I finally made it to the gym, and actually worked out. Wednesday I checked into the gym, got dressed, went out onto the floor, walked around the track a few times and then said “Meh” and left. Today, I actually worked out. I worked up a sweat even. By no means am I 100%. Everything is still quite stiff.
My chiropractor, who by the way, works with quite a few local athletes, recommended I get back in the gym and start getting my muscles moving which should help with both strengthening and loosening my muscles. I did find I felt a slight twinge in my back when I’d bend over, so that got my anxiety up, but nothing bad happened. It felt so nice getting back in there and feeling my muscles firm up during my couple of lifts I did. Yeah, I didn’t do much, I lowered my weight considerably, but it was still a huge success.
I have a pressing need to get back into the swing of things with this challenge. Yes, I’m coming up on day 50 soon, but also, I’ve promised my wife I will start (and complete) a landscape project in the backyard. I’m hoping to do it the weekend of the 25th of July, so, I need to be back up to near 100% in order to do that sort of work. Luckily, there isn’t any big rocks that need to be moved and we’re doing mulch instead of landscape rock, but still, pulling the sod up and installing the landscape edging are pretty hard jobs. I know better than to think I can sit around doing nothing after this injury and then just one day pick up a shovel and start digging without causing more damage. So, I’m giving myself a week.
Here’s how the “workout” went today. I put that in quotes because it wasn’t much of a workout as it was a tentative review of where my body is at.
I couldn’t hold back the tidal wave of requests to see my finished rain barrels so I decided I needed to write a post about it and include the plans I used.
**I really only had one person request it so go take a look at Koko’s blog. There’s a really yummy post about a braided bread that’ll make you want to quit your diet right now (but don’t quit, because that would be bad).
Where To Find The Plans
I found the plans for my rain barrels on Pinterest and that brought me to this article called “How to Build a Rain Barrel” so I cannot take credit for the idea, though I used a little more re-purposed materials than they did, so I made it my own in that respect. It’s not pretty by any means, but that’s some of the character.
Photo from Handyman.com
These are the plans which are extremely helpful. I actually didn’t need the article to walk me through the planning and build process because this one image is good enough to get you through it.
Re-Purpose materials if you can. As you can see from my pictures in the gallery, I chose to re-purpose some old pallets I had. I also got my barrels from a guy off Craigslist for $5. This part of the story I must say, be very careful about the barrels you pick. They should be food grade so you’re not getting oil or other dangerous chemicals in your rain water.
Inspect the barrels you choose top to bottom. The blue one I got wound up having a hole cut in the bottom. I was so mad when I found that. Luckily, I was able to flip the barrel upside down, plug the one spout hole and bam I was back in business.
Put your rain barrels on a slab of concrete otherwise use a stand similar to my pallet design. A table like the one in the picture (above) will work great on a slab of concrete, but on dirt the table will settle and potentially sink making the stand uneven, or even cause it to collapse. You do not want 100+ gallons of water dumping out like that.
Make sure your stand/table is level. Completely level. This will help prevent your table from collapsing so you’re not putting too much weight on one side of the table.
Ensure you put your rain barrels near your gutter spouts. You’re not going to collect much rain if you aren’t taking the runoff from your roof.
So far, we’ve had quite a bit of spring rain, so I haven’t had to use the rain barrel system too much. The barrels fill evenly when it does rain which is awesome. The couple times I’ve been able to use the barrel, I’ve found the water pressure is pretty minimal so you’re not going to use a hose to water your plans unless you’re doing it downhill from the barrels. Our house has a walk-out which means the front yard is about a 1/2 level higher than the backyard. I can use the hose with good success to water our garden in the back, but for the front, I pretty much have to use a watering can. I’m ok with this, but don’t get false expectations that you’re going to have the same water pressure you would from your water spout.
I threw some pictures of our backyard too so you can see what all we need to water. Most of those pictures are from last year. The one with the little playhouse with the door missing is from this year. Stupid wind blew the door off so I had to fix it. Hadn’t done that yet, but it’s back on now. The panoramic shots I don’t think are going to turn out very well in the gallery, but maybe they will.