Uncle Joe Takes a Hike

I have been stuck at home ever since this madness began. I am a senior citizen now, and a type II diabetic. I broke a toe in January, and I was just starting to get over it when the pandemic began. It is now the middle of June and I feel the need to get out and go for a walk.

I am not ready to leave the house, so I came up with this plan to take my daily walks. You see below a picture I took of my work bench. This is where I’m going to begin my walk. I have my earbuds and an audiobook to keep me company. I have a pedometer to tell me how far I’ve gone. I have a watch that I have set for twenty minutes.

I turned left and I am at my Arbor. I made it out of scraps of metal and I welded it together back on my workbench.

Behind my Arbor, I started growing tomatoes in this raised box. Some years are better than others for growing tomatoes.

Next to my raised box is an avocado tree. This one is about the size of an olive. This variety is called Hass, so I named this tree Jack.

Moving past my avocado tree is a giant bird of paradise. It is over 12 feet high now and I love the wonder of it.

Next to the bird of paradise I have blackberries growing. I have been picking these as they ripen. Those stickers are sharp and painful but worth the effort.

These are raspberries. They are growing right next to the blackberries. Maybe next week they will be ready to pick.

I have a another avocado tree. I believe it is a Zavala variety.

I am looking forward to eating my fill of avocados later this year.

I turned the corner and I’m going to walk down to the opposite corner of my yard.

Along the way I have some apples growing. They will be ready in August.

I have another raised box next to the Apple tree. I have tomatoes growing along with honeydew melons.

A few feet away are these peaches. Right now they are about the size of golf balls.

Strange thing though, on the same tree, these plums are also growing.

I turn left at the pomegranate tree. It has a generous amount of flowers this year.

I turned left at the pomegranate tree. Those are bottle brush on the right and a Meyer lemon on the left.

There are still quite small but they will be ready to pick This autumn.

I take a turn at the lemon tree, walked past the smoker and through the covered patio.

Now I am back where I began. I started out walking for twenty minutes. The pedometer says I have walked a mile and 1/2 in that time. Next week I’ll be walking the circuit for twenty-five minutes. For most of my adult life I have walked for exercise. Sometimes it was for fun. Other times I didn’t have the bus fare.

Now just feels good to be moving around. Maybe I’ll venture outside our house when the number of cases start to decrease. My wife cannot walk and she depends on me. I need to be healthy for the both of us.

I pray you find your own way to deal with this crisis. Restaurants and other businesses are starting to open. Right now it seems to soon for us to go out. Take care all of you. Make sure you survive. It might not seem like it, but the Great One Who Created Us All is watching over us.

About jedwardnajera

I am an artist and a Poet. I live the life of a poet. I published several novels. Nena the Fairy and the Iron Rose, Dust of the Moon are among them, available through Amazon Books. I have spent over thirty five years in a classroom. I am now retired from that profession. My father kept a living record of his lifetime as he lived through the Twentieth Century. He was born in 1908 and almost lived long enough to see us enter the new millennium. He entrusted to me nearly 400 pages that he wrote through the years. Now I am continuing the tradition by posting my own stories and misadventures. I am trying to post a new entry or chapter each Friday. Check in on us at least once a week for the latest post.
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