Friday, November 6, 2009

Exercise and gardening

This morning was water aerobics.  What an awesome (and tiring) workout!  Unfortunately I started off the workout with a bad cramp along the side of the shin on my left leg.  I took extra time stretching and seeing how it would behave (or not).  By the end of the warm-up/stretch, my leg felt better.  It was a good workout with plenty of variety.  Some parts I added intensity while others I had to drop it down.  Tomorrow morning is Aqua Fit, which is a higher intensity in only 45 minutes (instead of the hour of today's class).

Tomorrow is supposed to get into the upper 60's, so I think we'll be working outside.  The vegetable garden still needs to be cleaned up and prepared for winter.  If we get the work done now, spring will be easier on us all!  I'm hoping next spring to expand the garden some.  I'm so proud of what we did this year and I'm looking forward to what we can do in the garden for 2010.  We have canned nine quarts of three kinds of pickles and 14 quarts of tomato sauce.  In the freezer we have about 30 lbs of bell peppers, 24 cups of applesauce, and another 12 cups of tomato sauce.  This doesn't count what we used straight from the garden.  We learned a lot.  It was our first year canning and our first year using apples from our tree.  We're already making plans for next year and I'm so excited. 

Of course gardening is great exercise so I'm looking forward to going to the YMCA tomorrow morning then heading out to the back yard later in the day (after taking the oldest to get her hair cut).  I'm looking forward to getting all of the kids out there and having all seven of us work together to get the yard cleaned up.  (Yeah, I'll tell you how crazy that idea was in tomorrow's blog post.)

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