This week I pondered hard what my word of the week should be. Maybe limbo, or interlude, or interim, but no. Interbellum. (Thank you step-dad for the suggestion!)

For those who are not as au fait with Latin as my step-dad, it means ‘between wars.’

This week was a week between visitors; our first September guests left on Sunday, and our next guests arrived this afternoon. It has been a week of cleaning, cooking, baking, changing beds, washing, and trying to catch up on all the things that don’t get done when guests are here.

I thought it was a very apt word of the week for me, because having guests is, though enjoyable, very stressful too. They take a lot out of me, as I’ve said before. I struggle with all the socialising and going out and late nights. I struggle with the change to my routine. It sucks, and it sucks more when I haven’t had enough time to recover completely from one set before the next set arrives. It makes it even harder to enjoy the time with the guests, and I am a little worried that I will be totally wiped out beyond all words when these guests leave.

I love having them, I love seeing them and catching up and going out, but boy is it hard work too!

Send me your spoons, people! Please, send me your spoons!


The Reading Residence


  1. The Reading Residence

    A fabulous word, and you’ll probably be unsurprised to hear that it’s the first time anyone’s had that as their WotW! A very apt description of your week, as I know you were, whilst happy seeing visitors, kind of dreading this in between stage as just getting over one and gearing for another. I hope you get through the weekend OK and that you have some quieter downtime lined up afterwards x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  2. Helena

    Oh I’ve not heard that word before. Great to hear a new one that my Latin classes didn’t teach me either. #WotW

  3. Debbie

    What a fantastic word! Sorry to hear about the stress you are feeling- I can really sympathise, it’s so nice to look forward to spending time with people, but so difficult when it’s intense periods and puts everything on its head. I hope you do have some fantastic moments with your new visitors and definitely find time to relax afterward.

  4. Debbie

    Love your choice of word. Interbellum, it has a nice sound to it. Guests can be so tiring! At the moment we have too many people to see, I like you enjoy seeing them, but it totally wipes me out. I am not a naturally sociable person, I don’t really drink and I am an early bird rather than a night own, so I find going out to meet up with people exhausting. Luckily we don’t have room for house guests, so my home is where I can safely recharge my batteries.

  5. Mummy here and there

    I like the word, I havenever heard of it. O can understand how it can be so draining as people.are hard work. I hope you can find some rest inbetween the demands X

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