Not sure why but I was up at 4:00 this morning. I just could not sleep and was frustrated with just being in bed looking at the ceiling NOT sleeping so I decided to get up and putter around a bit. It is so quiet at this hour. I can hear the ticking of the grandfather clock reminding me of the time. The heat is on, yes it turned frigid yesterday, brrrrr. I have wind chimes under the ceiling vents for the electric heat, so I can hear the tinkling of the chimes, very nice. I can also hear Howard 2.0, our rooster, crowing out there. What is he doing up at this hour?
Howard is so funny, he and 5 of our hens fly in and out of the mesh fencing ad lib. They come and go and so far have been safe from coyotes and neighborhood dogs. I will say he is a smart, attentive rooster and takes good care of his hens. They will sometimes fly into their portion of pasture and roost in their coop, and sometimes will just find a nice tree for the night. I listen for him in the morning and know what tree they were in last night. This morning I think they must be in one of the bushes by the driveway, that is where is sounds like his crowing is coming from. I love that sound, something so soothing when I hear it.
But that is it really. I do hear the dogs once in a while, their nails clicking on the tile floor of the kitchen. I am just puttering around the house picking up bits and pieces of things left around, passing the time. Maybe I will find a movie to watch, something soothing. Maybe make a cup of tea.
These sleepless nights, as a child, would bother me so. I guess it was the idea that I had to get up to go to school in the morning and a restless night would mean I was tired in the morning. Now I don't let it bother me. I feel like my body knows best. I know that in an hour or two I will be feeling sleepy again and can go back to bed. But for now I am enjoying this time to myself. ~Night all!