Dear friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions.
Do what I say and you’ll live well.
My teaching is as precious as your eyesight—guard it!
Write it out on the back of your hands;
etch it on the chambers of your heart.
Today I had a physical therapy appointment and they did something new: Tape on my right shoulder. It didn’t really feel like it did anything while I was there, but then I rode home on my bike, and noticed — hey, wait a sec, this is more comfortable. I didn’t think my back was much of a problem on the bike lately, but wearing the tape made me realize it could actually feel better.
That, however, is not the point of this post. The point is this. Here’s a picture of our back yard last September. Check out by the porch, all those green marble (?) slabs.
In short, I hauled all those green slabs from the back yard into the side of the driveway. They look like they came from a countertop. Then I weeded the interstices. The tape on my shoulder was noticeable there, too, in an “absence of shoulder pain” that I’d expect from that kind of activity. Pleasant surprise, there.
As I pulled up some of the rocks, it reminded me of looking into an ant farm. Zillions of tiny black ants scrambling frantically everywhere as I uprooted and hauled away their seemingly-permanent roof. They had established tunnels clearly visible, and a few of them the rock came away with a bunch of their little eggs, and ants frantically trying to rescue them. I brushed the eggs and ants off, not wanting ants all over as I moved the slabs, but I doubt it did them a favor, as I probably squished most of them. It was hard not to get distracted by watching all the interesting invertebrate life crawling all over as I moved rocks. I love watching bugs (from a distance).
See all the green?? I get excited every time I look out there. We did put a couple ferns in off in the back, but I don’t know that they’ll make it. They look pretty droopy. Yesterday it was had almost drained, but then we got a bunch of rain yesterday afternoon, and it filled up again. Notice the freshly-planted strawberries along the left side. That was yesterday’s project.
By the way, expect more talk about the yard for a little bit here. The weather’s more amenable to such work, and physically I’m not having trouble with this stuff yet. By July I may not be lifting heavy pieces of marble.