Gardening a new way.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
A week and a half ago, I had minor surgery to deal with a problem toenail. I've been unable to wear regular shoes on that foot, so wore a post-surgical sandal type thing I had that doesn't enclose the toes.
It has rained (or snowed on Mother's Day) at some point every day for two weeks. My grass was getting WAY too tall, so Friday after work I forced my foot into a shoe to mow the lawn out front. It took over and hour - usually takes 30 minutes tops. Saturday morning I went out to do the back about 10:30. It was sunny with blue skies, but to the west I could see clouds building over the mountains. First I had to clear up doggie doo-doo. Then I dug out dandelions that were blooming. Once I got mowing, the mower kept cutting out. I thought it was because the grass was so high and was damp and clogging up my mulching mower. I went to detach the spark plug before trying to clear grass out of the blades and discovered the connection to the spark plug was not tight. Fixed that and then continued to mow, very slowly. The back usually takes about 35 minutes - it took me over 90 minutes! By the time I finished, the clouds had moved in and covered the sky and 15 minutes later, it started to rain!
Today I saw some more dandelions blooming (the rotten things) and spent about 30 minutes attacking them. I had plants I purchased over a week ago that couldn't go in on Mother's Day due to the snow and temperatures going down to freezing, that needed to be planted. I'd usually be down on my hands and knees to do the planting, but my toe had started bleeding last night and I couldn't get myself up and down wearing that sandal thing, so I did planting and weeding from a standing position with tons of bending. NOT FUN! I was out in the yard doing all that for well over two hours, but I got most of the plants in and watered and filled a 5 gallon bucket twice with weeds and grass that needed to go.
I also did laundry and my sheets are in the dryer right now, ready to go on my bed. I need to make the bed as soon as I finish this. I am exhausted, need to soak my foot in warm water with epsom salts for a short time and put on a new dressing, then get to bed to read for 15-20 minutes before I sleep. That's my second ME time for today. This morning I filled the bird feeders and took my coffee and that paper out on the patio for a morning ME time. It will be time to go to work way too soon, so I better get that bed made. Sweet dreams to all!