Thursday, March 17, 2011

"Now The Day Is Coming Up"


What is it with waking up at the crack of dawn? Well 3.59am to be precise. Every. Day.

Does anyone else out there rattle around in the dark every morning like I do?

I don't think I am complaining, I am just curious as to why, even when I am dog tired, 3.59am hits, and just like 'GroundHog Day', I am up and at 'em.

Tried everything... and being a scientist by training have administered the 'control' situation as well. Later to bed/early to bed. Alcohol/no alcohol. Coffee/no coffee after 12pm. Milk/no milk. Dark room/not so dark room. Snack/no snack. Small meal/whopping meal. Damn pineal gland.

My Mum says, even as a little tacker, I was up with the sparrows. She recalls a period in my life, when I had just learnt to string a sentence together. I used to rock my (well chewed, lead based painted) cot to the other side of the room and lean out the window to my neighbour ('Mr Ron', or as I called him 'Mr Won) and recite: "NOW the day is coming up", over and over, with emphasis on a different word every time I warbled it. "now THE day is coming up"..."now the DAY is coming up"....now the day IS coming up".... 'Mr Won' always used to call back, "Good morning Mi-Mi". Dear Mr Won, if you'd laid low I might not have done it EVERY morning.

I must admit, the pure dawn hours, when the birds are waking up, are my most creative. Problems that I couldn't solve the night before all suddenly have solutions, fears I have are acknowledged and logically 'dissipated'.... and dawn is the best time to be grateful..... for another day.

The dawn gives you great strength I reckon. Oh, and I get to blog... in the dark... with the birds... in the most 'delicious' peace and quiet.

Is anyone else out there rattling around in the wee small hours? Drop me a line. I'm up!
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33 comments:

  1. Hey gorgeous one. Big day yesterday? Will head over to twitter. My tweetdeck crashed yesterday so I gave up. A-M xx

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  2. I've been up but for all the wrong reasons... my little monkey is a lot like you as a youngster - he's a morning man... a very early morning man!

    Angela
    Wicker & Stitch

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  3. I've always been an early morning person, I get anxious if I sleep in. My 5 year old is the same as me and my mother was the same. I agree with you, it is a very 'powerful' time of the day - there's nothing quite like watching the start of a new day happen. It gives a sense of hope. And it's so beautiful.. Rachaelxx

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  4. Well there you go, A-M... sounds to me like it's good for you being up that early... problem solving, blogging and creating! Georgie x

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  5. Well, I wouldn´t get up voluntarely at that time - but I would go to bed that time if I could choose. I´m a real night owl and loves to stay up late, unfortunately that doesn´t mix well with working daytime..! :-D So I usually go to bed around midnight and consider that a sacrifice! :-D

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  6. Oh my gosh! I can totally picture you reciting away to Mr. Won each morning. You truly are a treasure A-M!

    ;)

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  7. i too am up in the night and early hours - a habit i can't break. Funny how you get to around 8.30am and feel the day is almost done! Still it is the best time for ideas and for sorting things out in your head - i agree and mid afternoon nana naps are a thing of pure joy if you can fit them in every now and then!

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  8. Good morning A-M
    That was an enjoyable read. I've been awake since 4am, happens a lot of mornings. i make a cup of tea, open some windows, light a candle and wait to hear the first birds start chirping. Over the next hour or so, my loved ones slowly wake up and join me. I think you answered your own question really well, which goes to show how valuable journalling (blogging) is in our everyday lives. Have a lovely day. Jane x

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  9. oh, not me! I'm a night owl and love to sleep the morning through- although with the barn renovation and the carpenters arriving at 6:45 that hasn't happened in months!!

    xojoan

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  10. I've often wondered how it is that your blog post is always there when I check in the morning....no matter how early I get up. Five-thirty is about as early as I get!

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  11. I am an early bird, always have been. Most nights I am usually asleep by 9 p.m. My darling boys go to bed after me now. Mimi xx

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  12. I was up too, I did some washing, and read the papers on my ipad, knowing all too well I need my sleep.

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  13. Hell no I am not an early riser!
    Don't ever bet on getting a 5am comment from me sweetheart. I'm happy as a pig in mud when visiting Japan and China where the population eat late, retire late and get up late.
    Sheesh...4am thats the middle of the night!
    xxx

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  14. Hi Lady A-M,

    Well, my delimma is not ar early as 3.59am §;-)

    I always up at 04.20am every bloody morning (sorry) but I am so tired of it. The reason I am tired is: I cough like dog. No med helps. March 2 to be exactly, I almost die. I was fed up of my coughing, lungs, asthma, so I toke the med & more meds & more. The following day, I can't stand. Freezing, shaking, sweating, vomiting. Later on doc, said "overdose". That's how I want to end of an early riser. Far from yours.

