“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It Goes On.”
Robert Frost

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Summer Can be a Pain in the ....

Face it... none of us is getting any younger and try as we might to stop the aging process, so far few have made much headway in that direction. I try not to grumble too much about getting older but now I'm starting to understand what my parents and grandparents were talking about!

Things just get a bit harder to do as the years go by. Unfortunately sometimes we are the last to know it! That was my situation when after a heavy thunderstorm with high winds, a few of our trees branches were literally twisted off of the tree and thrown into the neighbors yard, and I decided to jump into action! I mean, why not, I've always done this sort of thing over the years...


Feeling that this was my responsibility because the hubs was away on business for a few days, I decided to drag the branches back into our yard.  I figured I could do that much as he would handle most of the sawing, cutting up and hauling them away.

There were about four larger branches that fell in the neighbors yard.  I surveyed the damage and put on my heavy garden gloves and started dragging the branches back into our yard. They were all about 4 to 5 inches in diameter at the thickest part.  I handled the easiest ones first.

This tree branch kicked my butt!

In the photo above the branch had come down between three 5 foot tall arborvitae trees and I knew it might be tough to get it out. Even though this was on our property I figured that I'd gotten the others out that I could get this one moved too. I was painfully wrong! As I was bending over and pulling on the broken end of this tree branch with all my might, I felt and I think I also heard a strange kind of kerplunk and a ripping sound. For that one moment I'm thinking, "Did I rip my pants?" I wish! 

I quickly and painfully realized that something was terribly wrong with my gluteus maximus muscle, gluteus medius muscle, gluteus minimus muscle, tensor fasciae latae, also known as buttox muscle! Who knew there were so many muscles in our rear ends, I only found this by Googling how to best treat a pulled butt muscle.  Anyway on with my story.... and it's OK if you are laughing right now, I get it!  Now that I'm feeling almost back to normal, it is pretty funny...

After the weird sound, it was the pain that clued me in. After a few choice words I retreated to the house, at least I could still walk! Anyway after the major pain subsided I figured I was going to live.  So I popped a couple of Aleve pills and lay face down on the bed till they worked their magic.  I decided to Google my symptoms to see what I might have done to myself and that's when I found all you ever need to know about how to take care of a pulled or torn glute muscle.

Well it's been almost two weeks and my right butt cheek muscle is feeling better, but I must get up and walk around every 15 minutes, so needless to say, I haven't' been sitting at my computer that much lately! This is my excuse for not getting around to your blogs, so you can let me have it. I'm ready for all your jokes.  Bye the way, feel free to use this story if you ever need an excuse to get out of work etc....

In light of all the horrible things that have happened around the world and right in my own state, sometimes we need to laugh at ourselves and realize that our own problems are still not that bad!

So I'm ready! What do you have to say? 



  1. Hi Diane, I love the music and photos! So true that we cannot make ourselves younger...well, we can in our hearts, but our bodies is another story. I agree with being able to laugh at ourselves! I am glad that your pain has subsided. Sending you hugs and much love.

  2. Oh no! I'm so glad you're on the mend, but can imagine the awful pain you must have been in. Your poor trees, too :(

  3. Ouch! I'm so glad you are feeling better. It's not good to have a pain in the rear.

    We do have to be careful the older we get. Our minds think we can still do things, but our bodies tell us differently.

    Have a good week ~ FlowerLady

  4. OH! Ouch... I'll skip the jokes today :) Glad you're feeling better!

  5. Oh, dear! I see you meant "pain in the ass" literally! Wishing you a speedy and full recovery!

    1. You are all really too kind! All sorts of jokes could have been made! We were fortunate, at least the trees didn't fall on the house! Thanks for all your comforting words, I'm feeling much better now! If you've ever had sciatica, it felt much like that! Next post will be my visit to Noeremberg Gardens on Lake Minnetonka. See you all soon! ~ Diane

  6. Oh my word Diane! Quit doing that type yard work entirely, make yourself a promise. You know you told your story with a little comic flair, but "ouch" I'm not laughing! Feel better soon and baby that butt. :)

  7. Ah Diane so sorry to read about your torn muscle. Since you and I are about the same vintage I understand your pain. Have been discovering I wear out a tad more when I am tackling certain things around the home. Guess it is life but wish all of me could remain young. So friend I feel your pain. Take care- Hugs!

    1. Thank you Pam and Debbie! Now ladies, you know I'm a farm girl and I'm somewhat impatient so it's hard for me not to just DO what needs to be DONE! HAHAHA! And yes, it was 'ouch' for almost two weeks, stairs were the worst!

  8. Oh this is horrible!!!!! Your poor bum, bum!!! LOL! I am a farm girl too, I know exactly what you mean! But, I have to say, if you were my neighbour and I saw you getting the branches, I would have came out, to try to help you!
    I have been dealing with a stupid sciatica for a couple of years now. It seems to only flair up, if I am driving for a long time! I have bought myself a special pillow and try to put ice on my butt once a day.
    Take care of yourself young lady!!
    Big Hugs, Stacy

  9. I’m just smiling to myself wondering which words you used on Google. A friend of mine ended up with terrible saddle sores after doing a lot of riding. I decided to go online to see if I could find a remedy for her. Unfortunately, I used the words ‘sore bum’ or something similar, which was a big mistake. (Buttocks and butt are rarely used in my neck of the woods.) I received emails about haemorrhoid cream, and Lord knows what else for weeks afterwards!
    I only smiled because you said you were feeling much better, if you were still in pain, I wouldn’t have been so unkind. Really glad you are on the mend, but do take it easy for a while. xx


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