Saturday, January 16, 2016

Morning person









I've been feeling reclusive lately. I'm not really sure why, but it feels like the right thing to do. I cherish my alone time, which for me amounts to four mornings a week while my children are in school. Staying home in the mornings is mostly a restorative thing. I'm trying to use the time to do things I don't have time (or energy, or peace) for otherwise, like reading and sewing. Crochet can happen almost anywhere; I often crochet in front of the TV, and I take small projects with me on the go. More than the hobbies, it's just good to have some quiet in my day. I feel like my children are getting louder all the time. They're happy, and it's wonderful, but oh, the noise! And I've only got two.

I've felt really stressed out for a couple of months with the LB's medical stuff - not the boy and his needs, but the endless cajoling, arguing and pleading with people at every level of the healthcare chain. I often make my phone calls in the mornings when I'm alone, which can detract from the peacefulness in a big way, but it's a time when I can accomplish things I need to deal with. I can't say I feel restored by this, but it feels good to strike something off the list (even if it does contribute to my reclusive ways and overall grumbliness).

What's your best time of day? Morning all the way, for me. I prefer to do almost anything early in the day - housework, baking or cooking, paperwork, doctor's appointments, grocery shopping. I think more clearly and I feel fresher, healthier somehow. I think I look better too - my hair hasn't lost all its body yet, my always-minimal makeup still looks like it was applied by a grown-up, my clothes are still neatly arranged. I use fewer swear words. I think I lose my grip by about three in the afternoon and it all goes downhill from there.

Are you having a good weekend? It's a quiet one here. Cold and sunny outside, just how I like it. I have some new library books. I'm still working away on Hensfoot, and I ordered some yarn this week for a future project, a new super-sized afghan for our bed, which I have promised myself I WILL NOT START until Hensfoot is done and dusted. I hope to start a cross-stitch project soon. This is such a good time of year for it; the sun shines into our living room most of the day and I can sit in the window with bright light behind me.

Guess what? We bought a new car this week. Like, a new-new car. I've never had one before, so I'm very excited. We got to choose the colors and everything. It's for the Bear to drive (his 1999 vehicle barely functions at this point; my 2006 still has plenty of life in it), but I shall be hijacking as often as possible.

51 comments:

  1. i tend to have trouble getting out of bed in the mornings, as i don't sleep too well but i think like you i function a little better in the mornings but i've always been a night owl, though that is slowly diminishing as i get older.
    gosh i love your photos, they are just so natural, plucked right out of your day.
    what is the patchwork going to be? one of the little bears quilts? can't wait to see that finished
    thanx for sharing

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  2. I get a lot done in the morning, but I'm not by nature a morning person. I hate getting up, I've always been this way. Really seem to wake up about 7 pm.

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  3. I know about the need for quiet and for crafting! so sorry for the medical issues; that is stressful! Peace to you!

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  4. Morning person here, I love my mornings. By the afternoon, I just want to curl up at home, and drinks cups and cups of tea. Good weekend here, lots of fun with friends. Congratulations on the car, how exciting! Enjoy the rest of your weekend Jennifer.

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  5. Hooray for the new car - very exciting!
    I'm an evening person - I get a second wind and can get so much accomplished then. I also treasure my alone time. I think we all need it sometimes.

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  6. I so much enjoy mornings. I can get more accomplished in the mornings than in the afternoons. By afternoon I'm ready for a nap. Congratulations on the new car. I got a new car this past summer. It's nice but part of me really misses my fourteen year old van. I know it was just a car but I spent many hours in it. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Lisa

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  7. I always say I'm not a morning person, but funny thing is...once I have my cup of coffee, read some email, then take a shower, then I'm ready to take on the world. Like you, come 3:00 and I hit that afternoon slump. However, my batteries somehow recharge around 7 pm (not so much in winter) and maybe it's because I enjoy the stillness and peacefulness of the house, but I end up staying up until 11:30 - midnight. I love to read in the late hours.
    Congrats on the new car! What kind did you get? My hubby and I both drive old cars with high mileage on them. My car is a 2001 and has 143K miles on it; hubby's car is a 2007 or 2008 (I can never remember) but has about 180K miles on it. We are crossing our fingers that they both hold out for awhile - or, at least until Tim is done with college this summer (which we pay for)!

