1) My folks stayed with us for nearly 3 weeks over Christmas and they left on Tuesday. With all the excitement and busy fun of the season, our routine was blissfully non-existent. We needed a break from the everyday and we enjoyed the wild ride that was our holiday season, but now, on the tail end of those three weeks, routine is once again needed, welcome and soothing.
2) My 92 year old Grandma has been in and out of hospital over the past 2 weeks. Juggling hospital visits (45 minutes away) with driving kids to school and my regular routine/chores was a challenging but important priority.
3) On Tuesday, Ian left for 3 months in Thailand. A long drive to the airport in the very early morning hours preceded the regular school day morning routine.
4) Kelly is currently in transition, working half time at the old out of town job and half time at the new job. Both jobs have different start and end times. He is tired and a little stressed as he makes this transition and finds his new routine (which is nowhere near reliable and consistent yet). Coming home to "calm and peaceful" amidst all this change is a gift for him.
5) The 3 youngest children are back in school after nearly 3 weeks off over Christmas/New Years. "Back to the routine" is the theme of the week. I'm having to get used to once again keeping up with bread making and baking to keep the pantry and fridge stocked for healthy lunches. I'm also back to making sure that supper gets started early before the busy homework/chores/activity time starts. These tasks force me to be organized.
6) The oven died (Christmas Eve I add, while roasting the turkey which took 9 hours to cook instead of the planned 5). The ongoing challenge of winter cooking for a crowd without an oven has been just another wrench thrown into the mix. I've been cooking for varying numbers of people over this past month - from 30-odd to just 4 (tonight). The leaves in our big table have been in and out more times in the last month than most people manage in an entire YEAR.
7) Grand-parenting! I'm finishing this random list with the "funnest" and most enjoyable reason why my routine has been up-ended :) Seeing our Granddaughter is important to us and we'll always choose that over housework and projects if we have the chance to see our son, his wife and baby Penny.
On top of the constant state of daily change around here, we have some very interesting homesteading/permaculture projects that we are planning for 2013:
Life in our home is ever changing and always interesting with no two days the same. Life IS and WILL CONTINUE TO BE "out of the normal range" for quite some time... My daily routines must be magically accomplished in fits and starts all through the day, flowing in between the many spontaneous changes that get thrown our way.
I'm taking full advantage of the support available over at the Down To Earth Forum. Join me as I learn more about honing my routines and my home keeping skills!