Now what did I do you ask?
On Wednesday I decided to put away some Christmas decorations, which then turned into a full blown lets remove the Christmas tree as well. As I was putting everything down the old basement this time, I decided I had better tidy up that first. So I tidied up there first which took ages, moving everything around. While down there I decided also to put a couple of bags of salt in the water softener, the 20kg ones.
Then went upstairs to tackle the Christmas tree. We have a 7 1/2ft tree and it weighs a ton. The top and bottom piece isn't to bad and I got that down the basement okay. However the middle piece is heavy and to be honest I wasn't sure who was going to win the battle me or the tree, as it wasn't happy about squeezing down those stairs!! Anyhow I finally go it down there and then started the other battle of trying to squeeze all three pieces into the box. After a few minutes of me battling with it and Molly watching with a strange expression on her face I finally got it all in the box and tied up.
I then had to move a huge Rubbermaid box of decorations down the same stairs. I dragged that and slid them down the stairs so that wasn't too bad. It wasn't until I had completed all this and the sweat was dripping from me that I began to feel sharp pains in my back. So I quickly hoovered up, all the time the pain was getting worse.
Within a few minutes my back was throbbing and the pain down to my knees was just plain awful. I took some liquid Advil and that didn't do much good. I even went to lie down on the bed, but that didn't really help. I struggled on until about 8pm and then gave in and went to bed. As normally when I have done too much, a good nights sleep settles down my back.
I got up this morning and although I am not in sheer pain, my lower back and the outside of my legs to my knees are so sore. The good thing is I don't have pain in my ankles or feet, as that would mean I have a bigger problem. So I guess for the next day or two I am going to have to baby my back to see if it will settle down, and keep taking the liquid Advil to try and dull the pain.
Oh and another good thing, at least I got plenty of exercise as well, right? By the way I do keep my Christmas Cards up until the 12th night, as it's bad luck to take everything down before then.
Someone asked yesterday what Quality Street are, they are a brand of chocolate from Britain which is very popular especially around Christmas time. My favourite one is the Caramel Swirl, followed by the Strawberry Delight and Orange Creme.