“No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.”

Okay, today is like yesterday which is like the day before. It is cloudy and cool. Gracie woke me up at eight which to me was the middle of the night as I didn’t go to bed until after two. She was barking loud enough to wake the neighbors so I went downstairs where she was standing by the front door. I opened it, but nothing was there. I let her out back into the yard, and there was a dog outside the fence who started barking at Gracie who then tried to jump the six foot fence to get at the interloper. Gracie was as fierce as I’d ever heard her, and she managed to get her front paws on the top of the fence but, luckily, never made it over. When she came on the deck to get a better look, I grabbed her and brought her inside. The dog took off through the yard behind mine. I kept Gracie in the house, drank my morning coffee and read the papers. When I finished, I started my morning chores. I went upstairs and changed the cat litter then was going to change the bed before my shower, but I decided the bed looked inviting, and I was tired so I went back to sleep for another two hours.Β  I just woke up.

I like naps. Even when I was in college, I took naps so age is not a factor. My father was a napper so I am from a line of nappers. My favorites are winter naps in the cold darkness of the late afternoon while I’m snuggled under the down comforter with the animals beside me keeping me even warmer. Rainy day naps are a close second, and I love to fall asleep to the rhythmic sounds of drops falling on theΒ  overhang below the roof right outside my window. My friend Jay calls it his nippy nap. I always liked that. His wife is not a napper, but she understands naps. My sisters, who are also not nappers, don’t understand the lure of the nap. My mother never did either, but my father did.

I have no agenda for the day other than finish those chores and do a laundry then I’m going to read for the rest of the afternoon. I think it sounds like a wonderful day!

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13 Comments on ““No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Much the same weather over here today and it feels like thunder will pay us a visit. It rains at the moment, or should I say it drizzles heavy πŸ™‚ This is a cocoa day!

    I’m a napper but I think my favorite is to take a nap on a sunny summer day with the windows open. I love to fall asleep to the sounds of insects and birds outside. Not much a fan of insect sounds in the room though πŸ™‚ But if I hadn’t had to go to work tomorrow this drizzling would be nice to fall asleep to as well.

    I hate to wake up to my dogs barking and not knowing why. I always believes someone has tried to get inside the cottage, I’m not sure I could afford getting sued by a burglar πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      The day stayed chilly even though the sun came out in the afternoon.

      I sometimes take a nap on the deck lounge in the shade of a summer afternoon. Gracie tries to join me and sleeps at the bottom. I love that nap!

      I remember one night when Maggie, my dog before Gracie, woke up at 2 in the morning, went to the top of the stairs and started barking like a crazy dog. She scared the heck out of me. I got out of bed just as she turned around, jumped on the bed and went back to sleep. I didn’t get to sleep for a long while. Darn dog!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Naps are always a good thing. Rainy day naps. Sunny afternoon naps. Long Dark Teatime of the Soul naps. All good.

    It’s not bad up here today. Sunny, a bit cool, a few clouds. Perfect for heat haters like me. I shall probably suffer greatly later on this week if the weatherman can be believed.

    I have spent today surfing the web. Complete slacker day. Now I shall start dinner and slack off some more. πŸ™‚

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Naps are the best! I agree with your whole list!!

      I was out the the deck periodically and it was a bit chilly. Gracie stayed out most of the day as it was perfect Gracie weather.

      I never did change the bed so I was a bit of a slacker. The laundry got down to this floor but not to the cellar. I did pay bills which was not on my list.

  3. Bob Says:

    I am also a great napper. My father was also good at taking a short snooze in the afternoon. There is solid scientific evidence that napping is a good way to fight fatigue. Here in the US our FAA refuses to allow one pilot to take a short, 30 minute, nap while in cruise flight. I think that instead both pilots might doze off at the same time. Or, they might both be working on their lap top computers as they fly by their destination πŸ™‚ Our European friends allow their pilots to take strategic naps. If your nap exceeds 30 minutes you then go into deep sleep and have the problem of grogginess when awakened. Brain research shows that a short nap overcomes menal fatigue but not physical. I don’t even have to be prone to in joy a good nap. However, closing my eyes is not optional.

    • Kat Says:

      I agree about napping and fatigue. That afternoon wall falls fast with a short nap, and I think the Europeans might have it right. Strategic naps sound better.

      I know you are never supposed to nap after 4 in the afternoon as you then start to affect your night’s sleep. I am living proof of that as I end up still up at 1 or 2 if I sleep later than 4.

      I generally like to nap imn bed though I have been known to fall asleep on the couch.

      • Bob Says:

        President Kennedy could nap sitting up in his rocking chair during a break in meetings. I follow his lead and nap almost anywhere I happen to be sitting.

  4. Zoey & Me Says:

    I never could nod off on a chair or a couch. My brain has made a direct association of sleep equals bed. So if I’m sleepy tired I crawl back in the sack. My wife could nap standing up. She kids me all the time “Vic went to bed early”. Not funny!

    • Kat Says:

      Like you, I enjoy bed naps as I can stretch out better and there’s room for Fern and Gracie to join me. On the couch I fold up my legs to give Gracie room, and when I wake up, Fern is often on my hip.

      I agree with you!

  5. im6 Says:

    Would love to comment, but I have to go take a nap. (It wouldn’t matter when I logged on either!)

    • Kat Says:

      I hope you enjoyed your nap! I surely enjoyed mine!!

      • im6 Says:

        I was being a smartass, Kat. Seriously, I’ve discovered the best time to take a nap is when you can’t take one. Busy? Working? I could take a nap in a heartbeat. But if the calendar is empty and a nap is possible, then I usually can’t fall asleep. Of course, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered the very best naps are those unexpected ones I only knew I took after I wake up in front of the TV. The show I was watching has long since ended and something new has replaced it. Thank goodness for DVRs and on-demand.

        When I lived in Chicago, I discovered the other place I could nap best was on the Chicago Transit Authority buses. Something about movement and the rocking motion (I’ve heard many parents take infants for a drive). Of course there are problems with sleeping on the bus or el: a) waking up long past your stop; b) embarrassingly loud snoring; c) drooling all over yourself. When not napping, it was always fun to watch those passengers who were sleeping as they keep jerking their heads when they wake — only to see them give in and go back to sleep (I’m guilty as charged).

        I once read somewhere that the most beneficial naps are those that are either 20 minutes or 40 minutes — the reasons have been properly explained by other above. The only problem with that for me is it would require setting an alarm and since I can’t just immediately fall asleep, then when do I set the alarm? If I miscalculate, I’m no good for the rest of the day. Also, I’ve discovered that naps are when I have the dreams that are the most intense (at least that I’m aware of). Goofy, goofy dreams which, combined with napping too long, can really mess with my mood.

  6. Kat Says:

    I knew you were being a wiseass! I decided to take the high road being such a kind, wonderful person!!

    When I used to take the bus from Boston to the Cape when I was in college, I always fell asleep right away and always woke up in Kingston, a little more than half-way home. I am lucky to be able to sleep on planes. Last summer I slept close to five hours on the way to Ghana-I woke up to see the Alps in all their glory and got a second view of the Sahara from the air. On the way home I slept even longer, but then I had a first class bed.

    I am always afraid I’ll snore!

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