Monday, April 12, 2010

Bone Tired

Good evening. Your guest blogger, LuAnn, here. I am filling in for my dear blogger because he is worn out tired. "Bone tired" as we used to call it back when I was a kid and we had put up 1000 bales of hay on a hot, humid summer day when the haymow was about 140 degrees! Springtime on the farm brings days that leave you bone tired.

My dear blogger and I agree that physically tired is much more satisfying and healthier than mentally worn out. You know that bad mentally worn out feeling. The feeling like your brain is fried, you have 100 things going on at once and you don't know which way to turn next and you just can't think straight you are so worn out.

Physically tired is so much better. Physically tired can actually relieve stress. Mentally tired is the result of stress.

Anyway, lately, we chuckle at each other when one of us gets up out of the Lazy Boy and shuffles across the floor looking more like our parents than our kids. We still FEEL like we can keep up with people much younger than us but some days our bodies just can't keep up with the wishful thinking of our minds.

We are beginning to notice our aches and pains more frequently than not. Tennis elbow, rheumatic knees, and sore muscles from a hard day's work or a day's play. They say that 50 is the new 30 and 60 is the new 40. Right now Ed feels like the square root of the sum of the average of 30, 40, 50 AND 60!

Some evenings we find ourselves looking at the clock and hoping it is closer to 10 (bedtime) than it really is. We challenge each other to stay awake just another hour (or two) to make it to bedtime without dozing off on the easy chair. Gosh, we have become our parents!

Tomorrow is a new day with everything that sprintime on the farm brings. Planning, planting, tilling, spreading fertilizer and getting it all done around the weather's unexpected gifts of sunshine and rain.

We both will jump out of bed at the crack of dawn and tackle each day with a new energy and enthusiasm. Most days we don't stop for a full twelve or fourteen hours. That is springtime on the farm. We love it. It tires us out. It helps us sleep well. It allows our bodies to put our minds to sleep.

If you are having trouble sleeping, get out and get tired. Bone tired. Do something physical. Your mind and your body will thank you for it.


  1. One week later I am there again Ralph. Oh to be 40 or even 50 again! But I had SO MUCH FUN!