Thursday, September 1, 2016

Top of the mornin"

If a man speaks or acts in pure thought,
happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.
                                    Buddha


It was six thirty in the morning, and a challenge among friends had this farm girl with her running shoes on outside, and walking fast. The challenge is to walk every day, for a whole month for at least thirty minutes. Sometimes we all need a little motivation, or in my case lately, a shove, to do things that are truly good for us.

I do have one advantage over the others, I have cows. Cows, which need to be checked every day. It would be so much easier to hop into something with four wheels, then drive down and check those cows. Now, I shall use this challenge as my motivational tool to put a bit more time and effort into that job.


The sun comes up later, and later every morning as the winter tries to creep in unnoticed, ever so slowly and quietly without a fuss. Unnoticed, by the people who deal with scorching hot days, and where those early sunsets have been a relief from that heat.  Winter takes advantage and creeps in bit by bit. The early evening darkness leaves us all with less time to get those last minute chores done during daylight. That light is now being snatched away at eight thirty in the evening. The days are only going to get shorter and shorter till there will not be any time left to play outside. Mornings cannot be wasted, and now is the time to grab what is left of our days. My most favourite time of day has always been the mornings.

My Grandma, being a wee bit Irish, would say “Top of the mornin’ to you.” I had no idea that she was absolutely right and the mornings are indeed the top, much like the icing on the cake. It happens to be, where beauty lies hidden, at least till the sun comes to nudge and wake it from its slumber.


Where the rusty dew drips from hay wagons, and sunbeams dance, on noses of cows. It is where mushrooms cling to tree branches that had fallen to the ground, and animals nibble the edges for breakfast. Grandma was right. I am pretty sure if you are in the right place at the right time, you may also see one of those leprechauns’ she used to go on and on about. I have yet to see one but I will never stop looking for them.


Oh yes, this challenge should be something that I should have no problem with. I just have to remember that the beauty and the mystery lie beyond my comfortable kitchen chair in front of the big window with the awesome view. I am off for day two. To see what the world outside has to offer. It looks like rain. We do indeed need the rain and another saying I love to hear, “You are not sugar, you will not melt”, comes to mind.


You know, as I sit here wrapping up this story, thoughts about cows getting out cross my mind. Something with four wheels would be very important in that case. I shall not worry about that because as my Grandma used to say, “You have the luck of the Irish on your side”, and I will always believe Grandma.


Later

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33 comments:

  1. Top of the morning to you, Buttons! The morning is my favorite time too. I love the cows and your opening quote. The challenge is great, I try to walk every day too. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  2. This northern Irish girl wishes you a fair morning1 It sounds like you do have a head start too! We all need that shove sometimes!Best wishes to the cows today too!

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  3. i like your motivation to walk. :) and your beautiful views and fence posers.

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  4. good morning buttons! i love mornings too :) have a great day!

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  5. An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. Henry David Thoreau

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  6. You have cows, I have dogs, all good for getting that walk in. I haven't been able to walk mine due to the smoke from all the fires and I feel so guilty. Things are getting better now, so tomorrow, maybe. All the best with the challenge and I love how the light falls over the back of that last cow. Such a pretty picture.

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  7. I am generally NOT a morning person, so I love that you share your early morning photos and thoughts. Hugs, C.

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  8. Grace, your blog always makes me feel happy - other than the rare occasion when you are writing about something sad that is...
    Enjoy your away time! K.

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  9. Hey Buttons, I love your walking challenge! Good luck ... you can do it! I'm with you - morning is really the best time, especially for exercise. If I don't do it in the morning, it sometimes just doesn't get done. Enjoy all that outdoor time. September is a beautiful time in your part of the world so it will be especially nice to be out enjoying it before winter kicks in.

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  10. Love your posts! I'm having a Fall party. Come over and visit!
    http://mychristmasjourney.blogspot.com/2016/08/2016-fabulous-fall-party.html

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  11. Another enjoyable post about your farm life. It would be nice to just go out my door and be able to walk farm land, see the cows, woods, fields etc. I need to get out and work in my gardens for at least an hour a day. It's just been so dang hot and humid out.

