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How can Health & Fitness work under a Gardening subject header?

Gardening is exercise so I thought I would just go outside into the back yard and do some picking.

I started by getting hold of my ames plastic wheel barrow and worked at bending over and picking up acorns and putting them in the wheel barrow. It was a tiresome exercise. As I picked up acorns from underneath the Pinoak tree I noticed many good ones lying directly under large leaves that fell down on the ground from our Jack and the Beanstalk Tree which has very large leaves and they decay rapidly when on wet soil. It rained the last 2 days and the ground was very moist.

I put the dead leaves fallen from the Catalpa tree. Reference to the Catalpa Tree

Placed deliberately in bunches, those very smart local squirrels did this. It was an act of nature for sure but an act of intelligent nature, such as the nature of the very intelligent and smart local squirrels that eat our acorns. I put the acorns in the wheelbarrow, threw all the dead leaf matter into the pile under the Pinoak tree to provide some decomposition material for a future mulch pile.

I went inside after I thought I had been doing this task for just about 45 minutes, as I wasn't wearing a watch. When I went inside I asked my wife, "How long was I out there working on the lawn?" - She said, "You were out there about an hour and a half. Were you mowing the lawn?" - I replied, "No. I was trying to pick up all those acorns to put in a pile for the squirrels to get them off the back lawn but I got tired after 30 minutes and I must have burned up some calories." She said, "I think that you will be having lots of pain now. You are 60 years old and you are not a sping chicken any more. Better slow down a bit."

So, today I worked for an hour and a half, picking up dead leaves and freshly dropped acorns, so I will try this again tomorrow morning and maybe I can make this a habit, at least until I either run out of acorns to pick and dead leaves to mulch or until my back gives out, whichever comes first.

M.B. Henderson Elementary School was my school in the first days of my childhood in Dallas, Texas. I think they called them the Henderson Hornets. And If I am not mistaken, the name of their school newspaper was called the Acorn. In any case, Here is a link about M.B. Henderson Elementary School of the Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, TX.

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MegL wrote on October 4, 2017, 5:51 PM

Gardening is great exercise and it gets you fresh air too.

lookatdesktop wrote on October 4, 2017, 11:07 PM

To me, gardening is both therapeutic and energizing. But it does make me tired sometimes. I enjoy it more outside, in the yard working on things than watching television or the internet. I guess I'm just a farmer Joe at heart. I wear blue jeans, a baseball cap and t-shirt and keep my pants legs rolled up because I'm too short for the sizes regularly sold in stores. I have 28 legs, and it's hard to find 40X28 leg size pants so I buy 40X30 and roll them up. And I sometimes like to cut my hair in a crew cut style so I don't have to worry about bugs getting in my hair. It's kind of silly and very simple. I find sitting long periods of time watching broadcast t.v. to be more more stressful. I guess it's old age. I am getting to be more like my dad every day.

MegL wrote on October 5, 2017, 3:09 AM

Sitting for long periods of time at ANY age has been shown to be very unhealthy. Even for those young things at work, getting up and moving around every 30 minutes is recommended. Gardening is a very healthy exercise. Maybe we just all get wiser as we get older! LOL

lookatdesktop wrote on October 6, 2017, 2:48 PM

I am much slower than I was some years ago. But heck, it's all good. I am glad I reached the ripe old age of 60 and still kick'n

VinceSummers wrote on October 6, 2017, 4:49 PM

Ah! You're 9 years younger than I am.

lookatdesktop wrote on October 8, 2017, 8:33 PM

I thought you knew that already. My older brother, the oldest in our family is 13 years my senior.