I am definitely NOT a night owl. I am a rooster. Well, a female rooster. You know what I mean. I have a list (what a surprise, right?) at which, lately, I have not been chipping away. Last night I realized it was because I have been waiting until I am home from work to do most of the chipping-away-at. I pull in my driveway around 6:30 every night. After I push my way through the happy dogs, I let them out, setting off the sheep alarm. Then back in we go; I change into barn clothes, feed the dogs, collect the (puny) eggs while checking on the poultry; then off to the goaties I go, setting off the goatie alarm. I give them their grain ration, then grab the wagon and head for the hay. I drop hay into the goats' hay crate, then schlep the hay and grain ration to the sheep. Toss hay onto the feeder, try to sneak in to dump their grain (never, ever get away with it), get mobbed, feed them, stagger out of the gate, check the water levels, and go back inside. Then I take the dogs for a short walk. Then I collapse in a heap and forget all about my list and want only a nice cuppa and a Murder She Wrote episode on my DVD player.
Compare my morning:
Bounce-ish out of bed at 4a. Let dogs out with "No Barking!" warning. They ignore this and race off the deck to defend the chicken yard from whatever. Turn lights on, turn radio on, make coffee. Check email. Slice zucchini and put in dehydrator. Heat milk for yogurt. Cut out flannel Shush Bunnies (soon to appear on my etsy site). Let dogs in. Write a letter. Change into barn clothes and feed dogs and cats, and police the litter boxes. Take dogs for long walk. Eat breakfast. Pack lunch. Feed and water chickens and ducks. Let goaties out and give morning grain and hay rations. Hay and water sheep (notice, I do not "schlep" in the morning? I have a spring to my step). Back inside to set up the ironing board and iron enough clothes to tide me over the week. Get dressed for work and out the door I go. Drive to feed mill and pick up poultry and sheep feed. Drive to work.
I find that I spend a lot of time in the evening thinking about the time I waste sleeping. I need to work on that mindset if I am going to continue my mornings with a spring in my step.