Well I was on staycation last week. You would think I would have had no problems writing up a few posts for this site, but NO! I did my usual. I made big lists of chores and then ignored them and read books and watched movies instead. Then on the last 3 days of my vacation I tried to get all the high priority jobs done. I surprised myself! I went outside and did some gardening for 45 minutes then I gave myself and hour to cool down as I am a real sweaty girl. Then a half hour of housework and back outside for another 45 minutes and so on. I had some false starts. I first tried to saw tree limbs by hand. That was a bad idea so the first evening I went out and got a CHAIN SAW! YEAHHHHHH! I actually do know how to use one and even repair it. I was a little disappointed at how often the chain needs to be adjusted. Hopefully as it ages the chain will stop stretching so much. Anyway it was fun to be the Master of Destruction on my pile of fallen tree branches. I don’t know how these segues in my posts always happen. This is supposed to be about my philosophy that got me through three days of working my butt off, not Chain Saws, ROARRRRR!
I guess you can imagine that on the morning of day two I had a problem. I was sore. I was over the novelty. I was tired. I fell back on some advice I received hiking years ago. I was on an unexpectedly hilly hike with my club and was well behind the rest of the hikers. I was paired up with one of the more experienced hikers and his job was to make sure I didn’t get hurt and get me to the end of the hike as best he could. He told me that the key wasn’t how fast you walked it was to never stop. Whenever I got to the top of a hill our rule was that I could take small steps if I had to and catch my breath but never stop. Prior to this I had always stopped at the top of each hill and inspected the hill. I had earned a break! Well I was now slow after topping a hill but I realized there was a built in break just from not having to go up hill anymore. Anyway, it turned out he was right and I caught up to the club on the trail as they had rested at the top of each hill.
Well, OK, this weekend I will grant you I had a bunch of one hour breaks but that was for heat so they don’t count! I did just keep going and keep going until I was almost there and then for some reason I refused to do the last bit. I’m not sure why. Maybe I don’t want it to be over? Partly it is because I love to be perverse and leaving a big pimple on the face of my garden entertains me. Anyway weird!!!!! I took a picture but it doesn’t look like anything. Probably if I wasn’t lazy and took it lying on the ground my patch of crab grass I left growing in my garden would look like something.
Side Note: when I walked out of my office building I thought there had been a big accident because the ambulance was just pulling out and there was firemen and people and cars all over the place. New York firemen … in Toronto. I gather they are filming an Adam Sandler movie. My office building actually turns up in a lot of movies as does our lobby.