Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Day in My Life #1

I was overwhelmed by all of the positive email I received about this post so by popular request I will try to document one day a week. We'll see, as I have to think to stop and document the things that I am doing. :)

Wednesday, August 24th 

Chuck woke me up to say good-bye a little after 5am. He was heading in for a little overtime. I wasn't able to go back to sleep and got up just before 5:30am. I got on the computer for a little bit and then hit the shower.

When I woke Megan up she asked for eggs. While she got dressed I put sheets in the washer and started breakfast. 
After breakfast she was off to put on her shoes and to brush her teeth and hair. I got her lunch and snack ready for the day. She took a sandwich so all I had to do was put an ice pack in her lunch box and add a banana to her backpack for snack.  We hit the road about 7:40. 

When I came home I put the sheets in the dryer. I had hoped to put them on the line, but it sprinkled on the drive home. The forecast I looked at the night before didn't call for rain, but it sure looked like rain. I went with the safe route. I then added towels to the washer. 
I had my quiet time. I am currently reading through Ephesians. I then headed out to weed the driveway. It seems to be a never ending job!
When I heard the dryer buzz I went to make the beds. 
I returned to weeding until about 10. I then switched the towels into the dryer and went to start dinner. 
I put beef chunks in the crock pot to use to make beef and noodles. I then decided to run out for a minute. 
I went to pick up some mums. 
I know many of you might wonder what I am doing buying mums when I have mentioned that our budget is tight. The thing is we live on a budget and do budget for things such as this. My total was under $10.00. I consider that doable since this will be my only purchase to add touches of fall. It also helps to make my home a haven. I find that when I feel that this space is my haven I am more content to be home. As we all know staying home is one of the best ways to save money and stay on the budget. 

By now it about 10:45. I noticed that the basket of shop towels was getting full on my way in so I threw them into the washer. 
Now it was time to tackle todays big chore. My least favorite of all... cleaning the bathroom!
It needs a deep, deep clean. Today I opted for a quick clean. Good thing I did as I had a call from my mom, Chuck, texted back and forth with my sister and had a UPS delivery. 

It is now 11:45. I grab the towels from the dryer and put the shop towels in the dryer. I hang up the daily bath towels and then fold and put away the rest. 
Lunch is leftovers. Chili and a glass of water.
I eat outside and the weather feels weird so I go in to try and catch the weather. I just miss it! Oh well, I decide to take a break and look a few blogs. 
I recently found this blog. She spent a year living like the 1940's. Including making meals using rations. Not something I would want to do, but it is interesting to read. She lives a very simple, old fashioned life and I enjoy peeking at the things she is doing. 

It is now about 12:35. I head out to water flowers. 
I use water from the rain barrel to complete this task. 
I had planted pansies in this pot. It sits on the front porch. The heat had killed them and all that was left was an empty, ugly bucket. 
I planted one of the mums in it. 
While out my neighbor, Ron, was out walking his dog. We chat for a few minutes and then I head back inside. It is now after 1pm. 
I watch some TV while I fold the shop towels. 
When I go to put them away I really want to organize the drawer. It is Chuck's space so I resist!
 I spend some time working on a blog post until 2 pm. Now it is time to get ready to pick up Megan. I freshen up, run out to get the mail and bring in the trash can. It is now about 2:20 and time to leave for carpool.

 While waiting for Megan I read some of Laine's Letters, listen to Dave Ramsey and Chuck and I text each other for a bit.

We walk in the door about 3:25 and storm sirens start to go off. I turn on the TV and see that there is a tornado warning. I keep watching and see there has been a tornado touchdown about 60 miles north of us.
At this point the weather is still north of us. I put Megan in for a quick shower and set things out to finish dinner.
 Once out of the shower Megan tackles her homework.
 She finishes some math and we go over her Bible verse.

I have keep the TV on and keep popping in the check out the latest.
 By this time the storm is over the city. I step onto the back porch to see what is happening in my backyard.
 When I come back in I hear a report that a possible tormado is on the ground. The news mentions the location and says it is heading toward X.  I pause the TV to rewind to confirm that I heard X correctly. Yup, they just listed Chuck's employers name. The phone rings and it is Chuck telling me that he has been trying to contact me for a while, but they are having trouble getting calls out. No surprise with the weather. He tells me that he won't be leaving work on time as they are on lock down and he is in a secure area.

I keep watching the news, praying and waiting for another phone call. He finally calls and says they have the all clear and he is heading home.  Praise the Lord! I get dinner finished up and keep it warm as it is taking Chuck a long time to make it home. He calls saying he has had to make several detours due to flooding and is almost home.

He arrives home a little after 6 and I am beyond happy to see him!  He calls his mom to let her know he is home and we sit down for dinner about 6:15.

By the time dinner is finished and cleaned up it is a little after 7pm. Megan is watching some TV and Chuck and I head to the back porch to chat. The skies are clear by this time and it has left the air humid. We hear a weather warning come on the TV so we head back in. This time it for a flood warning.

It is now 7:30. Chuck receives a call from his dad. While they chat I help Megan tidy her room. When Chuck is off the phone we have family devotions. It is 8:15 and Megan goes to her room to draw. Chuck is watching TV and after I finish this post I plan to read.

Bedtime for Megan is 9pm and Chuck and I will be going shortly. Tomorrow Chuck will be going in early again for overtime. Besides that the evening was taxing and we are both ready for sleep.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!


  1. I am glad that you decided to do another post about your day! I enjoy those so much. The tornados that touched down near you were on our local news here. We were spared the tornados but there has been lots of flooding here but not in my immediate area, for which I am thankful.Thanks again for another peek into one of your busy and productive days!

  2. There are two chores I do not look forward to....one is dusting and the other is cleaning the bathroom!...and because we only have one, I have to clean it TWICE a week! There are only two of us, but it still need a quick cleanup on Tuesdays.

    You had a quite an eventful day...thank you for sharing it with us. I do enjoy these posts..

  3. Love these posts :-) It's so nice connecting with others who understand all that goes into keeping a home :-) I've been talking about a rain barrel for awhile, I'd really like to get one. Have a wonderful evening!


  4. I enjoyed this so much! May have to copy the idea as I want to get back to blogging regularly! So glad you and your family were safe with all the weather. You get a lot done in a day, girl!

  5. Glad the tornadoes missed your area. We have the occasional warning here but no sirens. Those would freak me out!!

  6. Oh my what a full and busy day!
    I love that you have Laine's Letters printed out and bound. I wish I had done that.
    Glad you're safe!

  7. Oh Wendi, at first I was just mesmerized by your quilts (they are gorgeous) and could not get my mind off them until I read about the tornado. I will admit to holding my breathe and praying that all would be well with your husband. I was finally able to exhale once I read that he was ok and on his way home. Having been through a tornado myself, I know how scary they can be.


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