The fun started about two weeks ago when our 550 gallon water tank pushed up out of the ground. You might be wondering how in the world that happens. Well it’s actually a pretty simple explanation. The tank is plastic, it is buried in the ground, and it normally stays there because it has roughly 4600 pounds of water in it. However we have to drain and clean the tank every few weeks, now we’ve done this a couple of times without issue, but this time was different. See we’d had some rain and as a result the water table was up, so when we drained the tank the water beneath it pushed it right out of the ground. As my excavator put it…an empty tank is nothing more than an enormous bobber.
This “little” event was made all the more catastrophic by the fact that it broke, bent, snapped and or twisted every water and drain line we had. The ones that weren’t broken had to be cut in order to get the tank out. Did I mention we have growing benches above the now floating tank? While the benches were not damaged, they had to be taken apart in order to make repairs.
While in the process of scheduling the excavator and the plumber to come out and repair the mess, our cooling fans stopped working. It would turn out that pretty much everything electrical in the greenhouse stopped working, one of our two lines coming into the greenhouse was dead, no power. We still had a handful of outlets that worked and a few lights, but the entire cooling system was off. With no air movement the greenhouse rapidly warmed to well over 100 degrees, which made it impossible to work in. By the time the electricians got out all power to the greenhouse was out and most of the power to shop was out as well.
Thank God for workouts! This week looked like a lot of fun, more swim workouts, which I now actually look forward too, more time on the bike and some lifting. And because of a closed pool at their Y, MK and KB are coming to my Y to swim. My good feeling was gone when I walked into my Y on Monday to see a completely empty pool. Turns out my Y is also cleaning their pool, and so is every other Y in the general area! You’d think these guys would stagger these things!
The next major stressor would be the new position I have accepted at my regular 9-5 job. Overseeing a group of type A personalities is “challenging”, I also have considerably more responsibility now and am having a hard time getting everything done. I’m going in early, staying late and working through lunch just to keep my head above water.
I went to see doc this week with the hopes of getting released from “the boot” while it could be worse, it could be a cast, it is starting to get on my nerves, it’s big and clunky and it squeaks and I’m just tired of having it on. I tired really hard to hide my disappointment when he said I’d be in it for another month.
It had been a couple days since we had a major issue at the greenhouse, so it was no big shock that the roof needed repaired. We have been having issues on and off since we replaced the roof plastic. For one reason or another it slips loose from the wire that holds it in place.
To further complicate my life I have somehow injured my shoulder. This is not just the aches and pains that come from being active; this is real pain, like injury pain. I have no super cool story to go with this pain, which I feel is a rip off, if you’re going to have a body part that is non-functional there should at least be a cool story to go with it! But no, I’m not even sure how I’m managed to hurt myself this time and to be honest, I don’t really care. I was smart enough to skip my lifting today, but that too brings on more frustration. I really can't afford to skip workouts.
I’m tired of being hurt, I’m tired of being behind, I’m just tired. The little voice in my head that says I can do this has been completely lost in the voices of those who do not believe in me, those who have told me I’m stupid for doing this, that I am too old, too fat and have had too many injuries. I have no answer to the question of “why are you doing this?” So for tonight, I am done, I give up, I quit, I can take no more! Hopefully tomorrow will be better.