I'm working again. I'm 'at work', mostly in the pottery, and therefore busy during working hours (about 8 -6 these days). There have been several contributing factors to produce this change.
I bumped into a customer on my way to Waitrose, who told me she'd been meaning to phone because she wanted to order a set of breakfast pottery. Mugs, cereal bowls and small plates. She's a nice woman, so I explained my dilemma about bereavement and work and said I'd let her know if I thought I could do it by the beginning of May. (She is expecting visitors from the US and would like to have the pots then if possible.) I really want to do this order, it's such a nice order to have and I rarely get asked for sets of things. The customer is very understanding and will wait if necessary.
At that point I was in the middle of a very busy 10 days but had managed to finish lots of things I'd been in the middle of and could see ahead to a couple of weeks with not so many commitments. This is what's needed to work in the pottery. As I've mentioned before, you need to be there every day for a while in order to work on things at their different stages as they gradually dry. I could see that having the order to work towards could be the most helpful thing to get me over the problems I've been having. To have enough work to do a couple of firings I will need not only to make the pots requested, but a whole lot of other stuff besides.
Then, we had some nice weather. Followed by very cold again, but the nice weather was enough to show that the winter will end one day and even the unheated end of the pottery will become habitable.
Finally, I was away for a few days. Nothing like being away for making you really want to be at home!
After a final flourish of days with commitments, I was finally able to get in the pottery on Tuesday this week and with one or two smaller interruptions, have been able to be a potter all week. And it's working again.
I don't know if this state of things is permanent. I can't say I'll feel the same next week. I can't say what other problems may pop up to get in the way. You'll forgive me if I don't say more just now.