These dark days of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere tend to be the trickiest time to get up in the morning. We’ve tried to get up earlier before, but it feels like this recent effort has been better facilitated by Lorie’s carefully-devised system of timers, lights, alarms, and prodding. The first week of this plan has gone well! Hopefully we can maintain it until the morning light starts to get a little brighter, and the birds get a little louder, and it just generally gets a little easier to roll out of bed at 7:30 am.

And I know 7:30 am isn’t the earliest time in the world. Many folks hop out of bed bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to get to the office, barn, or mine before 5 am, but that’s not quite how my days are structured right now. But I like getting out into the world earlier to catch that secret time before everything is up and awake, which is why we’re trying to hit the ground with a little more efficiency lately.