The creative juices flow, most of the world is in bed, and the stuff that happens is truly amazing.
For myself, this is when I handle the budget, fill out the Amazon order, and things like that (if I don't hide that HOSS catalog I will be wearing pizza boxes.....
So tell me, what do you get done if you find that magic hour, or few, that you can actually work?
I'm up at 4:30, and do most of my gardeners between 6:30 and 10:00, this time of year. Part of it for me is that I hate the heat, I prefer 50-60 degree weather for working. And, part of it is a habit from when my 4 kids were young, and I had to get things done before they got up.
Still, this is when the art gets made, the stuff gets written, the pesky math (bills and budget) get handled, and things like the mending and making happen. Even cooking a big batch of something to get through the week. The yard cats will show up any time someone is moving and a two am-purr in, with love, petting, shed hair and a meal doled out is a common occurrence. Maybe too, my phone is quiet, nobody is bothering me, and I can just do as I please. I think that is some of it. I can't run errands (a big black hole of time and energy) (this is a rural place and things close for the night!!!) so I can get something DONE.
As for TV, we have one in the house now. Got it about 3 years ago, but I have as much interest in that as I do in knitting socks. Nothing wrong with knitting socks, and nothing wrong with TV, but I only have 24 hours in a day, I must fill it with as much good stuff as I can.
James Freyr wrote: I cannot function after midnight, let alone 9pm which is when I'm in bed. I have to sleep when it's dark and be awake when the sun is up. On the rare occasion I don't wake up till 6 or 6:30 I'm pissed off at myself cause I've lost time.
I am the same way! I can hardly keep my eyes open after 9 pm. I am much happier and more relaxed in the morning, everything seems better and more manageable.
Villains always have antidotes. They're funny that way. Here's an antidote disquised as a tiny ad:
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