Out of Whack

Whew! I am out of whack today! It’s almost five o’clock in the afternoon and I am just writing my blog post now. Since early afternoon, I’ve been contemplating what is causing my lethargy. Here’s what I came up with so far:


If you live in the northern realm of the Western Hemisphere, you know that fall is here. Despite our calendars announcing this fact a few weeks ago, I’ve noticed that at 6:45 in the morning, it is still as black as night outside. I peer into the darkness to see lights on in my neighbor’s home across the coulee.  Like me, her boys are still home and in high school. They are early risers and the light from their kitchen each dark morning signals that we are not the only ones awake. Still, I already long for the bright sunshine coming up over the valley behind our home to the east. It’ll be months before I see it again at an early hour.



If you’ve read any of my recent posts, you know that I recently travelled to California for a few days. Timewise, they are only two hours behind us in the midwest. I really didn’t feel jet lagged or too much off my schedule when I arrived home on Saturday. But, by today, Wednesday, I am beginning to think this travel did affect my regular routines.  Usually, I am a light sleeper but  I’ve been “dead to the world” the last two mornings in a row! I’ve had to drag myself around to get my son up at 5:20 a.m. to meet his lifting requirement for soccer. And, then there is the desire to go back to bed or nap. True, this is abnormally early, but the longer I get away from my trip, the more I expect to feel rested. I really don’t think this is an unreasonable assumption!


The Weather

I hate to think that the weather influences my behavior, but I know better. Since arriving home, it’s been gray and drab. Cloud covered skies influence not only  my energy level but my mood, as well. Today, was downright weird. Currently, it’s 85 in Wisconsin with heavy overcast, gray skies, and a stickiness to the air that causes one’s clothes to become one with your skin. Perfect tornado weather! This is all opposed to the dry, one hundred degree heat of the California desert.  I know I’d miss the verdant nature of our landscape if I lived in California but some more sun and less humidity would be nice. This is something to think about as we head into our retirement years.

Spring 17 sunrise fog

The Grind

Part of my lethargy could also be related to the fact that I’m taking my last course for my second graduate degree. In truth, while I love learning, I am ready to be done. I find myself procrastinating about writing my papers or completing the assigned reading. But, at the same time, I love learning. I do wonder how long after I finish I will be searching again to learn something new. But, still, I am looking forward to finishing this degree. To be honest, I’m tired!



I might also be tired due to the looming job of winterizing the gardens at school. The gardens are extensive. I let them slide as school restarted and my garden club students returned. But, since there was too much to do last spring, I decided that some fall garden clean up must be done. This was my first calendar year of being the garden club advisor, it was also my first spring and consequently, I am headed into my first complete fall. So, after October is gone, I will have a handle on what this garden (and school) expects from me. Unfortunately, I think it is more than I can reasonable give. And, that means doing what I can (two hours today) and then, leaving some things undone.


Lack of a good book

Lastly, while I was very happy to be engrossed in a good novel on my trip and had plenty of time to read it, it is finished. I am back to multi-tasking at home. The nice part of vacation is that you physically cannot do some of the things you might be expected to do if you were home. This means laundry, cleaning, cooking, and more.

Frindle is a great book for upper elementary aged kids. I recently re-read it for an assignment!

Yes, I am out of whack. I am hoping that within the next few days, my routine and my energy will return!  What gets you out of whack? Tell me in the comments below.

6 thoughts

  1. I sympathize with the studying bit. I’m halfway through a Masters degree in Writing and Literature and am feeling jaded by it. Its the summer here, so a summer off right? No, I enrolled on a short story course to hone my writing skills. I love reading and learning but will be glad when the Masters is done! 🙂

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    1. Good luck to you. This is my second Master’s in an entirely different discipline – when finished I’ll have one in Nursing and one in Natural Resources! Crazy, huh? Anyway, I wish you luck. I understand the “feeling jaded” part. You are working hard while others are gliding by in the summer months. It always makes it harder. Hopefully, you’ll get done without too much loss in passion. Thanks for the comment.


  2. All the things you mention! We have been plagued by coughs and colds already – more than I can ever remember. I am trying to do what I can do, and not beat myself up for those things I can’t. I ordered a ridiculous number of spring bulbs, and I know that once I get started I will enjoy the process of planting them, but at the moment it feels like a mountain to climb.

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