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And so it begins…

And so it begins but I am hopeful that with some planning it will have a better outcome. Not a passive hope but one I have put some thought into.

I love to be outside in the summer which is good because we have a large farm garden, a significant sized flower garden and various other green spaces that require attention. The truth is I could act as a full time garender and put in 40+ hours/week and not keep it as I want it to be.

So… that means I need to accept less than perfect as a mission statement. There is always going to be something on the list to do and if I can’t do it all then I need to prioritize and accept the it’s not going to be perfect.

I think it’s a combination of age and my back issues that I’ve finally come to accept that I can no longer spend 10 hours in one day at the end of a spade digging weeds and moving rocks.

Cold weather seeds planted. Trust me the dog was no help but she did sit for the picture.

#WorkSmart Guidelines

  • Ask for help when needed
  • Listen to my body
  • Set a timer and respect it
  • Take time outs to ice and rest
  • Downsize a few veggies (but…. what if they don’t grow well??)
  • Accept empty spaces instead of putting in a more flower annuals
  • Alter activities more
  • Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day
  • Ask for help (yes I repeated that one because it’s the hardest part for me)
This poster on the side of the fridge really does help me remember.

So much of social media seems “staged” and perfect. I get sucked in to believing no one else has weeds or dirty hands or dead plants because it never shows up in feeds. Our flower garden at this time of the year looks like h_ll. I thought the mulch would make a difference but it just still looks ugly. There are more dandelions, 2 spreading perennials that grow like weeds and a nasty weed than there are perennials returning to life. The mulch isn’t thick enough and where it is too thin the cats still do their business. Add to that two brand new flower bed against the house and there is more work to do. So there will be 10 yards of mulch and a lot of money in plants spent.

How will my body react to this. Well…. I will cross my fingers that I listen to the worksmart rules above and not get sucked into making it perfect for the photo or finishing so I can tick it off the list.

I started the post 4 days ago and never hit publish so I can tell you that I actually followed my worksmart rules yesterday. I cleaned out the raspberry patch in 3 sessions. I left the wheelbarrow farther away so there was more walking interspaced with kneeling, bum sitting and leaning over. Altering how my body was being used seems to be key and I did it. Then I sat back and enjoyed a glass of nice cold raspberry vinegar on the verandah while icing my back.

I don’t want to admit how long it took to find this photo in my media files!

On the #Justkeepmoving front I then hit the highway/city roads and did about an 18 km cycle in (my phone died so I can’t tell you exactly). I have a schedule (heavens to betsy as Little C says) that it keeping me on track with weights, cardio and walking. I think I need it to help me be accountable but it seems foreign to the concept of being semi retired.



I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

16 thoughts on “And so it begins…

  1. Excellent effort and dedication Bernie. Keeping moving and exercises is important these days. We are not long back from another trip to the coast and the 2 1/2 weeks of missing our exercise routine have taken their toll. Although we kept our walks and cycling up, bending and stretching is important to maintain. Hope all is well with you and you are enjoying spring. Allan


    1. In the spring, summer and fall it’s hard to go inside and do weights. I’d much rather go work than do that! But yes time away sure does affect our bodies and starting “over” is hard! Hope you had a good trip. It’s a well traveled road for you two. Spring is going well here. Just not writing much these days. Take care Allan. Bernie


  2. I do less physical labor outside than I once did, but I figure as long as I keep moving at my own speed I’m doing great. As for blank spots in the garden, just think of them as negative space like they do in interior design. The spaces allow your eyes to rest while gazing upon the scene, so that what you do see is more interesting. It’s all in how you spin it!


  3. It sounds like you are doing exactly right… taking care of your yard AND yourself. We had some volunteer tomato plants appear a couple of months ago and they are producing like crazy. Who am I to argue with Mother Nature… if she wants to give us free food?


    1. Oh Janis — volunteer tomatoes would be the best!! I have had volunteer potoates and spinach but never tomatoes. I love freebies which is what the Saskatoon berry is — native bush with these wonderful berries. I am still working on the taking care of myself. Seems my Wednesday walk or something set my back off again…. life is a journey isn’t it? Take care and enjoy your garden time. Bernie


  4. I love the yardwork and gardening although the yard clean-up makes me feel old. I have a small yard and some power tools but it still takes its toll on my 60+ body. It sounds like you’ve got a good handle on the balance situation.


    1. Ah Glen…. I usually have NO handle on balance despite the name of my blog. BUT…a 6 month episode of pain shooting down my leg kicked me. Literally. Just climbing out of the whole pain scenario so seriously don’t want to overdo it and end up back there. I don’t believe the 60 is the new 50….nope it sure doesn’t feel like it does it! Take care and good luck with the clean up. It is the major work for the year for sure. Bernie

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    1. My head says go go go. My back says what the heck? So I am trying to find the middle ground. We shall see. Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to engage. Bernie

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    1. Donna, I think you are right they could apply to a few items. I just need to work mentally hard to remember to work smart! I will indeed keep the wonderful world of my readers up to date. Bernie


  5. Oh darling, I am super excited to come out and help you once a week or so ….. my happy place is on my knees, digging in the dirt – I love gardens … and bugs …. And kids ……. Well, maybe kids before bugs! I’m still a kid at heart ….

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    1. Ah how sweet Aimy! Weeding and talking would make it way more fun. Then we could finish it off with a good walk and lunch on the patio. Now too bad you work so much!! Talking about kids and bugs – we taught Annabelle all about earth worms on the weekend! Kids are definitely better than bugs — especially ticks. Bernie


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