few weeks.
Today marks the celebration of Hen Galan or the Welsh New Year. This has been celebrated in Wales on 13 January since 1752 when Pope Gregory XIII changed the calendar from the Julian one, making the new year begin on January 1st. This is the Gregorian calendar which we use today. At that time, many people believed that losing those eleven days from the calendar coincided with losing those eleven days from their lives.
The village of Cwn Gwaun continues to celebrate this holiday in modern times. If the day falls on a weekday, school is closed. The town gathers with each other, in houses or more likely in the pub in town. It’s festive, filled with fun and feasting in celebration. Children go door-to-door or farm-to-farm around the valley parish (about 18 miles) singing traditional Welsh songs and receiving calennig from the grown-ups, sweets or money. It was like having two Christmases.
Enjoy the following links and Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!