I used to keep a to-do list in my head which ranged from “needs to be done” to “want to do this”. The items on the list would sometimes move up or down the list as other things came up but generally speaking it was a pretty tame list and if I didn’t get something done I knew there were would likely be more time to do that thing later.
These days time is definitely not on my side. And I’m sure those of you who visit often can tell where blogging has fallen on my to-do list lately.
I’ve been needing to mow the lawn for a couple of weeks now, but I’ve been able to put it off because the season is changing and the grass isn’t growing that fast. However, with the changing season, the leaves on the enormous tree in our front yard have fallen, covering our yard. With as busy as I’ve been at work, the sun setting earlier, weekend travel, and rainy weather this item continued to slip down my list. Until Friday.
Friday I threw a reg flag on getting the yard work done for a couple of reasons: the tree is now bare; though it was windy out, it wasn’t raining or too cold; and I needed to get outside for a while. I haven’t really been outside in a few weeks except to get to and from my car.
I went outside after I cooked dinner so didn’t have a lot of time before the sun went down, and that is when I hit a catch-22 situation. The grass was a bit too long to rake it first, but the lawn mower wasn’t so happy about cutting a lawn buried in leaves. I adjusted the wheel height and went for it. The grass bag wasn’t all the effective in picking up *all* of the cuttings and leaves but it got a lot. I still ended up raking and finished just before it got too dark to see. Though my back and shoulders were a bit sore afterwards, it felt good to exercise something other than my fingers (typing). And it rained that evening so I was extra glad to get that chore out of the way.
Now for the backyard…
We’ve had a bit of frost here too so I pulled up my half-dead tomato plants and cleaned up my garden bed so I could do a bit of kitchen composting in it before the ground freezes. I’m going to have to decrease the number of tomato plants I plant next year yet again since I couldn’t keep up with them this year. I may even have some volunteer plants based on the ones that fell off and split before I got to them.
If only I could make the time to finish up the stairs once and for all. The treads and landing are stained and sealed but I still need to paint the risers and trim. I may have to give up sleep all together if I want to even attempt to keep up with all the items on my to do list.