I used to think when the kids were little that it would all be so much more peaceful when the kids were in their teens and I wouldn't have at least one of them calling, wanting or needing. I was so WRONG! No matter how old they get they still call, want and need! When they were little my five minutes of peace was of an evening when they were all tucked up in bed but now days they are still up way past my bedtime.
So my strategy is to wake early and have one blissful hour of reading in bed before I start my day.
I curl up here with the latest book and a cuppa. No one has turned a TV on yet, or the radio. The X Box is still turned off and no one is rattling and banging in the kitchen. Machicho is curled up somewhere towards the bottom of the bed keeping my feet warm and all is right with the world.
Once they are all up and the day has begun then there is no peaceful or quiet place in the house so I head up the backyard to my sewing room.
I can sit and sew in the quiet and no one annoys me (much) I can play my own music or not and generally ignore the world.
Usually one or both of the dogs come up and sleep on a blanket under the bed though they have to be careful as I quite often forget they are there and shut them in when I leave. Don't worry, I do remember them eventually!