I have decided people my age have no business outside digging in the dirt without some prior serious training and conditioning. The last Saturday in April my family joined me and we worked in the yard all day. With the weather we have had, the yard was really in need of some personal care and since we had some extra hands we made a full day of it.
On Sunday morning I did not feel as bad as I thought I would. My aches, pains and stiff legs didn't arrive until Monday morning.
When I got up on Monday morning I hurt all over.
It reminded me of the long ago days when I first started basketball practice. It always took me about a week or so to get back in shape and stop hurting with every step.
I was a lot younger then so I am guessing it might take several weeks for me to get over this before I am ready for another full day of cleaning out flower beds, trimming trees, putting out mulch, and all of the other stuff that goes with it.
Staying in shape is hard work. I was athletic and kept busy when I was young. Way back then I would not have guessed there would come a day when an easy chair would look so good.
When we were raising our kids we were busy getting them to and from basketball, baseball, softball, music lessons, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and all of the other activities kids enjoy.
We were too busy to do yard work back then. Mowing once a week was about all it got. We did not even own a weed eater.
I have always been an admirer of other people's yards with colorful, blooming flowers and perfectly manicured bushes. I always told myself when life slows down, I will learn to enjoy working in the yard and growing things.
As we aged and slowed down we decided we needed flowers to enjoy and keep us busy.
I found out very quickly, those things do not grow without a lot of care, water and weeding. I also discovered I do not have a green thumb in my entire body.
I have killed a lot of innocent flowers over the last few years but I am not going to give up. I am determined.
Last year I planted a lot of flowers in pots and placed them around. I found it easier to keep the weeds out.
I am trying but I have not reached the point of saying, "I really enjoy working in my flower gardens." I can say I love flowers. I can hardly ever pass up live bouquets without bringing a colorful bunch home.
I know me -- I am a fair weather gardener. When it really gets hot I will not want to be out tending to the flowers.
I have also tried vegetable gardens but I have never been able to succeed. I am going to give it one more chance -- I bought five tomato plants this week. We'll see how it works.
People who really know me, send me artifical plants.
My best friends are gardeners and are good with plants. I like to keep a few house plants and when they get to looking bad, I send them to their house in Lake City for healing. They cure them and bring them back. The last two I sent, only one came home. She told me it was too late for the second one. It was beyond help.
I should have a variety of orange flowers coming up soon in one of my flower beds. I bought them from a young friend in 4-H. It had four different types of bulbs. They looked so pretty on the page I could not resist.