3:00 AM

Can’t sleep.

I walk outside and it is so strange to hear nothing.

No frogs, nor wind, nor traffic, nor rain. Nothing.

The last time it was this quiet was in 2011 when the tornado storm took our power.Β  We do have power by the way.

Unable to sleep I start my day early.

Good morning!


Meet Crow, the new rooster of the Farmlet.

He’s still sleeping.

Smart rooster!


What do you do when you can’t sleep?

49 thoughts on “3:00 AM

  1. treadlemusic says:

    That’s a toughy! If it’s an unrealistically early time (like 12:30 a.m.) I turn over and try to quiet my brain! After 4:30 I am up for the day and searching for that first cup of coffee!!!! LOL!!!! Love Crow!!!!!

  2. shoreacres says:

    Oh, my! Isn’t crow a handsome fellow! That glossy blue-black is just wonderful. It must be such fun to have those critters on your place.

    As for not being able to sleep… I have to say that’s not a problem I have. I go to bed around 10:30, I go right to sleep, and in the morning I get up. Dixie would like me to get up much earlier than I do. She thinks 4 a.m. would be about perfect. So, sometimes she wakes me up with her meowing, but if I get up, put more food in her bowl (even if it isn’t empty) and talk to her for a minute, she’s usually good with that. Then, I go back to sleep until about 5:30 or 5:45.

    On the rare occasions when I wake up early and can’t go back to sleep, I usually listen to the radio for a few minutes, and then get up and start the day. I’m so glad I’m not cursed with insomnia. I know some people who often can’t sleep, and end up wandering the house all night long. I think it would be terrible.

    • Lynda says:

      Linda, I think your kitty has you wrapped around her little paw. πŸ˜€ As for the insomnia, well, it seems to be getting worse as time goes by. I am hoping that it is just a phase… πŸ˜›

      And yes, Crow’s coloring was quite a delightful surprise!

  3. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Good Morning Lynda!! And he’s gorgeous, by the way, your new Fella; )
    SO good to hear from you: )
    Pretty much the same as you do; in answer to your question. What’s keepingvyou up these days?

  4. claire93 says:

    hello to Crow, he’s a very beautiful rooster.
    When I can’t sleep . . . very rarely happens to me ^^ but I’d make a hot chocolate and curl up on the couch with a book until I fell asleep.

    • Lynda says:

      Claire, that usually works for me (chamomile and a book) but this time I knew I had lots of work to do so I just stayed up. Yes, his color really surprised me, and so far he is a friendly fellow!

  5. Littlesundog says:

    Sorry you couldn’t sleep – I hate when that happens! I usually lay in bed another 15 minutes or so and if sleeplessness continues, I go ahead and get up. I generally get on the computer for a while. After an hour I either get sleepy and go back to bed, or I start the day quietly (so I don’t wake up Forrest). Maybe you can catch a nap today?

    • Lynda says:

      Lori, normally a nap would do, but we had to get busy mowing 1.5 ft tall grass on the Mtn. Farmlet. It took us all day (Me riding, Bob weed whacking and following the propelled mower for the tight spots!) Then it was off to kill the GIANT Magenta thistles. They were everywhere in the pastures this year. 😦

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Daphne. I thought he was going to turn out all black, hence the name, but then all those lovely colors started popping out! As for sleep, well, I managed to get my work done on the mountain without it. Barely. πŸ™‚

  6. Bill says:

    For me the best thing to do on mornings like that is just to do what you did–get up! Get some things done or spend some quiet time reading. But when that happens I think it’s important to try to get a short nap in the afternoon. πŸ™‚

  7. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Omg, is that a patch of violets he’s standing in? Y’know a very dear friend of mine, who’s a registered Herbalist, once told me that; “If you have a particular plant growing in profusion nearby, it’s usually because you have need of it.”
    And thank you to Kate for mentioning “look at him standing ankle deep in Pennywort.” otherwise I wouldn’t have wondered what Pennywort looked like and gone back for a better look. (I was so totally enthralled with your beautiful Roo that I hadn’t even noticed anything else about the photo: )
    But anyway, in the Plants For A Future article for Sweet Violet – in the second and third sentences under medicinal uses – it says, “It also contains salicylic acid, which is used to make aspirin[244]. It is therefore effective in the treatment of headaches, migraine and insomnia[244] …”
    So, how bizarre is that, eh? Here’s the link to the whole piece:

    • Lynda says:

      Yes. They are the bane of our existence. I hate them. And with my luck, I will be allergic to them and suffer the nausea and vomiting that was referenced in the article you sent me.