    Mornings are my favorite time of day too. I'm usually up between 4-5. My cat, Miss Tork, usually wakes me up then, and most times I'm ready to get up.

    Have a nice weekend and thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

    FlowerLady

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  12. Lovely. It isn't light here yet, but you are inspiring me. Thank you.

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  13. i use to be an early riser, now i always sleep in, but i think morning is the best time of the day!!! it's awesome to challenge yourself to walk every day, walking any distance is impossible for me.

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  14. I like the quiet mornings, too. How nice to have extra motivation and a reason to get your walking in everyday. I've been bad in that regard lately. Ugh. I've never heard the saying "you are not sugar you will not melt" but I like it!

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  15. I've been walking on the treadmill this summer because it's been so hot. I will enjoy walking outside again as fall arrives. And I will look forward to photos from your walking paths.

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  16. Great challenge! Keep at it. Love your top of the morning references. So right.

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  17. I take each of my livestock Pyrs for a walk between feeding and milking. I call is "Mom time" for the pups a one on one. With 42 acres it gives us a go walk. Have walked all my life and loved it. As much as I would rather have winter than summer I do miss the extra light also. But I am ready let "old man winter" come.

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  18. I am not a morning person. I have only seen the sunrise once in my lifetime, but gosh, I have witnessed many spectacular sunsets and moonscapes. This summer has been brutally hot and humid, and I have not been able to go outside much. I am so looking forward to autumn and cooler temps. Hubber's and I plan to walk every evening when the weather cools down.

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  19. Walking to the cows is a great idea, they'll see you coming and meet you halfway maybe, then you'll have more time together.
    You've inspired me too. Mornings here are kinder now that spring is on the way, so I'll get in some walking each day too.

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  20. Good morning Buttons!:) At least here in Portugal it is almost 8.00am, but I have been awake since 5.30, and been a walk with Mel, before the day gets too hot, and now it's time to spend some time with my blogger friends. A most enjoyable read, and photos, and I love the reference to early mornings and the rusty dew dripping from hay wagons, and sunbeams dancing on noses of cows. Enjoy your walks Buttons, when you observe these beautiful things, which you can then share with us. Have a great weekend!:)

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  21. cute cow pics! Just what I needed this morning!
    have a wonderful day1

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  22. The serenity of the photo with the gate and all that greenery is blissful.

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  23. Morning + cows is a beautiful combination! I would much rather walk my half hour with cows.

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  24. That is a great challenge. I need to do that. Yes the days are slipping away. I am the great procrastinator! I love mornings too, unfortunately I have to use them to get ready for work and get there in time. When I get home I'm exhausted and not in the mood for a walk. AND in my part of the country, it's really hot when I get home and stays hot till the sun goes down. By then it's to late for me to walk, I'm in bed resting for the next day. I'm really hoping when I retire in two years, I will get to do what I want and in the morning! Keep it up my friend! Say hi to your cows for me.

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  25. Not such a good challenge for January but an excellent challenge for September!

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  26. I really enjoy morning walks. Best time of the day!

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  27. I used to love getting up early in the morning but now I seem to be sleeping in more and more. I do love to see a good sunrise over the mountains or over the water. When ever I change time zones on holiday it's great as for the first week I am up at the crack of dawn :)

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  28. Good on Grandma. You sound very motivated for your morning walk. Well done. I meet friends in the local forest. That makes me get up and go.

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  29. Top of the Morin' to you . . . back atcha . . .
    Okay . . . Let's commit to 30 minutes a day . . .
    I just did . . .
    We can do it!

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  30. Sounds like a good thing...multi-tasking. Be careful and safe and enjoy the cooler mornings.

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  31. What a great way to get your exercise and enjoy the freshness of the morning. The cows seem quite pleased with the day.

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  32. I love that idea of getting out to work for 30 minutes! That is something that I should be doing more of.

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  33. I've been neglectful of walking lately. So many other things to do, and as you said the days keep getting shorter.

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