March 15, 2013 - Slow Down, Old Woman!

That's what Mr. Granny told me this morning.  Just because I moaned and groaned and went to bed at 8 last night, then could barely get out of bed this morning.  Forty-five potato holes dug proved to be too much for one day's work.  I slept for 12 hours, got up and had coffee and Tylenol, then went back to bed with a hot pad on my back, and two hot little dogs at my sides, and slept until noon.  By the time I downed a ham sandwich and a cup of tea for lunch, I felt human once more.  I still have another forty-five potato holes to dig, but I think I'll do fifteen a day rather than all at once!  And I think I'll give my back another day of rest before I start.

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  1. I think that sounds like a plan Granny! You ain't no spring chicken.....even though you can out work most people half your age!

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    1. You sound like Mr. Granny. I refuse to get old, I tell ya!

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  2. Oh Granny, Today I was sitting around with the heating pad on my left shoulder. Don't know what I did but when I woke ups this morning my shoulder was really sore! This now in addition to my already sore back and feet. So I sure know what you are talking about. We have been packing and cleaning and decluttering to make our house ready to put on the market. I used to go all day working, working, and would not stop til I was finished! Now I have to take breaks every few minutes or I either get too tired or hurt myself! This getting old business is very inconvenient!!!!! Hope you feel better and can finish your potatoes!

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    1. I hope so too, Lana! There is so much to get done right now, what with the front yard being in such bad shape after the sewer hookup, and the potatoes and spinach needing to be planted pronto! I just don't have enough hours in the day. My right shoulder and a rib or two were hurting, too.

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  3. You can outdo me by far but don't wear yourself out too fast! How wonderful to be able to work that much! Nancy

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    1. Nancy, you have your live-in gardener, so you don't have to do so much. I just have a live-in TV watcher and sometimes jar opener ;-) He did dig a hole today, so we could repair the underground sprinkler line the sewer guys cut. I appreciated that, for sure!

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  4. Hi Granny! I know it's hard not to overdo this time of year, but take care & forgive yourself for taking a break now & then, Instead of Tylenol, try taking a fish oil capsule in the morning & evening. It has really helped me with my gardening aches & pains.

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    1. Lydia, I might just try that. I have been taking Glucosomine HCI with MSM, and it doesn't seem to be doing a thing to ease the joint pain.

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  5. You are a worker! I'm glad you got all that rest and are feeling better. My cousin, Mr. Super Gardener, planted potatoes today, too. I didn't ask him how many. . . I knew it would be more than I could imagine.

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    1. Dianefaith, I'm going to have way too many potatoes this year. We've cut our white potato consumption down to only once a week, and I know I won't be able to keep that up once those sweet new potatoes appear!

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  6. You take care of yourself, not only does Mr. Granny need you but WE need you to light the way with your garden! :-) I totally relate though. I have a live in tv watcher at times as well, ha. "here let me help....phew, it's too hot, i'm going in". "here let me help you with that....the mosquitoes are biting, I'm going in". The flip side is when he goes in, I get fabulous home cooked goodies, so I can live with that. Do my stuff outside, get tired and sore, take my drug of choice (legal of course, ha), Advil, and then I sit down and ask to be served. LOL!!!

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    1. 1st. Man, I think I need a stronger "drug of choice", 'cause I'm still hurting today! I wouldn't dare let Mr. Granny near the kitchen. The surfaces (and my body) could only stand so much grease ;-)

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  7. Girl, that is a lot of potatoes! I'm not sure how many I'll have to plant this weekend. Take it easy on yourself, Rome wasn't built in a day. I bet your gardens will be awesome! Cheers, Jenni

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    1. Yes, Jenni, I think way too many. I'm going to ask my son-in-law and Son John if they want my Yukon gold seed, and just put in one row with the little ones I saved from last year.

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  8. There you go again! At least it is very rewarding work!

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    1. Hi, Megan. I think I'll go back to bed :-(

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  9. I found long ago that it is better to do things a little at a time. I used to be able to double dig for hours a day. But now I limit it to one to two hours of heavy work so I don't feel awful. Even two can make me creaky the next day. And I'm a lot younger than you. But I've got to say, I love my new garden. It might be bigger, but it is sandy soil instead of clay and that is so easy to dig. And NO tree roots to deal with. So more to dig, but it is still faster to do than my old garden that was half the size.

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    1. Daphne, I love my bigger garden, and once it begins growing, I don't find it to be that much work. I must say, I don't remember hurting like this last year. As achy as I am, I might just be getting the flu. I hope not, I think I already had it this year!

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  10. Slow down! I can't have you getting worn out before you get to my house. The hens are busy digging up and fluffing my garden beds. They aren't very neat aboutit, though. They are desperate to get a dirt bath but are mainly finding mud, so they really go to town when they find some dry spots.

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    1. Langela, if I make it to your house, I'll be worthless. I'll expect you to wait on me until I'm feeling better. In the meantime, I think Lana and I should throw a pity party!

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    2. I'll join your party. I threw my shoulder out the day before we were supposed to get to 65 degrees. I had planned to start yard clean up, but the chiro said I needed to keep it immobilized for a couple of days. Now it's back in the 40s and my shoulder is still not back to useful. Getting older sucks!

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    3. If it's going to be a real party, you're in charge of the refreshments. Make them light, none of us is able to lift very much ;-)

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    4. Sounds good. I can only use my left hand, though, so I'm not sure what you'll get. Mr Farmer will have to make some kind of catapult that I can hit with my left hand to shoot it into your mouth. Maybe grapes. Or pudding. :)

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    5. I can see it now...Granny Puddin' Face.

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  11. You just reminded me that I need to get the potatoes out of the pantry & cut them up to dry a bit before planting tomorrow. I'll probably only have about 20 to do so my task doesn't even begin to compare to yours. You wear me out!

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    1. DFW, please remind me not to plant so many next spring.

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    1. Mrs. P., if I took it any easier, I'd be in a coma, LOL

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  13. Thank goodness for the Sandwich! Else nothing would ever get done. ;)

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    1. You got that right, Cloud. If only it could have been a garden fresh tomato sandwich, I could have tackled the world :-D

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  14. You will NOT dig that many potato holes in one day ever again!!!! You are crazy my friend, and putting me to shame as well :)

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    1. Erin, I will NOT dig that many potato holes in one day ever again. I promise. Until the next time I do it. ;-)

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  15. I know how that goes. I may be younger than you but you're in much better shape! I swear for every day of hard yard work, i spend two days recuperating. Luckily most of the hard work is done in a few weeks and the summertime is all about harvesting!

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