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  8. I enjoy my mornings too and get most of my "stuff" done in the mornings. Afternoons are for knitting/crocheting. Oh the healthcare stuff. I understand totally. My pacemaker adventure last year was a HuGe pain in more ways than one. Your patchwork is so bright and pretty...a spot of color in our white and gray days up here. Congratulations on the Bear's new car. That's always very exciting.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  9. Your post had me laughing. I lost my grip last night and might have used the "f" word which shocked my husband as it doesn't happen often. Oops! Yep, I am definitely a morning person. I prefer to get everything done as early as possible so that I can enjoy late afternoon or evening doing whatever. And I do not like noise at all. Sometimes I am listening to music or the tv is on and I feel like it is just getting louder and louder and louder. I start to feel unsettled and have to turn it all off. I much prefer peace and quiet. Sorry to hear you struggle so much with the medical/insurance stuff. It really is a shambled system. Enjoy the new car. Best wishes, Tammy

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  10. I am another morning person and like peace and quiet to get on with "me" projects, usually crochet these days but really must get back into my cross stitch. Congratulations on the new car, I have never had a new new car, it must be lovely. xx

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  11. I'm totally a morning person as well, I completely understand what you say about losing your grip by about 3pm. I'd never put it into words before, but that is exactly what happens to me. Safe to say I am not at my best when I get home with the children, and they're not at their best either. Noise and fighting, and that's just me. Mornings are the best, I get SO much more done and it's all of a better quality as well. Maybe we need a siesta... CJ xx

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  12. I'm an evening person although I do treasure my Mondays off work. My chance to do what I want to do you see - well part of it anyway. Lovely projects to be working on & a new car, how exciting. Have a lovely week x

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  13. I am definitely a morning person, I had to be with three little ones. Now they have all grown and flown the habit has stuck. It does mean I get all my chores done and have time for hobbies in the afternoon. Love the fabric choices. Exciting times getting a new car.

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  14. I'm definitely a morning person. I have to do any shopping/doctor's visits/dentist's/etc first thing or it just feels wrong somehow!

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  15. I tend to lose it at about 5pm, it's all downhill from there....... x mornings are best, especially quiet ones. I only have two children as well, but the youngest is 6ft 3 so he takes up the same space as several smaller ones!

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  16. I'm a morning person. I wake refreshed and become tireder as the day progresses. I love seeing evidence of all your peaceful morning activities and morning is the best, and possibly only, time when cross stitch is possible. I am very tempted to order the pattern for Alicia's Midummer sprigs sampler (your ABC sampler looks so lovely on your wall). We now have heating and lighting in the cottage so maybe I could keep it as a portable project for when we're there. I will certainly need some respite from all the gardening, walking and cycling we have planned for this year!

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  17. I never used to be but I am definitely a morning person these days. I am like you by mid afternoon I am ready to call it a day and would love a rest but then it is time to cook tea. How fun to have a new new car. We did that a few years ago for the first time ever, it's weird isn't being able to choose everything! The light in your house is beautiful :)

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  18. Hey Jennifer,
    Mornings all the way for me too. I'm very task orientated in the mornings, and can get everything done in a whirl of industry. I'm sorry to hear about your ongoing battles with the medical powers that be. It must be frustrating and soul sapping. I have to say I love how you photographs glimpses from your home, and how much you seem to be in touch with its' heart. My language is usually appalling by about 5.30pm. It coincides with tea time...
    Leanne xx

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  19. Congratulations on buying a brand new Car, the only time I drove a brand new car was when I was learning to drive, the one I have now is 7 years old which is still pretty new to me. Mornings are my best time too, I like to get up really early and just sit and crochet for a while while it's still and quiet. My day starts to go down hill around 2pm. Sorry to hear about the problems you're having with the medical stuff for LB I know how frustrating it can be. Have a lovely Sunday.:) xx

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  20. I'm not a morning person - but I am a great one for preparing stuff the night before.

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  21. I'm a firm believer in having restorative time. Life goes by at such a pace these days. The trouble is, it's so easy just to start something 'quick' and before you know it the whole morning is gone.

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  22. I think we all need a little quiet, restorative time at times ...
    Love all your photo's here - the first one is quite apt, because we had snow in my part of the UK last night!

    Hey, your new car sounds exciting.

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

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  23. I have just under two hours to myself each weekday between dropping the kids at school and going to work. It's incredible what I can fit into that time! Conversely, weekend mornings are ideally long, slow, and very unproductive, unless you count making breakfast and getting dressed.

    I'm sorry you have to do these battles with your healthcare system. It's the same here - I practically have to psyche myself up to ring the doctor. Hope you're having a good weekend. Xx

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  24. I have just under two hours to myself each weekday between dropping the kids at school and going to work. It's incredible what I can fit into that time! Conversely, weekend mornings are ideally long, slow, and very unproductive, unless you count making breakfast and getting dressed.

