Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Greeting the Day

Most days this is what I see when I open my eyes in the morning. I just realized this morning how much I like to wake up on my own with no jarring alarm and look out through my bedroom window.

For years when I was working and raising children, I was sleep deprived and relied heavily on my alarm clock to get me out of bed in the morning. Even though I am a morning person, I was not always happy to hear that alarm go off.

There are days when I still have to set the alarm to make sure I am up in time for an appointment, but for the most part my body decides when it’s time to get up.

It’s usually within 10 minutes of 8 hours after I went to sleep. It’s like I have a built-in alarm. But the peacefulness of quietly waking up, usually with my husband still asleep and my Jake on the floor beside my bed, is by far the best way to greet the day.


Blogger Kate said...

How tranquil is that scene? Beautiful shot, Barbara.

What I would not give for 8 hours uninterrupted sleep! I think when I was working I could do that but not since I retired. It's 4 hours at best then up for an hour or two then back for two more. Without a sleep aid I cannot seem to sleep through the night and since I hate them, I have to be really desperate to take one.

Have a great day, B!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

My dog Paco also has an in-built alarm clock. It tells him EXACTLY when his dinner time is there, even if he was sleeping.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

I agree, I love a peaceful morning. I almost never use an alarm clock, and I'm usually up pretty early. Bodies are amazing in how well they adapt to a schedule, and learn when it's time to go to sleep and time to wake up.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

How wonderful. I'm so ridiculously deprived of sleep that I awake in a panic without an alarm, worried that I've missed something.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Fire Byrd said...

Sounds utterly blissful. I'd just settle for a night without waking up three times.... no I'd settle for just waking up once, cause that would be a good nights sleep to me.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Kellyann Brown said...

Yesterday the alarm clock didn't go off... I still woke up in time. Darn it! ::laugh::: I like to beat my alarm clock up, and I hate jarring alarm clocks. The new one that Dr. R. got me starts out very softly and slowly, very slowly increases over time. I wake to the radio, if a good song from the 70's is playing, it takes me back to high school and makes my whole day glow.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

I so agree - on those days when I don't have to be somewhere, I relish having time to wake naturally and watch the day wake up.

3:30 PM  
Blogger bulletholes said...

Over at the Sisters of Mercy's house when I wake up on the couch on Sunday Morning there is a Cardinal that slams himself into the living room window. Repeated attempts to run him off do know good- he always comes back.
They tell me it happens everyday at the same time, same window between 7 and 9 AM, and it has gone on for almost a year now, ever since Joannes husband died...

3:44 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kate -- Lest anyone think I get 8 uninterrupted hours of sleep, I do not. I am normally up 2 or 3 times to go to the bathroom. But I simply turn over to the other side (now that I can) and am back to sleep in about 60 seconds.

Angela -- Dogs are uncanny that way. My Jake is quick to remind me if the clock goes even 5 minutes past 6:00 and he hasn't been fed!

Steve -- Do you find you sleep about the same number of hours every night? Our bodies seem to know just what we need.

Kristin -- You are still young and over-programmed. Just wait until you are my age and retired. It will be so peaceful and you will forget all that sleep deprivation.

Fire Byrd -- Our bladders sound like they are on the same schedule!

Kelly -- I love the sound of your gentle alarm clock! Better yet to beat the alarm naturally.

Pauline -- Some of your best photos are those early morning shots. I can just picture you with your cup of steaming tea greeting the day.

Bulletholes -- What a crazy cardinal! He must have a beak of steel.

5:17 PM  
Blogger karen said...

lovely, makes me feel peaceful just thinking about it!

3:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, Barbara, the idea of uninterrupted sleep sounds so lovely! Between my partner's getting up several times a night to pee, and the dog waking me up to go out or to receive petting, plus my own occasional restlessness, I usually wake up 5-15 times a night. I've always wondered what my personality would be like if I could ever sleep consistently and sufficiently! Maybe more like yours?.... :-)Thanks for the lovely, peaceful image and thoughts!


11:43 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Interesting. I think I long for a series of days when I can sleep until my own body alarm tells me it is time to wake up but when that does occur I usually stay in bed too long. And when I stay in bed too long my body aches. My mom told me that my grandmother used to say that and she couldn't understand how that was possible. Not until she got a bit older. I guess I am there now as well. However, I do enjoy the sleeping, especially in a nice comfy bed when it is raining outside.

7:54 PM  

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