Oh dear, this has been a difficult post to pull off this week.
Well, we’re not in Spain. Not in the van. My post feels a little forced.
Don’t get me wrong, this living with Alzheimers is a completely new experience.. with laughs, struggles, beauty. . . but maybe, boring. (When you’re talking Alzheimer’s, BORING is GOOD.)
But I’m from the fold that thinks, “one travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.” That is a quote from one badass travel writer & photographer, Ella Maillart.
So what am I writing about today? I’m sharing a few things about having a routine, which I’m grateful for. The upside to routine. Here’s my list:
Slippers!? Yes, slippers. When traveling, slippers are just one of those things that don’t come along. Now I’m sure there are plenty of folks who travel with slippers, but for most of us these little guys are luxuries. Lucky for me, Maribel had a few to choose from.
2. A Garden
The commitment to a garden demands routine. How many plants have you lost while on vacation, trusting the watering to the kids and/or neighbors? Yes, a garden is one of those delights of my life. We’re gonna have some midwest veggies this summer!
3. Good Habits
Having a routine assures that my healthy habits, happen daily. Exercise, brushing my teeth, preparing healthy meals… are all a result of having a routine. On the road, it’s easy to postpone, or drop a healthy habit. You know, settle for a candy bar as a “meal”, skip brushing your teeth – because, well, no running water…
4. Easier to Commit
Knowing what the next few months look like, I can make plans to work around my routine. On the road, we are lucky to know where we’ll be the next couple days – planning ahead is difficult. I am so grateful I have friends and family that align their routines to meet mine! Carli, Emily & Sarah all descend on Glen Ellyn in less than 2 weeks!!!
5. Saves Money
And, as you know, we are all about saving money. Having a stable routine allows us to buy groceries that won’t have to be consumed in a few days. We can watch for sales, and buy in bulk.
I’m even picking up a little catering (serving) gig today. Actually making a little money. It’s an annual, Father’s Day Pool Party…on what should be the hottest day of the year!
Wish me luck!
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