If I still titled these blogs posts today would have to be “Redefining Success” since that phrase keeps recurring in my head. At least that is a little more hopeful than “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” which is all I could think after Saturday’s long and not terribly productive day in the back yard.
The areas of my life whose success may need redefining are my garden plot project which may not turn out to be the stunning success I envisioned, my left knee surgery since I still “feel” the knee more than I’d like considering that I had the surgery about six weeks ago, learning German, and my coding career. Nothing major at least… ðŸ˜‰
The garden plot project still has (another) two (or more) long days of hard labor ahead of it. My biggest conundrum is from where I will source the red clay necessary to make it a solid, level plot since I don’t know if enough exists in the square plot to do so. I may wind up digging out of the garden beds, making them deeper, in order to finish the job; I can always backfill the beds with soil purchased from Lowe’s. After two marathon days of hard labor (by my computer programmer’s definition) I neatly leveled and laid two garden beds and about a quarter/third of the paving stones. I should be able to get two of the three remaining garden beds in place by week’s end, the last garden bed and the remaining pavers are wildcards.
At a certain point yesterday afternoon I couldn’t deal with the garden plot any longer. “Fortunately” I always have other tasks which need my attention. Since I was already outside (on another spectacular comfortable January day) and dirty, I decided to tackle more of the downed trees and limbs. I spent at least an hour chopping and lugging before my body screamed “ENOUGH!”. By the end of the day my body was aching from top to bottom, my left knee and the tendinitis in my right elbow both convinced me that it was time to quit. After cleaning off my tools I came inside to take a long, warm shower before popping open a few cans of beer to reward my efforts and kill some of the pain. I wanted to go to Aldi yesterday to buy groceries and a frozen pizza to make for dinner, but I was too exhausted.
It almost goes without saying that I fell asleep incredibly early last night. It is now 4:30am and I have been awake long enough to wash last nightâ€™s dishes, and write and upload this blog post. Time to hobble into the kitchen and make some much-needed coffee.
Yesterday I entertained the thought of a Packers v Bills Super Bowl; both teams lost their respective games. I’m sure some people will be happy with a Buccaneers v Chiefs game, but it holds little interest for me.
Hope your weekend was pain-free, healthy, and happy.