My life is built on Routine. I’m very rarely spontaneous, and during the enforced isolation of the pandemic, I’ve become much worse. My poor husband, who is much more spontaneous, says I’m in a rut, but it’s easier for me to know ahead of time what I’m doing when. When I make an appointment, or schedule an activity, it irritates me when I can’t do as I planned.
Since the pandemic, I have a set schedule for the week. I generally wake up at 6:30 every morning (no alarm clock required), and go to bed at 9:30 and am asleep at 10:00. I have recently started to subscribe to Blue Apron, again. They have decided that you can get two meals a week, instead of three, and that suits us. I’m careful to ask for two meals that consist of meat, starch, and vegetable.
Everyday: As soon as I get up, I fix a mug of tea and eat a Metamucil cookie. While I’m waiting for my tea to steep, I get out the plates, silverware, and cooking utensils for breakfast. I play WORDLE, check blogs I read, check the bank and update my Quicken, Then I shower and dress for the day. After breakfast, I read through my email, including The Seattle Times, and The Washington Post. Big Al does all the dishes (thank goodness, because that’s my least favorite job). The afternoon is spent writing my “Five Things” blog, and trying to figure out what I’m going to write for my next story. About 3:30, I go in the living room and watch another episode of whichever series I’m in the middle of (currently Vera) on BritBox or AppleTV. Week nights, we try to watch The Rachel Maddow Show, at 6:00.
Sunday – I fix breakfast for both of us – eggs, and sausage – I add grapefruit, and toast to my breakfast as a dessert. I attend church on line in the morning. Then Big Al and I go out to dinner, or do a curbside pickup. After we eat, Big Al bags all the garbage and recycling, and I take it out to the garage. Every other week, I roll the recycling container out to the street. In the evening, Big Al joins me to watch the news (both local and national), followed by 60 Minutes. followed by Al’s choice of movies on one of the streaming channels. When Masterpiece Theater has something we would like to watch on PBS, we do that. We’ve just finished Season 2 of All Creatures Great and Small.
Monday – Wash Day. I put the first load of washing in the washing machine and get that started before breakfast. Mondays, I have Maple Pecan Granola with blueberries and milk followed by toast and a second mug of tea. Sometimes, Al will ask for oatmeal which I fix or a Breakfast Bowl or Raisin Bran. I always inquire before I go to bed so I can plan on what he wants for breakfast the next day. After breakfast, I transfer the first load of laundry to the dryer, and start the second load. I read the headlines in the New York Times, and work the crossword puzzle. As soon as the first load is dry, I separate and deliver the clothes, and fold mine, and transfer the second load to the dryer and start the third load. By that time, I’m ready to go to the Wellness Center and spend an hour on the NuStep machine. I get home from the Wellness Center and fix dinner (remember we have dinner at noon). This is the first Blue Apron meal of the week. The only variation for the Monday afternoon/evening schedule is that I have to take the garbage out to the curb before we have the Gazebo Group meeting at 5:00, either in person or on Zoom.
Tuesday – Every other week, we strip the beds as soon as we get out of them, and I start the washing of the sheets and towels. I attend Bible study on Tuesday mornings via Zoom. The housekeepers come around noon and make the beds, clean the bathrooms and kitchen, and generally sweep and vacuum. I fix myself a sandwich or a salad for lunch, Big Al feeds himself. I plan on going to the Wellness Center to listen to Politics Chat by Heather Cox Richardson. I get home in time to finish up my “Five Things” blog for the day. At 3:00, my sisters and I meet on Zoom for a nice chat. Then we start the regular evening schedule.
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are the days I have set aside to schedule doctor’s and dentist appointments. Wednesday and Friday breakfasts mimic Monday, Thursday breakfasts mimic Tuesday. Wednesday lunch is usually Soup of the Week, Thursdays I fetch something like Whoppers or KFC or some other fast food. Friday is our second Blue Apron dinner of the week.
Saturday – Much more relaxed. It’s football day during the NCAA fall season. I go to the Wellness Center around noon, because there are no classes. Often I’m the only one there.
Wednesdays and Saturdays I write my “Story” in the morning so Big Al can read it over for me during lunch.
That’s my life. It’s easier for me to do things mostly by rote, so I can concentrate on things like presentation at Great Decisions, or anticipating travel (dreamer). Occasionally, we have a visit from my son, daughter-in-law, my grandchild, and their doggie(s).