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        I’ve noticed that PFAF.org tends to err on the side of caution; however, this article from “A Modern Herbal” goes into more depth on that… (Syrup of Ipecac was/is used to induce vomiting.) and a lot of other things as well: }
        It says, in part: “The older writers had great faith in Syrup of Violet [flower]s: ague, epilepsy, inflammation of the eyes, sleeplessness, pleurisy, jaundice and quinsy are only a few of the ailments for which it was held potent. Gerard says: ‘It has power to ease inflammation, roughness of the throat and comforteth the heart, assuageth the pains of the head and causeth sleep.’ ”
        Here’s the entire article: http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/v/vioswe12.html

          • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

            Lol, thanks Lynda! But y’know, when I was a kid, I said something like that to my Grandma, and she replied, “The day I don’t think I’ve learned something, you might as well pull the grass over my head.” She was a tiny little lady, but left a mighty big shadow; so I read a lot, and I’m getting there (but, the more I learn, the more I realise how little I know; )

  8. LB says:

    Love the new rooster. Crow is a handsome fellow!
    As for sleep … I get out of bed, read a bit, and then lay back down.
    The campaign has kept me moving so much that I haven’t had this problem lately πŸ™‚

  9. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says:

    hey from the equator! i love the photo – crow is lovely, and i am glad he doesn’t start crowing at 3 am! i was up really early this morning, as the pond by the house had an aerator running all night – like having an airboat blowing by the bedroom window! i often read when i cannot sleep, andt his morning i finished, ‘watership down’ – great story!

    i drank coffee and watched the day awaken, then cooked onions/peppers/tomatoes/ginger/carrots and then added quinoa… went outside and picked moringa leaves, minced them and added for a kick-starter to the day… then i made hibiscus/clove/guayusa tea — ha, there’s no wonder i finished most everything i needed to do and it was only 8:30 int he morning! then i painted until 2 or 3, and now i am in town for the night.

    egads, i didn’t know about the nepal earthquake… sometimes it’s not good to be offline most of the week!

    • Lynda says:

      Lisa, I love it when I have gotten a good nights sleep and can awaken to hear bird-thirty and then watch the dawn give way to sunrise. So lovely! AND. If ever I get to where you are I would love for you to make me breakfast! What are Moringa leaves?

    • Lynda says:

      Yes, Skip, it is always preferable in the morning well after sunrise. He is pretty quiet, but every once in a while he goes off about 3:00AM. I blame it on my neighbor’s schedule. He has to get out early most days to get to his next drilling site. πŸ˜€

  10. Mary Strong-Spaid says:

    I recently spent time in Texas with my daughter and her family. They bought some chicks that are now 5 months old. They aren’t sure which ones are hens or roosters (except for the one that is trying to crow). I spent about 45 minutes in the chicken coop taking pictures. After that, my 13 year old grandson said, “You were in there that long? Are you going to burn your clothes now?”
    Hehehe! The chickens were quite cute and very inquisitive. Maybe you can tell by the photos whether they are roosters or hens. None of them have laid any eggs yet…they are just now 6 months old. http://storieswithnobooks.com/2015/09/25/chicken-selfies/

    • Lynda says:

      Hi Mary, they are beautiful!

      In the photo with the sleepy chickens: The red one in the back is probably the rooster. The rest all look like hens. Six months is about right. However, we are going into very short days. They might lay a few eggs in the winter if your daughter has installed a light in the coop. It should come on for a few extra hours in the evening to extend their day , but never burn all night. (About 3 extra will do.) Your grandson is a card! πŸ˜€

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