Friday, August 01, 2014
Thank you, friends, for reading and replying to my Blog of Sorrow a few days ago. All the replies made me a little embarrassed that I had let things go and gotten myself terribly down in the deepest of dumps. Your suggestions and support encouraged me and helped me get moving again. I had to admit how awful I felt to get it over with and out the way so that I could feel better. And I do, hooray!
Yesterday I made a sticky note and stuck it to my purse that said GO TO THE GYM. The note on the purse must be obeyed, and I did go to the gym. I pledged ten minutes then did exactly that time on the treadmill. Overdoing it is not a good way to start.
Today I went again and did fifteen minutes. It wasn't a big deal to go back. Nobody pointed at me and called me a quitter ... in fact, no one even noticed me. Great! Anonymity! the Unknown Tread Miller!
Some good cleansing work on my inner anger was done by listening to the Clash at an unhealthily loud volume, with a few rounds of Fallout Boy. Angry music for this depressed lady reminds me that depression is only anger turned inside out. I guess I AM angry and being miserable about my health is no solution.
Whether online or in person, good friends make life just that little bit more livable by offering support, humor and affection. Thank you, and you have all that from me in return.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
After two years, I finally have been able to replace my clothesline. To explain: The last vestiges of the old barn had to come down a couple of years ago. My old clothesline had to go since it was attached. Then when my brother put up the new shed, we planned on replacing the lines and never really got around to it. I am have been impatient, since dryers cost too much to run and I dislike the texture of the clothes. And really -- there is no soul in a dryer.
Dear Son came down this weekend and borrowed a post hole digger from Ed Next Door, the Snowplow Hero. It took all day, between going out to brunch, hitting 2 hardware stores for cement, going for ice cream, and just general going-slowness. But we got it done and then went out for dinner.
The kits for the posts and crossbeams were about $80, the line was $17, the cement & extra bolts about $20, and I spent about $80 on going out to nice restaurants for meals with Noah and myself. Outrageous! That’s $197 on this. Well, there was no labor cost and I did have the fun of hanging with my son all day so I am not really complaining, just noticing how much it costs to save money.
Today I hung out my wash. What a pure joy that is for me! The smell and feel of clean laundry – there exists nothing on earth like it. It is difficult to do with my bad shoulders and my arthritic hands, but somehow it is good for me to be out there DOING something. All those years of wash when I was growing up came back and I loved remembering my Mom, that Clorox smell, the scratchy towels… Remember being reminded to get the clothes in before it rains? It’s work but it is good for my soul, my budget, and the environment. Serendipity!
I am pretty happy with a job well done by Noah, and just happy to have been working on something I can see and feel and love. Here are some random pictures taken as I went about my day today.
A Full Line -- Lines Need to Stretch & be Tightened
Clothesline featuring my Thumb
North Corner of my house with Things Blooming in the Shade
Birdbath with Hanging Basket from Noah
Back Porch Buddha
Extra Computer Hooked up in Living Room for Extra Hard Drive Project
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