    Be glad you have a clear mind and solve whatever it is that bugs your way.

    Well, life sometimes is really a BEEEYACH... but still loving it.
    We just keep it UP.

    Happy Thursday & St. Patrick's Day.
    x0x0

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  15. My husband is an insomniac. When he goes to bed at night he says that he is just taking a nap...and he is. I often get up with him in the middle of the night for an hour or two and we have some coffee and talk. Everything does seem more peaceful then.

    XO,
    Jane

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  16. Not this little chicken A-M! 3.59a.m. is not dawn mate, it's the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT! MOTH is the same as you though & it drives me crazy. Up @ 4.a.m to do goodness knows what & then fast asleep snoring on the sofa @ 7.45p.m. Just when I went some company & conversation. You need to get that ornery pineal gland under control.
    Millie x

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  17. You know what I do before I go to bed (and it seems to help me sleep through the night)? I listen to this "sleep music" with headphones - puts me right to sleep and keeps me that way. You can listen to it right here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGlHUqYkWgo

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  18. I'm in a complete fog in the mornings...but night time rolls around, and I can tackle the world! My creative boost comes at night, when the pressures of the day are gone and I can completely immerse myself in whatever I fancy, love it! Mr. 24 is the complete opposite and he's just like you, up at 4am every single morning...but not happy about it. Have to check into that little pineal gland thingy!
    xo J~

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  19. Mate, someone told me its because you were born around that time....were you?? I was born at 4:30am or something and I am up every morning at that time. Try Lavender on temples. Deep breaths lovey, deep breath!

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  20. 2.20am seems to be my brains moment of choice.....awake for a few hours & then crash into a deep sleep only to be up by 7.

    One thing I have found that helps (occasionally) is to remind my self that I have survived many a day on very little sleep. In fact I think I am running on about 3 hours at the moment but really feel fine - it's just a matter of remembering this in the wee small ones.

    Love your Mi-Mi story - think I really like that little tacker....

    Katie

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  21. Can my children come and live at your house then? Seeing you are up and chirpy at 4am, then their 5am rising would suit you ;)
    Rebecca

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  22. abangxxx said:
    My, thats a little too early for me.

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  23. Completely the opposite. I have a dip in energy around 7pm when I think I could probably go to bed and sleep. Then I 'wake up' again around 8- 8.30pm. I really enjoy and savour the last few hours of my day rather than the first. I tried to swap this around recently, but as the other two in my house are early birds, I missed my quiet hours where it was just me.
    Oh well, different people make the world more interesting.
    x

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  24. As I get older I'm finding the joy in getting up before the sun rises. School lunches see to that!

    I agree, it is a very empowering time, knowing you've accomplished so much before the day "really" begins.

    xxMB

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  25. I am regularly up early, ever since earthquake 1 hit here, sleep has been one of those things you don't get much of and now earthquake 2 has come I am back to square one. What is it about aftershocks that insist on hitting in the dead of night, sending you through the roof! Because we are two hours ahead of you here I often beat you online. Tomorrow I have to get up at 3.15 to catch the red eye across the ditch...what do you want to bet it will be the day my body wants to sleep! Hope tomorrow is a sunny day in Brissy...5 shaken and stirred Cantabrians can hardly wait for a little normality in the sunshine!

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  26. I'm fast asleep I'm afraid. I am not a morning person at all. I also suffer from insomnia and have tried so many different ways to cure it. I take a herbal sleeping tablet called Complete Sleep. 2 of those and I am out like a light. The only side effect is I often sleep talk for the 1st hour after going to bed. I am told I am very entertaining to listen to lol.

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  27. As the prophet said:"Joy cometh in the morning"!

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  28. ....any hot flushes?...mood swings?... not impossible.I started having sleepless nights at 40..and the above, and that was it....Cx

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  29. It's 1.17am now and I'm up breastfeeding!

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  30. LOL, I love the visual of you as a toddler with a new poetic rendition for the neighbour each day. So sweet! :)

    I'm a very early riser too - though maybe not much good to you for chatting as I'm half a world away and so probably out of kilter with your time zone. Very early morning *is* the best time of the day - you're absolutely right, the world is so quiet that thoughts are clear as a bell and creativity at a peak.

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  31. Early riser...oh yeah, that's me alright! My grandmother used to say "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise." Well, I'm healthy at least!

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  32. God no! I don't get up 5 minutes before I have to. Hubby's up early every morning and jogging in the dark (yes even in the snow here in England...strange man) and I just roll over! I love the story about you in the cot...what a little character you must have been! The 'R' is hard for little kids...my son used to call out to Ross across the road...'where's woss'...so cute. Robx

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx