I have been keeping a headache at bay for about 2 weeks now. I grab a couple of aspirin or Tylenol or Motrin and gulp them down with lots of caffeine. Then I convince myself that I feel okay and go on about my business. Yesterday I awoke and looked over at my exhausted sleeping husband, wondered what was on his nearly bald head and plucked a tick off. I flushed the tick and brewed the coffee and got started on the day. I read all my e-mails, then stuck a ball cap on my head and went out to gas up my mower.
We are so behind in park maintenance due to rain and "he who" is stretched way too thin. In an effort to be of more help I dragged my mower over to the sites and started mowing........mowing the entire area and not just the parts he can't get to with the big mower. I was in the sun, so after about an hour of that I switched to just mowing the tight areas in the shade. I was making fabulous progress and had rounded the curve on the first row of sites. He who was dealing with some electrical issues and I imagined how happy he would be that I had gotten so much done. That is when I hit the water on 17 and the geyser shot up into the air, drenching me and my now un-new mower.
I felt wretched that I had caused him more work instead of helping. He was a sweetheart about it........... even though he had told me not to take the mower over to the sites. He did suggest that I just go inside and stay there. I cooked his favorite meal for lunch and saw him off to work. No way, I was not staying indoors with so much that needed doing. I checked in a camper and put a sign on the door and went to deliver firewood and retrieve my mower that had been abandoned. I put the phone in the cup holder on my trusty golf cart and held the handle of my disgraced mower while driving the golf cart and pulling it. I stopped and watered gardens for special folks and then came back to the main building. The phone rang while I was still too far away to answer it and I quickly made it to my front door where I discovered I had effectively locked my self out.
Wanted to cry, but I wanted to do that in private and I was locked out.
I won't describe just how I broke into my own home, but I will say that it involved climbing through a bunch of stuff piled up by he who is a pack rat. At any rate I was able to get back in without calling for a rescue. Since it was still light outside and staring to cool down a bit I decided to plant a bevy of day lilies in a half circle around the new flagpole. The forecast was for showers overnight so I got them in the ground and wanted to mulch, but, alas, a pile of wood got dumped on my mulch pile. There wasn't much left, but......... I also planted two small red maples on the property and then called it a night. My head was starting to hurt, but I thought a shower and salad would make me feel better.
My head was pounding by the time I laid it on my pillow and I woke a couple of times in the night to take aspirin. When I woke this morning it hit me full blast. Tunnel vision and intense pain. Felt like sinus pressure, so I sent he who shops to score some sudafed and mulch for me. I took the sudafed and aspirin and coffee and I swear I could "see" every beat of my heart before my eyes as my head continued to pound. Still in my tattered sleep shirt that I can't bear to part with (says "Y are you so stupid" on the front) and a pair of sweat pants I stumble off to bed. The phone rang and rang until I accidentally hit the wrong button and effectively silenced it. The dogs either whined until I put them in bed or got up and down and up and down. The tap of the toenails on the floor sounded like sledgehammer blows. I finally achieved a level of relief in time for he who works to leave and be on his way. I can't stand the light in my eyes and certain noises make me want to scream out in pain.
So, nothing, absolutely nothing has gotten done today. I feel guilty as I sit here and write about my fragile state. My poor husband will pull a 10 hour shift, then come home and finish installing water on a site before he even comes to bed. I think I need to learn how to do this. I already know how to dig a hole. I just need to learn how to connect the pipes. Not today ............ maybe tomorrow.