Routine Routines

Got routines?

Morning routines?

Daily routines?

Weekly, annual routines?

Some of us are more committed to routines than others? I know that’s true because I, Shelley Sweeney, change-up my so-called routine often. --The only routine I’m married to is morning coffee and cleaning a cat pan.--

Albeit, I'm obliged to enable various family member routines...

Routinely, Jeff picks mom up after golf on Saturday afternoons. This is the one and only field trip that gets mom (92) out of her house and into a different environment. She relies solely on my [emphasis added] family's participation to switch up her scenery. This past weekend she moaned that the event was "out of her routine." That's funny because the routine never changes:

  • Jeff picks her up

  • She visits Buckhead for 3 hours

  • Dinner at Carbonara

  • Back to her house

We combined the routine last weekend with Diana's annual, move-back-to-law school going away party.

Elderly care routine
Caption? Check out those handsome dudes!!!

We fill Gam's house with our presence.

Carbonara was hopping and popping, packed with humans. The world is abundant with bad news...why not eat, drink and be one big, happy, human family...?


Along with our presence, we brought presents of laughter.

And more laughter...

And time-out calmness...

At the end of the day...we took Gam on a field trip to cloud 9 heaven (what does Cloud 9 even mean?).


As life always goes, we had to battle demons too. Limoncello cake for dessert was pure sin. Lord please forgive us...

So-long Diana and thank you Elijah for helping her move back to the Champagne lair.

Phew, that's a lot of routine pomp and circumstance, human stuff. I'm looking forward to sitting around the house with the pets.

Thanks for reading!

Love, Shelley



Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

- Ephesians 6:1-3