Saturday, May 10, 2014
After a snowy gloomy winter, I am glad we are having some warmer weather.
I can't believe I have as much energy as I do. This last week I started taking down damaged Oak trees on my property and the town property we abut. The town is happy to have me do it as long as I don't remove any healthy shade trees. The town gets free labor and I get free firewood. As firewood here is going for $300-$350 a cord and as I use 4-5 cords a year it is worth it. I have also cut a deal with the state park that takes care of the section of the bicycle path where I live to pick up litter along a 2 mile section and in return I get all the trees that nature or the conservation commission takes down, I just have to get in there and get it.
After I got back from my "litter patrol", my wife suggested I take a picture of it for the local paper. I got more trash in one week from from the local people using
the bike path than a whole summers worth of tourists using it. I think that the littering may diminish as the town has installed cameras along the bike trail within its borders. Although I'm not a fan of "Big Brother" government, I think catching people in the act of littering to discourage such lazy actions is OK.
Now that I have our property all raked up I am enjoying getting out into the woods for next years firewood. We have been adopted by a wild turkey. She started coming around a week ago and is here every day almost all day.
My wife and I take turns feeding her sunflower seed as she is so tame from the beginning that we can walk to within a foot of her. A male and his harem stop by every day and he tries to get her to join his harem but she is enjoying her life the way it is for now. (too young??)
The one exception is the dog chasing the turkey but it seems to realize that once she crosses over onto the town land she is safe (we have an underground fence that the dog will not cross unless I am with her to shut off the current. I found a tree over on the town land where the turkey roosts after it has has eaten all day.
What an appetite she has!!
I just realized that all this fun I'm having is also burning a lot of calories. Tomorrow I am cooking up some chops and sauerkraut. I found out that if I use sauerkraut and fresh cabbage in equal amounts when cooking, I don't use all my daily limit of sodium. With meat and fish prices going through the ceiling we are using a lot more vegetables which is good.
I'm just waiting for the rain to stop so I can get back to cutting wood .
Back again. I don't believe I would ever have progressed this far were it not for the help of SparkPeople and its members. I have lost 50 lbs. and find myself doing things I never thought I could. When my Primary care Doctor or my Surgeon ask what I have been doing, they just shake their heads and smile.
As long as I am Cancer free, my COPD doesn't get any worse and the Glaucoma and cataracts don't obscure my vision I plan on continuing as I have. I feel better than I did when I was in my 20s.