47: Falling Back

On Saturday night/Sunday morning we fell back.  Or our clocks did.  Setting the clocks back an hour is supposed to mean that we gain an hour although time being arbitrary and this whole spring-forward, fall-back thing being even more arbitrary, there is no real gain or loss.  It’s all an illusion most of us subscribe to, like it or not.  But we need clocks and calendars to help us schedule and meet up and do those things we do in modern life.  I doubt anyone will be outlawing them anytime soon.  Where would NaBloPoMo be without time and dates?

(Afternoon sunlight in the bedroom.)

Generally I like it when we fall back.  I like having an extra hour of sleep.  I liked it this year too except… I don’t know where that extra hour of sleep got to.  Somehow it escaped me and I am now in sleep-deficit mode.  Hyper one minute.  Thoroughly exhausted the next.

(Late afternoon sunlight in the basement.)

M and I are going to be extremely confuzzled when it comes to sleep patterns by the time this month is through with the time changes we’ll be experiencing.

(Afternoon sunlight and shadows in the dining room.)

The only point where eternity meets time is in the present.  The present is the only time there is.

~ Marianne Williamson

(Night roses.)

Wherever I was headed with this time loop has slip-slided away into the foggy regions of my brain.  Having said that, I suddenly remembered which road I wanted to take.

The light changes when the time changes.  Or the time in which the light changes, changes.  Either way, I’ve been wanting to drag take the tripod out to the once-hayfield, future-woods and photograph the sunset.  After the equinox the sunset moved.  It used to set behind the woods.  Now it sets between the garden and the woods, slowly moving closer to the garden.

Yesterday evening would have been a great time to go out to the future-woods.  The problem is that by the time I noticed the light had changed and the sun was setting, it was too late to get it all together and go out there in time to catch what I hope to capture.  I forgot that the sun would be setting somewhere around 5:15.  Hopefully I’ll get around to remembering sometime over the next few days.

Today’s Walk:  Soaking up the sun

I had a not-so-great morning.  I spilled things, I tripped over things, and nothing seemed to go right.  So when it came time to step outside, I wasn’t all that sure I wanted to go.  I thought for sure I’d end up stepping in a hole and breaking my ankle, tumble down the sledding hill and drown in the pond, or have a tree fall on my head.

(Sunlight in the mushroom tower.)

The thing is, it is such a gorgeous day here today.  Too good to pass up.  I should have found some work to do outside (there is plenty to choose from) rather than spend the day inside.  It’s that nice out there.  I decided it was worth the risk, put on my shoes, and out I went.

(Today’s view of the pond.)

I’m so glad I went out.  The weather is amazing for this time of year.  It’s about 60 degress with a light breeze and lots of sunshine.

I returned intact, having suffered no bodily injury, and feeling much better about the day in general.  The sunshine literally lightened up my day as well as my attitude.

I don’t know where our usual November is hiding but I am grateful for this mild, sunny weather, and intend to enjoy every moment of it.

(A big sunflare.)

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11 Comments on “47: Falling Back”

  1. Karma says:

    Hey, I think I took a picture of the same dried fuzzy things that you did on my walk yesterday. I didn’t post the picture though. Yours are sunshinier! We received the cooler, slushy weather today, but are promised 50 degrees and sunshine tomorrow.

    Will you and M be travelling to different time zones that will be messing with your sleep?

    • Robin says:

      Karma: The sunshine on the dried fuzzy things was what caught my eye. Everything seemed illuminated yesterday. Hope that sunshine has made its way to you today. “Slushy” does not sound like fun.

      We’re heading out to California soon. The real difficulty is always the first day because we have to get up at 2am to catch our flight.

  2. jenna says:

    Those mushrooms look big enough to nap under!

  3. Brian says:

    Not much warmer here and very blue. I wrote a poem about time and the present.

  4. Kel says:

    here in upside-down-land, we’ve just done the lose an hours sleep thing
    personally i prefer the gain an hour part of daylight savings

  5. Marianne says:

    The only thing I like about the fall back time change is that it’s brighter earlier. I’m not a fan of the darker earlier aspect. Oh well, what can I do.

    Robin, the mushroom photos remind me of the movie, “Honey I shrunk the kids.”

    I too, get a lift from a sunny day. Today is one of those days.


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