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Working Around The House Does Count For Exercise!

Paul hit the yard around 9:00 AM and spent the entire day outside in the fresh air with the exception of a run to the hamburger store (yes, he broke down and celebrated being only 202 pounds by having a hamburger?).

Paul listens to the radio and sometimes wonders what ever happened to common sense.  The left is so out of whack that it’s almost humorous to listen to them until you remember they vote… or worse, represent us. The ol’ bag was on a roll today!

I give you Queen of the Dingbats!

Today was “cleanup day” in the yard and by cleanup I mean Paul went through two of the gardening sheds and tossed out tons of old chemicals plus garden supplies no longer needed.  He is going to the hazardous disposal facility tomorrow to give them a gift of bottles of “stuff”… Likely still good but the labels are gone and what they are, we do not know!

Paul began at 9:00 AM and worked until after 5:00 PM but around 2:00 PM he thought that he was not walking in the morning and decided to see how much the work around the house did for walking.  He turned on the pedometer on the iPhone for two hours (2:00 PM to 4:00 PM) and was amazed that he had put on a mile plus and walked 2,700 steps. Remember, he was walking from one spot to another, stopping and doing work, walking to another spot and repeating the process!

So all in all, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Paul probably did three miles and 9,000 steps!  (He had to turn off the pedometer as the battery was running low and GPS had to go)

Paul didn’t “walk”

Where did he walk… Around the house!  The open square in the center of all the blue is the outline of the house so you can see the many trips from backyard to front yard and back again.

Oh… The one blue path pointing up is when Vicky (our next door neighbor) drove by in her car and motioned to Paul to come talk.

Two hours of walking around the house working

We have a door into the kitchen from the north but it us seldom used, so Paul moved the garden shed that was there to the south side of the house and decided to keep our usual 10-15 cases of water  outside of that door instead of the garage!  Gives more room in the garage plus makes it easy to get water into the house when needed.  This is one of our earthquake supplies of water.  We are ready!

Good place for our water… The refrigerator is just inside the door

Paul mulched the grapes and asparagus plants  He uses aged straw (aged means it sits outside for two or more months, is watered so as to germinate any remaining seeds) and as a matter of fact, asked Zachary to pick up three more bales of straw next time it is convenient.  The green posts mark where the grapes and asparagus are located.

The berries are planted and mulched!

Time to go inside as the light is dimming.  Paul went in the house many times during the day to check on Sue, make her lunch, and sometimes just side by her side.  It is now 5:30 PM and the ol’ bones are tired!

A beautiful sunset looking south-west down our street

We mentioned the security lights, these two turn on whenever someone is in the driveway (and sometimes if they are walking on the sidewalk).

The new garage security lights

The light to the left of the iron gate was added Tuesday to assure the walkway was adequately lighted when we walk from the car into the house.

Just left of the gate the light assure the pathway is safe to walk

The remaining lights assure the walkway into the house is well lit based upon us walking.  We set the timers so we have plenty of time.  Yesterday we noticed that they might go on and off if there is a wind moving the trees so we might have to revisit the sensitivity although using 15 watts of LED power we probably don’t care!

Don’t care what time we come home… It will be well lit

It’s time for dinner.  Paul fixed a veggie quiche, mac and cheese, and mushroom soupd for Sue bu alas, three or four bites and she was done.  Paul put it away in the frig for tomorrow.  Paul ate some stuffed peppers we made last year.

Sue stayed in bed the rest of the night and didn’t even watch TV so Paul worked on the computer doing some memory book activities and looking up records on his departed aunts and uncles.

Paul crashed at 12:09 PM after visiting with Sue for a few minutes.  Another day gone! Tomorrow, the coat closet gets cleaned out and the pomegranate tree gets a haircut plus old art supply items get stored away.

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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