My morning routine is pretty simple.
Go to the bathroom. (TMI?)
Open bedroom doors (we have an odd two door system but it helps keep the cats out.)
Give cats treats.
Go back to bedroom.
Turn a tiny stream of water on in the tub for the cats to drink.
Crawl back in bed with laptop.
Turn on news.
Read emails, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, devotions and think about what I need to accomplish during the day.
Usually with a cat on each side of me or one on top of me and one by my side. Today they were both to the right of my legs.
Enjoy the sunrise.
Pretty simple and straight forward and it really does not vary a whole lot.
There is something about routine. The sameness of the way that I start each morning is comforting. It is consistent and in a world where consistency is not always present it is a good way to start each day.
My brother in law Carlton loves routine. He loves the repetitive actions. It provides him comfort and structure. His world has changed a great deal lately after a very rocky time before and after Christmas. After an extended hospital stay to get medications prescribed and working appropriately he is now living in a group home in a small town. I know a lot of my readers have sent him cards and reached out to him over the years and he loved that. If any of you want his new address just let me know and I will be happy to share it.
While his routine has changed he appears to be doing much better than I anticipated. He is settling into a new routine. Work, time with housemates, watching his beloved Batman dvd’s and other shows have become his new normal routine. I am so grateful that after such a tough time he is adjusting.
Routine is an important part of life. At least my life. What about you? Do you have a routine that you don’t change up? Something that is a sacred thing that you don’t deviate from? I would love to hear about it in the comments. Remember each comment means a 50 cent donation for our Comments for a Cause for the month—The Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club in Transylvania County.
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Would love to send him a card!
Okey dokey–sending his address to you now! Thanks! You are the best!
Loved this post! My routine is similar to yours. In the morning it’s coffee and social media, blogs, writing,etc. in the later evening, after the day is all wrapped up, the dog and I go to the bedroom. She is 75 pounds and cuddles by me as I read, make and review to-do,lists, and try to stay awake as I read the Bible and pray. (Sorry God!)
Ah, the life of a writer, right? 😉
Would love to send Carlton a card at his new digs.
My morning routine is pretty set. Set by Katie-girl. She gets me up between 4 and 4:30 and we go outside where she sniffs around to see if she really needs to pee. Or something. Then she gets a treat (probably the real reason we are up.) then we try to go back to sleep for an hour. Then we get up and do breakfast and I read email. Mostly it’s all about Katie.
First of all, I am happy to hear that Carlton continues to do well in his new home. I hope that can be a permanent home. I, too, would like to send him a card.
My morning routine, without providing TMI, always begins with reading devotions and with prayer. That would be after I grab a drink of water and kiss my husband goodbye.
I’m so happy to hear that Carlton is doing better!!
What cute cats!
Routine can be very important which is why I struggled with retirement. I loved the routine of getting up and ready for work, catching the bus, doing my thing at work and then taking the bus home. We have a bit more of a routine now that we have Dot. She loves to be walked at the same time every day!
I am so pleased to hear that Carlton is settling in to his new environment.
Hi Beth Ann! I really liked the picture of the cats!
I wake up, make the bed (yay! one thing accomplished!), feed the pups, kiss my sweetie goodbye, take the child to school, sit in the warm car for awhile and wish I could stay there, get breakfast together, and then “go to work” at our home.
I’m not inherently organized, but I’ve had to learn to be since I haven’t lived with Mom since the late 80’s! 😉
I left out the make the bed part but I usually have to wait till the cats are ready to move. 🙂
My routine….My feet hit the floor at 4am (I am a morning person so I/m okay with the break of dawn), I clean myself up and then and let out and feed our pups. And then I let the campers out which can range a few to a whole lot and fed them their breakfast. Throw in laundry (our laundry machine never stops) and fold whatever is in the dryer. Next, I fix breakfast and set up for our day campers. I should add that my business partner and millennial son rises and shines about the same time I do and helps with these chores. Brskly moving on I make my bed, tidy up, and dress for the day. Usually, I then have about an 4o minutes to return any urgent emails, check Facebook. and edit and post a few camp pictures. We leave the house at 5:40 on the dot, and make a quick stop at Starbucks before picking up our first day camper at 6am…and so it goes. The cats look like they enjoy your routine more than Rascal enjoys mine…Yay Carlton!
Your routine makes me want to go back to bed!!!
It looks like I typed this with my eyes closed…commenting in the car on my phone…not a strength 😄
Oh I totally understand. I stink at typing comments on my phone. You made the effort and that is what counts! 50 cents. Cha ching!
Get up, take those darn pills that keep my hair from falling out (haha!), make the bed, put the tea kettle on, steep tea, drink tea, look at emails, try to avoid facebook (lately), shower and dress and then take on whatever my whims lead me to! Ah, retirement! Love it! Oh, and you can give me Carlton’s new address as well (as long as he doesn’t mind getting a card from a stranger.)
Retirement must be such a wonderful change from your previous working life! So happy for you. Will email you Carlton’s address. Most of the folks who have sent him cards have never met him. 🙂
Comment #2 – and oh how I miss a cuddly cat, but oh, how I don’t miss being woken up at the crack of dawn to be fed….
You can come snuggle mine anytime. They are very snuggly. And they don’t wake me up at the crack of dawn either.
Oh gosh – you are so lucky – Sunny used to wake us up, meowing frantically, at 6 am every morning. I don’t do 6 am in retirement!