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Darker and darker. September 19, 2012

Posted by ourfriendben in pets, wit and wisdom.
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How do you know when to get up? Silence Dogood here. Our friend Ben and I have an appropriately named vintage “Big Ben” wind-up clock in our bedroom, but I use it to check the time if I’m having a sleepless night, not to decide when it’s time to get up. Instead, I gauge when it’s time to rise by a picture on our bedroom wall.

The picture is a beautiful photograph of birch trees with a spray of red maple leaves spilling across them. It’s a masterpiece. But it’s also a timepiece. When I can see the trunks of the trees, I know that it will soon be time to get up. But it’s when I can see the red leaves, see that they’re red, that I know it’s time to get up.

In summer, this can happen as early as 5 a.m. In mid-September, it doesn’t happen until almost 7. I could set the alarm and get up in pitch dark at 5, but I feel it’s more natural, more healthy, to wait for the red leaves and get up then.

Our friend Ben isn’t so lucky. Typically, our beloved black German shepherd Shiloh gets up at 5:30 year-round and lets OFB know in no uncertain terms that he’d better take her out for a bathroom break or else, light, dark, or whatever. I guess it’s a good thing we love her so much! 

How do you know when to get up?

           ‘Til next time,




1. narf77 - September 20, 2012

Ditto on the dogs…even when we would like a sleep in, Earl sneaks up and licks our ears till we give up, get up and head out into the early morning to walk them. Dogs make really good watchdogs but the BEST alarm clocks! 😉

Yikes, he licks your ears! We have a high four-poster so not even a dog as big as Shiloh can do that. But she gets our attention by shaking her head so her dog tags clang together, and then she licks OFB’s toes!

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