Learning to pace myself & enjoying the two days we had of spring

Jun 11 2018
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I was so excited to get pictures of all of my lilacs and apple trees blooming but then I blinked and BOOM, spring was over. It was like we went from -20 degrees to 90 in less then a month… Oh wait – I think we actually did that! Our trees and bushes literally bloomed, pollinated over night and dropped it all the next day. Everyone I know who has ever had an allergy said this was the WORST spring they’ve ever experienced!

I was so excited to get pictures of all of my lilacs and trees blooming but then I blinked worked really hard on my yard and have to learn to pace myself

Had to share this bird’s nest off my back porch. Yep, that is tinsel! lol

I love the heat but after spending two days straight hauling, moving, planting and working in it I can honestly say that I definitely over did it.

I remind myself, yet again, “None of this stuff needs to be done ASAP.”

So, Saturday was a productive day when it came to my yard. I tackled my “Tack shack” by emptying all of my horses’ tack etc out of there and moved it to my other shed.

(Why is everything always so HEAVY!?)

I was so excited to get pictures of all of my lilacs and trees blooming but then I blinked worked really hard on my yard and have to learn to pace myselfI was so excited to get pictures of all of my lilacs and trees blooming but then I blinked worked really hard on my yard and have to learn to pace myself

With my “tack shack” empty I’m using it now as wood storage for my fire pit because its close to it. Funny how I spent three weeks thinking about building something for wood storage for my fire pit before I finally realized that I already had something that would work great at least for the time being lol.

This meant I also moved the pile of wood I had left in my old wood shed, all of the wood I still had in the house and a big pile of wood from my mom’s house. And, yes, it hit 92 degrees that day!

Whose tired of hauling wood? THIS GIRL!!!!

(Yeah, I know my old tack shack looks like crap and, yes, fixing it is on my to-do list lol not to mention, yes I really need to mow my lawn oh and get that big window somehow to the dump!)

I had a bunch of other randomness that I wanted to get done as well. I had things from my OLD stable still just hanging out back behind the garage from four years ago.

I also still had some things in the old wood shed to move to the garage and barn. So, basically, I did a lot of organizing and cleaning up and a TON of moving heavy stuff around finally to the spot it belongs for good. Who feels like a pack mule? THIS GIRL!

Once I hauled everything to the barn it was time to clean out my whole big ol barn including sweeping it out AND I even got my water tank wrapped in a bunch of insulation I had left over! I SO hope it will help with the cost of keeping it from freezing next winter!

I also headed to my mom’s house to take care of a loose end that’s been bugging me. When the divorce happened I unplugged all of my freezers to save money so I had a bunch of frozen meat and vegetables I needed to go through that she was keeping in her freezer for me. Four garbage bags to the dump later and I had just enough room at home in my little refrigerator freezer for what I decided to keep.

Phew!

From there it was time to tackle the new flower bed at my mom’s house. Two 12 foot 4x4s screwed together made a great border and then it was time to haul the dirt, the plants and get everything planted.

Next we plan on putting down landscape fabric, mulch and some big rocks but, so far, I think it turned out really nice!

I also got some annuals planted in my flower box tables out on the deck and in my three pots out front of the house. This is the extent of my planting this year as I am definitely not going to be putting in a garden because my “honey-do-list” for myself just keeps getting bigger lol

I was so excited to get pictures of all of my lilacs and trees blooming but then I blinked worked really hard on my yard and have to learn to pace myselfI was so excited to get pictures of all of my lilacs and trees blooming but then I blinked worked really hard on my yard and have to learn to pace myselfI was so excited to get pictures of all of my lilacs and trees blooming but then I blinked worked really hard on my yard and have to learn to pace myself

I am FINALLY starting to narrow it down though.

There is still a bunch of trash and stuff in a pile behind my old “tack shack” (not to mention that giant window) but after the last couple of weekends of my working on it that is (miraculously) the last of the trash my ex left behind. Why does it seem so totally normal and cool to just leave crap lying around everywhere?

I have a few jobs that I’m going to get done before fall if it kills me. First I need to haul the bales of leftover hay from the barn and put them over my septic line under my deck. (Hopefully that means it will not freeze again!)

Besides that I have the two major messes to fix that my ex left behind for me.

The eves on the garage were not installed right so that’s probably what I’ll be doing next as it won’t take long to fix but, as you can see, looks HORRIBLE.

