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A Summer Blog, part thirty-five

Monday, August 13, 2018

This morning was really too cool to sit on the deck without the sun. Instead I spread piles of wood chips in the back yard until the sun hit the deck. Of course it was quickly too hot to sit for very long. I love gardening, but once I start, I don’t know when to stop and my body hurts for several days. This summer I am trying very hard to pace myself—learning how to leave that “one last weed” for tomorrow. I have been spreading wood chips in the backyard for about 6-7 years and we have lots of chips. We had the front of the property cleaned up a couple of years ago. That left us with huge piles and I still have one more pile to haul to the back. Before that, I had arrangements with a tree trimming service and the electric company that brought me chips when they were working in the area. I still get that occasionally. We have just started cleaning the brush from along the river. I suspect the chain sawing and chipping will take us through most of the winter. Then we will be able to start on the front of the property again. I don’t think we will run out of chips any time soon! Maintaining the property is a lot like maintaining my new lifestyle and way of eating—it takes planning, thought and steady participation, and is oh so worth it.
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