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.

A perfect morning


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Golden Hour.”

The prompt asked, “6:00 AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00 AM bedtime?”

My alarm goes off at 5:30 am on the mornings that I haven’t already turned it off and began my day.  Sometimes I grumble to myself as I stumble into the bathroom to begin my morning routine.  My last stop in on the way to the kitchen or should I say on the way to my Keurig, is at my scale, which is something I’ve done for so many years, it’s a more of a habit than anything.  It’s reading doesn’t make any difference in my mood; it just lets me know if I should lighten things up.

Coffee done, in goes the sugar and half and half; some things I just will not give up! Holding one of the lovely cups given to me by friends who know my love of coffee and tea, I make my way to my favorite spot.  Before I sit, I open the blinds where I can watch God display the colors of a morning sunrise.  The birds are waking too and sing to their Creator with unabashed fervor.

After sufficient sips of hot java, and enough blinking where my eyes begin to see clearly, on go my cheaters and my bible is opened and on my lap.  Feet up and feeling so peaceful, I began to receive my daily spiritual nourishment.  After prayer and meditation on the Word, my day can continue with me feeling strengthened and ready to take on anything.

At some point in my morning, usually a bit later, my husband wakes up and comes to find me to give me a morning hug and kiss.  This happens every morning without fail unless one of us is travelling and it is one of the highlights of my day.  I smile when I hear him walking toward me, thankful that this is still our reality after 21 years as husband and wife.

I have described the perfect morning at my house.  It varies from time to time, but if any of this is missing, the day seems to sputter and I falter and things just don’t go as smooth.  Yes, for me, the perfect morning is described above.

Opportunities are like sunrises, if you wait too long, you miss them.

William Arthur Ward

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

The weekly photo challenge was to depict “beginning”. The perfect beginning to my day is to walk outside with coffee and bible in hand and watch the day begin.

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Beginning

Brand new day!

Wake up!

So how was your day?  Mine was good after another bumpy start.   I woke up almost an hour and a half later than what I intended.  This NEVER happens to me; I usually wake up prior to any alarms going off.  Besides, when I arrive at a hotel, I always test their automated wake up system the first night while employing a back up.  If it works, I use the automated system for the remainder of my stay.  Yes, I’m a little obsessive about that type of thing.  Tardiness is unacceptable in this situation (in my humble opinion).

So, the first night I was here, the automated system worked fine.  I set it for 5:30am and voila’, the phone rang promptly at 5:30am.  Success!  Last night, I enlisted the same system, snuggled in for a good nights rest and woke up at 6:55am.  Mind you, I had promised to be at the training center with my fellow instructors at 7:00am this morning.

This gave me approximately 30 minutes to not only shower, wash hair (it’s been a couple of days), dress, apply makeup, and make barely drinkable coffee, but also to drive there which would take at least 10-15 minutes, if traffic cooperated.  Yes, the coffee was a neccessity.  There was nothing in this list I could remove.

I looked at the clock with bleary, sleep-filled eyes, sprung out of bed and ran to the bathroom.  I jumped in the shower and remembered when my brother, sister and I were small and we would take our showers. If we finished too quickly to suit my dad, he would say, “What did you do, just run through the shower?”  And usually, we probably had done just that.  I did a little better this morning, but I don’t think I’ve ever washed and conditioned my hair so fast.  Have you ever noticed when you’re in a hurry, the soap will not stay in it’s resting place?

Shower over, I threw hair in a towel, slopped some makeup on without even neglecting moisturizer, picked out earrings to go with my outfit, dressed, packed up my bag, and made the coffee.  Making coffee in hotels nearly always irritates me; mostly because they either forget sugar/creamer completely or they are stingy with it.  Today it was because I poured in a full cup of water, but the coffee maker only returned half the cup.  Lots of evaporation going on there or something.  Oh well, at least I got two swallows on my way out the door.

I get to the lovely rental and it’s covered in ice.  Being a FL girl, and since it is a rental, I’m not prepared, but I don’t have time to go back in and do anything that would eat up precious minutes, not even for safety’s sake.  So, I did what most people would do (haha, probably not).  I turned on the windshield wipers full speed and was super thankful that the water sprayed out and wasn’t frozen.  The defroster worked on the rear window, so the only problem was the side windows, so I rolled them down and took off down the road with 40 degree wind blowing through my not entirely dry hair. 

Traffic was on my side and I made it in the door at 7:35.  The day was all uphill after that.  I’m still shocked at how quickly I got ready, but I have no desire to repeat in the near future.  I will probably employ at least three methods to ensure I get that wake up call in the morning!

Mitch Teemley

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