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Confessions of a blackberry cobbler-aholic & other needless ramblings

Sunday, March 17, 2013

3/17/13 Happy St Patricks Day!

Yesterday was a good day. I stayed within my calorie range . . . and did NOT go over . . . ONLY because I was honest with myself, knowing that I would eat about half of a blackberry cobbler. So, I budgeted for it ahead of time in my tracker. Okay, granted it was not the best use of calories/nutrition, but it was yummmy!

I spent 3+ hours in the yard, raking up windfall, leaves, limbs, etc. from the winters storms, and shoveling, hauling rocks, etc. for a new project.

So, here's my new project:

Situation #1 Our 5 acres, lying in the foothills between the mountains and the valley, has a bit of an incline and when we have bad rains, the rain run-off has a tendency of seeping towards the house foundation. This new project will (HOPEFULLY) divert the rain run-off away from the house.

Situation #2 Presently, we have a big koi pond and a lower, smaller pond that was initially intended to be an overflow and a wetlands for native grasses and a pacific tree frog habitat. Thanks to the moles and earthworms being SOOOO busy UNDER the pond liner, it has become a lot deeper than we expected . . . and became a breeding ground for mosquitoes. So, last Spring we introduced a few mosquito fish, which apparently have weathered the winter VERY WELL. Now we have a gazillion mosquito fish in the lower pond and we are concerned that they will eat the tadpoles when they begin to hatch as well as the other cool critters that have taken up habitation in the smaller pond.

So, in an attempt to combine & remedy both situations (I don't like the concept of killing 2 birds with one stone!) I am trying my hand at designing a drainage ditch to direct the rain water towards a new overflow from the smaller pond. (Hopefully the mosquito fish will be contained where they are now.) And HOPEFULLY the new overflow AND the drainage ditch will feed into a NEW wetlands area . . . . and all the water will drain away from the house towards the thornless blackberries in the garden.

Sounds like a lot of work . . . but I'm ready for the challenge.

Yesterday my hubby repeatedly commented about me being able to do the things I was doing. It IS amazing how far I've come, just by taking it easy on the fitness plan, (starting with chair exercises to strengthen the core) and gradually introducing new stretches and activities as mobility permitted.

Four years ago when we were putting in the waterfall in the upper pond, my Dr and physical therapist forbid me from even lifting ONE brick! If they could only see me now!!!

I'm definitely not BUFF . . . but I am BETTER!!!! and getting better every day.

Just start with 10 minutes a day . . . . a great investment!

We are SO worth it!!!
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    2402 days ago
    Very cool plans. Pictures when the project is done?
    2402 days ago
    WONDERFUL WONDERFUL!!!!! Great plans and wonderful for the environment. AND It sounds like the environment has been wonderful for you too... great going on the added strength and mobility. Your blog is sheer motivation, inspiration and well, a joy to read.
    2402 days ago
    You are the poster child for getting it done and making your life healthier. Your doctor would be amazed!
    2402 days ago
    Blackberry cobbler sounds yummy! And congrats on your progress in getting fit and active!
    2402 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Hope it goes better than expected.
    2402 days ago
    Good for you! It sounds like you have a MAJOR project ahead of you. Good luck you will have fun getting it done.
    2402 days ago
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