“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.”

The sun is among the missing. It’s been gone a while. Today is dark and bleak. Very little color is left in my yard except for one small tree next to the drive-way. Its has red leaves, brilliant red leaves against the backdrop of empty branches.

 I filled the feeders yesterday, and I got really cold. My fingers were the coldest of all. I filled three feeders with sunflower seeds and two with thistle. I also filled one suet feeder, cleaned out the bird bath and added water to it. When I looked later, the birds had descended in full force. When I looked after that, a red spawn was inside one of the feeders. I ran out and scared it so much the panicked spawn had trouble getting out from behind the wires on the feeder. I kept running at it, and the spawn was close enough to touch before it jumped to a branch. It is the same spawn who got hosed all summer. I’m thinking a squirt gun as the hose is put away for the winter. 

When I was young, we’d go into Boston, to the Public Garden, and ride the swan boats. The boat pond was always filled with ducks and the garden itself had a million squirrels and pigeons. People would sit on benches and feed the birds and the squirrels pieces of bread and peanuts from vendors who sold them from red carts along the walkways. I always wanted to feed the squirrels. I thought they were cute. What did I know? I was little. 

Life is filled with routine. It starts when we go to school. We get up every weekday, eat breakfast, get dressed and walk to school. The subjects come in the same order every day except on music and art day. We eat lunch at the same time every day. We go out for recess unless it’s raining. High school doesn’t change the routine much. For me the only difference was I took a bus every day, every day at the same time with the same people. The subjects still came in order. Lunch was at the same time every day . We didn’t have recess but we did go out for air in the small fenced in yard behind the school.

College is when the routine starts to change, and we begin to taste the freedom of choice. Pick your own classes mindful of the schedule. Eat when you have time. Sit around and play cards in the canteen. Skip a class now and then. 

After college, the routine reasserts itself at work. Be there at a certain time, eat lunch at the same time as yesterday and the day before and the day before that, teach the same classes in the same order every day. Go home around the same time every day. That, however, was the first routine I barely noticed and never minded. I didn’t like the getting up part, but I loved the work part. I loved my first two years in Ghana and I loved the next thirty-three here on the cape. I think loving what you do makes the day joyful though not every day because we couldn’t be that lucky, but it does for most days. 

 I have no routine now, and I’m glad. I get to choose whatever my day will be. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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16 Comments on ““The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    I’m glad you keep up the blogging routine 🙂

  2. olof1 Says:

    I’m so bored at routine right now! It’s the same thing every day but luckily I have the job at the neighbor factory as well and I’ll go there for at least two days this week. Last time I was this bored with routine I bought myself a garden center 🙂 I can’t afford to do that now though 🙂 🙂

    I do what I can to make the squirrels coke to my garden but they are just too shy. My cottage is placed 100 yards away from the forest and that’s just too long for them to dare coming. That and two cats and four dogs is perhaps a bit too much for shy squirrels 🙂

    Sunny here today I think, didn’t see much of the weather to be honest but I know it didn’t rain anyway.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      When I used to get bored, I’d find something different to do like go to a movie or have friends over to play games. At work, I’d find some fun stuff for my kids to read and talk about.

      American squirrels are brash. My deck has branches hanging over it so the spawns have easy access and a perfect escape route. There are no woods or forests near me so these are town squirrels used to carts and people.

      No sun at all here still.

      Enjoy your evening!

      • olof1 Says:

        Not much I can do at work to change the routine I’,m afraid. I have to paint the thing that pass by. Thank god I have a vivid imnagination so I can go elsewhere in my mind 🙂

      • katry Says:

        You are a science fiction fan-that gives your mind the best of so many places to visit. I have to think painting gives your mind lots of roaming time.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Sunny and tolerable up here all day.
    I had to wait around for the electrician to come. He fixed the broken outlet in the kitchen so I can cook again.
    He couldn’t fix the broken overhead light so I still can’t see to cook.
    A mouse had made a nest up inside the fixture and managed to fry it and himself. I have to buy a new fixture and have the electrician come back. I have to buy some mouse removal products, too.

    I had to replace that fixture 4 years ago and it was not easy to find one of those old style circular fluorescent units. It was not easy this time either. No such things at big box hardware store. I finally found one on Amazon.

    I get to choose my routine, too. I highly recommend it. 🙂

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My big accomplishments were changing my bed and the cat litter boxes. Tomorrow I’ll do a wash and a couple of errands.

      I know the devastation that a mouse chewing on the wires can cause. One mouse fried himself chewing on a wire here and knocked out the lights on one side of my house including the upstairs bathroom.

      Amazon seems to have just about everything. I’m glad you found the new fixture. Maybe you should have bought two just in case.

      Isn’t it fun having a routine which isn’t one?

      Have a great evening!

      • Caryn Says:

        I thought about buying two an hour or so after I put in the order. But I had tried to change my shipping address and got an Oopsie Something Happened, Please Try Again Later message. I figured I’d leave well enough alone. 🙂

        A non-routine routine is a wonderful thing.

      • katry Says:

        The mice are relentless. Maybe one has told the family legend about the mouse who gave his life for his family’s nest so others will carry on the heritage!

        I love no routine.

        Have a great day!

  4. Bob Says:

    I am up here in Toronto for the week and it was cloudy and almost 60 degrees.
    I am a person who likes routine. It gives structure to my day and I like having my ducks in a row. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I was retired.

    • Minicapt Says:

      You’d quail?


    • katry Says:

      That is much warmer than we are and will be. Enjoy it. That’s about the best temperature for this time of year.

      I think you could find a routine, even make your own structure. Retirement is just another way to enjoy the world.

  5. Yesterday saw the school canteen take on an international theme, to support the ‘International Day of Languages’; with music, decorations and food from the continent! The day was a roaring success – with pupils (and staff!) keen to try out different languages and foods. The day saw record breaking takings for our canteen; who took a whopping £622! Thanks go to the MFL department, canteen staff – and of course the pupils and staff of the school for making the day a success.

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