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It's so like me, I don't know how I can be surprised [Jul. 22nd, 2008|07:42 pm]
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So, what does the convalescing woman, who is still a bit shaky from food poisoning, who has found the need to go lie down a couple of times today, and whose brain is still feeling foggy, DO with her late afternoon and early evening?

Why, go out into the 80 degree sun and completely clean and rehabilitate the garden fountain, of course.

In my defense, it was so close to empty that it needed to be refilled or turned off, and the bugs are bad enough this year without turning it off. And it was not only in dire need of cleaning, to the point that the waterfall was barely more than a dribble, it was leaking someplace (hence the quickly empty). So I thought, well, I can at least get it started.

This is how I lie to myself. Because of course once I'd dragged out the ShopVac and gotten started, of course I wasn't going to want to have to come back to it tomorrow.

It's a 9-gallon ShopVac. 9 gallons of water weighs ~72 pounds. I filled and emptied it at least 12 times.

My back is not happy with me.

I do think I finally and permanently solved our slow leak problem. With the gunk all cleared out, the pump puts out a much livelier flow. It became almost instantly apparent that one corner of the upper pool has settled lower than the rest of it - water was cascading out the back side. Once I had determined that, it was a matter of removing the top stones and pulling out lower stones in order to lower the lip of the upper pool at the front of the fountain, and then retuck all the liner and replace the stones.

This required leaning out over the fountain, stiff-legged to keep my balance back, while picking up 8-12 pound rocks and manipulating them at arms length.

My back is REALLY not happy with me.

But it's done. Time for a nice, hot bath....

EDIT: The mosquito bites on my arms and legs I kind of expected. But the one on my butt? No. Just...no.

EDIT II, ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: A "nice hot soak in the tub" works a lot better if you actually flip up the stopper and don't send all the hot water down the pipes before realizing it. Grr.

[User Picture]From: tithenai
2008-07-23 12:03 am (UTC)

You are SO my heroine right now.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-23 12:08 am (UTC)
Gee, thanks!

I must admit to suddenly having an uncomfortable insight into why old people walk like they do....
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-23 12:16 am (UTC)
Having lived in Alaska, I know those mosquitos, And having done the "pull down the pants and spray with cutters" number, I send you all my sympathy.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2008-07-23 12:42 am (UTC)
I love your icon like woah.

It does seem like a little punishing, and that sucks about the bath, I hope you take some painkillers and feel better. At least your fountain is all pretty now? *Hugs*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-23 01:03 am (UTC)
Thanks; it's an icon recently acquired and utterly appropriate.

Fountain is all pretty, ibuprofen was devoured, hot bath was achieved.

Back is still very sore. Bordering on scary-sore. I haven't put it out in years, but it feels like it might take this opportunity to go out. Fingers are crossed against such a horrible thing.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2008-07-23 02:06 pm (UTC)
If you haven't one already, go IMMEDIATELY to a Home Depot or other "handyman" store and purchase a back belt. They help prevent strain when cleaning fountains, etc. and help give your back support when you are HEALING from doing stuff like that. If you can't get one, use an ace bandage until you can.

Having lived through a strained back (leaning over a cutting board, cutting out a pattern) for the remainder of a pregnancy (strained it at 4 months!) I learned that support is really necessary to prevent continued and further strain!!

Other learned lessons: sit only on firm chairs, use small pillow behind back if needed, hire strong young teens to do your rock lifting!!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-23 05:50 pm (UTC)
I'm astoundingly unsore today. I think staying up to launder fabric and having to walk up and down stairs several times actually helped.

You are probably right about a back belt, though.
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[User Picture]From: mamaursula
2008-07-23 01:11 am (UTC)
I love you so much. Your antics help me realize I'm normal and other people do equally crazy things.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-23 01:15 am (UTC)
"Antics." That's a good word for it.
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2008-07-23 02:37 am (UTC)
We spent a few hours hauling water too--our antiquated plumbing finally exploded.

Not fixed yet. Professional on way.
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[User Picture]From: weds
2008-07-23 04:55 am (UTC)
Hey! They don't replace whole backs! DUDE!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-23 05:07 am (UTC)
It is improving, slowly. After the first time I sat down for a little while, I stood up and literally could not lift my foot to take a step. Had to flex and bend for a couple minutes. I think the worst thing I could have done would be to go to bed right away. Up and down the stairs for the laundry and walking about have helped a lot.

Funny; a massage therapist I used once before just called me a couple days ago. If she calls back tomorrow like I suggested, I may make an appointment.
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[User Picture]From: vrax
2008-07-23 01:52 pm (UTC)
While I happened to be busy last night, I am free tonight, and tomorrow. You have friends that you can call if you're ill and need help with something. I believe you have my number.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-23 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but this as spontaneous. What can I say? Also, the insanity impulse generally only lasts about 24 hours.

Going over to Jim and Genevieve's tonight, and they should keep me under control.
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[User Picture]From: miripanda
2008-07-23 06:06 pm (UTC)
I'm soooooooooo the same way. As soon as I come out of a physical or emotional low point, TheFrenzy takes over. My roommates are currently enjoying (sort of) a clutter-free living room because I bought a portable closet storage rack and firmly rounded up all their personal effects that Don't. Go. In. Shared. Areas. My room, of course, promptly relapsed, but as long as my emotional sanity is tied to the cleanliness of the living room, I'll be able to keep it in order.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-07-23 07:56 pm (UTC)
Good to know that my insanity is shared!
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