When the external world gets too much, it can be very healing to focus your attention in-ward…or at least, closer to home. So this morning, in an effort to distract myself from the dark clouds of my mind, and believing leaving the safe confines of my home wasn’t the best idea, I joined my husband in doing some much needed yard work.
It was a beautiful fall morning: bright despite being a mostly sunless sky, cool without being cold, fresh and crisp without being damp. Perfect weather for what promised to be sweaty, laborious work.
We have an area on the opposite side of our semi enclosed patio for storing yard equipment, firewood and, until this morning, all the debris that we’ve removed from the rest of the yard. We need to order more firewood, and needed to clear this space so we had a place to put it, so this morning, we broke up and bagged copious amounts of branches, rose bush brambles (damn, those thorns hurt) and matted bunches of old leaves. Then we whipped out the power saw and cut up the larger branches for burning in the fire place. We also cut up some old fence slats that had since been replaced, some plastic garden edging strip to put in the recycling bin, and raked off the leaves from the patio. (I don’t believe in raking and bagging leaves, although the guys from our lawn service do come once in the fall and clean up the bulk of them as part of our service.)
I always feel better when I am productive, and complete a task that I know needs doing. The time outside, the fresh air, the exercise, the distraction, and the accomplishment lifted my spirits somewhat and I was able to come in and enjoy some down time watching some favorite shows we had recorded and cuddling with the dogs. I’m not sure I’m really up for our plans out tonight (dinner and “Ragtime” with my Mom and Cousin), or that the clouds have fully parted, but I’m in a better mood and frame of mind than I was this morning, so here’s hoping it all goes well.