Just stuff

This is just one of those days where I need to rest.  We put the grandkids on the airplane back home last Sunday and I had a pain-in-the-rear week at work.  Today I am just plain tired – too tired to even think, so I am just going to share a few things and get back to doing nothing.

Yesterday I worked on the deck.  I worked hard and got the last of the deck boards secured to the frame.  It’s almost done – just needed to put on some edging, the overhead trellis and the water sealer.  We ate our lunch on it today and I have to say that we’re very happy with how it’s turned out.  Here’s what it looks like at the moment:

Backyard deck

Almost completely complete – just a little clean up.

I am hoping that just a couple of more Saturdays of work will get it fully completed.  Hopefully my back will hold out – it’s killing me today.  I’ll admit that I likely over did it yesterday and today I am paying for all my fun with power tools.

It feels like I’ve given so much this summer that I don’t have much left.  The kids are great to have around but when you only get to see them once a year it’s so easy to try to fit a year’s worth of experience into three weeks.  With them here, all my attention was focused on them and I did little else.  Now my world feels out of balance.

One example was yesterday.  A couple of weeks ago the pastor at church asked me to speak in service today about “my vision of the future church.”  Normally this kind of thing is a snap for me – I am usually quite able to pontificate on the subject (well any subject really) but last night the words just wouldn’t flow.  I struggled for a couple of hours to write a two-minute statement.  After four drafts and a bunch of false starts I finally got something out that didn’t – well suck.

The problem really was that I’ve let go of many things that normally feed my soul – mostly my creative work.  Building a deck is fun and lets me play with power tools, but it’s not the creative outlet that my other work is.

So today I’ve done my duty at church by being the liturgist and giving my little talk – which was generally well received.  Since then I’ve done mostly nothing.  A little solitaire, checking out facebook, search for exercise equipment and considering skipping writing a post today.

Don’t fear – not likely to buy a fancy elliptical machine anytime soon.  The treadmill I used to use did finally die a few months ago and I had it hauled out of my workshop.  I’ve been enjoying the extra space but do miss using it.  The only real problem is that I’ve not found a replacement exercise program (not that I was all that consistent on the treadmill), I know my fitness is declining a bit.

So the things I am working on taking action this week are getting back to my regular shop/creative time and figuring out a fitness program I’ll stick to.  The shop is a mess so that needs to get cleaned up and then I’ve got a few projects to finish before starting on all the Christmas presents I’d like to make (never too early to stress over Christmas shopping).

The exercise thing?  Don’t know.  A new treadmill is expensive and there goes all that nice space I got but I’d not stick to going to a gym and my little walks at lunch time just don’t do it.

Couldn’t I just watch a few work out videos? I could do that.

Till next week,

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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5 Responses to Just stuff

  1. Your patio looks beautiful; what great work you do, Andrew.
    I have found water exercises are great for working out pain. The buoyancy of the water is forgiving of the body’s movements and allow it to move freely without the pain. Our hospital has a pool for physical therapy; perhaps your community has a YMCA?
    Good luck. Pain is no fun.


  2. gpcox says:

    The treadmill usually helps my back for some reason, but otherwise there’s always the Aleve. If you’re looking for a REAL workout, I saw one advertised called INTENSE, way too tough for me.


    • Andrew says:

      I wasn’t looking for intense. I wanted some more like – slightly out of breath. My doctor once told me the walking was really good for back pain.


      • gpcox says:

        On the treadmill you can go as slow as you like, some aren’t even made for running – just walk (and in my case – OUT of the grueling sun!)


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