One Day

A few of my friends did a one day challenge on Instagram where they posted a photo of their ordinary or extraordinary lives every hour. I haven’t had time to catch up with them, but I thought it was pretty interesting, and it would be fun to take a photo every hour, then look back at the day. Here, without further ado:

8 AM. Having coffee in my room, looking out, thinking about the day, committing it to the Faithful One.
9 AM. Finished read-aloud time (Ben Carson’s story, Gifted Hands, abridged for children) and memory work. Ready to check some quizzes and tests. The coffee is now cold, but I sip it anyway. It’s my breakfast.
10 AM. Hanging out a load of towels because it’s warm and sunny and I love the smell of line-dried towels.
11 AM. Pottery busyness. Trimmed these mugs and bowls, then threw another batch before lunchtime.
Noon: The last half of the apple dumpling leftovers, eaten in the garden as the clouds start rolling over the horizon.
1 PM. Handling the handles. Hand’s down my least favorite pottery work. LEAST FAVORITE.
2 PM. Taking a break with outdoor therapy. Pulled dead plants and trimmed back unsightly frozen ones. Then I spread the very last of my rotting hay bales as mulch while the children raked and dumped leaves onto the garden.
I think this is 3:30 to 4-ish. I was back at handles and attaching hearts to mugs. I threw 30 mugs today and only handled 9, so there is my work, all tucked into totes, ready for tomorrow. But at least the handles are pulled and ready to attach.
5 PM. Helping my son with his fish fry, as you can see, there in the reflection. He did the battering, and I did the frying. They were walleye, and they were delicious!
6 PM. Ancient Civilizations and the Bible, Greg and Olivia’s history course. We do it first thing in the morning or last thing at night, depending on the day. Today we did it last, and the assignment was reviews and mapping and listening to Itzhak Perlman’s Jewish Folk Songs.
7 PM. Reading our family circle letter, and my Grandma’s last letter to the family. “My love and prayers for all of you,” she said every time she wrote a letter. A few tears of gratefulness pricked my eyelids as I reflected on the treasure of such a Grandma.

And that’s when I quite taking pictures. The day was far from done, but it was tired. I face-timed with my husband for a bit but he was too whooped by his shift to do much more than yawn and try to listen to what I was saying. He is working in the Pittsburgh hospital currently, because they are having severe staffing difficulties. That means he stays overnight and works all the shifts in a row, then comes home for a nice chunk of time. (That’s about the best spin I can put on it. Also, bonuses are nice.)

I cleaned up the frying mess on the stove while Gregory did the other dishes and the girls had a howling fun time in the basement. It was a good day, and since I went to the bother of taking the pictures, I thought I might as well share them. How was yours?

9 thoughts on “One Day

  1. That was interesting to read about your day! We had supper with your parents last Sat eve and connected pottery and nurse hubby with y’all while we were chatting. That was quite intriguing to me! We’ve known them for years. Blessings!

  2. I love this sort of thing. I did it on Instagram a year or so ago while we were homeschooling… guess I should do it again, now that I’m at home alone in a quiet house every day…

  3. I enjoyed this picture day so much!

    On Tue, Nov 9, 2021, 9:26 PM wocket in my pocket wrote:

    > deepeight posted: ” A few of my friends did a one day challenge on > Instagram where they posted a photo of their ordinary or extraordinary > lives every hour. I haven’t had time to catch up with them, but I thought > it was pretty interesting, and it would be fun to take a photo” >

  4. Thank you. I am sorry about your husband’s stress. Are there many sick in the area?

    We are in Ontario and I am so blessed by your insight – how you can put it into words.

    Barb

  5. Do you sell these mugs through the mail? I’m looking for a whimsical 16 oz thick mug to keep my morning coffee hot and I’d love to support a small business.

    1. I do have an Etsy shop that I restock a few times a year. This coming Saturday evening, November 20, I plan to post some mugs for sale. ☺️https://www.etsy.com/shop/blackoakceramics

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