Monday, November 4, 2013

A Change of Time and Routine!

Measure, time and number are nothing but modes of thought
or rather of imagination.
Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza

                      
It is 6:30 on Sunday morning and My Hero and I sit enjoying a leisurely breakfast before beginning another busy day. The sun is trying to make its way over the wall of clouds. This change of time is a welcome sight for our mornings but the evenings are not going to be as productive because the darkness falls just about the time we sit at the table to have supper. Due to the change of time and this early darkness My Hero will not be able to feed the cows in the evenings so now my mornings will require going out starting the tractor and feeding the girls. With this time change my duties here on the farm, at least until the grass in the spring comes back to the pasture, will keep me busy and I will have to plan any activities off the farm around this job.


Honestly I never mind this job it gives me that reason to get outside early in the mornings and visit with the girls and take a little hike in the bush. Well now, when the snow is blowing from the north and the cold biting wind chills me to the bone or the freezing rain needs to be scraped off the tractor windshield and I feel every joint and muscle screaming for me to get back beside that heat pumping wood stove I will probably complain. I want to apologize for those days now. I look forward to the snow and pulling my snowshoes out from behind the tractor seat and hopping the red gate to that familiar wonderful world of untouched magic and beauty, the exploring and finding of those tracks in the snow left by the other creatures of the forest that love that time of year too.


There will definitely be falling asleep in my chair in front of the TV before any show I wanted to see begins, I am not sure if I ever gain that extra hour of sleep they always promise for this fall back time change at least not in my bed where I should be sleeping but it surely works for that chair.

Some of the cows are standing up already wandering the field taking advantage of the sun’s early arrival yet the other ones still lie there waiting for the alarm in their heads to go off. I can see Annie with her bright white winter furry coat heading back to the bush with some of the other girls apparently she pays no mind to the alarm in her head she just goes by the light much like I have always done. There is no alarm clock in my room I stick to the one in my head and rarely sleep past 6:00. My Hero on the other hand is usually wandering around at 4:30, I am glad my internal alarm is not set for that early.


I am looking forward to the change in my routine but will enjoy those weekends where My Hero can once again do the chores. There will probably be lots of Netflix watching, Crockpots full of soup and constant feeding of that ever hungry wood stove with all that wood we have split and stacked involved as the snows pile up outside and those cold north winds blow.

I turn on my cell phone as I watch the sun finally make its way over that wall of clouds. There goes that coyote I have been watching for a couple of weeks and I wonder where my Taunting Turkeys have been hiding. There is a text waiting from Kat, apparently our Canadian Netflix has posted 95 episodes of Dr. Who so that should keep us busy. I actually love this time of year and that slower pace and change of routine.

Am I the only one looking forward to slowing down a bit?


Later.

58 comments:

  1. I agree love this time of year, BEFORE THE SNOW ARRIVES!!!

    The one hour time change though has really knocked out my internal clock, and like you I barely sleep past 6am either. Nice to have it lighter in the mornings though when I am most productive!

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  2. Your wonderful descriptions and photos so make me want to see snow! I can imagine how pristine and lovely it must be to feed the cows. Isn't early morning just the best time of the day?

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  3. Slowing down? Sounds like you will be very busy my friend. Winter brings many challenges, but I know you and your Hero will meet and exceed them as you are such a good team. :)

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  4. Hi Buttons,
    Loved reading this, and the way you describe it all.
    I have dived in to every season this year and really embraced it I am enjoying preparing and planning as it gets colder .
    I am the morning feeder of the critters here too . Mountain man usually tucks them all in at night

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  5. hmmm, not sure if I look forward to the shorter days and colder weather. BUT I am trying to go into optimistically!
    Planning some projects, movies are always a good choice :) Spinning, knitting.
    But I am sure there will be come complaining when January/February rolls around :)
    But, like every other year, I will get through it!

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  6. I LOVE this time of year and would be right out there with you feeding cows :-D.

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  7. Slowing down? Doesn't sound like it from here. No..sadly...it seems the older I get the less I enjoy this time of year. The early darkness really gets me down. I'm seriously considering becoming a snowbird.

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  8. that snow looks so pretty but...;-0
    hubby and I have the same speed through the year (retired) but I certainly can appreciate the noticeable changes where duties call..my Uncle Marius was an expert on coyotes for the BC Fish and Game while I was growing up, I met many motherless babies and have a big fondness for them-and have always wished they were vegetarians. The early evening I like, I like the nesting that goes on from now until spring.

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  9. i love this time of year, up until december 26th...then i'm ready for spring! that breakfast looks yummy!

