Good Morning on
I'm never exactly sure what each day will bring. But yesterday was full of one surprise after another.
There was a beautiful sunrise.
I admit it. I can rarely sleep past sunrise in the summer. Then it is a struggle to stay up past dark in the evening!
It takes about an hour or so for the sun to shine into the valley. I'm always amazed at how I can watch the sun arrive on the ridge and then walk leisurely to the creek and watch it arrive in the valley.
After I settled Lil' Richard and Sven into their grazing areas for the day and moved the mules to their next rotation, I came in and called our hay guy. When the pastures get short and there isn't much browsing left, I feed some hay to supplement their diets. The mules will eat berry briars and do a fair job of cleaning the woods, but I don't want the two hard keepers to lose weight.
I texted the farrier to see if I could schedule a trimming then set out the clippers for doing manes and ears.
Rich surprised me while I was finishing up my work out.
I'd just finished up the WOD or work out of the day. Pictured are my pine cones that I use to mark off how many rounds I'd done.
70 jump ropes and 10 Rt arm power snatches and 10 Lt arm power snatches.
I'm handicapped by not having those wonderful dumb bells to use like we do in the gym. So my coach has helped me figure out what items I can use around the farm as weights.
This was a 10 lb sledgehammer.
The reason I mention this is not because I want anyone to be impressed that I work out.
I want to mention that Rich has taken an interest in finding items that I can substitute as weights.
[Working out has helped me regain strength in my shoulders and it actually makes me feel better. I think it is important for me to do this for my physical and mental health. Doing Virtual WOD's has been a bonus for me. If I don't have time to do the work out first thing in the morning, I do it later in the day. I've missed less workouts this way! But I DO miss the gym and the camaraderie.]
Yesterday he found a 12 lb anchor and a 15 lb anchor for me to use as 'Kettle Bells' for weighted squats.
Rich walked over to his skid steer and fired it up.
He decided to work on those old ruts between the busted up garage and the large shed. I did the shovel work and he gave me directions.
That may sound a bit lopsided, but with his lung issues, he gets out of breath quickly. We've always been fairly good at working together.
I shoveled and he directed. When I got the deep holes filled in he was able to drop the dirt and smooth it out.
I'll plant grass seed when he is finished and the 'lane' will be repaired.
For the afternoon I grabbed my kindergarten pad and Charlie's pillow. I sat on the porch with him while Rich slept. I decided to listen to the birds and read a book.
Charlie seems to be the
King of Relaxation Techniques.
I don't know if I can attribute my home work outs to Rich's increase in activity, but since I ask him to help 'time' me or find items for me to use, it seems he has more interest in life.
Last night when the hay man came, Rich walked out and talked with him a bit [distanced of course]. Rich hasn't walked out to talk to the hay guy in two years.
Daryl remarked how wonderful it was to see Rich engaged and even more impressive was that he just got in the skid steer and unloaded the hay with no apparent effort.
Since 2017 he has struggled with everything.
Life may suck out there beyond the borders of our farm but I get to see a different kind of hope.
I get to see my husband again.