Just Another Day – Daily Prompt

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The Daily Prompt was “Just Another Day” -Our days are organized around numerous small actions we repeat over and over.  What’s your favorite daily ritual?  

I wrote a very similar post in A Perfect Morning last year but since I’m in the mood to write, I thought why not?

My days are very organized and sometimes I think too much so, but then something unplanned comes along and it really does seem to throw my whole day off and I long for my routines.  I have tried repeatedly over the years to get over this and be more spontaneous.  Although I am definitely better, I’m not cured by any means.  I wonder if the lack of spontaneity and love of structure and routine are also a result of growing older and more set in my ways.

My favorite daily rituals take place the first hour of the morning. Many mornings I get up even earlier than necessary to enjoy the solitude before the dawn breaks.  When I travel, I miss my mornings at home and my chair where a heating pad is tucked discreetly under a blanket thrown across the back.

At home, nothing changes much in the way my mornings go.   I stumble out of bed to the bathroom and after my teeth are brushed I go to the kitchen, make a cup of coffee and go straight to my favorite chair.  A few sips of coffee are already warming my innards and I place my cup on a beautiful little coaster given to me by a friend.  I usually pray first, then read my bible and then try to just be quiet, and still and listen.  Often, God speaks to my heart in these precious moments, or He speaks through His Word and I reflect on what I feel I am to receive as spiritual nourishment for my day.  I know from years of experience how much strength and peace this infuses my spirit with.  I can also feel the difference on the days I oversleep or something happens and I don’t take that time.

When I’m in my chair, listening to the sounds of all God’s creatures waking up, it seems that much too soon it’s time to start work or go about the rest of my daily business or chores.  But, if I’ve started my day out right, I can embrace the day filled with hope and peace.

The old green couch

We FINALLY got rid of this old couch this week and replaced it with the leather set I’ve had my eye on. I remembered sitting on it an writing this one day and thought I would re-post. It seems silly but there really are a lot of memories associated with it.

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Princess Ayda on the old green couch Princess Ayda on the old green couch

My couch is old and showing wear

The foot rest even sports a tear

There are obvious stains from years of kids

Babies spilling cups sans lids

It’s not so comfy nowadays

The stuffing has seen better days

Still there’s something about this old green seat

Where family gathered and friends would meet

The memories flood my mind today

Naps, talks, games and kids at play

Volleyball players out like a light

Giggling girls who were spending the night

Granny in her moo moo sipping some tea

Quiet nights with just the hubby and me

We’ve lived and loved and ate here

We’ve had cause to celebrate here

We cried and hugged and laughed

I’ve cuddled with my better half.

So, yes it’s old and worn

And admittedly even torn

But it’s hard to let it go

After all the stuff it knows

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