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Breakin' a sweat: double dippping to meet my goals

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

I just love working outside on my property. (An urbanite would call it working in the yard.) Today was pretty warm but it felt so good to be out there pushing my body to its 62 year old limit. The salt crystallized on my face making it feel tight; my eyes burned from the salt; and the salt on my lips tasted better than potato chips!
My limbs were tremulous and exhausted from hauling the 2 gallon weed sprayer up and down the hills for 3 continuous hours. Spay as you walk, stop to pump it up, walk some more... Mix up more vinegar/salt/Dawn solution. Repeat until 14 gallons of vinegar are applied to the roadside and banks. Its just is so satisfying at the end of the day to see the weeds that were so glossy and green this AM wilted and graying already. After all the record breaking rain here in Northern California this winter there are lots of weeds to conquer this spring. This is the thrill of the battle, another area conquered, reclaimed from the 10 acres of wild brush, weeds and trees.
Another consideration that thrills me is that I have been working hard, using up the calories (that should = pounds!). Double bonus for my labors. No doubt, I will sleep well tonight. Man, am I thankful to have an educational class tomorrow, allowing my body a break. If its not nearing 100 Thursday, I'll be back out there to battle another quadrant of weeds. Next week we go on vacation to see 2 of our sons in CO and I want to have earned those 2 weeks off! And to be truthful, be a bit thinner. emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD7889752
    What ratio do you use? I've tried this and my weeds didn't die. :(
    1508 days ago
    Wonderful job!!!
    1508 days ago
    Vinegar, salt and dawn. I always learn something new on SP. We have several acres and need to kill weeds. I bought a new spray pump last year. So I'll look into this. I was stung by a scorpion last week and the snakes are already out so I might not do the spraying myself but it really needs to be done.

    Don't worry that I was stung by a scorpion; the scorpions in our area are a painful sting but since I'm not allergic, it's not nearly as big a deal as a brown recluse would be. (Plus it's my 3rd scorpion sting in my around 5 years, so I'm well aware what to do now.)

    I mainly wanted to say that you write beautifully, like a poet. I hope you write a book one day; you are well suited for that.
    1508 days ago
    You sound so determined! emoticon

    I pulled weeds from the ground cover earlier this week. My legs are so sore from kneeling, but I will be all the stronger for planting the community garden next week.
    1508 days ago
    Good for you!
    1509 days ago
  • JOANN25
    You have to be adding up the exercise points with all the walking, lifting, weeding, etc. that you are doing. Don't overdo it though.

    1509 days ago
    Way to go! That's the spirit!
    1509 days ago
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