Waking up early happy moments at PumpjackPiddlewick

You may know that I start my days waking up early. Awake around 5am, I tiptoe quietly into the kitchen for mugs. If a cat deigns to wake and leave her bed by the warm heater she knows she will be fed. More often than not they prefer to wait until later.

Then, with laptop in hand, I climb back into my warm bed and press the button on my coffee maker that literally sits on my bedside table. The smell of coffee soon wafts into and warms the air.

I simply love waking up early. It’s still dark out, though not for long as the days get quickly longer. You notice when you get up before the sun how quickly it begins to catch up with you.

It’s my quiet time as I sip my coffee and enjoy a browse through the nights activities that occurred online. There’s something really neat about knowing that whilst I sleep people are shopping in My Shop. It makes the world seem rather a small, and truly connected place.

I now have to sit slightly hunched, with my laptop balanced on raised knees, as Noisette (our littlest and cuddliest cat) has climbed up to sleep in my lap.

Chewie (standard sized dachshund) is sound asleep, having wedged himself between myself and Pumpjack. He is not a morning dog and will not rouse himself until the day brightens, a lot. And our pudgy cat Lapsong curls up by him. Chewie is her hero and playmate and the two are never far apart.

Sanka (Griffon dog) varies herself either across my feet or sometimes on the floor for a bit of peace, space and quiet. Today she has chosen my feet to cuddle with after I am once more esconced under the covers. I’m thinking we need a bigger bed, but it is so wonderfully cosy on a very cold morning.

Friday morning is a writing morning. Waking up early lets me indulge in a little day dreaming, a little thinking and a chance to write about whatever comes to mind. Today I am writing about nothing, and yet something so very dear to me. A chance to recognise a happy moment.

Have a lovely weekend, wherever you are and particularly whatever time you are in. May you enjoy your own happy place today.

PS. Reading instead of Writing?

If I am not writing, I am reading in the wee hours. If you are a reader too, early mornings are a perfect time for indulging some reading before the day has to start. Ditto, the time before sleep.

If you are looking for something to read, we offer a selection of book reviews in our Vive le Livre Book Club. We tend to focus on France, in both fiction and non-fiction. And all the books we review have been read by us, and we would recommend to others.

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We also offer a small selection of vintage book finds, mostly English, some French in our own Shop.

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  1. Sounds heavenly! I am also an early riser but haven’t hit my sweet spot of late. Will think of you with kitties and coffee next time for inspiration!

    1. I find it difficult in October and November as they days shorten. But once I am into December it feels like there is light at the end of the tunnel and getting up in the dark becomes much easier then. Personally though I can’t wait until the dawn precedes me 🙂 I just love that. Here’s to hoping you find your own moment.

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