I was so excited to get pictures of all of my lilacs and trees blooming but then I blinked worked really hard on my yard and have to learn to pace myselfI was so excited to get pictures of all of my lilacs and trees blooming but then I blinked worked really hard on my yard and have to learn to pace myself

The worst of my chores though is that the stone my ex put on the side of my house is falling off and needs to be totally replaced. (I’ve got some posts coming up all about that and how I plan to fix it.)

And I still need to get my outhouse built hopefully before July but we’ll see lol. Fortunately I have enough leftover lumber etc that I don’t think I’ll have to buy anything to build it.

I was sitting at work after that long weekend and finally had to go home early. I laid flat out on my basement floor to try and get my body temperature down. My internal thermostat was totally out of wack, I was shivering, sweating and hurting like crazy with a fever on top of it.

A LOT of sleep and water later and I was just fine but with several lessons learned. I LOVE the heat but I have to learn to pace myself… Oh and beer doesn’t count as water when its 90 degrees outside.

Nowadays I plan on taking things a little slower by working on them a little at time as opposed to cramming my weekends full. After my day job I have HOURS before sunset right now (a perk of living this far north) so there’s no reason why I can’t work on things a couple of hours every day after I get home instead of trying to get everything done on the weekends.

I was so excited to get pictures of all of my lilacs and trees blooming but then I blinked worked really hard on my yard and have to learn to pace myself

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16 Comments

  1. LLDS
    June 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Any chance that window is re-purposing material?…I’m thinking an art piece for the deck or side of the tack-shed/she-shed..

    • June 12, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Hey there, I’ve definitely been trying to think of something lol!

  2. June 12, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Hi Tarah: You need to make sure you do not become dehydrated in hot weather. Drink plenty of water even though you aren’t particularly thirsty.

    • June 12, 2018 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Tom, its definitely a lesson I’m taking to heart!

  3. June 13, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    I love this post. You remind me so much of me (except you are younger). There is always so much to get done. I like when you said – I remind myself, yet again, “None of this stuff needs to be done ASAP.” I’m always having to remind myself of that. You are doing such a good job of getting everything done, even if it does take some time. Thank you for hosting the link party.

    • June 14, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Oh thank you so much Amy. It is hard to learn how to pace yourself when there’s so much you’re excited to get done and to do!

  4. June 14, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Tarah, you’re amazing! Will you ever truly “learn to pace yourself”?! Take good care of yourself.

    • June 18, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Thank you Jean! I think I’m learning lol!

  5. Jeanne
    June 17, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Tarah, I have a husband that is just like you when it comes to getting something done. He thinks it all has to get done in one day and works too hard. I think it comes with being a type-A personality. Since I am a type-B-, it baffles me! Good thing he has me to bring him glasses of water and remind him he is 74 years old and he will ache tomorrow. LOL. J

    • June 18, 2018 at 10:04 am

      lol I totally understand him Jeanne! When I have something I want to do it kills me not to do it!

  6. Tina
    June 18, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I can so relate to you and the heat! We’re in GA just south of Atlanta and the heat is unreal! We were working on our mower a couple of weeks ago and the same thing happened to my hubby—and we know better! After reading your post on moving stuff, I want to recommend a cart that we purchased this year that I LOVE! It has saved my back and is so easy to use. We recently had a new drain field put in for our septic system and now have rocks all over. So, we’re hauling them out of the areas where we mow–fun!! We purchased it at Lowes, but it’s available online, here’s the info if you want to check it out at Lowes: Item #14084 Model #GOR6PS Gorilla Carts 6-cu ft Poly Yard Cart. An idea for your unused window frame–you could put chicken wire over it, attach it to 4x4s and create a trellis. Not sure what vines grow in your area, but it would save you having to haul it to the dump! Love reading your posts!

    • June 18, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Tina, what a great idea! I’ve been contemplating a farm cart of some kind for sure just to give my back a break! I got so lucky last week and was able to give a couple of things away in exchange for them hauling off that big window for me as well as a VERY heavy and very old hot water heater. I totally feel like I got the best end of the that deal lol fortunately I am finally to the end of the majority of my worst heavy lifting yard work. I am so sorry to hear about you having to deal with rocks, ugh, I think that may be one of the worst jobs! Good luck!

  7. June 20, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    The allergies were awful here to. Take it easy and have a safe summer. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

    • June 21, 2018 at 8:14 am

      Thanks Sherry, have a great weekend!

  8. June 25, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    I’m not so good at pacing myself either! Thank you for sharing this with us at the Homestead Blog Hop! (Love the flower planter table, btw!)

    • June 25, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks Ann, have a great week!

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