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  10. The snow looks so pretty. I am not a winter person. The snow and ice mean I am stuck indoors until cabin fever sets in.

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  11. I have no idea what caused my comment to multiply. I am sorry Buttons!

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  12. we accept your pre-apology. :)

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  13. SNOW!!! I'm jealous!! And what's on that toast? Is that apple butter??

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  14. I don't really like the time change. But it was nice having the sun peeking out when I got out of bed.

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  15. Lucky us, Creston doesn't do the time change. We are surrounded by communities who have had snow dumped on them rather like that current commercial with the guy getting in his car, and the two boys with popsicles watching him- have you seen it? That's Canada!
    As I look out my window at the mountains I can see the line of demarcation on the mountain where the snow stops and the rain took over, it's rather nice being down in the valley bottom.

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  16. I enjoy winter too. Sports at my house settle down and I have time in the evenings to read! I love it!

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  17. I am looking forward to cross country skiing and snowshoeing and the occasional ice climb in the mountains. Not looking forward to scraping my window on every day of my commute…already doing that here in Edmonton.

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  18. I love autumn and winter. Both are seasons of more activity for me, but I take it easy in the evenings in front of the fire, with a hot mug of cocoa.

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  19. I enjoy late fall and winter when it gets colder and time indoors feels cozier. It doesn't sound like you're slowing down too much, though! I guess farming always keeps you busy.

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  20. I actually prefer to have my daylight in the morning hours, so I am happy to return to Standard time.

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  21. One thing I miss about the farm is having the cattle and other animals . I was always out there in the winters with my dad feeding them in the early mornings then we would watch the sun rise and then pop in and mum would make a nice hot breakfast . I don't mind this time of year but my body is like yours it screams for warmth after a while . Lovely post and photos ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  22. I am a snow person, only if it stays off the roads :)

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  23. B,

    I love Autumn, the cool breeze with all the changes in mother nature. Until the snow falls, then it's cold and damp causing my joints and bones to ache. Then I would rather be inside the house all bundled up staying warm.

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  24. If we only had 2 seasons, spring and fall, I'd be a happy camper. :-) 4:30am is a little bit too early in almost anyone's books! lol

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  25. I'm looking forward to the change of pace that comes with this time of year too, although I haven't see it yet! :) Just looking at that picture of the snow makes me shiver! Brrr...can't quite imagine what the Canadian winters must be like!

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  26. Brrrr, that looks so cold! I cannot imagine getting my bones going early in the frigid mornings. I admire you, dear girl!

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  27. I do like the slower pace of late fall and winter, even here in Arizona! I'm really glad we don't "do" Daylight Savings time here and all of our critters seem to use the sun as their internal clock, which works just fine for me! :)

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  28. You have lots of hard work that provides you with enjoyable experiences. I like the sound of the wood stove.

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  29. I love hibernation season... after the chores are done, and all the critters are taken care of I mean... *sigh* then you can nestle in and enjoy it. :))))

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  30. I do look forward to slowing down a bit. I love the coziness of the season and I will be watching a lot of TV as well now :)

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  31. As we don't do Daylight saying is this part of the Dominion, one day is pretty much like the others. Until we get some weather drama. F'rinstnce, last night we had the first blizzard of the winter, and the power was off for about five hours. When daylight finally arrived, I got up and shovelled the walks, with the assistance of my son, and his kids. (We're only two blocks from their place now.)

    After noon, the sun broke through the clouds, and gave us the first, fine glimpse of winter. The landscape will be like this, more or less, until April, I expect. Fortunately, we have a nice wood fireplace in our new home, so we shan't be cold.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  32. I find it's being out in the elements that makes me appreciate that warm fire even more.

    I'm not sure if it's slowing down but it is a change from the summer months, and I am definitely looking forward to it!

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  33. We look forward to slowing down as well. I thought I was the only one who enjoyed the extra hour of daylight in early morning. Like you, we are early risers and I hate getting up in the pitch dark. The evenings do seem long, though. Dinner is always after the sun sets so in the summer it is late and in the winter it's early. Brett sleeps in his chair too - then wakes up when we go to bed and starts talking a mile a minute. Too funny.

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  34. It's funny how things slow down and get busy at the same time. I love that you're looking forward to winter -many people don't - but it's wonderful to be happy for what lays ahead!

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  35. What a lovely post, Buttons. I have longed for winter through this long, hot, and difficult summer. You make it sound like it's just around the corner and I can't wait.

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  36. Summer is our slow time here. We have been and will be busy until spring! Hauling hay and feeding cows everyday. And my favorite time, calving! I love the crisp, cold wind in your face days. It awakens the soul in the morning. So invigorating.

