Here is the schedule for our day, seven days a week:
Get up - Farmer 6.20am, me 7.00am after cup of tea in bed.
Breakfast 7am to 8am - porridge cooked by farmer, papers to read over breakfast, collected by farmer from local newsagent at 6.45am. (no papers on Sundays).
8am The farmer walks round his estate with Tess.
Various activites during the morning - often I meet friends for coffee/scone etc. Farmer does jobs around the farm.
12.30pm. Lunch - our main meal of the day - almost always a cooked meal.
1.30pm. Take Tess for a walk for around half an hour (me)
4.00pm. The Farmer takes Tess around his estate again. I begin to
prepare tea (usually sandwiches) so that we can sit down together at just after 5pm to watch 'Pointless' over our tea. Tess has hers at the same time.
We do a variety of things during the evening, mostly trying to fit in an hour's Rummikub (a game we both enjoy playing) and we almost always go to bed sometime between 10.00 and 10.30pm.
Even if we go out to friends in the evening, or friends come round to our house we still wind the evening up about that time, because most of our friends are in the same line of business and need to rise early.
We do have set appointments which go on the calendar at the start of each month - Physiotherapist, Hairdresser, Exercise class (for me) and Walking Groups, Auction Markets (for the farmer). My weekly order for food is delivered, having been ordered on line, at the same time each week.
Does all this sound boring? Maybe it does to some folk reading it, but to us it makes for an ordered life and one which gives us scope to enjoy life and to make adjustments as and when necessary with the minimum of fuss. People coming to stay are easily accommodated into the routine.
Yes, I admit - we are creatures of habit. Are you?