Matchstick Girl

4 Jun
Spider web at sunrise
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Halfway through the year and we’ve had no summer. Just the other day, I greeted with gloom the news that this month we will be celebrating the summer solstice, which means that the day after, we’re on the downward spiral to winter.  Now I wish we were already there; at least I’d get some sleep.

The light woke me – again – around five this morning.  Every day for almost a month I’ve been woken around that time, and every day I’ve fought it.  Today, I gave in, got out of bed, and caught up with some television: Rookie Blue and two episodes of Have I Got News For You.  That brought me to six a.m.  That brought me to my feet in annoyed surprise.  That meant I had actually woken at four a.m., misread my watch, and spent two hours not snoozing when I could have been.  I should have suspected something when I put on the fish tank light and they all turned over and went back to sleep.

I’ve had about four hours and I’m grumpy.  That’s why I can tell you that I no longer fear a backlash, as I did last night, from my expectant readers: I haven’t climbed any spider webs; there will be no photographs; and I’m in a very bad mood.

I had to abort yesterday’s mission because there was no one to take pictures: the Hub was on the phone and Spud insisted on revising for next week’s exams.  I was forced to walk the dogs alone and neither of them knows how to work a digital camera.

I can’t do it today because the Hub wants the dogs to have a ‘real’ walk (apparently I just pretend to put one foot in front of the other when I’m out) before the England game.  By that he means he wants to get back to watch the match after taking them to Alexandra Park, the dogs’ favourite place in the world after their food bowl. 

I did hope to use the slide on Gorsey Bank Park tomorrow, but the rain is closing in and I don’t have a spare pair of trousers ironed.

The Hub has promised to take me on the swings next week.  He’d better.  If he doesn’t…expect bruising.

22 Responses to “Matchstick Girl”

  1. kateshrewsday June 4, 2011 at 09:20 #

    I hate it when that happens. Best to keep the fish tank next to the bed from now on and make like them. Hope the day improves…


    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2011 at 10:52 #

      The sun is still here, so that’s something 🙂


  2. vivinfrance June 4, 2011 at 09:43 #

    Is it safe to come in here?

    Excuses, excuses. I don’t want any more excuses. Get down there and start climbing spiders webs – whatever they are!

    Re the early waking problem: try lining the curtains! You won’t remember blackout, but it works!


    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2011 at 10:53 #

      If wishing made it so…

      We have dark, thick, fully lined curtains. The problem is, our bedroom faces the dawn and it insists on creeping in around the edges.


      • nrhatch June 4, 2011 at 16:28 #

        Your dawn is at 4 am?!


        You need to get a blackout mask to wear at this time of year.


        • Tilly Bud June 5, 2011 at 09:12 #

          For a while. The seasons change and later in the year it will be around seven, I think.


      • Pseu June 4, 2011 at 23:46 #

        I made a long sausage thing out of spare curtain fabric and filled it with rice – it sits on our dormer window sill and stops the light leaking in along the bottom edge.
        Airlines sometimes provide eyes things to wear and you can buy them… have you tried them?


        • Tilly Bud June 5, 2011 at 09:15 #

          Yes, but I can’t wear them. Thanks anyway 🙂


  3. eof737 June 4, 2011 at 10:41 #

    Love that image… Hope you get some rest. I need some too. 🙂


  4. gobetweenflames June 4, 2011 at 13:02 #

    You’ll have to wear some of those sleeping masks which cover your eyes. I’m not sure what their proper name is but I think they use to give them out on airplanes.


    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2011 at 15:48 #

      I’ve tried them with no success, I’m afraid.

      Nice to meet you 🙂 Thanks for your comment.


  5. earlybird June 4, 2011 at 15:20 #

    I agree about the sleeping mask. I’ll try and get you one on the way to/Back from New Zealand… you won’t have it til August though. (Something to look forward to)

    Poor Tilly.


    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2011 at 15:49 #

      That’s sweet of you, but they don’t work for me. I like the idea of looking like Audrey Hepburn, though. All I need is an LBD, a cat and George Peppard. Yes, I know he’s a corpse, but that’s about the level of my pulling ability 🙂


  6. gigihawaii June 4, 2011 at 16:22 #

    Well, I woke up at 3:30 am today after going to bed at 11 pm the night before. If I get 4 hrs or so of sleep, that’s a good sleep. And I don’t nap during the day, either. It’s the quality of the sleep that matters, not the quantity.


  7. slpmartin June 4, 2011 at 17:25 #

    Sounds like the sun is not visiting you section of England…sorry to hear that…hold the Hub makes it through the next few days. 😉


  8. barb19 June 4, 2011 at 22:21 #

    Poor Tilly! What about some of those french shutters on your windows on the outside to keep out the early morning light?


  9. sarsm June 7, 2011 at 13:13 #

    I’m the grumpiest person ever when suffering lack of sleep. So I can totally sympathise.
    We have lots of hot sunny weather now, which means it’s hard to sleep, or even if you do sleep you don’t feel refreshed. Then there’s the birds tweeting the moment the sun comes up (they always nest under the roof). I can cope on six hours, just. But I rarely get six hours at the moment…


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