Getting Physical

Following the deep crevice left by the previous bundle of sticks I struggled to carry across the partially thawed yard, I couldn't help but think about my purpose there that day.  This wasn't about me.  It was about her.  I'd decided that since she couldn't, I would clean up her beautiful yard.  Temps were in the mid 30's so it was good working weather.

Although all I accomplished that first morning was about a quarter of the front yard, I knew she would be pleased.  Returning the next two days, the work somehow seemed easier.  The fourth day, however, it was raining and although only a light rain, it made for sloppy work so I had to take extra care so as not to slip and fall as I carried the bundles into the woods in back.  Just as I was about to get into my car, I heard a faint, "JP...JP, come on in."

Covered in dirt and mud, I stopped to take off my boots and nylon pants but she quickly said, "Just get in's cold out there and I can't take the cold.  Come sit with us near the wood stove."

Sitting in the DR chair her husband had moved closer to the stove, I'll admit the radiating warmth made my chilled, old bones feel better almost immediately.  "You don't have to pick up the sticks for us. We don't want you to do it."

Holding back tears, my response was short, "It makes me feel better." then she, her husband and I all smiled and nodded at the same time. We all knew what the other was thinking...sometimes getting physical alleviates the worry, the anger, and the stress.  For me, physical activity is a panacea.

It was then that she told me to stop picking up the yard for them because they had hired someone. Quite honestly, I was relieved. Getting physical can be exhausting at my age. After she filled me in on the plan of attack on her stage 3 ovarian cancer, we talked Eagles. She fell in love with them when I introduced her to my passion last year. She loves the data that lives in my head and always looks forward to more tidbits of information s well as another story.

The following day, I decided that I'd better work on the ice on our decks.  Because the snow slides off the solar panels, it forms large piles which soften during the day then re-freeze at night.  The Pres told me just to wait until it melts, but since I walk across the decks to get to my bird feeders, it makes it a dicey walk for me.

 The next morning, I decided it was "me time" and headed out to a favorite spot to walk.

Surrounded by woods and near the river, I have the best of both worlds...water and trees and Eagles, of course.  

However, after I walked about 100', I realized I'd better go back to my car and put on my Stabilizers.  It was VERY icy.  The air temps were warm enough to melt the ice, but because the ground was still frozen, it made walking a little dicey.  I hadn't thought about the lack of sunlight on the forest floor nor them impact from the river.

Unfortunately, after about 30 minutes, I turned around and headed back to my car.  After all, slipping, falling and breaking a bone WOULD NOT MAKE ME HAPPY nor would anyone know where I was.

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Getting Physical

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This Winter, while we haven't had much snow, we have had "mixed precipitation" including sleet and freezing rain.  In fact, as I get ready to hit [Publish], more snow transitioning to sleet, then freezing rain is predicted.  UGH!  More scraping, pushing and chopping tomorrow.  


Rose said…
Just accomplishing a little more than the normal cooking, washing up, cleaning etc, always is good for my morale.
Ann said…
getting out alone and just being able to breathe in the fresh air always helps clear my head.
eileeninmd said…

You are very kind to help your friends. I am tired of winter, snow and ice.
I am hoping for some warm weather to come and melt our pat of the world. Take care while you are out there walking alone. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend ahead.
Rambling Woods said…
Hi It would be unusual to be allergic to goldenrod as it is insect pollinated and the pollen does not blow around. Ragweed has copious amounts of wind blown pollen and many people including me are allergic to ragweed as I found out in one of my classes. I have a lot of it in my yard and have no problems but when ragweed appears it has to come out right away..Michelle
Many times, helping others also helps ourselves and so you did accomplish much by your actions and work, JP. I know what you mean about starting off on a snowy path and then finding out there is ice beneath the snow and fearing a fall. Same thing happened to us recently but we forgot out clamp ons so carefully retraced our steps and headed home.
Susie said…
JP, You are so kind to your neighbor. But please take care of yourself. That walking is too risky on sloppy ice. Yes, I hate ice on our deck/porch too. I am always shoveling and sweeping. Can you even believe it's to be 60 degrees here in central Indiana on Saturday. But that too warm too soon and so there are storms predicted. We will be back into the 30's come Monday. No wonder people are sick. LOL. Please take care of yourself young lady. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie
Rambling Woods said…
The mixed precip which we have had every week since Jan is the worse and most dangerous..Michelle

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