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Mother Nature fooled me yesterday. It was hotter than I thought.Posted Monday, August 15, 2011, at 2:15 PM
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.
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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