Monday, January 06, 2014
The more I stay in our house, the more I discover things that need to be done, that can be done, and that there's an easier way to do it than My Guy used to do.
Enter The Snow Rake.
Last week, I bought a snow rake. I knew it wouldn't reach the very top of the house, but at least it would help. Yesterday, the raking started.
The roof isn't very slanted, and there was so much snow on the roof that My Gal & I had to team up to get just the house done. She climbed up on the roof with a push shovel, while I was down below with the rake. She pushed snow to where my rake would reach, and that was with me standing on the snow banks in my new snowshoes, making me 4' taller. We spent 4 hrs just doing that one roof, but it was also our first time doing it.
My Guy used to spend a whole weekend doing what we managed to do in an afternoon, so I figure that's an improvement. Now that we know how this thing works, and that the roof will hold both of us up there, even with snow, the next time will be considerably easier. We still have the Lean-To and the Garage & the little Lean-To to finish up, but with warm temps & rain today, then back to freezing tomorrow, I'm not sure how soon we'll get back up there.
Thinking back to how My Guy did it, I remember asking him repeatedly about a snow rake. He would shrug it off, saying it was a tool we didn't need.
What I discovered yesterday is that if I had insisted much earlier to get one, and to get at least one pair of snowshoes, I could have been helping him all along to get the rooves cleared off.
There aren't many regrets I have after My Guy passed away, but this is one of them. It's not a big regret, but it is one that I wish I had known about before last weekend.
Next major purchase for the yard: wood splitter and a more powerful chainsaw.
I miss you, SweetHeart.
Friday, January 03, 2014
Saturday, October 12, 2013
So much has happened in the last 12 months. One thing that really stood out is that I found out who my friends were. And who was really My Guy's friends.
Today was ok, overall. I spent the day home yesterday, and it was much harder than today. Early this evening, My Gal & I decided to clean up the back yard a little bit and burn some tree tops & brush, with a little help with gas. When she lit the first gas bomb (it was small, really), there was a WOOFF! as it caught fire, leaves crackling as they burned on the tips of twigs. It brought such a wonderful memory of My Guy doing the same. I always enjoyed the bonfires he made, and My Gal, not to be undone, did as good of a job as he did, every time. I smiled, not once with a tear in my eyes.
I decided during those re-ignitions that this was the one thing that would mean the most to me to celebrate his life. You might think it morbid when you remember that he was cremated, but one is not like the other.
We didn't get too far in burning the large pile of brush, but we made a dent. I may start it back up on Monday, since I'm off but My Gal is working.
Yeah... the best way to celebrate his life is to have a big a$$ bonfire on the anniversaries. I hope he was smiling as the brush burned.
I love you, SweetHeart. I always will.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Since August, it feels like my eating plan has been on vacation. Sure, I put on 5lbs during the month, but I was ok with that, because I was working on melting it off in September. Then 2 weekends ago, just as I was gearing up to lose those 5lbs, I hurt my knee badly enough that Doc told me no heavy workouts for at least 2 weeks. A little later today, I see my family Doc to get her to look at it and follow up with her.
But I'm on Naproxen in the meantime, and that makes me retain a LOT of water. Not to mention it makes me feel hungrier. Add that to the lack of food discipline, and now I'm up 10lbs. I'm quite P.O.'ed, but I only have myself to be P.O.'ed at.
I finally reached out and asked for help so I can get back on track. I haven't tracked any food or fitness in over 6 weeks, and that can't continue.
So to stop sucking wind, and not being angry with myself, I have decided on a plan to make my way back to "normal healthy" again. My biggest weakness is still food, so that's where I have to start. I'm not afraid of tracking, but it is tedious. This time, though, I have a trusty little android phone that has SparkPeople bookmarked. My plan is to track the foods that are the same every day -- breakfast & lunch & day snacks M-F. I've had more salad dressing than I need most days, so I need to go back to measuring that. I know my evening snacks are heavier in calories than I would rather admit. I know I'm not getting enough protein in the run of a day (which makes me hungrier). And I'm still smoking.
I'll get there, once again. And if you see me whining on my SP status, feel free to offer up cheeze, because this isn't what it's all about for me.
This Buttercup is Sucking It Up, instead of Sucking Wind. :-D
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