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September 17, 2010: My Personal Night Shift

Over the past few months I've been busy traveling, sewing, and doing research for a novel I hope to begin writing next year.

My husband Mark and I visited France and Switzerland in May, and I spent a delightful week in Barcelona, Spain, with my youngest daughter Rebecca in June. In July Mark and I acquired a puppy, and later in the month all three of my daughters joined us at our vacation home on Washington Island, Wisconsin, for a delightful family gathering.

In recent weeks, my oldest daughter Hannah has begun graduate school in New York, my daughter Mary has made three new quilt tops, and Rebecca has fallen madly, and continues to be, in love. As for me, I am more inspired than ever about the projects I have in the works.

Lately, I head for bed a little before 10 pm. Mark and I prop up on our pillows and work on a crossword puzzle for a few minutes before turning out the lights. I fall into an instant deep sleep, but then awaken, feeling fully rested, around three in the morning—that's when my night shift begins.

Instead of tossing and turning, I lie on one side or the other, sometimes on my back, enjoying the comfort of my bed. Mentally, I work on my correspondence and other writing. I create to-do lists, prioritizing the items they include. I take little breaks as my thoughts drift to my family and count my blessings. Though I am physically horizontal between sheets and quilt, in my heart I am a runner, crouched at the starting line, ready to spring into action the moment the "go" shot is fired.

For me, the starting signal is dawn's early light, when it is appropriate to rise and begin my day shift. I make the coffee and take the puppy out. I dress and go to yoga practice. I turn my attention to the papers on my desk and the fabric in my sewing room. Quite possibly, I enjoy a little power nap in the afternoon.

Today's Fortune Cookie Fortune:
You will receive energy from an unknown source.


Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 by Registered CommenterMarianne Fons | Comments5 Comments | References4 References

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