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Back to work...and I'm actually pretty glad!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

After 3 days of landscape work outside in 80 and 90+ temps, I needed a work day to recover! But I have to say the landscape work my wife and I did really improved the looks of our front yard! The folks at Lowe's won't know what to do today if I don't show up, since I was there everyday for the past 4 days!

We have one more section out front to do. I think I have enough landscaping fabric to get it covered, but I used up all 50 bags of mulch I purchased last Friday so I will need to make another trip to Lowe's, just not today. I am going to the YMCA today -- I think it will be a strength training day as I am not sure my legs are up for a run. Plus, I plan to mow the back 40 this evening after the temps cool off some (it'll be close to 90F plus high dew point), and that will be more than enough leg work for today.

Well, OK, I guess I'd better actually do some work now....


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JUSTLYLE 5/30/2012 7:38AM

    Since my local S is a landscaper I see the results of his many beautiful works when finished. we you will get many years of joy out of the beauty. Really great exercise too.

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/29/2012 5:40PM

    It's rough when vacations are harder than work!!! It will all be worth it in the end!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/29/2012 11:16AM

    Have a great rest day at work, Patrick ; )

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NWFL59 5/29/2012 10:48AM

    Man you stay busy! Glad you got your workout by doing so much gardening/landscaping and enjoying the outdoors albeit hot and humid. Keep hydrated. Have a great week. emoticon emoticon

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Landscaping progress...

Sunday, May 27, 2012

In our front yard there are 4 distinct areas that required serious landscaping work. 2 of the 4 are done, and boy do they look nice! Besides weeds coming up, the former owners had used rock, so we put new landscaping fabric over the top of the rock and weeds, then covered that with approx. 3" of black mulch.

I have the third area all prepped, just need to put down fabric, etc. Not sure I'll get the 4th done this weekend, but it'll be a good task for next weekend.

Oh yeah, and I still have the back yard to do. Sigh....

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PLMITCH 5/28/2012 8:02AM

    HEALTHIERKEN, I may plant some tomatoes, but at this point it'll be next weekend before I get to that....

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/28/2012 1:53AM

    You're going great guns, Patrick : )
Will you be planting anything you'll get to harvest later in the year?

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PLMITCH 5/27/2012 10:27PM

    BOSS61, already have plants in the areas where I am mulching. Real fun trying to put down fabric etc.

CHUBRUB3, I'm just amazed how much energy I have. I guess it helps to not have nearly 70 pounds of extra baggage to haul around!

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BOSS61 5/27/2012 7:03PM

    You will love the end result. Question - what will you plant in the mulch?

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CHUBRUB3 5/27/2012 5:57PM

    Isn't it nice ot have the energy to do things like this?
Your doing awesome!
Love your new profile picture.

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Back to the grind tomorrow (Monday)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Amazing where 11 days have gone, but it has been that long since I put in a full day of work. But it was a very interesting and varied 11 days of vacation and weekends:

Thursday, 5/10: Fertilized back yard, only to discover I did not have enough product to finish the job, so a 7am run to Lowe's! After that, dropped to dogs off at the kennel, showered and finished packing and off to the airport for our 4+ hour flight to Denver. Dinner that evening with my soon to be graduate daughter!

Friday, 5/11: Ran on the treadmill in the AM (at 4900 feet elevation!), then attended my daughter's Honors ceremony. Nice Italian dinner out with my DW that evening.

Saturday, 5/12: Graduation ceremony at 8AM! Followed by early lunch at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Also celebrated my brother's 59th BD! Had dinner that evening with some of my ex in-laws that I get along with. The other ones -- the ones I DON'T get along with (including my ex-wife) had a party for my daughter. The ones I had dinner with were not invited (long story!). Very nice dinner!

Sunday, 5/13: Road trip to South Dakota (Rapid City). We passed through 3 states, two of which my wife had never been to (Wyoming and Nebraska). Stopped at the border signs for each state and took pics! It was fun!

Monday, 5/14: Tourist time! Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse.

Tuesday, 5/15: Ran at the Rapid City YMCA early AM. More tourist time: Sturgis and Deadwood, but my DW started feeling ill in Deadwood, so we headed back to the hotel.

