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Monday, October 24, 2016

Sleeplessness

Anyone who has ever experienced sleeplessness can verify it to be one life's most frustrating maladies. At least it's not painful...

At the moment the main culprit is Christmas! Now I know by many standards having nine people around the table is no big deal at all. I have friends who regularly share the yuletide season with as many as 25 or 30. I wouldn't even want to be a guest with so many family members -- not that there are 30 in my extended family -- but then I haven't ever counted!

Anyway, I'll wake up in the middle of the night and start making lists or planning menus. People start arriving on the 23rd and leave the 29th. Seven will be staying here -- two in a hotel. I think I'm getting a headache ...

And when it's not Christmas, it's my boys and their lives and hopes and so on. Not to mention then thoughts about visiting South Korea and Italy. Andrew in Italy is starting his own school teaching English -- oh my goodness Italian bureaucracy and new locations. Keeps a mother awake at night, I can tell you.

And there is my son at home who has just bought a Victorian house -- which he is in the process of gutting and renovating with the help of The Man. That is is one interesting dynamic -- the ideas of one versus the advice of the other! (My mouth kept shut...) The two of them are working on the fireplace, getting it ready for a word burning stove. Then after that there is the bathroom that has been gutted and the kitchen that has been gutted. Not to mention the worm ridden two by fours in the ceiling/floor above! Thoughts that run through my head in the middle of the night!

Finally, I still await the completion of the kitchen. And in the middle of the night I find that the cabinets start reorganizing themselves and I start to imagine throwing this paraphernalia out and wondering if I have chosen the right colour for the walls and before you know it I'm wondering what the hell I'm going to cook for Christmas. And then after everyone leaves -- what about New Year?

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  1. A glass of wine might help. Of course that was my cure years ago and the cure became a habit and then an addiction so be careful with that.

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    1. I find that alcohol keeps me awake and so I avoid having any -- except one very small glass occasionally -- usually white wine.

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  2. My escape from those mingle of the night thoughts is a pillow speaker tuned into your choice radio station. It won't stop you waking up but listening will give you something else to think about. Sometimes it is so boring that you even fall back asleep. The best part is that being a pillow speaker only you can hear it. Oh, and the cost is about £5 so won't break the bank.

    Good luck with sorting all of the things on your mind. Once a Mum...

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    1. Never heard of this! Will definitely investigate -- the price is certainly good!

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  3. Benadryl... but then don't try to operate heavy equipment.

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    1. Yes, I have found that that did make me very sleepy -- when I needed it for allergies.

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  4. I'm most intrigued by the word burning stove.

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    1. I will post a picture when he gets it installed.

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  5. A shot of brandy always makes me drowsy.

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    1. Sometimes it has been very effective -- as long as I have not had anything else to drink...

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  6. Ha! I rarely have insomnia, but when I do my mind runs amok just like yours. :-)

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  7. This made me smile - because I recognised myself here.
    I have just had friends for the weekend and I planned the menus and went over them a dozen or more times in the middle of the night. Everything went like clockwork and we had a lovely time - but why oh why did I have to lay awake thinking about it in advance?

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    1. What you describe is oh so familiar!

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