Sunday, May 31, 2020

Getting Dirty!!

The empty package from Amazon held the 7-1/2" square required for me to continue with the quilt I'm working on.  I've been waiting a week, what's a few more days?  I can't do a thing until it arrives, which is supposed to be today .... on a Sunday .... yeah right!!  I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen.  It's okay, I should be outside anyway.

Springtime requires yard work, there's no getting around it.  Just to make sure my aches and pains are in working order however, I went for a run yesterday morning after again struggling to fit in those compression shorts.  It started out as a walk, but that impulse to run just can't be denied.

It's really not running, it's more like jogging.  Boy did it feel good to be back in the saddle so to speak.  I cruised right along, dying for air.  Once you are back in some semblance of shape, you don't suck down air like it's your last breath.  Still, I did better than I thought.  Except for .... there is always an except for ..... that new pain in my one and only old surgery site.  What's up with that?

What better way to work out the new kinks than digging big holes in the garden.  Literally three bottles of water later, I was ready to plant my two new purchases.  Just let me say plants are not cheap any more.  If you want something that requires little maintenance, you have to pay the piper.
Here is where they live.  Those old stick poles are now gone, but I need yet one more plant on the corner.  All that of course brought up how to water them.  You can see the drip line, but I had to remove and replace the actual drip thingies.  It really was NOT funny that no water came out when I turned them on.

Trouble shooting has become my middle name when it comes to sprinklers.  At last I heard the geyser causing the problem, but it was underneath a huge bush in the front yard.  I ended up cutting back half the bush to even FIND the line.  In no time I was covered in spider webs, mud and dead leaves.

Like Pigpen in the Peanuts cartoon, I dropped pieces of flotsam all through the house as I hunted down the parts and pieces to get it fixed.  Not finding exactly what I needed, I faked it until I can get back to the sprinkler store.  Next up ..... clean the floor .... but first, those compression shorts had to be replaced with something more comfortable.  Uncompression was heavenly!!
As a reward for all that hard work, one (just one) day lily bloomed for me in the back yard.  Success!!
Thankfully the weather cooled off as rain was predicted, but alas it hit Phoenix and Tucson instead.  Knowing the break wouldn't last long, I corralled Cooper for a haircut.  I would show you a picture, but this is NOT his favorite activity.  He hid in the bedroom until everything was safely put away.
I'm determined to get to Home Depot today.  In the meantime, the little WiFi has kept one to five bars, rotating back and forth about every fifteen seconds.  I have not seen the dreaded NO SIGNAL words for the last 30 minutes.  Maybe, just maybe, they got it fixed.  I know I'm wrong and I'm not holding my breath, but it's a nice thought.


  1. Jogging or Running is a good way to exercise. My Bad Knees won't allow that.
    Getting chores completed as well as trouble shooting problems is a great way of Isolating yourself from the crowds.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. Jogging IS good exercise, it's just the soreness that comes afterward that's irritating. LOL

  2. Good for you for jogging, not something I could ever get into. I have to force myself to get on the treadmill! Love your new plants, looking really good! That's a lot of fur off Cooper, he may not like it but I'm sure he feels much better!

    1. Cooper is much happier when outside now, since it's heating up nicely. I have to force myself to run too ... even though I always feel better afterward.

  3. Cheers to you getting out there jogging. I try it every once in a while but when I tried it steady I realized it was going to take me forever to get to the 'not gasping for breath' stage. Not for me either. I like my walks better. :)
    Nice little trees, and nice job fixing the sprinkler.

    1. You are my inspiration Patsy. You are out there walking all the time while I'm sitting on the couch!!!