My back felt pretty good after church today, so I decided it was time to get a little exercise.
I went out to very cautiously poo pick the riding arena. I put on my back brace first and was very careful not to twist or turn too much, or to fill the wheelbarrow so it was too heavy. That felt OK.
So, then I trimmed a few branches that are edging into the arena and fixed a broken fence post by nailing some mending plates on it. I reset the rails there and in one other place and called it a night.
Yes, it was a bit of work, but I was as careful as possible. Then, when I came in, I took some Ibuprofen and some valerian to keep my muscles relaxed. (I also unloaded two bags of alfalfa cubes from my car....forgot that.) I am putting the heating pad on too.
But, nature does not relent. When I got home and looked out the front window, I saw a big branch broken off my lovely magnolia tree. This is very sad as the tree is really pretty in full bloom. Apparently, a large branch snapped off from the almost dead maple in front and then crashed through the poor magnolia and demolished a good sized branch from it.
All of which means another large clean up job for me. I guess that's going to have to wait a while until I am better recovered, unless I can call in a favor or two. I was owed some fence mending, but maybe tree cutting will do instead. The maple really ought to come down, but I can't afford it at the moment. It's not a job for amateurs.
Nothing like owning your own home to discover all the little bits of work that need doing.
I'd love to hire a cute handyman, Muriel. But I'm not sure I could afford that either. But at this rate, I might need to find a way.
It's a little overwhelming right now.
Funny story: I called the Boys in for dinner. Toby came just fine. Tucker and Chance followed and slammed on the brakes. Ohmigosh!!! There was a repaired fence on the far side of the arena!! Spook!
Silly Boys. It took extra time for them to come into the barn.
Horses always amaze me at how they notice changes in their environment.