Moving Dirt is a Tough Workout

Yardwork – From the other direction

In spite of what many people believe, just because you are retired and trying to live a simpler life doesn’t mean it is easy and that you are not outside busting your butt.

At least that seems to be the case in my retirement.  Instead of sitting inside on my ass all day, taking exotic trips here or there or sitting down at the local coffee house or general store solving the problems of the world I have gotten to do a lot more physical labor than I have in many, many years over the past 5-6 months.

This weekend we had two more loads of unscreened loam (dirt) delivered to the yard in addition to the four that had already been delivered. Now we don’t have a tractor or other labor saving device to move this dirt around (even though one of my neighbors did offer to loan me his, which I respectfully declined), which means I am getting to know Mr. Shovel, Mr. Wheelbarrow, Mr. Hoe and Mr. Steel Rake really well.

Yesterday afternoon and today, TheWife and I worked on one of those dump truck loads of dirt and got it all smoothed out and raked most of the boulders out of it. To say that it was more than a little physical labor would be an understatement! It was freaking work, just ask my back and arms!

The before picture, notice the gully
Dump truck load of loam
95% finished

Now to see where and how the loam compresses and where I will need to add some more dirt to even things out.

Part of this retirement gig has meant me/us doing lots and lots of physical labor. Which to be honest, I piss and moan about it while doing, but when I get a job, like smoothing out a pile of dirt done mostly by hand, I have a sense of accomplishment that I don’t have when I use a tractor, Bobcat or other heavy machinery.

You know something else this self-induced exercise program is actually good for me, but please tell my back and arms that – right now they wouldn’t agree and are saying a lot of “interesting” words of disagreement while I am writing this post.

Like:  “This guy is freakin nuts.” Who does the brain think does all this work, he sure as hell dosn’t.” “Give me a break, when was the last time you lifted anything a$$7*))”. That and a lot worse is what my body is saying to the guy in the control room.

I will be glad to get these dirt piles smoothed out, but I am willing to bet that we don’t get them all done before snow flies and that we will be finishing them up next spring, unless we really haul ass on them.  Which I don’t plan to do, 3-4 hours a day of shoveling dirt is enough for me right now – my back and arms are saying, he does have some smarts after all.

I do have a feeling that I will be in really good shape for shoveling snow this winter though, which is a good thing.

How about you, do you find you are using machinery more or less lately?

If you don’t use machinery why not?

MessalonskeeTrail Hike – Great Walk In The Woods

Light captured playing on the water

What an absolutely gorgeous day for November, it was 63 degrees when I got to the trailhead. TheWife and SD1 were off doing other things, so Bennie and I got to go on an adventure.  We both get tired of always walking in the same areas and I decided to go to my favorite easy local trail.

There was only one car in the lot and we met a total of 4 people on what is usually a very busy trail.  One of the perks for being able to go during the day on a Tuesday.

Even though I have been on this trail several times, I always see something new or do something different. Today was no exception.

Bridge that MCC built
I like looking out of the shadow into the sunshine on the bridge
Two trees to frame Messalonskee Stream
My running shoe after a I fell and a stick went through it, luckily no damage to toes/foot
One of my favorite shots of the day – Shadows From the Bridge
The Bennie Bean

No today was a top 10 day of the year and I am so glad that I got to get out and do a trail walk!  Everything was perfect. Even when I fell, no one saw me but Bennie and my toes and foot came out of the ordeal unscathed.  I still would like to know how that stick went through the shoe like that? Just one of those things.

Just thought I would share a piece of my day with you and some pictures from it.

RunLog – 11/8/11 and a Bruised Ego

Another absolutely gorgeous day, 63 degrees, very little wind.

Messalonskee Stream Trail

On days that I do a trail walk of more than 2.0 miles, I usually don’t run that day (yet), the trail walk is a great workout in and of itself.  So I am not going to push my knee too much and besides I had a little bit of fun while doing the walk today, so I might want to take it easy the rest of the day.

Bennie and I went for a walk on the Messalonskee Stream Trail which is a 3.5 mile loop/out and back, probably my favorite local trail and one that I will use when I start trail running again to get myself in shape for running on trails, which is a lot different than road running.

So what did I do, well down on the point, somehow I slipped and fell and managed to put a branch through my shoe.

Holed Shoe

I got very lucky and the branch somehow missed my foot/toes??? However, it means that a new pair of running shoes (minimalist trail shoes maybe???) are probably in my future, any suggestions?

I guess I zigged when I should of zagged, oh well. I will blame it on Bennie, he must have pulled and then when I stepped in the mud, I slipped. Luckily I didn’t hurt myself, just twisted a couple of things and bruised my ego, which is a good thing – made me pay attention to where I was going and what I was doing, instead of too much wool gathering

Yes as soon as I fell, I looked around to see if anyone was going to applaud, there wasn’t.  So no one else got to see grace personified in action and have a good laugh.

I still haven’t figured out how the branch got through the shoe like that though?

Oh well here are the stats for the day.

Great walk!

Course:  Messalonskee Stream Trailwalk
Time:  NT
Mileage:  3.5
Shoes:  Nike Dual Fusion
Weight 178