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  37. Not sure if I am looking forward to colder temperatures and grey rainy days, hopefully I will keep busy in my studio over the winter. Love reading your post and your photos are lovely to look at.

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  38. I love this time of year and the natural rest that comes with shorter days. Mornings are easy but the end of the day takes some adjusting for me, I'm dog tired and out by 8 haha. Your farm sounds amazing in the winter months, harsh but amazing and I can't wait to follow along via your photos. Happy Monday!

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  39. No time change where I live - though I do notice the darkness a lot earlier these days...

    Love those blue snow shoes!

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  40. I love the change! I suspect it is because I am a morning person and enjoy the extra time. I too fall asleep early in the evening.

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  41. Buttons, I love that first image!!! This year, I don't really notice the time change, except that the walk to the bus stop is again in the semi-light...

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  42. Seems you are looking forward to a bit of winter. Gosh that is early for you husband to rise, but I suppose he's used to it. Can't say I would like going to bed with the fowls though :) Hugs M xoxox

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  43. The time change all but guarantees I will be biking in the dark until spring. That's kind of depressing, but I guess that is my lot in life. ;)

    Hope you have a great week, Buttons!

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  44. I like this time of year and I am also fond of winter. I believe there's beauty to be found all year round. Plus, winter promises a bit more time for reading good books. AH! Paradise.

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  45. Your description of the cows being also a bit confused of the time is so sweet ... we're all a bit on the loose side when the clock is being adjusted anew!

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  46. Thanks for following Buttons. I had to make sure I'm following you and I am!

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  47. Definitely love this time of year, I get that nesting feeling.

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  48. I love slowing down. Especially this year. Last year I spent the winter moving stuff from one house to the other. This year, the house is sold and I still feel the relief! I'm ready for the season and the changes.

    Cindy Bee

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  49. PS - I've never seen Dr. Who, but heard a lot about it.

    PPS - I posted a bit of information for you on my blog. (teehee)

    Cindy Bee - again

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  50. You can find the beauty and integrity in every season - that's what I love about visiting you! Gorgeous photo of that sunrise and love your thoughts on what you might find in your early morning wanderings. I never adjusted to the changing of the clocks back in the springtime, so now I am right on schedule once again. I do love this quiet time of year and a cozy fire. Hugs xoxo

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  51. The thought of the wood stove must warm your heart when you are out there in the cold. Yes the sunny days beckon with the light glinting off of the snow diamonds...those are good days, but the cold, gloomy days are made for the woodstove.

    Jen

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  52. I love the early evenings. It's a nice change. Dr. Who? I love that show!

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  53. "Slowing Down?"... not for me this is the hectic time of year with non-stop rush rush rush and wondering what day it is. One day perhaps I will have wonderful slow down feeling on our 10 acres. I am ever so thankful to NOT be in a management position anymore but the rush of the season keeps nerves on high... I will look forward to Spring when I can putter in my garden.

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  54. We don't get the heavy-duty cold and snow, but we get a lot of darkness that I'm not looking forward to (I'm out of town right now and haven't seen the effect of the time change just yet). We had planned to go away in January, when the darkness really gets to me, but we have a legal problem and a hearing in January, so it looks like we're stuck in town (grrr). I have lots of knitting projects, and last year I stayed upbeat by planning the garden, so I'm sure I'll do more of that!

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  55. Earmuffs. Mom was right. Earmuffs kill the cold of winter. they should make total earmuff body covers, but then i guess they wouldnt be called ear muffs then...body muffs?

    BTW Ima working on sending you a box now - stay tuned, i gotta first go get some chocolate on Monday that can handle the Canadian postal system...theres gotta be something thats triple wrapped ;p

    xoixo

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  56. I love the chance of getting the sewing machine out more. I feel guilty doing that a lot inside when there's outside work.

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  57. I am also looking forward to slowing down - it was a hectic and stressful summer for us, and all I want to do is bake, sew, and crochet. No more building, no more fixing, no more "we need to do" or "we should have done."

    Your anxiety scarf is very beautiful! I am thinking I may need to start one to - in reality, I just need to get organized, but it can seem overwhelming sometimes!

    We're all rooting for you, Miss Buttons, and I think of you often. Good luck with the fencing :)

    Hugs!!!! Mandi

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  58. I had to laugh at a leisurly breakfast at 6:30am. I know I could never be a farmer as I am not a morning person. Breakfast here is 9am. I like the time change as it gets dark early in the evening and I can call it a day sooner and enjoy more down time in the evening now. Stay warm...

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