    I'm sorry you have to do these battles with your healthcare system. It's the same here - I practically have to psyche myself up to ring the doctor. Hope you're having a good weekend. Xx

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  25. It just seems wrong on so many levels that you have to fight your way through the medical system. It's enough (more than enough!) to be dealing with a child with health challenges. Good for you for taking some restorative time when you can get it. Every mom of young children needs that, but I can say from experience that as a mom dealing with a child with medical needs you need it even more.

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  26. I'm sorry you have to battle with the system to ensure your son gets the care he needs. It must be very wearing and I'm not surprised you need your time alone to recover. Left to myself I'm more an evening than a morning person, as I don't always sleep well and can wake up tired. As the day goes on I often get my second wind and get more done.
    The new car will be great for you both. We too make our cars last as long as possible, so a new car is a very rare treat. :)

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  27. I am a morning person all the way! I'm sorry about the medical stuff, I am there with you as I have to fight [for lack of a better word] for my son and me all the time; it's draining.
    Congrats on the new car, that is super news.

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  28. I like to think that I am a morning person but I need a while to get going. I like to start work early, long before the others and find this really pleasant and productive. I am sorry you are having to deal with healthcare stuff, it is time consuming and never pleasant. Have a lovely week. x

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  29. Hey Jennifer,

    Really enjoyed your post today - I can relate to many of your needs and wants. Peace and quiet is a priority, and getting the domestics done early in the day should be, too, but of course, I procrastinate and that's when the nasty vocabulary breaks the silence!

    Congrats on the new car; enjoy it and safe travels!

    Poppy

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  30. Jennifer,

    I enjoyed this post so much. I think I'm leaning towards being a morning person as well. I feel like I can get most things done. I try to multi task. Between the two girls and trying to accomplish simple tasks around my home.

    As far as your sons medical issues...I really hope things start looking up. I honestly can feel your frustration with the medical staff, and what not. I've had to deal with situations that were similar.- Ah, and they just aren't any fun. I hope you and your family are having a beautiful weekend.- It's cold here in Colorado.

    Congrats on the new car! :)

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  31. I love weekend mornings with no school run and while the kids entertain themselves for a bit i can craft and blog and love for more projects on raverly!

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  32. I love weekend mornings with no school run and while the kids entertain themselves for a bit i can craft and blog and love for more projects on raverly!

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  33. Well.. first off.. more deets on the new car! I'm not a morning person at all. I think all people have a body clock and mine is set for being an afternoon person. That's when I'm at my sharpest and best. We're just taking the weekend easy. A busy week ahead. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  34. I am a morning person too..love your pretty patchwork squares :)

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  35. Glad you are letting the creative juices flow!! I too accomplished a lot when the kids were at school. You have a nice amount of crochet flowers done! Congratulations on the new car!!! Fun!

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  36. A new car...I'm excited for you! I am definitely a morning person, too, and I need quiet time to myself regularly, too. I am sorry that you are having to fuss with getting good care for your son, but I am so proud of you for being such a good advocate for him...Yay, Mom! Your creative projects list is impressive, and I am cheering you on as you organize yourself to enjoy each project on your list. We are still getting lots of rain here, but no more ice in the valley. My SIL is back to work but not supposed to lift heavy things for awhile longer. Not long ago I emphatically said "darn!" in front of the two older grand girls. One of them solemnly reminded me, "I don't think that is a very good word, Gramma." I admitted I might have chosen a better word, but then went on to feebly defend myself by saying that the word "darn" could mean to repair material...like a sock. However, the girls did not look very convinced...they knew that is not the meaning I was using when they heard me! Hoping you have a good week, Jennifer xx

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  37. It is essential to have some time for yourself when you're a busy mum. I'm sorry you have to spend some of it dealing with healthcare bureaucracy. How frustrating. You sound as though you're making headway, though, and you have a great list of creative stuff going on which is great. I'm not sure when I'm at my best! I think it's between 11am when I've fully come to and 7pm when I start to flag. I would love to be a morning person but sadly I'm not. Have a productive and happy week. S x

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  38. Definitely mornings here too!! If I get up late I feel as though I hardly achieve anything, those morning hours are by far the best for getting things done. I'm sorry to hear about all the medical battles, here in England too, so many friends seem to have to battle to get anywhere. Thankfully so far I have always had very good medical care. I hope you soon manage to get things running smoother on that front. Congrats about the car, it must be so exciting :-) Have a great week x

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  39. I'm definitely a morning person too - there seem to be quite a few of us! I'm envious of your new car - we've always had second hand and our current one seems to be on its last legs. Love your fabrics and look forward to seeing the finished product. Have a great week. xx

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  40. I am definitely a morning person. I get up around 5 so I can have art/craft time before work. Most people think I'm crazy.
    Oh, those medical care phone calls! They certainly are far from calming!

