Are you a rooster or a night owl? What about your partner in crime? Around here we are a "mixed" family. Mars is and has always been a morning person. Living on cattle ranches growing up had a hand in that I'm sure. I, on the other hand, am a night owl. I worked second shift for years and years. I don't know if that's the reason or that I am just naturally a night owl.
As most of you know, we live in a small RV out here on our little acre. This in and of itself demands a bit of give and take. You learn to move differently wen you live in small places.. There isn't room for two people in the kitchen for instance. Not even to stand with the door open on the fridge "and looking for grazing material. You pass in the hallway by sliding sideways. Little things that, after awhile, you just do as naturally as breathing.
I've actually learned to be a bit more patient because of living in a small space. Things some folks take for granted like personal space are sometimes hard on folks. One thing I think has helped us with this is our different preferences in early morning vs late night.
Mars wakes the chickens up so they can meet the sun together I think. He likes to get up early, drink coffee and do some reading. He is an avid reader and is a news hound as well. This is his "quiet time" and I don't invade it. Besides.... I'd rather be sleeping at that time of the day!
In the winter time I don't roll out of bed til about 8 o'clock, stumble to the coffee pot and then a little computer time to check emails and all ya'll blogs. (I'll never get caught up on reading all the blogs I love) Spring and summer will have me up earlier because I'm trying to beat the heat, but not much.
We don't have a t.v. (by choice) but I'll admit that even on our budget I carve out the $$ for DVD's from Netflix every month. It's less than $2o and we've got it down to an art. We watch one movie a night 6 days a week. That's only because mail isn't delivered on Sunday. It actually works out pretty well because Sundays are great for good radio shows. Anyway... I digress....
Once all the daily chores are done and dinner is on the table we watch our movie of the day. Mars will head off to bed to read awhile before he starts snoring. That's when I have my "me time". Time to read or knit/crochet or write. Time to unwind Quiet time.
I don't know how other folks do things but this has worked for us for almost twenty years now. Of course back then it was because our jobs called us to different hours. These days it just is what it is and we seem to have adjusted just fine.
So here's my question. Are you a morning person or a night owl? What about your partner in crime? Do you have a "mixed" family or are you all on the same page?