When I first started this blog, I stated that one of my reasons for blogging would be to help keep myself accountable to my goals. So in the spirit of that, here is…
- hack blackberries behind little chicken house, then around heat pump.
- process last 4 broilers (we held back some runts, we’ll do them for our own consumption)
- build new broiler pen
- clean out layers brooder pen
- prep bed for fall veggie planting
- weed garden
- canning and freezing
- cut back the worst parts of the front hedge
- all the usual house stuff
Why I’m not getting far with List #1:
I have been in denial about the increasing discomfort I’ve been experiencing from plantar fasciitis in my right foot. I’ve been putting up with it for about 2 months. At first, I felt like I had it under control – there are some exercises I was taught last year when I had a bad bout of it in my left foot, and for a while I thought they were helping. I bought a new pair of shoes to wear at work (I’m on my feet all day there), and I thought for sure that would be the end of it. Nope. It flared up in the other foot as well.
Suddenly, I find myself thinking ahead throughout every phase of the day – how long will I be able to do whatever job I’m considering before it hurts too much? I have delegated dog walking to the kids (I love walking the dog). I have started putting my feet up in the afternoon, to rest them – with a book in hand – I thought I was onto something, but it’s just depressing with so much to be done outside. I find myself dreading getting out of bed in the morning, knowing I have to put weight on my feet when I stand up (they feel fine when I’m lying down). I’ve started to get a glimpse of what it might be like to be elderly and living with chronic pain. I do not want to jump the gun on that phase, thank you. I’m starting to get grumpy.
Maybe you’ve heard this phrase: “Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”. Something has to change, and it better be me. I’m telling you, you need your feet for farming. It is not an armchair sport. So…
- book appointment with physiotherapist – Done – seeing him next week
- start losing some weight – in progress
- get serious about the foot exercises – they are NOT lame (haha) – ok, ok, I’ll do them
I’ve put it in writing here, and shared it with all of you. I have to admit, there’s nothing like a little pain to motivate me to change my ways, but I have been known to procrastinate once or twice :), so I’m counting on some moral support if it looks like I’m not working my way through List #1 or dog walking pretty soon. Deal?