Ray's musings and humor

Time to get up

“I awoke, only to see that the rest of the world is still asleep.”

Leonardo da Vinci

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Here we go again, another Monday and the start of a work week for most of us. Even in my long retirement Monday requires me to get up early, say good morning to you via the Daily and then get to the YMCA at 5 AM to begin my weekly workouts.

I think I shared with you the other day that someone said they exercised early so they could get started before their mind realized what they were doing. In my case it is because it is a time when I never have an excuse not to do it and there are few of us there using the equipment that early.

I tell folks that even though I live in the US Midwest my body lives on London time, five hours different than local time. I cope with my routine through recording any primetime TV I miss because of early sleep then viewing the next day in between any naps I take because of fatigue.

I read this article by Chelsea Hall the other day and now wonder if I would do better reverting to a more normal schedule.

5 Ways to Prepare for A Better Day

Have you crawled out of bed knowing you were going to have an awful day? We can never guarantee that our day will be good, but if we start it off badly, the day will follow suit. Starting the day in a bad mood can ensure that nothing will go your way. Listed below are five easy ways to help get rid of some of that morning negativity that comes with getting out of bed.

Get Things Ready the Night Before

Realizing you are late, you sit up, jolted awake by the sudden realization. You spend the next stressful minutes stumbling around, trying to get together clothes. Your negativity grows as you realize you don’t know where your shoes are.

Whether you are already running late, or want some extra time for yourself in the morning, getting things together the night before can help. Lay out clothes on a chair or in the front of your closet. This will leave them within easy reach so you don’t have to search around when you get up, giving you more time to relax, or, if you happen to be running late, get you out the door quicker.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Nothing starts off the day quite like waking up feeling like you didn’t get any sleep. It can leave you feeling irritable and can affect your mood for the rest of the day. Making sure to get a full night’s rest is critical to a person’s mood and health. Turning off electronics an hour before bed is also recommended because it can help you fall asleep quicker.

Wake Yourself Up Gently

It can be hard to leave the warmth and comfort of your bed. A great way to start your day positively is to do exactly that. Set your alarm so you have a little extra time to just relax in the comfort of your bed waking yourself up gently. Spend a few minutes getting yourself mentally ready for your day. Also spend a few minutes just stretching, as it helps your mind and body wake up..

Establish a Morning Routine

You can gain several benefits from establishing a morning routine. If you know about how long it takes you to get prepared, you are better equipped to set your schedule accordingly and not be rushing around stressed every morning.  Exercise, eating breakfast, and rinsing your face with cold water when you get out of bed are great things to include in your routine as they will all help you wake up mentally and physically for a productive day.

Have Some Time to Relax

It can be easy to fall into the motions of everyday life without providing the time you need for yourself. Take some time every morning to meditate, reflect, read an inspirational quote or poem, or just to do something that you enjoy. By giving the proper time to your wellbeing, it will help you become more positive overall.


“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”

Alan Cohen


Famous Last Words:

— Of course you don’t look fat in that dress honey.  Well… maybe a little.

— Hey ya’ll watch this.

— LOOK! An old mine from world war…..

— Sure, rope bridges last forever.

— Trust me, I know what I’m doing.

— Do I cut the red or the blue wire?

— Oh shut up! I won’t fall!

— Oh, it looks like a dolphin is swimming this way…

— I wonder what happens if these two wires touch.


Cooking lesson #1: don’t fry bacon in the nude.


Two hikers are out hiking. All of a sudden, a bear starts chasing them.

They climb a tree, but the bear starts climbing up the tree after them. The first hiker gets his sneakers out of his knapsack and starts putting them on.

The second hiker says, ‘What are you doing?’

The first responds, ‘I figure when the bear gets close to us, we’ll have to jump down and make a run for it.’

The second says, ‘Are you crazy? Don’t you know you can’t outrun a bear?

The first guy says, ‘I don’t have to outrun the bear I only have to outrun you!’


Insanity is my only means of relaxation.


The businessman dragged himself home and barely made it to his chair before he dropped exhausted.

His sympathetic wife was right there with a tall cool drink and a comforting word. “My you look tired,” she said. “You must have had a hard day today. What happened to make you so exhausted?”

“It was terrible,” her husband said. “The computer broke down and all of us had to do our own thinking.” Exhausted


I wonder if Adam ever said to Eve, “Watch it!!! There are plenty more ribs where YOU came from!”


The homeowner got into his grubbiest clothes on Saturday morning and set about all the chores he’d been putting off for weeks. He’d cleaned the garage, pruned the hedge, and was halfway through mowing the lawn when a woman pulled up in the driveway and yelled out her window, “Say, what do you get for yard work?”

The fellow thought for a minute, then answered, “The lady who lives here lets me sleep with her.”


“Women and cats will do as they please and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”

Robert A. Heinlein


“Give me a sentence about a public servant,” said a teacher.

The small boy wrote: “The fireman came down the ladder pregnant.”

The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. “Don’t you know what pregnant means?” she asked.

“Sure,” said the young student confidently. “Means carrying a child.”


“Of all the things a man may do, sleep probably contributes most to keeping him sane. It puts brackets about each day. If you do something foolish or painful today, you get irritated if somebody mentions it, today. If it happened yesterday, though, you can nod or chuckle, as the case may be. You’ve crossed through nothingness or dream to another island in Time.”

Roger Zelazny


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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