Spring has sprung, the grass has ris,
I wonder where, them wargames is?
Well it's been about a month since my last post, so high time for a bit of an update on what has and hasn't been going on chez moi.
The Tail Wagging The Dog
I'm not alone in feeling that at times, Blogging can become more of a chore than it should be. Norm Smith has put this far more eloquently on his currently paused Blog than I ever could. It certainly became the case for me that, despite enjoying my current BKCII campaign, the weight of expectation to produce another AAR became like an albatross around my neck. So I simply decided to take a break from gaming and re-charge the batteries.
Alongside this the issue of the time taken writing an AAR for only maybe 5 comments led me to question whether or not to continue down this road at all. Again there have been lots of comments, ironically enough, on this issue as a result of Norm's post. Many people have made very valid reasons why they do not or cannot comment on posts, but it had become a somewhat thankless task for me, which I did not want it to.
Then there is the issue of the amount of time spent online, which whilst not excessive, was taking up too much of my time, which needed to be spent on other things. To give you an idea we went away for a day and a bit to visit my Dad for his 85th birthday. I never take my laptop with me so was offline for maybe 36 hours. When I got back and checked in on Blogs I follow, it took me 1 1/2 hours to read and comment on them. That really brought it home to me that something needed to change. So I cut back on the number of Blogs I follow and am consciously spending less time online, to give me time to do other things. So far I feel better for it.
After a very long, cloudy and wet Winter here in Bristol, some recent lovely weather has meant much more time outside doing my gardening and trying to shed some of the Winter padding that accrued whilst being stuck indoors. When the weather is this good my wargaming very much takes a back seat, until such time as it changes with our fickle maritime climate.
Decorating the house has also consumed much of my time, meaning that by the end of the day I have been physically and mentally pooped and so the last thing that has been on my mind is painting toy soldiers of sorting out a game. On days like these I've really felt my age!
As I've mentioned before, being a full-time carer for our neuro-diverse son, means that I have to deal with our Local Authority on his behalf. This can be at times an exhausting experience as despite the staff wanting to do their best, there simply aren't enough of them and the system is broken. A few times I have been in the mood to do some painting, plan a game etc and then a 'phone call or e-mail will leave me deflated and fed up. It really is a constant battle to get the simplest things done.
Books & Painting
One benefit of less online time is that I've spent more time reading, which has been a constant pleasure throughout. Each morning I try to spend about half an hour or more reading before the day proper kicks off. That bit of 'me time' is a great boon and much treasured. Painting has been rather erratic due to the above, but I have done a bit, but more on that in another post.
|I hadn't planned on buying any new rules this year, but having read good reviews on these as well as looking at their inspiration, 'Loose Files and American Scramble', I'm glad I did. I aim to do a more detailed review on my Blog soon.|
Well the DIY is nearly finished, so I should have some more free time soon for gaming and painting. Certainly I feel more in the mood for both after my 'break' and certainly feel more refreshed on the gaming front. Who knows I might even get a game in this weekend!
So until next time, stay safe and keep healthy!