“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Photo of my morning before I get the business door unlocked

I have never been a morning person. I've tried - truly, I have. Back when I used to actually work out, I tried getting up early and working out then, but usually ended up just tripping over stuff - like my feet. I've tried getting up early to meditate, and that just makes me go back to sleep. I've tried to make time for working on art in the mornings, and that actually succeeds when I wake up full of ideas & energy & relaxation from a great night's sleep, but that means weekends only, and not every weekend. And then the other morning I read this wonderful, wonderful post by Jaime over at A Map of My Planet. She talked about this incredible mountain she climbs almost every morning (that sounds kind of like a life lesson in itself, doesn't it?) & posted gorgeous photos & she can even see the sea at a certain point (I assume the top - the end of the trail, if in fact there is an end of the trail; I like to think it just wanders around & goes on & on) and I was just enchanted! I don't have anything like that near me - the anklet shown above is the closest I get to an ocean during the day, although it now occurs to me that freshwater pearls don't come from the ocean - :( - and there are certainly no mountains near here, but surely I can get out & move, can't I? Surely, I'm thinking, I can do something to start the day off easier. The first step, I'm sure, is to not turn on the t.v., but even that idea sounds troublesome. (Not because I'd miss the news or the latest HGTV decorating fiascos, but because it actually helps me wake up.) But I'm gonna try. We'll see how it goes. I'd like to not be late every morning.

Although . . . when I look at this photo, it occurs to me that it could be worse. I have a job that allows me to wear flip-flops & rolled up jeans & a t-shirt. I have a cat who says good-bye to me at home & another who is thrilled to see me when I get to work. I have a neighborhood coffee shop where I can buy muffins & cokes ( no coffee for me, thank you). I have no one waiting for me when I do unlock the door & open the business, and no other co-workers for an hour or two. It's quiet. It's peaceful.

But still, we'll see. More quiet & more peacefulness would not be a bad thing.


  1. Two last names and they are; Smith and Jones. Now if I were to try and find you I would need to try many possibilities. Thanks for stopping by Pappy's Balderdash today. Glad you liked the site. I hope you come back soon. I am inspired by the visual arts and I use them often for inspiration. So nice to have a new visitor. Pappy

  2. i sure enjoyed this little post of your morning debi. it was easy to imagine all those quirks and quivers that make up your unique morning rituals. the flip flops and rolled up jeans is an especially nice touch. i also was inspired by jamie's post and it set me on a path of gathering up all the beauty of that day.
    your friend, bird tweet robin from down the road

  3. Oh my goodness...thank you so much for mentioning me and my rambles up the mountain in this lovely post. And yes, the path does just sort of wander endlessly all over the place when you reach the top. Lots of little hidden away corners to sit and watch the sea.
    I'm sure where you are there are lots of lovely outdoor spaces. I wish I could come by and visit you and go exploring..see if we can find a place that is just right for you, my dear friend.
    But it sounds like you have found a little bit of peace in your mornings already. Aren't flip flops the greatest invention? I live in them all summer long.

    Love the picture..the blueberry muffin sitting next to the picture of a blueberry was so cute.

    Thank you for being such a lovely presence in my mornings...I always look forward to coming here..to see what little magical gem you have found in your everyday world.

    much love xoxo

  4. Pappy - Thanks for visiting ME. And yes - Smith & Jones. Go figure!

    Robin & Jaime - Thanks to both of you. My mornings are MY mornings & they are what they are, but an ocena & a mountain nearby wouldn't be bad. And there ARE lots of outdoor spots around - I'd just have to drive to get there. But you know, I live in the "historic" district of my town & the walk through my neighborhood is actually pretty nice - although I DO not-so-secretly harbor a fantasy/wish/hope to live next to one of the many lakes in the area. AH well, one of these days . . . . :)

    Love, Debi

  5. Okay, that's o-c-e-a-n - I really DO know to spell.

  6. flip-flops or is it flip flops? or flipflops? :-) i don't know. i just call them havianas as my house. i don't have any others. :-)

    how fortunate it sounds with such a relaxed workplace. i mostly work at home, so my workplace is pretty relaxed as well--the craftsmen coming to install various bits of my kitchen, bathroom and fireplace don't dare to question my attire--but when i go to my real work, i do have to dress up. which is actually ok too.

    i can definitely relate to not being a morning person. night owl all the way!


  7. Oooh! That image really sums up a morning of getting ready for work 'under the gun'! I so enjoyed reading that post!
    And, I immediately fell in love with Jamie's blog. Thanks for the link! Between your post and visiting her blog, I was filled with such happiness!


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