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  41. yay for the new car..
    i am absolutely a morning person.. I am looking forward to both kids being in school..right now the only time i get is when the little one naps.. and that is not a lot of time..

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  42. What lovely little photo glimpses of your morning life, Jennifer. I too am a morning girl, the more so as I get older and go out much less late at night. My best work is achieved well before noon, aided by what I call 'Second Breakfast', a coffee and carb snack mid-morning after a very early oatmeal and apple breakfast about four hours earlier! In the afternoons, I love a nap when I can manage to fit it in. Here's hoping you have less medical calls and more serenity for 2016. Happy New Year.

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  43. Hey Jennifer, sorry I've not been around much lately - just life etc. I hear you with the noise thing, I feel there is always an argument occurring somewhere in our house, quiet time is rare. My most productive time is completely converse to your, I find from 3pm onwards I waken up and get tons done! I'd much rather it was in the morning when the kids aren't around. Oh well!
    I've started a cross stitch project too, I'm living it at the moment. And I shoujdbt have started a new blanket, but I did anyway!
    Jillxo

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  44. I'm definitely a morning person. Even more so when the girls get up at silly O'clock or the ABO heads off on an early (is 4.30am morning? not quite in my world). I completely understand about dealing with healthcare 'systems'! I don't yet have any morning time to myself (apart form at work and I'm meant to be working!) and was having fantasies about when the smallest girl goes to school....have a good week xx

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  45. We just moved house and life is chaotic with 2 full-time jobs, 2 kids (2 years + 4 months), and 2 cats. I'm desperately craving peace and quiet to read, knit, sew, anything relaxing. Sometimes you just need this time to recharge! Hooray for the new car. My hubby just got a new company car, and it's so weird to get into something totally brand new and spotless. :) Maybe that should be my calm/happy place for now?

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  46. I would say I'm best earlier in the day and definitely like to get things over and done with as soon as I can. I also am very happy to be alone while I get on with what I need to do. Trying to organise other people, making phone calls, writing letters and emails, filling in forms etc always stresses me out! I've only ever had a couple of new-new cars in my life - the last time was many years ago. Our car is nearing its end now. We will soon have to get another one but it will be second hand.

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  47. mornings for me, too!! do you think this becomes a 'mom' time of day? My daughter, who we referred to as the little Kodiak because if you spoke to her too early in the morning she would just growl at you....is now often calling me at 5:30 am (I'm a morning person, but I'm also retired, so I'm not always exceedingly chipper at 5:30!!---she'll often say, 'you're the only one I know who would be up this early---how can i disappoint her???) Her boys are now 10 and 12 and she's finding that early early before work is HER time of day----even weekends, she'll be at the grocery store by 6. Ahhhhh...the juggling we moms are capable of!!! Love the quilting....as soon as the renovations are complete (soon soon soon i hope!!!) my machine is making an appearance again!!! Might be emailing for some guidance. It's been awhile!!!

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  48. Hi Jennifer! You are smart to take the quiet when you can. I remember those noisy days. I think the only peace was found in the bathroom, until the kids realized that I had disappeared. I used to do that to my own mother. I'd lie on her bed and wait for her to reappear! Kids are noisy and happy and all-consuming! You need that quiet. It restores your soul.
    You are working on some lovely things. I see you made a Posy sampler! I love it!
    I'm sick of everything on TV and Netflix, so I'm just going to listen to audiobooks and music while I knit.
    Take care, good girl.

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  49. Good for you with the new car, lots of stressed is relieved by a car you know will function. I am not a morning, afternoon or night person, frankly I don't function well at any time. But I do love alone time, I am now down to only getting some time on Friday mornings, and that usually involves errands so no alone time for me.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  50. I get trapped in the "have-to-do's" during my few alone hours as well. How frustrating, right? Morning is definitely my best time. If my kiddos didn't get up at 5h30am, I would be on my sewing machine at that time, with a nice hot cup of coffee close by! Heaven!!!!

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  51. I favour mornings, and feel if things don't get done before midday, they somehow don't get done atall. Once the boys are home from school it's snacks, dinner prep, homework etc, so if I don't get stuff done early, it gets left til next day. Often it does get left, because time slips through my fingers, but that's another story X

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