What's your daily routine like? What things do you like, what would you like to change? For those things you'd like to change, what are you doing to make it happen?
My daily routine is this:
5:30 am wake up, start coffee, pee, brush teeth etc start a load of wash
6:00 am go down and open the chicken coop and let birds into their run, feed the horses and cow
6:30 am back up to the house and read my email, take dinner out of the freezer
7:00 am wake up my kids and get them ready for school change wash and start another load
8:00 walk with the kids out to the barn so they can say good morning to the animals, gather eggs
8:10 put the kids on the bus and go back to the barn to clean out the nights poop from the stalls, clean the ditch grate, feed and water the rabbits, chickens and turkeys, brush the horses and the cow
9:45 back up to the house, change laundry around, clean the kitchen, vacuum the carpets, sweep the wood floors, wipe down the bathrooms
11:00 back to the barn and put the horses and cow on leads and take them out to the yard to graze (still waiting for pastures to be rdy to graze) pull weeds in the garden, do whatever yardwork/cleanup there is
1:00 lunch and putz about on the computer a bit (I'm putzing about a bit early today) watch the animals to make sure they dont wander off
1:30 switch wash and get it all folded and put away, put the animals back in the paddock, check everyones feed/water
2:30 start making an afternoon snack for the kids and get dinner going
3:15 meet kids at the bus stop- right in front of the house, grab the mail and then do homework with the kids
4:00 back down to the barn, get the horses out so the kids can ride for a few minutes
4:30 back up to the house and get dinner going, play with kids
5:30 back to the barn to do the last feeding of the animals for the day
6:00-6:30 dh gets home between these times and then we eat dinner, he heads out to the barn and garden, kids go hang out with dad or play in the yard
7:30 get kids bathed
8:00 kids are tucked in bed with books
8:30 lights out for kids then I head back out to the barn to visit with dh, gather the slowpoke layers eggs
10-11:00 it's bedtime for me and dh
Our cow is due soon so all this is going to change. Once she calves, I'll be milking her. I've never milked a cow before so I have no idea how long it will take. I'll have to cool and filter the milk, make butter and put the rest in the fridge. I want to learn how to make cheese and yogurt. I'll need to fit it in to the schedule somewhere. I'll be milking twice a day once she and the calf get settled into their routine. I'm thinking I'll do 6:30 milkings twice a day, which will work well in the summer with the kids out of school, but once they go back in the fall, I'll need to shift it to about 8:15 twice a day.
I still need to finish unpacking and getting the house set up. I still need to figure out where the stores, dr's, etc are in our new town. I just get caught up doing things outside when it's nice and I forget about all the boxes etc inside that I need to take care of. So my goal is to unpack 4 boxes a day and put the things where they belong. I need to better structure my time so that I get done the things I need to do vs. what I want to do- which is spend all day out with the animals. I want to make more time to ride, more time to garden and then come late summer do all the canning I have planned.
There are just not enough hours in the day!
So how about you? What do you like/not like about your routine? What are you working on changing? Or wanting to change?
Also- if you have any pointers for me- PLEASE share!