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Gardening in Portland – a summer’s worth of beauty!

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Summer, 2018

 

I enjoy gardens, but Sarah loves gardening.  While I like appreciating them, and maybe growing a few small plants indoors, Sarah builds amazing outlines, creating beautiful views and spending hours pruning and weeding and cultivating her creations.

Really, there’s not much more to be said… look at the pictures below, and enjoy the fruits of Sarah’s (and mine, to a much lesser extent) labor!

 

Yard work and cardio

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Yard work and cardio
Yard work and cardio… that counts as weights, right?
Early… June?  I think?  Maybe late May?  Aww man… I’m bad at dates…
Even if yard work doesn’t count as weights, I can take the claim that I’ve started weight training again: After my physical therapist cleared me on Thursday, I was practicing deadlifts, clean and jerk, and snatch lifts at the gym on Sunday.  Granted, it was just with the bar… but still.  a 45lb bar is a heck of a lot better than not doing the lifts at all.
I started in with the lifting after I got to Evolution – everything I’ve read says that it’s safer to do weights before cardio, so I’ve been sticking with that tactic for now.  They went pretty well… like I mentioned, I didn’t put any plates on the bar, even for the deadlifts, since this was more of a “remind my body how to move, and how to react to weighted movements” exercise.
And my body reacted well!  Really well – I felt some twingy pain through the leg motions, but nothing that I haven’t learned to expect.  It wasn’t damaging pain, instead it was more where my body was remembering how to move, and the joints were being reminded how to carry the load that they’re designed for.
Slowly but surely, right? The theme that stayed true for the rest of the workout, and the rest of the day worth of yard work.
The cardio was at altitude, because working out in an altitude room is cool.  Also, the cheapest place to get access to all the machines I want.  But let’s stick with cool… because how many people can say that they spent 45min alternating between jogging and walking at 14,200ft?
Okay, probably a lot.  But still.  Not many Portlandians.
Then, I started into the real training: Cleaning.
Cleaning the garage – Not something you’d think of as working out, but after having a broken leg I can promise you that this wasn’t an easy task.  Honestly, it was really good training.  Constant motion, bending, kneeling, moving and carrying.  Lots of rearranging and sweeping and clearing and dragging; all things that shouldn’t be particularly difficult… but require strength and balance and dexterity.  Which are exactly what I’m working on right now.

A bit of color for spring… even though it’s definitely still winter.

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01-March-2015

So my Aunt, the excellent gardener that she is, set me up with a bit of color for the spring.  The last time I visited, she sent me home with a set of Hyacinths; small bulbs in small forcers, just waiting to be put by a window.

They took a while, but the little bulbs that drove home with me from Connecticut finally found their stride, and opened up right as March was knocking on the door.

 

I can’t overstate how excellent it is to have flowers in the spring.  Even more so when there’s still a pile of snow on the ground.  See the background of the pictures?  That’s my first story window… with 5ft of snow outside it.  They brighten everything up, and make the cold and dark winter seem a thing of the past… even if the remnants of that winter are still blocking the view out of my  damn window.  Go away snow!