Our family has been through the wringer since our youngest kitty, Chevy, came home with us after getting himself under the hood of our car and needing to be rescued. Kittens with PTSD, OCD and ADHD–especially all in one go, add a certain amount of bedlam and unpredictability to a home. Like this:
Getting Chevy to straighten out, fly right, and do things like this:
has not always been an easy undertaking.
However, Chevy is a grown up kitty now, and I realized recently that I was wholly over his shenanigans. A permanent kitten he may be, however, it was really time for him to grow up and behave himself a little, and it was time for us to re-create some semblance of peace in the house.
The first thing I elected to take back was our morning routine. My other half works outside the home, and I figured that he deserved both a peaceful sending off to work, and a nice welcome home. Also, we have a dog that deserves to be able to have a nice, routine walk around the block.
Last but not least, I deserve to be able to drink my morning coffee, in peace, in order to avoid falling asleep again by noon or otherwise presenting myself as a hot mess.
When I first started implementing this, I felt like my head was going to explode. Because you know (and I know) that the Universe has a sense of humor, so, right around this time, wouldn’t you know it, we had freaky weather, stray animals, a tree landing on our roof, etc. etc.
I was not to be deterred. Thrown off a bit perhaps. But deterred? No.
I decided to start off with lessons I learned back in my days as an Estate Administrator–I decided to organize, and simplify our home, and our morning routine.
First, I started with the grocery store. I bought pack-able foods and foods to create filling meals with, for my other half to take to work. I pack his lunch the night before, so I can just grab it and hand it to him on his way out the door.
I fill my coffee maker with coffee the night before, so all I have to do in the morning, is add fresh water, press a button, and brew.
I set out my clothes I’m going to wear the next day, the night before, and set them aside so Lou doesn’t try to nest in my clean clothes while I’m sleeping.
I set out any papers, etc., that my other half might need before he goes to work, and I do the same thing in my office.
I shower after my other half has gone to work, and after I’ve had my coffee. and from there, I begin my own work day.