It's darn near scary the way I've been feeling and thinking I need more sleep lately. Today around 2:30-3:00, I felt like I really, really needed a nap. Now, I am NOT a napper. You could most likely count the times I've taken a snooze of any kind in the middle of the day in the last umpteen years on one hand . . . without using the thumb.
So did I listen to my body this afternoon? Of course not. I didn't take a nap or even plop in a comfy chair or stretch out on the couch. I had laundry to finish folding and putting away and a small basket of ironing to do. I kept moving and must admit I felt a little revived. Then around 4:30 I sat down in my quilt room to do some hand quilting until time to trundle on into the kitchen to rustle up some dinner. Thirty minutes later, as soon as I got in the kitchen, I felt so tired again that it bordered on feeling uncomfortable/sickish. I had very little appetite for dinner. (What?! NO APPETITE? Call 911, she must be on her way out!)
Sitting at the table (trying to summon up enough energy to rise and do the dishes) after eating, I told hubby I didn't think I was going to be able to accomplish anything tonight except getting into my jammies and collapsing on the couch.
So what's wrong with this picture? If it were summer time at 5:45 of an early evening, we'd still have four hours of daylight and I could/would accomplish a lot in that time. Heck, this evening I could do lots of neat things before bedtime:
* Bake an experimental recipe of new Christmas cookies
* Make the batch of caramel corn I've been wanting to make since before Halloween
* Clean, sort and rearrange my pantry (I love doing that!)
* Order the gifts I've picked out for myself for Christmas from Papa Pea
* Go play in my quilt room
* Plan my garden for 2014
But let's face it. This is the time of year for all of us to kick back and stop thinking about everything we could/should be doing. When darkness falls at 4:30 in the afternoon, not only does my body register a signal that it's time to call it a day, but I need to learn to allow my mind to do the same thing. We push enough in the spring, summer and fall.
Yep, gotta learn to live more with the seasons and go with the natural cycle of the year.
That settles it. I don't care if it is only 6:31 p.m. I'm going to bed.
Hunkered In ~ from the handiwork journal
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