May 1st, 2005

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Mayday. The hawthorn cooperates by producing a few sprigs of May blossom. And I celebrate Mayday and the burgeoning greenery shooting up everywhere in the garden by attempting to hack it back. *g*

So far today (after downloading personal and OU email and posting a few replies) I have removed the final sack of fallen twigs from the front "lawn" and mowed the grass. I''m now just taking a breather before tackling the back. It's not raining at the moment -- in fact quite sunny and hot at intervals -- but the sky is very grey and I don't trust it. I'm sure it will rain before the day is out.
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Bizarrely for a Bank Holiday weekend, it hasn't rained today, despite the ominous clouds. Therefore I attacked the back garden after lunch and all the grass is now tidy again.

I even dug over an experimental half dozen spadefuls of earth down on the bottom bit, which I want to reclaim properly this year and turn into a Zen garden.

This may, of course, turn out to be over-optimistic, but we shall see how much I think I can do myself and how much hiring a professional would cost. Alternatively I could try to coerce son and son-in-law into helping out. Both are big, strapping young men with plenty of muscle. Collapse )
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Move more -- 10,000 steps

So far today I have done 9580 steps.

Yes, I have acquired a pedometer. *g* I say acquired because though I had been thinking of buying one, I hadn't got around to it, but yesterday, as G and I were taking a break from the indoor computer stuff by going for a short walk down the old railway line, we found one. Well, G found it lying in the middle of the path and I promptly adopted it.

I always feel slightly guilty about acquiring lost stuff, even when it obviously can't have cost more than a few pounds and really wasn't worth taking to the police station. Anyway, I intend to put it to good use, so at least it has found a good home.

My find is a very simple pedometer (which is why I don't think it can have cost much). It just counts steps or (if you enter your stride length) it will work out distance. It doesn't do anything fancy like calories burnt.

But having acquired a pedomoeter, I had to look up what a respectable number of steps per day would be and found this. Which means that today was an OK day as far as exercise went. Though I didn't quite make the 10,000 a lot of those steps were done pushing the lawnmower, so in terms of exercise and calories burnt, I'm sure I was on target today.
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Good news is no news

Middle-aged woman finds out how to open a coconut by looking on the Internet.

That's not a headline you're likely to see. Neither is:

53 year-old wife and mother of two discovered how many steps are required for a healthy life.

Nor even:

Novice gardener uses Google to find out how to make a Zen garden.

Of course I'm preaching to the converted here, but even one of my students in a beginners' class commented last week that the Internet is seen by headline writers as the source of all evil whereas it's really quite a useful thing.
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