I have been working on the house schedule for about an hour or so and have come to what I believe to be the best format, all things considered:
DAILY SUMMER SCHEDULE
all times approximate
08:00 wake-up meal-time prayer breakfast morning preparations 09:00 morning Scripture reading (Psalms/Proverbs) morning walk 10:00 children`s free play 12:00 meal-time prayer lunch mid-day Scripture reading (Epistles) quiet time for rest or study 02:00 afternoon walk 03:00 children`s free play 05:00 household chores supper preparations 06:00 meal-time prayer supper 07:00 evening walk 08:00 evening Scripture reading (Gospels) evening preparations 09:00 bedtime prayer lights-out (children) household chores 10:00 lights-out
The term “preparations” is a general way of describing individual tasks or routines associated with the time. Morning “preparations” would include getting dressed, brushing teeth/hair and so forth.
On a completely unrelated note, I seem to have the biggest problem spelling the word “preparations” – it is almost pathological how I will type it out and pause… looking at the word suspiciously. Now, I would consider myself an above-average speller, but something about this word just does not seem right to me. I will run it through a spell-check and it comes out correct – I will look it up in a dictionary and still not be satisfied. Ah, well…
Moreover, the arrangement of the Scripture readings is somewhat tentative while I continue to consider which verses are best for different parts of the day.
…and again, I must stress that these times are approximate. Sometimes wake-up and lights-out are going to be a little earlier and/or later depending upon circumstances; for example, visiting friends or family. My only desire is provide a general schedule from which the day`s course can be plotted, thus maximizing the efficiency of waking hours.