Stephanie over at Hand Gallop posted a neat-o hour-by-hour account of her daily life. I, too, posted something similar last year. I’m not sure much has changed, really, but I thought it would be fun to join in the fun. This is an actual account of Monday, the 14th of August.
6:00 Alarm goes off. Turn it off.
6:30 Alarm goes off. Turn it off.
7:15 I hear the baby making noises from her crib in the other room, and it stirs me awake. I remind myself that I really REALLY need to start waking up earlier on mornings I have someone else feed. It might be my only chance to sit alone, in the quiet, with a cup of coffee.
7:30 Emmalee and Gracie are both awake and sitting on the couch, so I start to make breakfast. Unfortunately, Sunday was so busy we didn’t make it to the grocery store and we’re out of milk. Oatmeal it is!
8:00 Put on make-up, brush teeth, pull hair into a messy bun. PER USUAL. I remind myself to wash my hair soon. Then, I try to get Em to potty before leaving the house. Potty training is not for the faint of heart.
8:30 I drive the girls to my mom’s house for a couple hours so I can get some barn work done.
9:00 I start at the north barn and clean full care stalls. One more horse comes today! So, I clean that stall out, scrub water buckets, fill them with water, and then add shavings to the stall.
9:35 I chat with boarders for a while about the pros and cons of pelleted bedding, then gulp down the rest of my lukewarm pumpkin spice coffee and start cleaning out the feed room. Why do Smartpak drawers attract dust and spider webs?!
10:15 I decide I really need to call it quits so I can go buy groceries, but I get the urge to install DIY manure rake hangers on the wall. I get a text from my farrier that says he’ll be here two hours early, at noon. WHAT THE WHAT. Hell hath freezeth over when farriers arrive early! I try to scramble my schedule to fit the farrier and picking up my girls.
10:45 I jump in the gator and run home, only to jump in my Tahoe. I am supposed to meet someone at 11 AM to drop-off some Lipsense they bought. While I’m in town, I think, “I’m working so hard I’m going to buy myself some lunch! Treat yo self, Allie!”
11:25 Arrive home and quickly eat my panini and soup while reading a couple pages from my newest World War 1 mystery novel. OMG I’M OBSESSED.
11:40 I run back outside and catch Hot Rod, Kona, Rusty, BB, and Jack. I tie them all in the north barn and clean off their muddy feet.
12:03 FARRIER ARRIVES ON TIME. Well, three minutes late, but this has to be a record-breaker. I write him a honkin’ big check and I’m about to leave when my boarder pulls up with her horse. I make sure she has everything she needs and leave to pick up the kids.
12:40 I arrive at my mom’s and tell her I’m sorry for how late I am. She understands, since she works in the barn with me. She totally gets it.
1:00 We drive home listening to a Moana compilation on YouTube. I’m so shine-ay…
1:20 I help Em fall asleep for her afternoon nap and tell Gracie she needs to find something quiet and relaxing to do, while I go close my eyes for a sec.
2:30 Whoa. That was more than a second! Whoopsie. I tell myself that I really need to go to bed sooner and quit watching all those British TV shows late at night.
3:00 My husband comes home early to work on our kitchen remodel project. This works out great for me, and I slip outside to go clean up after the farrier.
3:30 As I’m driving back to the house after sweeping the barn aisle, I notice that it really warmed up today, and the outdoor looks like it’s ready to be dragged. I call my husband and tell him I’m just going to stay outside and drag the arena. I jump on the tractor and do as much as I can, and plan to get up early Tuesday to go over it again a second time. Ha. Hahahaha. Get up early…
4:10 I see my mom pull in the drive and park the tractor. I join her at the north barn to start feeding and cleaning more stalls. I notice that Justin got a bad bite from Sam and apply some ointment and take a picture as a record. I advise my other newly-arrived boarder that we will wait to turnout her horse, since there have been so many changes in the pecking order. My mom walks Boomer out to the pasture and I watch him closely. I text his owner and let her know that he does not seem sore on his front end anymore.
4:55 I head down to the south barn to feed and clean stalls for our second group of horses. I make a mental note that after my conversation with boarders this morning, I really need to go buy some more pelleted bedding.
5:35 After topping-off outside water tanks, I head home only to find Em completely naked running wildly around the house asking for a bubble bath. I say, sure. Husband continues to work on electric in the new kitchen while I do laundry.
6:45 Children are saying they’re hungry, but the fridge is empty. Still haven’t grocery shopped… Curse myself for not having it together more as a mom.
7:40 After driving to town and eating at Chic-fil-a, we go to Lowe’s to look at flooring, drawer pulls, and pick up more bucket snaps for me.
8:00 We collectively groan at the thought of going into Wal-Mart, but agree that it would be nice to have milk and bread.
8:45 Naturally, we found more than milk and bread at Wally World. Kids are officially DONE. So am I!
9:00 Arrive home and shuffle kids to the bathroom to brush teeth and change clothes. Gracie insists on holding her guinea pigs before bed, and when she brings Hank over to Em, I notice globs of poo stuck to his fur. I point it out to Gracie and tell her how important it is to clean their cage more often.
9:45 After giving the guinea pig a bath in the sink-OH YES I DID-the girls finally lay down at a ridiculously late bed time. I scold myself for allowing that to happen, “School starts in three days, Allie! This is unacceptable!”
10:00 I catch up on a few of my favorite blogs, including Hand Gallop. I hop over to my WordPress site and start feverishly typing away at a similar post. Eerrrrr, thanks for the content idea, Stephanie! 😉
10:45 I try to quickly finish up the writing portion of the post, and tell myself to walk away from the computer because I still have to run back to the barn for night checks. Oh, and I didn’t mix or prep grain earlier, so I need to do that too. I try to mentally pencil-in a time to bathe and wash my hair.
Is it bedtime yet?!
Anybody else want to share about your normal day?