Saturday, April 19, 2008
Two Stupid Things
So, if you are wondering why you haven't heard from me all week its because of 2 stupid things I did.
Number 1 stupid thing: Gus and I decided to plant our new Palo Verde tree ourselves. It really wanted to get its feet into the ground. I could hear it calling to me. It had been in that box for so long. It needed to stretch its roots and grow. Since we won't be putting the backyard plants in for awhile we decided to try to plant it ourselves. Well, Gus dug the hole which was only possible after softening this hard caliche with water, and then we got a hand truck and moved the tree into place before removing the wooden box surrounding the rootball. Still, that dang tree was heavy and I strained my lower back. But, it didn't keep me down. I still went birding on Tuesday. It was stupid thing Number Two that really did me in and knocked me out for the rest of the week.
Stupid Thing Number Two: On the morning of the birding expedition and pumpkin pancakes I decided to eat some yogurt early before we went on our walk. I staggered out to the kitchen in the predawn darkness and opened the fridge. I reached in and ripped off a yogurt cup from one of those six-packs with the foil tops. I set it on the counter and got out a spoon, then went to open it. That's funny, I thought, this opened awfully easy. I second guessed myself. Did I already open this? I looked inside. It didn't look bad. A little dry maybe, but it still didn't look bad. I was still waking up and in a hurry, so I ate it.
Well, while we were out birding I started to feel achy all over. By the time we came home, ate pumpkin pancakes and the women left, I was feeling worse. I sat at the computer that afternoon fighting off the all-over aches. By the time I posted my blog and took Blossom for her evening walk, I was in a bad way. Every joint in my body ached. It hurt to move. I shuffled around the block like a 90 year old woman. I spent the rest of the week in bed sleeping, sweating, freezing. I felt like vulture food. I never got an upset stomach, but the aches and fever left me weak and lethargic. It wasn't until Thursday night when Gus came home late from work and decided that he would like some yogurt that we discovered that all the other yogurts in the six-pack were also not sealed. It was then I put 2 and 2 together and realized I may have poisoned myself! Great! Lesson learned: Don't Eat Unsealed Yogurt!
I am still recovering. I am not a person inclined to go to the doctor, so I use homeopathic remedies to treat myself. It all goes along with my philosophy of letting nature cure you. In a nutshell, homeopathy stimulates your own immune system to heal itself. So, I am on the mend and back to Blogging and the vultures will just have to wait to pick at my bones!
By the way, I shot these photos last week on Wednesday when it was cloudy and gray. This vulture just happened to fly right over the backyard when I was out there with my camera. I was waiting for an opportunity to write a Blogpost about it. Who knew it would be this one!