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The line between afternoon and evening is a little blurred on the farm. I define evening as supper and after. So that usually starts around 7pm. Making the evening short and the afternoon time long.
We try to eat supper as a family, sometimes that means taking supper to the field and riding a few rounds with daddy. After supper, the dishes are cleared, and the kitchen cleaned up. The kids usually have a bit of play time with Daddy before bed.
I make sure the kitchen is clean and ready for breakfast the next morning. I have found that keeping the kitchen, my room and bath tidy help me to focus and deal with the rest of the house as needed. Those three rooms are the first and last rooms I see every day.
Kids are headed to bed around 8:30p, with teeth brushing, pjs, and stories. After the baby is asleep, I slip outside to check the animals. The evenings are so cool and is a lovely time to take in the air, relax, and enjoy the stars.
I make sure all the birds are in the hen house, the ducks are notorious for trying to stay out all night. Take a quick walk around making sure all the waters are filled up and picking up any eggs I missed earlier. When there are baby chicks in the nursery, I peek on them and check the temperature in the barn, adjusting the heat lamps as needed.
Once all the animals are settled, I head to the house. It is usually dark by now. Sometimes stopping to gaze at the Milky Way on the way, it is so clear in the summertime here.
After the evening walk though, I tend to plug my phone in and not look at it unless needed. I have found avoiding the screen for an hour before bed helps me fall asleep faster. I clean up whatever didn’t happen before the kid’s bedtime and get ready for bed. Typically, I’ll read for a little bit before falling asleep.
The evening is short, but a good evening routine sets us up better for a good start to the morning. At least usually.
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