Sunrise in the Woods

I’m not a heat-loving person. Heck, I’m not even much of a heat-tolerating person. On the one hand, this is a Good Thing, because I can safely assume there’s nothing reptilian about me. On the other hand, it makes it difficult for me to get much done during an Ottawa summer.

My solution, developed over the last several years, has been to rearrange my daily schedule so that I have all the physical outdoor work done before 8 a.m. Yes, you read that right. By 8 in the morning, I’ve already fed the animals, walked the dog, and done a good hour’s worth of gardening. (And yes, I know that makes me a sick, sick person, but I’ve learned to accept that about myself. ;))

The difficulty, I’m finding, is making the shift to those earlier hours. Over the course of the winter, I put off getting out of bed later and later, hard pressed to convince myself to get out of bed while it was still dark. Bad habits resulted that I’m now having to break. Ugh.

On mornings like this one, however, I’m reminded that there are other — and even better — reasons for rising early. Believe me, it helps. 🙂