Monday, April 21, 2014

"Make hay while the sun shines"

Have you ever heard that saying?  I'm guessing it goes back to our rural roots, meaning work, work, work while it's still daylight.  In the northern hemisphere at least, summer is the main growing season, and summer has the most hours of daylight.  It isn't a season to be's a season to work.

I don't mind working, don't get me wrong.  No work, no eat.  But Jeez....I look out my window at  6:30 in the morning and it's already light outside.  I walk the dog at 8:30 at night and it's still light outside.  I feel guilty for NOT working "while the sun shines".

I'm probably one of the few people who enjoys the night time.  Specifically I like the evening hours.  I think of it as MY time.  The work day is's time to wind down....but it isn't time to sleep either.  

I'll sometimes talk on the phone with one or another of my daughters around 8pm....they all have small children.... and you can hear the relief in their voices.  Their outside work is done, their chirren have all been fed and watered, bathed, and are off to bed.  Now it's their time to relax.

Maybe it's my low thyroid talking, but sometimes I enjoy just vegetating.  I enjoy sitting on my balcony watching the sunset.  Maybe enjoying an adult beverage, or maybe checking in on my long distance social media friends.

I guess I'm all contemplative this morning because I had things to do today, things that required that I get up and get out into traffic and the rat race early.

I'm sure when I was a kid I asked "Are we there yet?" like all kids are wont to do.

Now that I'm an adult all I want to know is, "Is it evening yet?"



  1. Sometimes "Making Hay" can mean just relaxing while you have a chance.

  2. Excellent. There's nothing better than kicking back, at least at my age.

  3. I'm a morning person and my wife is a night person, but it has worked ou well over the years.

  4. The Cool of the Evening. That's the phrase that reoccurs to me when I relax at night. It also is tied in to working during the sunny day, but it has always epitomized that comfortable feel one gets when no obligations need meeting and we are satisfied (for whatever reason) with ourselves.

  5. Oh my, you hit a nerve with me...I can totally relate to that! I grew up on a farm, and my parents made all of us kids work like crazy. We watched other kids have fun at the local swimming hole, while we had to - you guessed it - go in the fields and make hay. My siblings and I secretly suspected the only reason our parents had five kids was for the free labor... Anyway, for me summer vacation was actually more stressful and busier with work than the school year. I'm the kid who looked forward to going back to school. And I'm the kid who looked forward to rainy days. No outside farmwork possible on rainy days!

    To this day, I love grey, rainy days. It means sitting on the couch, with a book, loafing and lazing. My husband says I'd be the ideal person to live in Seattle. Hah.

    Sorry for rambling on like this, but you described it perfectly.

    1. All I heard was "book...loafing...lazing..." Hey, maybe we could all be neighbors in Seattle? Their drizzle wouldn't bother me at all. :)

  6. I don't have a strong feeling about evenings but I live for mornings. By afternoon the productive part of my day is over.

  7. What is this "hay" of which you speak? I have no trouble at all relaxing at any time of the day (shh - don't tell my boss!). I like to imagine that I'm so efficient that I just naturally have more down time than most people :)

  8. I love early mornings - when the house is quiet and I don't have to be anywhere but in front of my coffee; I love's that bothersome work day in between where people want me to answer email and do things and talk to them