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A Day in the Life…..

I thought it would be fun to do a day in the life. Not sure it would be an interesting read so I will try to make it one.

Around here, nowadays, we are pretty laid back. We get up mostly when we get up. I get up around 7 or so, most days. I get my tea, get caught up on some emails- or rather delete the emails that I just won’t read- scroll through Facebook for no particular reason, and then go to my office for a little “quiet time” with God. I pray, journal, and read the Bible for about a half hour. I am kind of spoiled nowadays.


The kids who are my early risers go watch YouTube videos or play video games until I kick them off and tell them to go eat breakfast around 8 or so. The other 2 who are not early risers get woke up about 9 ish. Or whenever I get around to that. Unless they have an early class and wake themselves up.

I go eat breakfast, clean up the kitchen a little, get the kid whose chore it is to empty the dishwasher and put away dishes from the night before, doing their chore and I go take a shower.

After that, I finish any chores in the kitchen, and then get the kid whose chore it is to help feed the chickens and rabbits and we go do that. This morning it was cold so we had to get fresh water bottles and break the ice in the chickens water tank. I brought in 6 eggs only. Lately, I have been getting about 18 a day because it has been nice again. Last night, the temps dropped below zero again so they didn’t lay as well. I have to treat one rabbit for fur mites later today. I will probably put out a dust bath of Diatomaceous Earth for the rabbits and one for the chickens. That should take care of mites.

While I catch up on some other chores that need doing, emails, today, signing my actors up for auditions, and other things that pop up that need dealing with, my kids are working on their school work. All 4 are doing online schooling this year. Some like to start right away and get their work done. Others stroll in later in the morning. All mornings are spent then doing school work. One is doing a few things off line because I fee like she needs a little extra work in some areas.

The boys are pretty much independent and do what they need to do. Sometimes needing a little reminder here and there. I am here basically as a supervisor to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing and not being distracted by their phones……. or the cat. or their siblings……..

During this time is when I am doing either a blog post or work for the Master Gardener class I am taking, or working on drawing the illustrations for a book I am working on.

As a family, before lunch generally, we do Bible time. This year we have been reading through Psalms and Proverbs. I am learning a lot as we read Proverbs for the second time through this year. There is a very clear distinction between fools and the righteous throughout Proverbs and excellent advice for living!! Sometimes we watch a teaching online which has been really good for us all too.

For lunch, I generally pull out all the leftovers from the week, add in some sandwich fixings, some chips and some fruit and vegetables and put them on the counter or table for them to pick and choose what they want to do for lunch. It works well for us and I don’t have to worry about cooking something special for lunch again. Sometimes I will make something like eggs or macaroni and cheese. But generally, lunch is a smorgasbord.

After lunch, the kid whose chore it is to do dishes, helps to fill the dishwasher and wash up any remaining dishes. The kid whose chore it is to clean up the kitchen, does that and I go do whatever chores I need to be doing. Generally, the dishwasher needs to be run after lunch.

Sometimes they go outside and do some playing for a bit. Sometimes they go back to working on schoolwork or a class. Sometimes they read or draw. Often, they will play video games, either with friends online or together. For this last school year, I go take a nap. I wish it wasn’t a necessity for me, but it is what it is I guess.

After that, we get some other cleaning chores done. Sometimes we play some games or bake. Most of the time though, we do one or 2 cleaning chores that need doing. It is more fun and gets done faster when we do them together and by then, they need something active to do anyways. Last week while it was nice, we all cleaned out the rabbit house and all the water bottles, feed dishes and nesting box. This week, its been snowing or nasty, so we have done some indoor chores like vacuuming and cleaning up those areas that just don’t get cleaned often.

Then the boys who have jobs, start to leave for their jobs. One generally works about 5pm the first part of the week. The other the same time the end of the week.

I start supper around 5 or so, depending on what is going on that night. Whoever is kitchen duty or dishes comes and helps with those parts. Sometimes I have them help make dinner.

Most of the time we eat dinner together. Some nights, it just doesn’t work out so I make something and we eat when we can. Wednesday nights, Hubby takes the kids to their Martial Arts class and they eat out together in between classes. That gives me the night off to work on whatever I have to work on. Tonight though, I am meeting a friend to shop for a nice top to wear to Horse Daughter’s Bridal shower on Saturday. That should be fun!!

Tuesday the kids have Martial Arts so they eat after class. I have my Master Gardener class so I eat before. Thursdays the kids have Christian Youth Theater and leave by 4pm so I have them eat a good snack, take a snack with them and then feed them a little supper when they get home. Friday nights, the theater kids have rehearsals so they are gone by 430 generally so again, I try to get them something before they leave and have them something to eat while there. Ok- who am I kidding…. I generally forget and they purchase snacks there.

Feeding times at night are a little tricky……….

