Clipping Bones

I chopped off some fingertips today. I young guy came in who had pinched his hand between a truck chassis and a steel beam and ripped off the tips of each of his last 2 fingers on his left hand. I unwrapped the bandage and there were two little bones peeking out at me. I checked the function of the tendons and the little bones wiggled at me. I took a pair of bone trimmers and chopped them off, he’ll be better off without them.

Spring Yard Work

My landlady came with her son to do some spring yardwork. I’m sure part of their enthusiasm has to do with trying to show the house for a new renter this summer. But to my horror, in her enthusiasm, she cut down every last Clematis vine! PLEASE TELL ME THEY WILL GROW BACK!!!!!

I have a beautiful trellis against the garage that grows 3 or 4 different types of clematis. Every spring, I trim back the excess growth before leaves come out, but I leave the main stalks quietly climbing up the trellis. By mid spring I am rewarded with a wall full of blooming six pointed stars.

I can only hope that she knows what she is doing…she’s a gardener, and last summer, her son was afraid to mow over any wildflower in my yard because she told him to stay away from teh flowers. As a result I had all kinds of thistle cropping up in places unwelcome! So I imagine that she knew it was clematis (she used to live here) and she knows it’s beautiful, and she knows it will grow back. Heck, if she wanted to go wild with her pruning shears, she should have taken down the Wisteria that never blooms. One of these days I’m going to wake up with it wrapped around my neck!

Fast ride

Well, it was fast for me, maybe not for “real” cyclists. I did the River Road ride, which is super fast! It felt so great to be pedaling UPHILL at 17-18 miles per hour! The ride was 20 miles total, which was just right. The past two rides I’ve done, I’ve had the unique sensation of accelerating UPHILL! It’s totally cool. My legs start to feel the increased resistance in the road and it makes them want to go faster, and ZOOM, up I go.

I’m hoping friday’s ride will be about 30 miles, and I may be able to get a friend (who is a real cyclist with a real bike) to ride it with me…I assured him it would be a nice, slow ride for him. 😉

Did my longest run so far last night (30 minutes), need to get up to four miles for my race. And I got some nice comliments in the pool last night from a couple training for a sprint tri in 2 weeks in Virginia. They said it was fun to watch me swim.

All this training is paying off, I just wish work didn’t consume so many hours.