And here in the Netherlands it's almost 2 am in the morning...so yeah...I'm a vampire tonight. I think it's because I was sick the last couple days, so I messed up my normal routine hehehe. Don't worry, I'm feeling much better again! Hurraay for all the vitamins and juices and tea and cookies ^_^!!
Well I guess you guys are also familiar with the occasional insomnia. There are a few tips my mom gave me when I was younger, to make sure I could sleep. First of all, to drink a cup of warm milk....yeah I'm not a big fan of warm milk. Hot chocolate...well that's another story!! But wasn't allowed -_-...
No noise, enough space, no napping during the day are a few other tips that can help you sleep better at night. Also going to bed at a fixed time can help, well in my case, my days can be so filled up with the things I need to do, that I find it difficult to say 'Okay! It's 10pm now. Im going to stop working now, put on my pj's, brush my teeth (very important people) and go to bed'...yes this just doesn't work for me.
Another one and this is the one where my post is about and that is counting sheep. I never really thought of the origine of this story. So I looked it up (You gotta love the internet!). Okay I clicked on the first link I saw and that was Wikipedia. And yes I know, that there are people out there that may consider this source not so reliable...gimme a break here...I'm searching information about counting sheep at 2 am in the morning. I'm not able to do a analytic research about this subject at the moment....
And this is what I found:
Yan Tan Tethera is a rhyme used by shepherds to count sheep in many parts of England and in southern Scotland. Until the Industrial Revolution, the use of traditional number systems was common among shepherds, especially in the dales of the Lake District.
The Yan Tan Tethera system was also used for counting stitches in knitting. Though most of these number systems fell out of use by 1910, many are still in use and the word yan continues to mean "one" in some northern English dialects. The monotonous and repetitive nature of the rhyme may also have given rise to the notion of counting sheep to lull oneself to sleep.
Interesting huh? Well, I have another story about counting sheep. I told my story about counting sheep to a few friends of mine (some laughed...some saw the seriousness in it and we had great discussions about it, some simply agreed) and tonight I wanted to share it with you (In case you were wondering; the drawings were made in a flash! and I didn't use much watercolor....so I kept it simple haha)
Well whenever I was younger and I couldn't sleep...I started counting the sheep. No harm here. You just imagine a wooden fence and some sheep. Well, let me tell you...here is where it went wrong...
You see, I always had to laugh first. I mean, come one, a wooden fence in a large grassy area and suddenly out of the corner of your eye....you see a sheep.
After a while it I thought it was a bit scary...I mean...you are trying to sleep...but in your head you see only this fence and what soon would become like a thousand of sheep just hopping over it...no music...or dancing just sheep :|...I mean it's just like Silence of the Sheep (whahaha how lame is this...)
....and what if one sheep trips and all the other sheep are falling down behind it and you just have to start all over again...
The sheep aren't jumping...what are they doing?!!
Okay, you see at this point, that is just simply stressing!
Instead of falling asleep you are trying hard to save the hopping sheep so that you can count...to fall asleep....You see! That doesn't sound right at all!! With this scary image in my head I will leave you now...
Oh yeah! If you have some strange stories about counting sheep as well...I would love to hear them ^_^.
A wave from Holland!