Ain't nothin' like wakin' up to the sound of chain saws buzzin' right across the street from the house. A little bit later on, as I'm headed to the back yard for a little privacy, I'm greeted to the sight of a guy on his roof in the house behind. He's up there because his roof is covered with pine needles from all the pines on that side of his house. He's got his blower up there, for God's sake, and is trying to blow these HUGE clumps of pine needles off his roof. They are too big, even for the blower, proving yet again that blowers are not always the best tool for the job (though the entire neighborhood seems to think otherwise)! Meantime, he's staring straight down into my backyard, as well. So no privacy to be found there! Haha, a couple minutes later, his wife (or someone on the ground) must have thrown him up a rake, because now not only is he up there in his flipflops trying to do all this - he is also having to set the blower down somewhere and take up the rake. Within five minutes, he's got the roof cleared. Wow. Could've avoided the whole blower fiasco by just starting out with the rake. And thus ends my rant about blowers for today. They are nothing but noise pollution!
Besides that, it's a gorgeous Fall day here in North Florida. People from elsewhere may not realize that there is some changing of seasons here in these parts. Even when I lived further south, in Clearwater, there was still that change in the air. I can remember bicycling on the Pinellas Trail (which I miss SO much) on October days down there. Everything would have this beautiful, golden tinge. Just as it does in other areas in October. Just lovely, and still so warm and pretty! I'm not one to take a lot of pictures, but I think I'll start carrying around my camera more often when I'm out on walks. Capture some more nature shots! (I did not take the above picture, btw., but you get the idea!)
Speaking of walks - I've been "down in the back" almost all week! Haha! I've never even used that phrase till this week! And believe me, this has been no laughing matter! Last Sunday, I did some new kind of workout that I had downloaded on my phone. At first, the moves seemed simple, but when I was done I could feel it! One of the moves was to simply sit towards the edge of your chair, lift your legs, and basically bicycle your legs out in front of you for a certain number of counts. DO NOT TRY THIS MOVE unless you are absolutely certain your lower back is going to be okay with it, and/or you are used to a move like this!! I didn't think at the time that it was a big deal for me. I work out almost every day, so I'm pretty confident when I do stuff like this. Well, the next day, my hip and lower back area were feeling kinda stiff, so I decided to do a hips, buns and thighs workout (bellydance style). It went fine. The day after that, I went on my usual 4 mile walk. Wednesday morning I woke up barely able to move. Excruciating pain in my lower back and basically all through my hip area!!! It's been a really rough week, and I haven't felt pain like this in a very long time. I've been trying to take it a little easy (mostly not through any choice of my own), and have been trying to override the pain with my mind. It's about the fifth day of this now, and it is definitely getting better, but definitely nowhere near 100%. What's funny is that I may have jinxed myself! In a conversation not long ago, I talked about how I only ever get sore in my upper back, between my should blades, but usually never in my lower back! Ha! So much for that!
This week I learned that pain can do some weird things to the mind. I also learned that getting more sleep seems to improve the eyesight! That was a happy revelation! So I am aiming for 7 hours per night, which is something for this night owl! Speaking of a beautiful Fall day, I need to get out there in it! Have a wonderful day!