I couldn't stay away! :) I just wanted to post a quick update about my back because a couple of people had asked.
I had a microdiscectomy done a little over two weeks ago to remove the disc material that was compressing the nerve root at L5. The neurosurgeon said it had to be done to minimize the risk of permananent damage to my already weak foot/ leg. It all went very well and I can honestly say I feel better than I have in months. I guess sometimes you doesn't realize how bad you feel until you start feeling better! I am still taking it a bit easy, probably wont finish landscaping the backyard quite yet, but I already have some strength back in my foot and leg, and I can feel my toes again which is an added benefit! :)
The garden is looking awesome with all the seeds I planted back in the fall thriving at last. I can't wait to get out there and do stuff but I will wait for a bit longer. This picture is from a week ago and everything has grown a lot, even since then.