Don’t @ me, I’m allowed to state this fact. We had a 6 month winter and I like it when it’s hot. I’m just sayin’…Also. Air conditioning is nice for sleeping. 🙂
Yesterday was normal hot, not humidex hot, day so I spent the entire afternoon outside, gardening in the front yard.
I’m not completely done, but a big chunk was finally completed which included shoveling six wheelbarrows full of dirt. The dirt was in a huge bag on the driveway near the backyard, which we had ordered when we prepped the soil to re-sod. I wanted to empty the unsightly bag. So I did.
Well let me tell you. I felt like I used to when I still went to bootcamp. Sore, hot, and tired, from physical labour.
Shoveling did a number on my arms. Which is a good thing! I like physical labour. What a great way to disconnect my brain from all the drama around here…
Physical labour however is not the same as physical exercise. And although my GOMA™ participants have been posting or texting me their results from their daily exercises, I have not achieved any. Belgium posted just recently, whereas Germany and Australia have texted me instead. You all deserve a medal and you are welcome to kick my ass for abandoning you.
Except for the gardening aka physical labour I have not exercised.
Here’s a bit of proof of my gardening accomplishments:
The flowers look a little…sad. They were given to me by someone who didn’t have enough space for all their purchases, and so they left them sitting in their plastic packs until they got all stringy. I’m hoping my nutrient rich soil and some extra fertilizer in the water will bounce them back into fuller blooms. Time will tell.
I realized by the end of the day that it was really nice to be outside, away from the laptop and the drama, and using my body in a physical way even though I hadn’t been walking.
As far as the drama is concerned, there was a digestive issue that moved itself through us last week. We had no other symptoms beside the need to stay close to the loo. I think my partner got the worst of it, and he was convinced it was covid-related, so he went for a test. (He’s negative, which doesn’t surprise me.) But despite the negative result, he still wants to continue to quarantine for the remaining two weeks, just to be sure.
How accurate are those test results anyway? We’ve all heard of false positives…is there such a thing as a false negative?
Anyway, he’s going to do what he feels is best. But it put on hold all the other stuff that was supposed to be starting up again: flying at the club (he’s a pilot instructor part-time), taking the boy child to baseball practice (where he is a coach), shopping for hockey equipment… Apparently the boys are cleared to do some practices in small groups now.
Also, while he remains in quarantine, there are no golf lessons, no driving range practices, that sort of thing. They were looking forward to getting golf started.
I was looking forward to getting them OUT of the house. 😛
All this flip-flopping is a bit of a pain in the ass, isn’t it. It certainly doesn’t look like this covid-situation is going to go away any time soon. But we have to find a way to stay sane, and staying sane for many people means doing things like socialize with other people. The trick is to find a group, in an intimate bubble, to do it with. People who are in line with your thinking and acting, following protocols and all the rest of it.
For my kids, things have slowly started to normalize. Perhaps not as busy as pre-covid, but at least they’re out doing something occasionally. My son’s friend has a set up at the side of the house, on the driveway, where he and his friends can play some sort of video game together. The dad allows up to 3 boys over at a time. It’s something…and they’re appropriately socially distanced while doing what teen boys like to do these days – play fortnite or similar games. There’s also a basketball area which they use regularly. And sometimes, they take their bikes.
My daughter has been going on bike rides with friends, stopping at a local river to play, sometimes bringing a picnic. Plus, the local outdoor pool is open and she’s been there at least three times before we got sick. It’s nice to see them go out and be with friends finally, after all the lock-down time.
And me? I’m back and forth between mom’s place and my own house. When I do go to mom’s I get a lot of writing done – I have a room with a door there, privacy, almost no interruptions. My daughter usually accompanies me and she and my mom do stuff together. We were there on the weekend with the Schnoodle Molly, whom we’ve looked after for the past 13 years ever so often, and it was nice!
Next trip to my mom’s place is being contemplated to happen over the next couple of days. I have two deadlines I’d like to meet prior to the end of July so I’m counting on some writing time to be in my immediate future shortly.
What’s happening in your neck of the woods? I need to catch up with blog reading…I’ll drop by shortly. It’s supposed to rain today so I’ll be indoors most of the day.