Monday Musings: On the IR List, Winter Is Still Here, and Maple Syrup Time

Somewhere, somehow in the last couple of weeks, I either badly sprained or tore a deep muscle in my back. I actually had to go to the doctor with it. I was on a course of prednisone, and am on clyclobenzprine (Flexeril), which is a muscle relaxant. I had a few not very pleasant days with it. It was hard to sleep, because I couldn’t find a position that didn’t hurt. It must be a muscle that is involved in being upright, because standing and walking were rough. It’s been a bit better the last few days, and I have been able to sleep. It still gets tweaky at times, but the relaxant and ibuprofen help. As does the heat pad. Now, it’s just a matter of time, and trying not to over do things. Which, of course, is the hard part. I may be on the Injured Reserve list for little while yet, Coach!

Some of the snow has melted. I can see the garden fence again. The path around to the bird feeders and chicken coop is solid, frozen snow now, so I don’t sink in to my knees anymore. Lambeau is happier with the frozen stuff, too, since he can run across the surface now. Enough of the shoulder is exposed now on the streets that I can walk him a bit more than just around the cul-de-sac. He likes that, and it’s good for him to get a bit more exercise.

Stephanie came for dinner on Sunday, and she brought him a new toy. It’s a skinny, stuffing free beaver made of tough fabric. And it has not one, but two! squeakers! So far, he’s chewed off an ear, but the body is still intact, and both squeakers are still inside. And that’s pretty good for Lambeau. He’s a strong chewer and usually destroys soft toys in short order. New toys are always fun.

We did our corned beef and cabbage dinner yesterday. The BaldMan corns his own brisket and it is always so good. We had the brisket, and cooked potatoes, turnips, carrots, pearl onions, and, of course, cabbage in the brisket water. I made soda bread, but I didn’t have any currants to put in it this time. It was still goood, but I like the texture the currants add. I had buttermilk to use this time, also.

More maple syrup got made yesterday, also. There was about five gallons of sap from the two trees. We now have two pints and a bit more syrup. I don’t know how much more we are going to get. This spring weahter has been weird. The nights have been mostly cold enough, with a few that were marginal. But too many days have been really cold, also, so the sap didn’t run well on those. We’ll see how this week goes. Days are supposed to get warmer as the week goes on, but if the nights don’t cool off enough, we won’t get a lot more sap before the trees start growing again and the taps have to be pulled. We did have buttermilk pancakes with our syrup for breakfast. Yum!

That is pretty much what’s been going on around here. Spring is on the way. I’m sure of it!


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