I knew I was in for an interesting afternoon when my husband asked me if I could help him outside.
Oh yeah – some of you know exactly what that means!
It means that all the projects I had started or planned for the afternoon were now on hold and I would be getting dirty, tired, and most likely sore.
Yep. It was time for a country- style workout.
Our calf – who has now officially been named Shakespeare – needed a bigger pen. Which meant that Jan needed all hands on deck to cut up fallen branches, pull out the old fence line and put up a new one.
Even as I pulled on my coveralls I knew that there was no chance that I would get to run the chain saw- my husband learned very early in our marriage to keep me away from all power tools.
Nor would I get to drive the 4-wheeler – my sons shuddered at the very thought.
No – I would get to do the more manual labor – the grunt jobs.
So while Jan cut the trees and Pedro drove loads of brush off – the other kids and I hauled branches and raked up behind them.
This proved to be just the warm -up.
When the fence line was finally cleared it was time for fence posts – about 60 in all. Guess who got to help load them? Moi.
Pedro would grab them from the pile and hand them to me to throw in trailer. He started out giving me one or two at a time – but the next thing I knew I was tossing 3 or 4 at a time.
At one point I saw that Jan was watching – so I had Pedro give me five at a time – just to impress him. 😉
We’ll call that weight-lifting.
Then it was time to move the cattle panels across the farmyard to the new pen. So while Pedro and Jan pounded fence posts, Matt and I started digging them out of the weeds.
Now for those of you unfamiliar with cattle panels let me clue you in – they are big, and awkward and heavy. And they have a tendency to get bent – and get stuck on things – like each other and rocks and sticks on the ground.
But that didn’t stop me. I dragged 16 of those bad boys across the farm yard, around the garden, and out into the pasture – by myself.
I’ll think I’ll call that the cardio part of my workout – or maybe resistance training? I wonder just how many calories I burned?
But don’t worry – I quickly replaced them with the handfuls of chocolate peanut butter cookies I ate during break time. 🙂
The rest of the job went quickly – haul the cattle panels into position and hold them in place while Jan secured them.
Then all we needed to do was move Shakespeare to his new home.
He was a happy cow.
And I was a dirty, tired, and sore country gal.
It was time for a hot bath and another cookie – these country style workouts are tough!