I skipped Nia this morning under the theory that cleaning up the yard after class would be too exhausting. Considering how I feel right now, this was wise. I hurt all over and so far my prescription medicine (Tramadol) hasn't even taken the edge off.
In the four and a half hours I spent working in the yard, I cut down the asters in the front garden, mulched the flower beds, raked up the debris and fed it through the chipper/shredder and carted it to the compost bins. I also raked leaves from the patio by the pond, from between the garage and the fence, and from the driveway. I also composted the mystery squash/pumpkin vines that seeded themselves this summer and emptied the self-watering planters and mulched the rhubarb patch with the contents. I'd hoped to rake the entire front lawn but I think two-thirds of it went untouched. I was freezing by the time I put away the tools and since the sun was already going down, it was undoubtedly time to stop.
Tomorrow we're celebrating an early Thanksgiving with Jean & Marshall & Ian, so there's a very good chance the yard is just going to have to winter the way it is right now.
A week ago today we went to Princess Madiha's 20th Annual Charity Benefit for St. Jude's Children Hospital. The benefit features the best belly dancers in the Detroit Area and wonderful food. One of our friends was the emcee and we sat with her, her husband, his parents, and two representatives from the hospital and one of the children they were able to help. I brought my camera with me but so far I haven't had time to do more than glance at the photos.
In knitting and crochet news, I've finished three circular cat beds for the shelter and I'm working on a scarf for one of my friends.
Next week, if the weather stays good, my sister KC and her family group are driving up from South Carolina. jebra and I had planned to spend the entire Holiday with his brother and that part of the family, but with my sister possibly arriving, we're going to try to fit them in as well. It'll mean a lot of driving, but then that's hardly unusual where we're concerned.
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