Hi, Tom. I'm glad you are back in your diary because that means that you have not given up on yourself. You have had a very rough few years & there would not be many people who would not be struggling to stay motivated. Looking after your health is probably the most important thing that you can try to do. Can you take your Dad out walking at all? I'm not sure if he is bedridden but if he can get out & about in a wheelchair it would benefit you both.
Depression sucks & I have to make sure I get outside & get as much fresh air & exercise as I can to lift my mood, especially coming into winter as we are here in Australia. How is the yard looking? I'm going to pull out our tomatoes today & plant some spinach when I turn the beds over. I love growing veggies. It's not expensive & very rewarding.
Hiya.....my dad is pretty much bedridden. He only gets up a little bit, here and there. So walking for him is out of the question. however, I take the dog out (I'm allergic and hate dogs) and while I'm out, I go for a quick 10 minute walk (1/2 mile) a couple of times a day. During winter, not nearly as much.
It is spring here. The temperature is creeping up. It was 94 the other day. This week it will be in the low 80's. The front yard is looking pretty good. I've mowed several times already. It has a good edge to it now along the sidewalk. I still can't get all of the grass out of the sidewalk, but it looks way better than it ever has. It's just the grass in the cracks. This week is limb week. The city will pick up what I cut down, so starting last week I gathered up broken limbs and cut down as much as possible. I have a pretty good stack going.
So the front yard is good. There are limbs I can't reach, but other than that. the backyard is something else. It is basically an overgrown junkyard, that I had nothing to do with. Now because of what I've done with the front yard, I've been elected as the patron saint to clean up the back. ugh. My older brother tries to tell me what to do and how to do it (He had everything to do with how the back yard is, but somehow it isn't his responsibility. I guess my dad isn't either), while smoking two packs a day, complaining he can't breathe due to COPD. All I want to do is tell him to STFU. Sorry. It's frustrating. So there is plenty of exercise to be bad. Fresh air? Not really. I'm highly allergic to trees and stuff. On a scale from 0 to 12, the pollen index is 11+ every day. It's hard to breathe outside. I wear a mask. It doesn't help a lot. I've had a lot of fluid on my ears to the point I have an ear infection where the pain radiates into my teeth, what is left of them anyway. I get these infections about once every six months. So I'm pretty miserable, but trying to do what I can.
My sister bought some tomato seeds, but honestly we don't know anything about doing a garden. We had an idea of trying to do a raised bed garden once we get the backyard under control. We just don't know what to plant, when, or how yet. Any suggestions would be most helpful.