47

Turned 47 on Friday. Dawn reminded me I’m no longer in my mid-40’s; now I’m in my late 40’s – haha.

We started the day with a trip to Pip’s to get some donuts, which is always a good way to start your weekend.

When we got home, I got to open presents – so many awesome gifts from Dawn and Ian. And the card the dude picked out cracked me up.

Then, while Ian was in class, I got to spend some time in my garage gym.

That evening, we rented out the entire theater and watched Godzilla vs Kong. The movie was a blast and it was so nice to be in a theater again. (masked, social distance seating, and private)

Then, the next morning, I got my first vaccine shot – happy and hopeful things will become some new normal soon.

I’m really grateful for everything in my life and had a fantastic birthday.

Bees

We just bought a box of mason bee cocoons from Farmington Gardens for the backyard!

Found this video incredibly helpful as I have no idea what I’m doing with these. Linked from this great write up on beebuilt.com.

Dawn found a bee house for us

We’ve put it in the back corner of the yard, furthest from the house, out near the fruit trees with easy access to the garden for our new mason bee friends

We put out about half of the cocoons we bought today – and as the video suggested – we’ll put the other half out to hatch in two weeks

New neighbors are moved in – I hope they like their new home

Pruned the fruit trees

It was so nice to spend some time outside today. Ian and I got to prune the fruit trees, and I started getting a few other things done in the yard. 

Here are a few before/after shots of the trees.

Apple tree (4 different kinds grafted into one):

Pink Lady apple tree:

Dwarf Shiro plum tree

Hard to believe how much the plum tree grew last year.

Not pictured; the pear tree in the front yard. It hasn’t produced yet, but we’re hopeful it does so soon. The cherry tree in the back yard; it was here when we got here and it isn’t looking too good, may need to replace it soon. 

A lot to do still, and a lot of plans for the garden this season, but that means a lot to build in the coming weeks.

Finally got to deadlift again

Recovery from my meniscus surgery has been going really well and with it being less than a month since, I’m much further along than I anticipated. During my first physical therapy session, my PT let me know, unsurprisingly, I may be a candidate for arthritis as I get older, but it would likely not affect me as much as others. This was also true for the knee recovery and steps necessary to improve; due to my powerlifting training, he said I have a different relationship to pain than most people. This didn’t surprise me either, but I found it helpful to hear this directly from a physical therapist that specializes in sports medicine. I’ve gained an awareness of pain, an awareness of the different levels of it, ‘good’ pain vs. ‘bad’ pain, and where my limits need to be. I think this awareness likely started in my youth when I experienced a crushed vertebrae, then finally years later found that strength training could help my body overcome a lot of the discomfort I felt with a weakened back.

The meetings I’ve had with the physical therapist have been fantastic and I’ve learned a number of movements to strengthen my knees, quads, and hips that I will likely use even once the recovery is complete. I’m also fortunate enough to have a leg press machine in the garage gym that my precious wife had got me. That thing and my foam roller have been vital in the knee recovery. Today my PT saw how far my recovery has already come along and gave me the OK to start doing light deadlifts to see how they went, with the directive of “for now, walk away from them still wanting more”.

Did my PT work:

  • foam roller
  • leg press (0 weight, just the sled)
  • body weight squats (holding a strap around the power rack to stabilize)
  • 1 leg squats (holding strap)
  • 1 leg lunges (holding strap)

Then I got to do a little lifting:

  • Deadlifts (225 x 5 x 4 sets) [left wanting a LOT more, but hey, progress]
  • hanging leg raises
  • reverse hyper (only 90 lbs, again, light to let the recovery continue)

So dang happy to be back out in the garage gym.