Like so many of you, we deal with that too. Slow cookers and meals that can sit in the oven are my saving grace. A lot of times I like to try to make bigger meals and have leftovers in the fridge for them to just heat up when they can. Some of them would rather just not eat so I do have the struggle of getting them to eat and eat healthy foods.

After supper most of the time, we chill. Some go watch TV. Some play video games. Sometimes we have to go check animals waters and make sure they have thawed water. Sometimes we have to go out and close up the coop after all the girls have gone back inside for the night. About 830 or 9, someone always gets something for a snack and stacks dishes in my sink and leaves a mess on my counter. After this many years, I just roll my eyes and ignore it. About 930, we start heading to bed. The youngest will get sent to the showers sometime before that time. Youngest Son will head to bed on his own then. Youngest Daughter needs to talk.. Then needs a drink. Then needs anything else. She has always had trouble getting to sleep.

I am in bed about then as well, reading generally. The rest of them get to bed around 11 or so.

Not very exciting I suppose. Around here, things are pretty self directed. Other than getting them to go outside or to do something I need or want some help with, they pretty much do what they need to do.

What do your days look like?? What do you do for that busy night time schedule to help keep them fed without going out to eat all the time??



new beginnings


“Anything can happen if you let it……”

Over and over through my head this week. Last weekend was the kids’ show, “Mary Poppins” and that was the last song in the show. I work backstage with the props so I heard that song at least 2x a show for 8 shows.

I guess it’s not the worst song to have stuck in my head…

Needless to say, I have been pondering that phrase.

Think about it…

“Anything can happen if you let it”….

I can get a better job- if I let it happen.

I can get out of an abusive situation- if I let it happen.

I can go back to school and get my degree-if I let it happen.

I can put my family first-if I let it happen.

Think about anything that you wish to happen. Any situation that needs to change in your life. In your child’s life. In your families.


Bad situations and good situations.


If you allow bad stuff to happen, it will happen.

If you allow good stuff to happen, it will happen.

The show was a hit. I think lots of people resonated with the message. If you are familiar with the story of Mary Poppins, you will realize the story is not at all about Mary Poppins. I have read the book. I have watched the Disney version. I have watched “Saving Mr. Banks” about Disney’s struggle to get PL Travers to let him create “Mary Poppins” the movie.

The movie is instead about Mr. Banks.

It’s a beautiful story about his turnaround and becoming the husband and father his family needs. So many resonate with this story. Children need their fathers.

Children need their parents.

Fathers. Mothers. Your children need you.




Here are the lyrics if you want to read them- Courtesy of “”

Mary Poppins

Anthing can happen if you let it sometimes things are difficult

but you can bet it doesn’t have to be some


Changes can be made


You can move a mountain if you use a larger spade

Mary Poppins

Anything can happen it’s a marvel


You can be a butterfly


Or just stay larval

Jane & Michael

Stretch your mind beyond fantastic dreams are made or strong elastic

Mary Poppins

Take some sound advice and don’t forget it

Winifred, Jane & Michael

Anything Can Happen if you let it


i wonder…..

Winifred, Jane, Michael & Mary Poppins

Anything can happen if you let it


You Won’t know a challenge until you’ve met it


No-one does it for you


No-One but yourself wacillating violets get left up

on the shelf anything can happen just imagine!

Mary Poppins

That should be my epitah I wear the badge in honour of this world’s free thinkers


Those who see beyond their blinkers

Jane & Michael

Jelly isn’t jelly

Winifred, Jane & Michael

Till you set it anthing cna hpapen if you let it

Mary Poppins

Anthing can happen if you let it what good is a whistle


Unless you whet it

Bert & Mary Poppins

Broaden Your Horizon


Open different doors

Bert & Mary Poppins

You may find a you there that you never knew was yours


Anything can happen


Raise the curtain things you thought impossible

Bert & Mrs.Corry

Will soon seem certain though at first it may sound clownfish see the world

more upside-downish turn it on its head then pirouette it

Bert, Mrs. Corry & Lamp-lighters

Anything can happen if you let it

Mary Poppins

If you reach for the stars all you get are the stars

but we’ve found a whole new spin if you reach for the heavens


You get the stars thrown in if you reach

for the stars all you get are the stars but we’ve found a whole new spin if you

reach for the heavens you get the stars thrown in

Anthing can happen if you let it life out there waiting

so go and get it grab it by the collar seize it by the scruff one

you’ve started living life you just can’t get enough

Anything can happen it’s official you can choose the super

or the superficial sally forth the way we’re steering obstacles

start disappearing go and chase your dreams you won’t regret it

Anything can happen Anything can happen

Jane & Michael

Anything can happen


If you let it

[Thanks to Carolina for lyrics]

Anything Can Happen Lyrics From The Musical Mary Poppins