I was tucked up in bed and fast asleep by half past nine last night. I woke at six o'clock this morning and luxuriated in the warm bed before finally thirst made me surface properly and stagger to the kitchen. Why is it when you're passed sixty that your brain wakes up an hour before your body every day!!
Anyway I grabbed a cup of hot water and lemon, and then plonked myself in front of YouTube on the television. I discovered Little Mountain Ranch a couple of months ago and I love Chelsea's videos. Why I find it a calming start to the day watching someone working away in the kitchen or on the farm I really don't know but I do ... maybe it's simply because I don't have to do it anymore!
I love the muted light in the lodge first thing in the morning, it's very calming and always a good start to the day.
I rarely put the main light in the living room area on, preferring instead to use the lamp that's on the table between the chairs and the little fairy lights that I decided to keep out after Christmas. This lighting seems to show all my much loved treasures off so much better.
As you can see from this photo my picture is finally framed and up on the wall properly. 💖
My younger son Jason painted this for my 60th birthday, but because of Covid restrictions he couldn't get it to me for over a year. Then we moved house - twice! When I finally moved in here I put it up on the wall with some Sellotape to see if I would like it in this position, I did. Alan didn't know what to buy me for my birthday in April this year ... and to be honest there was nothing that I really needed ... so after a few months deliberation I asked him to have the painting framed for me.
We took it to the framers in October and he kept saying he hadn't got it back yet, then he gave it me on Christmas day. I think my choice of frame and mount helps it to fit into the space just perfectly. It was well worth the wait.
I am loving all these calm areas now that the Christmas decorations have all gone.
As you can see from the clock this photo was taken half an hour after the first one and I was still watching YouTube. With a nice mug of coffee I settled down to watch Claire's latest video.
I rarely turn on lights when it is just me, whether it be morning or night. To me, there is something very soothing about being in a place that I know so well that I can just pad around it in the dim or even the dark. PS: You have expliained it perfectly: Your brain wakes up before your body. TRUTH! Moreover, my body always falls asleep before my brain. I can't get the two entities synchronized to save my soul!ReplyDelete
Oh synchronisation would be bliss wouldn't it. :-)Delete
Your room does look lovely and calm and peaceful and I feel the same about our living room now that christmas decorations are back in the cupboard. Finally finished a very difficult jigsaw so can now clear that off one end of the table! CatrionaReplyDelete
I used to love jigsaws and then I suddenly really went off them, thinking about it I think it was when I started to need my reading glasses on to do them, it just wasn't the same.Delete
I so agree about the body taking longer to wake up :) My mind is so read to go, but my feet need a massage the moment they hit the floor and I think..."what happened to my feet while I was sleeping?" All they did was lay there! Yet, they are slow to get going and I basically waddle down the hallway to my coffee pot :) Your slow day sounds wonderful!ReplyDelete
It's funny because every morning I sit on the edge of the bed looking at my feet thinking 'come on wake up' and then yes, like you I waddle to the bathroom not caring that I look ridiculous ... after all there's no one but me to laugh ... and I frequently do!!Delete
It looks so cosy in your living room and the picture goes well with the colour of the shelf. I can say that sometimes it is my body catching up with my brain - I have ideas in the morning to start something but the old back is creaky first thing - but I can also experience being brain dead on waking!ReplyDelete
I have all my best ideas ... for life and blog posts ... first thing in the morning, it's hanging onto them until the rest of me is awake and at the computer that is the problem.Delete
Keep a notebook by the bed! It’s never worked for me mind you…. (Karen S)Delete
I tried that once, it just sat there gathering dust!!Delete
This post - like all your posts - did me good
Alison in Wales x
Thank you, I'm glad it did you good. xxDelete
It's an absolutely beautiful picture and looks perfect there.ReplyDelete
It's fitted in so perfectly, it was definintely worth the wait.Delete
Wow! Isn't Jason talented? The snippet of your room looks lovely and cosy. xxxReplyDelete
He's good isn't he. You should see the hallway of their house, it's like an art gallery.Delete
Will have to watch 'Little Mountain Ranch' (I already follow Claire's channel). Can't be without some fairy lights in January either!ReplyDelete
It's nice to find 'new to you' channels isn't it. I tend to have a little binge watch when I find a good one.Delete
What a lovely picture! Your son is very talented.ReplyDelete
The artistic gene definintely missed me and went straight from my Dad to my sons.Delete
Your room looks so calm in the morning. Your son did an amazing job.ReplyDelete
I do find it easy to 'come to' in the mornings in my own little home ... and with no one but the cat demanding conversation. :-)Delete
The picture is really something. He certainly has a gift. It looks perfect in its new home a d frame.ReplyDelete
Slow day for me today, just worn out still I guess. It is hard to accept that I am closing in on 72 and just don't have the energy I once had no matter how hard I try to ignore the fact.
It's a shame our bodies act their age while our minds are still so young isn't it. :-(Delete