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Michele Lee’s Motion Challenge

on May 15, 2023

(Photo by Dawn Pisturino. Copyright 2023 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.)

I’m writing this post today in response to Michele Lee’s “What Moves You” blog challenge:


The rain we received last summer and winter washed away some of our driveway. We have a circular drive, and both ends of the drive were getting trickier to pull in and out. My husband ordered 10 yards of dirt, and I volunteered to do the work. I figured this would be a great way to work out muscles I haven’t used for a while. I walk a lot and use the elliptical, but manual labor, like digging trenches, laying drainage pipes, moving cinder blocks, and transferring dirt, is not something I usually do. Luckily, the weather has been cooler, making it the ideal time to do it. Let me tell you, it’s been back-breaking work, and I have slept like a baby every night since starting this project, even if I only work on it for an hour. The dog, of course, finds a comfortable spot and watches me intently — and he’s the one who gets all the treats afterward!

Dirt flies in my face,

Muscles stretch and cry with pain,

But progress is made.


As of this date, I’ve already moved half the dirt and completed one driveway entrance.

Happy Digging!


Dawn Pisturino

May 15, 2023

Copyright 2023 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


56 responses to “Michele Lee’s Motion Challenge

  1. revruss1220 says:

    Congratulations on your progress. Isn’t it fun to just work with your body for a while and put your brain on hold?

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  2. Wow!! That is hard work. Great job πŸ‘

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  3. Priti says:

    Well done πŸ‘

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  4. Michele Lee says:

    Bravo, Dawn! Reading your post this morning gives me great cause for celebration! You broke ground for this challenge! πŸ™ŒπŸ» Wonderful writing, digging, and from the sounds of it, sleeping. 😁 Your name will be entered into Wednesday’s drawing!

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  5. Destiny says:

    wow… that is alot of hard work.
    clearly, it’s made you happy and that’s so great 🀍

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  6. utahan15 says:

    so we know going uphill has advantages

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  7. Anika says:

    Really inspiring ☺️

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  8. Layla Todd says:

    Beautiful the contrast in your final poem! How refreshing and lovely a read. ❀

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  9. Oh girlfriend, I love your response to Michele’s challenge. What a delightful haiku to represent your driveway digging efforts. πŸš™ Slowly but surely! Love this Dawn. πŸ€—πŸ’ͺ🏼😊

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  10. Congratulations on your progress. I wish you good luck with your driveway.

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  11. Nice picture and words on the prompt and more importantly the effort and work in your life Dawn! πŸ’—

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  12. elvira797mx says:

    Wow! Inspiring post!
    Thank’s for share Dawn.
    Happy week!

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  13. H. WEND says:

    I love this! I especially love how the hard work has affected your sleep! What a great post 😊

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  14. Peace says:

    It is nice of you to offer to do the work and you should sleep for as long as your body wants cause you did the work. I love this!

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  15. balladeer says:

    Did she learn this during her years on Knot’s Landing? (I’m kidding. I know that’s a different Michelle lee.)

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  16. Suma Reddy says:

    This is powerful and inspiring. Great take on the challenge prompt. β€πŸ’›πŸ‘Œ

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  17. Nice work! My muscles are aching just reading this, ha. It sounds like a ton of work, but how incredible will it feel when you finish the project and get to see what you’ve accomplished? Rooting for you! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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  18. SelmaMartin says:

    Oh my, Dawn. You’re amazing for doing this. I wish I could but I have a back that keeps me from doing too strenuous work. Even weeding sometimes tires me out. I applaud you my friend. Take care please. I loved your share. Blessings. Xoxo

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    • Thank you, Selma, I have a bad back, too, and I was worried about injuring myself. So far, strengthening my abdominal and back muscles has helped me, but I don’t work any longer than an hour or hour and a half. I have a heart condition, too, but the work has lowered my pulse rate. I don ‘t want to work myself into a heart attack. though. Moderation is the key. Have a great day!


  19. Bridgette says:

    Wow! Sounds like hard and satisfying work. A few years ago I slowly dismantled a wooden gazebo that was rotting in our backyard and chopped the wood into small enough pieces to haul to the dump in my van. It was some the hardest work I ever did and I cried many times (even broke a window when a large piece swung down and got away from me). Nothing beat the feeling of completing that task though! We can learn a lot about ourselves from hard physical work.

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  20. rothpoetry says:

    That is a lot of dirt! You will get your workout for sure! Well done.

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  21. Nancy says:

    Amazing! Good job!

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