Yesterday was a productive, yet painful, day.
Achievement Unlocked: Yard Work
It will neither go down as the hardest nor easiest thing I will ever do, but I was glad to finally be able to mow my lawn last night.
Picking up and carrying the mower up the three aging cement stairs was surprisingly okay. An hour, perhaps less, of walking behind the mower and then doing leafblowing to clear debris started to tax me.
To my surprise and joy the mower’s engine started on the first pull. The Briggs-Stratton engine has entered its eighteenth year and using gas stabilization, and changing the oil and spark plug occasionally has kept it going.
I was uncertain that I would be able to get the mower back down the steps in order to cut the back yard and finish the job. I simply had to block out the discomfort and do it. If I continue to mow my own lawn into old age I will have to find another solution. At some point I will have to replace the retaining wall and stairs, when I do I could always get a ramp installed instead of stairs.
Backyard is also looking okay, though I didn’t have the strength to cut up and take branches to the curb.
Achievement Unlocked: Eating What’s In The Fridge
I was hurting big time and bushed after spending a couple of hours doing yard work.
My first post-chore achievement was to get into the shower and wash myself thoroughly. Man it felt great to be clean after getting hot and sweaty.
Once showered I forced myself into the kitchen to make dinner at home, specifically to use up some things that were on their last legs. I am hitting the road early tomorrow and do not want to come home to a stench. Dinner was an andouille sausage with sauerkraut and mustard, washed down with an Alabama beer. Later in the evening I had my dessert in which I finished the milk, and ate a piece of bittersweet chocolate.
Achievement Failed: German Homework And Coding
It should come as no surprise that once I was done with dinner I was in no mood to continue my streak of productivity. Instead, I plopped on the bed and watched YouTube videos for awhile, and then listened to some podcasts. I think my night of fitful sleep started some time around 9:30pm.
Achievement Ahead: Physical Therapy
Doing yard work the day before physical therapy will not go down as one of my better scheduling achievements. In my defense the yard desperately needed the attention, and my body does as well. I think I will look into scheduling a massage for myself next week…
Be it Georgia, Maine, Nevada, California, New York, or wherever, I hope your day is a good one.