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Daily Archives: June 26th, 2008

Just got in from doing some yard work. Its times like this that sometimes I wish I had a partner to help with all the stuff to do around the house. At least that is what I was thinking at the start of doing said yard work. I now I feel differently.

I started out by taking hedging shears and trimming up the grass that grows along the edges around the house. Nothing like a little muscle action going in the upper thighs and gluteus maximus. Although towards the end of the trimming it does get a bit difficult to stand up. Then I took my trusty shovel and looked around for dog poop and dead moles (cat presents) to pick up. You do not want dog crap to come flying back at you when you mow it.. it’s happened and it’s not fun nor is it fun when you go over a mole.. don’t think I need to get into any details there and yes I’ve done that as well.. so now.. I scour the areas where I will be mowing to avoid these tragedies.

Another great work out is to use an old fashioned push mower. It can take up to twice as long as an electric or gas one but again.. not as much exercise involved with those. Also was under the impression that because I don’t have a huge area to mow figured it would be too bad. Silly me forgot that two good portions of what I do need to mow is on a very steep slope. Again another work out for the upper thighs and ass muscles as you have to push the mower back and forth up the slope, as well as side to side due to it being a push mover and they don’t cut as well as the aforementioned ones. I usually do this while standing on the sides and bottom of the slope since from experience it is easy to lose grasp of the mower while you are sliding down the slope because you just stepped in dog crap that you missed while doing the earlier scavenger hunt.

Once I was able to get my breath back from doing the slopes the mowing actually went really well. As I was doing it, even the hard parts I really did enjoy my time out there. I was finding it to be meditative in sort of way. The sun was out and it was so nice to be outside. The smell if the grass as it was being cut is one of my favorite smells. I feel that when it was all said and done that I probably enjoyed how it looked and how it smelled more so because it was me who did it. Something as simple as doing yard work reminded me that it’s ok to not be with someone. I have and can continue to achieve great satisfaction from being by myself. I’m definitely learning more about myself and can focus on the things I want to focus on. I’m not saying that I want this to be this way forever but for now.. it’s really nice.