Wednesday, 5/16: Drive back to Denver. Met my work manager for dinner. DW was still feeling effects of the intestinal virus (we thought it might have been food poisoning at the time).

Thursday, 5/17: One more run, this one outside by our hotel. Denver has some great biking and running paths. No wonder Colorado constantly leads the nation in being the most healthy state! Flight back home.

Friday, 5/18: In spite of being back in my own bed, I did not sleep well, and it was because I discovered I caught the intestinal virus! This was clearly not the game plan for this day!

Saturday, 5/19: Did the mowing I was going to do on 5/18! As expected, the fertilizer kicked in while we were gone, so I had to raise the blade on the mower! First time i have ever done the entire yard in one day using just the self propelled mower (in the past I had to use the tractor b/c I just did not have the stamina to walk it all). 34,000 steps!!

Sunday (today), 5/20: Back to our routines -- made breakfast, some light chores, read the Sunday paper, etc.

Back to the grind tomorrow -- nice break, but ready to get back into it!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/20/2012 6:17PM

    Congratulations on sticking with fitness/food intake wisdom on your trip. Most often I throw caution to the wind when we're on the road, and then regret it for weeks.

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/20/2012 2:33PM

    So glad you had a nice trip with your daughter and family! Now reality sets in... emoticon

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CHEY1697 5/20/2012 11:40AM

    Wow you have been busy....I need that insperation...Thanks

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What a difference a day makes!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Yesterday (Friday) was NOT a fun day! I was so happy to get home and sleep in my own bed Thursday night, only to discover I had picked up an intestinal virus (probably from my DW, who had it just a few days previous). Slept AWFUL Thursday night / Friday morning, then woke up and headed to my office upstairs, only to be so weak and feverish that I had to just about collapse on my sofa! I sweated profusely for several minutes, obvious that my body was trying desperately to burn out the unwanted and uninvited "guest"! After that, I made my way back to bed and feel asleep for most of the day, and as my DW said -- "you must be sick -- you NEVER go back to bed let alone go to sleep!".

At least I was able to start taking in some food later yesterday afternoon -- chicken soup and saltines, followed later by a grilled cheese sandwich, a few more saltines, and then a nice crisp apple.

Slept so much better last night. Only one bio break at 2am in the morning, then right back to sleep until 6:30AM or so. Coffee tasted GREAT today, and am nibbling on a bowl of blueberries, Oikos yogurt and Kashi Go Lean cereal. Washed the sheets and have them out on the clothes line to dry in the bright late spring sun, and will be heading out to start mowing shortly. It has been over a week since I mowed, so the grass is very high, which will require a couple of passes, good exercise for me since I basically did nothing yesterday. 80F high today, low humidity, so a perfect day to be outside.

What a difference a day makes!

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BBECKER1955 5/20/2012 9:50AM

    Happy to hear you're on your feet again. Make sure to get plenty fluids - you're probably down a quart ;-)

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CHUBRUB3 5/19/2012 7:16PM

    Happy to hear you are better today. Don't over do it let your body catch up.

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/19/2012 11:01AM

    Glad you're better, Patrick. *hate* being sick like that! I see you've been well enough to change the wallpaper on your SparkPage : ) Looks good.

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THOREAU73 5/19/2012 9:34AM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!! Stomach flu's / Intestinal Viruses, etc really do suck. I've had a few Have fun mowing!! emoticon

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Ready to head home...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Flying home from Denver this afternoon. Nice vacation, but I am sure ready to crawl in my own bed tonight! Just something about that feeling....

Ran this morning at 6:15AM. Was going to do the treadmill here at the hotel but I forgot that is prime time, so with it being 60F and sunny and with access to a fantastic running/biking trail nearby, I opted to run outside. 4.2 miles in 49 minutes, and that is at over 5600 ft elevation and plenty of hills, neither of which I deal with at home in Delaware! I was pretty darn pleased with my results!

Tomorrow I expect to be mowing all day, which will be a nice workout in itself. Oh, and we go pick up the puppies from the kennel -- can't wait for the wagging tails and big sloppy kisses!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/17/2012 12:20PM

    Ain't it great to get home and back to normal, even after the most fantastic of holidays!

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