These lower temps had me itching to get outside and prepare for a fall garden. Can't wait too much for warm weather crops but can wait a little longer for frost hardy ones. Soooo, I started disassembling my primary garden bed to recycle the weeds and do some tilling.
Part of that disassembling was removing railroad ties, (which are not light) so I decided to drag them off with my tractor. Only getting the ties loose from the garden was more physical than I planned.
I spent about 2 hours out in the sun and fared well, so after a break I went out to finish up. I must have dehydrated much more than I drank because about 45 minutes into the second effort I became lightheaded.
No problem, I would just drag those two ties to the collecting area and take a break. The problem is, my break came faster than I expected.
I got to the collection area, then passed out. Luckily, I turned off the tractor as I was laying my head down, but I was still on a hill (what isn't hill around here) so the tractor eventually started rolling anyway.
Do you remember those trees that almost impaled me a few months ago? Well this time they stopped me from building up too much steam going down the hill. I awoke to a strange sound that I could not identify but eventually realized it was the transmission gears turning just about the time I hit the trees.
Oh what fun! I scampered (well maybe staggered) off the tractor and sat amongst the poison ivy for about 20 minutes. PITA was there to check on me so I did not get much rest but eventually got up, removed the log chain from the tractor so I could drive back up the hill. Walking back up was not an option yet.
I laid on my office floor for another 20 minutes before going up to bed for a while. An hour later I was back down and casually mentioned to Deb that I might have had an issue outside earlier.
She was not pleased with the way I handled it, but I did not want to take a trip to Heritage MC. I finally got enough fluids and all turned out well, except for the bruises she put on me. ;-)
The lesson for the day? Next time I do well in the heat, I will consider myself productive the FIRST TIME and not try for a second go at it. I am not 20 something anymore and I might as well get used to it. Yeh, right.