So Dark Before The Dawn





I am really missing my morning quiet time. I like to have some time before the sun comes up to sit and ..... well just sit, or download all the ideas that raced around in my head throughout the night, or blog, or read or write lists.... and lists..... and then summary lists! lol


But the sun is coming up very late at the moment. It is after 7am which in my books is way too late! I don't have an alarm clock. I sleep with the blinds up so I can see the stars and hear the first bird warn me of the impending daylight. But 7am ? That means by the time the birds start, it is already close to 6.30am and I feel robbed of my quiet time.

I try to start each day with a strong morning routine. If I can get through that then all is well with the world. Households with children can be danger zones in the morning. Having a predictable steady paced routine is much better for everyone's mental health. Believe me, I have tried looking for that pair of shoes at the last minute only to attempt getting out the back door and realising that one child doesn't have a hat which means ' no play' - it is a much saner option to opt for the night before readiness programme and the subsequent peaceful morning.



After the whirlwind has left I can start my 'whip round'. Finish making the beds, swish the loo and perform the meditative daily sweep.


In keeping with my focus of health and fitness I have been taking the time to do some exercise and fuel up with a huge breakfast. Breakfast like a king and dinner like pauper.




Thinking back to my Grandmother's ways - routines were an integral part of life. Can you imagine the family getting up to have no fire going, not hot water, nothing cooked ..... because the wife 'didn't feel like it today' lol How times have changed!

Routines were essential to the running of daily life. Now days, we seem to be able to take it or leave it. If we don't feel like doing the washing, the family has more than enough clothes in wardrobes. If we don't feel like cooking there is always the drive thru! In my grandmothers day if she didn't wash, there were no other clothes. They had work clothes and church clothes. If she didn't cook, they didn't eat because there were no take away restaurants! I remember her telling me that on one occasion she didn't iron the pillow cases and they had unexpected visitors drop in and stay the night and when she had to pull out the un-ironed pillow case she felt humiliated because it was a great shame! lol Yes.... things have surely changed.

But back to my world....... I have to wait until April before daylight savings finishes and I get my extra daylight in the morning. Until then..... I will continue blogging away in the dark feeling cheated because the day is well underway yet the sun is not doing her job!

5 comments:

babbler said...

Thank you for a great blog, I agree with you on needing your quiet time in the morning. Your early morning sunshine will be here very soon! I notice the light changing here in Oregon every day. Best wishes to you and your family! Enjoy your latte! Love, Mrs. Slug

xo.sorcha.ox said...

At the moment, I am getting to see the sunrise over the Ranges every morning. It's such a beautiful sight, but each day the sun is taking longer to get over those hills, and I just cannot wait for daylight saving to end so that it will be daylight again when I wake (at least for a week or two before winter starts to set in, anyhow).
~S.

white_lilly said...

How true times have changed. I hope with the down turn in the economy times will change again, for the better. The thought of families not being able to afford take away will be sitting around the table having a home made meal is wonderful

Tracy said...

I really enjoy your blog, so I have an award for you on my blog. :)

Kez said...

Wow, that is so true about we can take or leave our routines because we have so much "stuff" and so many alternatives. Great post as usual :)