October 28, 2020

Daylight Savings

This morning, I asked Jerry when we are supposed to turn the clocks back due to daylight savings. It's driving me crazy in the mornings when it's still dark after the kids go to school. I want to leave for my morning walk right away but I don't like walking in the dark.

Lately, I've been impatient so I've just been heading out in the dark--at 7:15 or so. It doesn't get light outside until at least 7:45. I've never given much thought to daylight savings and how it affects us; I just found it annoying to change the clocks. Why not just leave it alone year round? I guess it just depends if you're a "morning person" or a "night owl". My answer changes several times a year! Haha. 

I saw this meme on Facebook and it made me stop and think for second--those are some interesting coincidences! Fingers crossed that things look up from here...?

I feel like we've missed out on fall weather so far. I LOVE the fall, but we went from temps in the high 70's and 80's down to temps in the low 40's with nothing in between. I went from wearing capris and a short sleeved shirt for my walks to wearing thick yoga pants or fleece, a long-sleeved shirt and a fleece jacket, with gloves and sometimes a hat. (My ears were freezing today, and I wished I'd worn a hat.) I hope that we get some nice fall weather in the 50's and 60's. 

I have not had ANY energy lately and I'm sure it's because I can't sleep. It's driving me crazy! I've even gotten in bed at 9:30 (super early for me) but end up watching the clock until well past 2:00. And then I don't sleep well, only to get up at 6:00 to start the day. I've even tried taking sleeping pills (nothing prescribed, just over the counter stuff) and it doesn't help. 

I've been wanting to do a deep clean of the whole house, but I just haven't had the energy. Today, I got caught up on laundry (I hate when I get behind because it feels like it takes all day to catch up). I'm behind on my podcasts because I haven't had a project to work on in the garage, so I listened to my favorites while I put away laundry and cleaned up after dinner. 

Since I'm still trying to read at least 10 pages a day, I always hope that I'll get sucked into a good book--when I read before bed, I usually end up falling asleep (dropping my Kindle on my face!). I just wasn't finding a book I was into. I started several but didn't get very far before I moved on to try another.

Today, however, I finally got really into my book and I read for a while this afternoon. So, I'm going to post this and then read in bed and hopefully that will help me fall asleep. The problem is, the more I worry about sleeping the harder it is to fall asleep!

As much as I love the kittens, I'm going to lock them out of my bedroom tonight. They wake me up constantly! Duck wants to sleep directly on my head and Chick always wants to play with my feet. Last night, I closed my door with just Estelle on my bed, keeping the kittens out. Then she woke me up by pawing at the door--something she never does during the night!--and I got up and let her out.

Finally fell back asleep and I realized that Duck was in the bedroom. He must have been hiding under the bed or something. When he tried to sleep on my head, I got up and let him out of the room. Closed the door. Finally fell back asleep and then woke up to Estelle pawing at my door wanting to come back in. I got up AGAIN, opened the door and Estelle, Chick, and Duck all ran in here like something was chasing them. I just gave up at that point. Hahaha, my cats are killing me!


  1. I read your post and the first thing that comes to mind is I think you need a challenge to fill you with meaning. The sleep issue spins all too familiar to me. I had a long phase that went on for two years where I just couldn't sleep but was extremely tired. I realised that my mind on idle is no good for me. There was nothing to look forward to (except the mountain of washing, cooking, cleaning etc). Untilnone day, something horrible happened and everything came to light. I quit my boring job and enrolled in university to pursue a master's and now a phd. Not that this suits everyone, but something in your tone sounds familiar in having lost meaning and purpose. Please feel free to not post this comment if you see fit. It is intended for your eyes and thought. Hope I haven't offended you. You have provided me with a framework that works for me in terms of food and exercise that I wanted to pay it back somehow. All the best.

  2. It sounds like the cats are, for sure, disturbing your sleep. Also, as a fellow (recovered) insomniac--I suggest two things: if you can't sleep, get out of bed. Your brain needs to register that bed=sleep. If you're tossing and turning and wakeful in bed, that won't happen. It will think, 'Ah! this is the place where we lay awake!"

    Also, and you're not going to like this, reduce your sugar intake. My husband and I both gave up desserts and excess sugar for Lent, and I found I fell asleep so much faster! And slept better. It might be worth a try. I just stopped eating sweet things (I didn't try to find sugar-free ketchup or things like that), and that included Larabars as a 'treat' because that's a huge load of sugar, even natural sugar, and it helped immensely.


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