Day 216. It’s Official

Well, we’re on our way now. I think it’s fair to say the dark days of winter are behind us. We may have lost an hour of sleep, but we’ve turned the clocks ahead and we’re timechangeofficially in daylight savings time.

We’ve turned the corner. Hallelujah!

And you know what this means, don’t you? Longer days are here again. And warm weather cannot be far behind. Consistent warm weather. Oh, I know we’ve had days here and there, where we’ve had Spring-like temperatures. But then, just as suddenly, we’ve been hit with snow and cold.

But at this point, it doesn’t really pose much of a threat. It’s just Mother Nature’s last hurrah.

Because now. HA! Now it’s for real.

I love my sleep. But let me tell you. Never was I so happy to give up an hour. What’s an hour compared to more daylight? And more and more every day? Until it’s still bright at 9 pm. Hallelujah!

It was a bit darker when I got up this morning, which never makes me want to spring right out of bed. But

that’ll change soon enough. Another few weeks. I can handle it, now I know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Literally.

Tonight I’m going to a 6:15 movie with a friend. It will still be light out. How great is that? And soon, it will still be light when we get out of a 6:15 movie. Even greater. Especially when you consider last night the sun set at 6:17 — an hour earlier than it will set tonight.

That’s significant, you know.

Here’s something I didn’t know. Did you know daylight time isn’t used everywhere? Saskatchewan and some parts of British Columbia don’t use it. Same in Arizona and Hawaii. And the majority of countries in Africa and Asia.

Do you have any idea how long it’s been since we first implemented daylight savings time? It was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson, an English-born New Zealand entomologist and astronomer. He wanted more daylight hours so he could collect more insects. And it was implemented during the first world war. Then it was expanded during the 1970s energy crisis.

All I know is, I like it. I also know it is highly unusual for me to have so little to say. But you’re going to have to excuse me. It’s quite lovely out. The sun is now just about up and it’s going to be in the 50’s today. I’ve waited months for this. I’m going outside to enjoy the day. I may even take my New York Times and have my morning coffee, sitting on a patio.

Surely you’re anxious to get out of the house, too.

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28 thoughts on “Day 216. It’s Official

  1. Daylight? Pray tell, of what do you speak? Is that those dreadful bright beams that poke through my window in the middle of the afternoon and interrupt my sleep?

    DST is interesting for us night people. I lost an hour of work last night…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Not quite that warm here but I did manage to go out wearing a leather jacket instead of a winter coat. And it is in the 50s here today. YES!!

    • I love flowers. And big, voluptuous gardens. Well the gardens don’t have to be large. It’s the quantity of flowers planted I mean. Even when they’re in window boxes and pots. I like them overflowing.

  2. I’m thrilled too–soon no headlamp harvests! Or headlamp watering!

    I don’t mind walking the Gs in the morning darkness when no one is awake but I like there to be light for their nighttime walks. Since I don’t get home from work until 6:30ish (at the earliest) I don’t love those night walks when it’s dark.

  3. I LOVE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS!!! Unfortunately in Australia, there are three states that just won’t give in to it… yes, sadly, mine is one of them ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    In the meantime I am thoroughly enjoying it here. We don’t change here in France til the end of March, but already the sun is setting well after 6, getting closer to 7 anyway. I just love love love it…. bring it on!!!

    Oh and here’s a little tidbit of information for you – while most of asia might not, have a close look at the actual timezone maps of the world – an example is Singapore and Malaysia, who in their wisdom are actually PERMANENTLY in the next time zone (ie 1hr forward of where they should be according to geography. So while it “looks like” they don’t change their clocks for DST – they are actually permanently on it!!!

    I want that in MY state – take that all you grumbling Western Australian’s who don’t like it! And this summer here in France, I’m going to be still sitting at a cafe down at the port, enjoying the water and the boats and sipping my rose watching the sunset after 10pm here and I will be in heaven!

  4. Well now I have learnt something today I didn’t know before, the irony of it being a New Zealander, knowing that many of the dairy farmers don’t like it because it upsets the rhythm of the cows at milking time.

    And today I also learned what Saskatchewan means, from my book I am reading, swift flowing river. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. The whole time change thing is rather new to my area. I live in a very small part of indiana that used to never change their clocks, I know this may seem weird to everyone else in the country but all of my life we always fluctuated between time zones, when it was easter time, we were, when it turned central, we then were central. Our area stayed put, where easter and central moved us.
    Well it’s been about 3 years since that little part of indiana actually became officially known as eastern time, with just a teeny part of the very tip of southern indiana remained on central time. I live right on the boundary and our cell phones never really know what time it is.

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