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Going Green

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Spring is ready regardless if I am or not. With the return of the nice weather, we have to mix in the outside work into the weekly mix. And that is no small task out here in spacious Woodstock. No, I don’t have an estate but I do have an acre of land. Well, I guess someone in an apartment might consider it an estate but it’s not.

Walk through the gate and you find yourself mowing grass. Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m not rich (in cash terms) so I can’t hire a yard service. Or the guys to do the landscaping or fill in the ruts from some erosion. There are a few big trees that I’m going to have to have dropped but we will cut them up and haul them. There are a half dozen major projects we have to do this year. Like that hole in the ground that used to be a pool. That will be filled in soon.

I believe next weekend is the mulch delivery and the weekend after that will be the tons of fill dirt. That cart and tractor are going to get a workout. Hope that 2 decades old John Deere keeps starting up.

Nice cut. Photo by Mike Hartley

All of that is OK for now. I’m still up and about and I hope to keep it that way for a good number of years. I had a longtime neighbor who worked out in his yard well into his 80’s. And to be honest I hope it helps keep me healthy if I’m smart in how I go about it, I believe it will help me.

Accomplishments abounded yesterday till the shoulder and back decided to put a halt to activities and for me to get horizontal for a while. I didn’t think picking up a few trash cans full of sticks or vacuuming the fleet of vehicles from their winter waste would start the pain but it did. Oh, I know what it was, cleaning those gutters did it. Regardless, forward we go. All I had to do was think about someone I know who is not doing well and the suffering he is enduring to feel like I’m on top of the world again, at least mentally.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I’d like to run electricity into my new shed. Of course, I haven’t even broached the topic of a new shed yet.
  • Each year I have to look up which cable to take off the mower battery first when removing and then which one when installing. I think I’ll write it on the shed wall this year to save myself the time.
  • Life is tough even with a good family support system. I have trouble thinking about what it would be like without it.
  • Sometimes people give a lot more than 100% of themselves but don’t give themselves the credit for it.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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