Apr 11, 2011
working through the pain
Haven't posted in a few days, to say I'm sick would be an understatement! Apparently I injured my back last Thursday lifting 50 lb bales of soil conditioner because I woke up Friday barely able to get up or turn to either side. This is a tough one for me since I'm one of those cynics that doesn't "believe" in unexplained back pain, allergies (we'll get to that in a minute), or any of the other mystery pains many people complain about LOL. Serves me right I guess, huh? Funny thing is that I lift heavy stuff all the time, always lift properly, and don't recall any sudden injury or pain that day but it showed up 12 hours later just the same. Saturday was so-so and yesterday I managed to get a teeny-tiny bit of work done, mostly supervising hubby :) but by the time I finished making dinner I was completely done and could barely stand up. Then last night the allergies hit me, complete with fever and chills, and when that broke I was left with the classic symptoms of a foggy head, eyes, etc, and a good 5 days or so before my allergy meds kick in and start working. I don't believe in those either, but every year since I have lived in one of the top states for pollen allergies it has been getting progressively worse. I have never been bothered by them until I was about 35, guess I was lucky. It was 75ºin the house last night but I was on the couch under 2 down blankets and a heating pad on my back, pretty pathetic. Hubby said heat waves were emanating from me but I would have sworn it was 32 in the house!
Today, back was a little better this morning, but after sewing this afternoon, I'm back to wanting the heating pad on it tonight. This is the first time I have ever had any lower back pain and I don't like it, matter of fact I don't even believe in it! I guess I'm getting old :)
Even though I was hobbling around pretty badly, I managed to carry a camera and get some shots of spring chores being done and did a little bit myself:
Here's hubby mixing in some super secret stuff into my beds, Finn and his neighbor friend are working mixing it in, too!
Call it carnage or whatever, but these pretty brussels sprouts are going to get ripped out right before they "sprout brussels" LOL - I don't even like them but like the way the plants look when nothing else is growing - they are taking up very valuable real estate since I need this bed for tomatoes by the end of the week.
For the first time, we are planting tomatoes straight into the ground this year. We need more to have a proper amount canned for winter, and the space is here, it just needed to be amended with some of our compost and other secret stuff, you know, army men and other things you find when digging :)
Poor hubby with all this digging and turning, I couldn't have picked a worse weekend for a back injury... or maybe a better one? :)
Below, the 2011 Sacrificial Tomato... this year the honor goes to a Pink Brandywine! She was planted Sunday afternoon, did well last night which was no spectacular event since it only got down to 60, but did very well with a high in the 80's today with full sun. Tonight and tomorrow night will be lows in the upper 40's possibly, so depending on how she does, all the tomatoes will be planted by late this week. Not soon enough for me, as they are all about 12 inches high! This one was planted with 1/2 the plant in the soil. No eggshells or magic stuff here, since she's the sacrificial plant :)
Harvest this weekend: on the left are scallions and on the right, leeks. Yes, poor small leeks... but they HAD to come out of the bed... I needed it!
I used them right up... still using up our stash from freezer garden veggies but it was nice to have the addition of fresh green onions and sliced leeks in the stir fry.
After this dinner, I pretty much collapsed into a worthless heap with nothing worth writing about except how many times hubby ran around for drinks, snacks, blankets, etc for me!
Allergies and back injuries are for the weak...
(stay tuned for a recipe involving me eating those words!)
I'll leave you with a clip of Finn and his friend doing what boys are supposed to do... digging in the dirt!
I think I may have to actually take a day off tomorrow and work on the stack of magazines!