well i had about the prettiest day out here ever today! The wildflowers are AWESOME! Beautiful birds singing and flying around!! I've worked everyday so hard trying to make this place livable. Today I don't know how much I cleared but I worked hard. I've been building an elevated sidewalk to the back fence to prepare for the next rainy season (I'm the one that lives on a flooded property 7 months out of the year). It was so hard mowing and clearing property when the weeds are higher than your tractor. I was moving at a snails pace and had to get off every few minutes to chop something or move a big tree branch (or tree). I hit the "wall" though today. I've been working the last few weeks with the most incredible muscle sorness but just worked through it, finding different jobs when the pain was really bad. But today I had only 50 feet to go to connect the two paths that would make a complete loop around the property and my muscles said "not today". I couldn't even pick up big branch. I then had the hardest time just shifting the tractor into reverse to back up. It's not muscle pain, that you can work through, it's their complete lack of co-operation and function by them. Just 50 feet that was it, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I've been waiting for this moment for so long and my body will not co-operate. I'm sure you've all been there. I was trying to type an email to my mom today and couldn't type but I seem to have the use of my fingers again (obviously). My thumb went completely numb, but now it's just achy. Anyone have any home remedies to get my muscles to start behaving again? I know rest and water is good. Taking my minerals too to try to minimze the muscle cramps. I'm going to see if I can clear some easy stuff tomorrow (the power company's easment looks like a big 8 foot jungle, but I know they've cleared it in the last year so there wont' be any felled trees waiting to tear my tractor up). It won't be as satisfying as connecting my two paths, but at least it'll be a little something done. Any other ladies out there work hard outside doing things people traditionally thing of as "mans work"? I'd love to hear from you.