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Thursday, June 6, 2019
A nice thing about living in a townhouse community is yard work is done for you. I used to dislike yard work. Well, I hated that the only time I could do yard work was on the weekend.
I kind of like yard work, but when I was working-working, I would have preferred my weekends off. Now that I have the time, now that I could putter around the yard any day of the week, the yard work is done for me.
I do have about 100 sq. feet of garden on the perimeter of our house that is mine to maintain. I pull the weeds, plant some new flowering plants, spread mulch, tend to my 6 tomato plants and water in the summer. After that, the other 6 days and 23.5 hours of the week are all to myself.
So now I do miss yard work. I am also jealous of all the new neat stuff you can get for the yard and yard work.
Patio furniture is all weather and way more comfortable than it used to be. When I had a patio, furniture had to be covered in the winter, tied down during storms and it was not very comfortable to sit on. We do have a table and a few chairs, but no room for the outdoor fireplaces that many people have. I think I would like one of them. I don’t even have a proper place for a bird feeder.
My last real yard was pretty small, but I still had to mow the lawn. I had an electric mower, trimmer and blower. Navigating those tools with 100 feet of a power cord was a pain in the butt. Today the same tools have rechargeable battery packs. Not having to yank the power cord around would have made lawn work a breeze.
One of the new cool things today that I do have and use are the new hoses. The old hoses for watering and car washing were a royal pain. Coiling them was difficult, even with those windup reel things. The old hoses kinked and cut water flow all the time, also a royal pain.
The new hose doesn’t kink; it shrinks to a small neat pile when not in use, and extends only when the water is turned on. It is really convenient the 15 minutes a month I need to use it.
I also miss shoveling the driveway in the winter. Snow shoveling is great exercise. The cold is invigorating, the blowing snow refreshing on your face. Now even that is done for us. We have a shovel, but 20 minutes after a snow fall, a crew is out doing the job for me. I really miss clearing snow, especially after a really heavy snow fall.
OK, I’m lying about the snow; I like the snow, hate the shoveling.
I do miss caring for the lawn, except for in the spring when tree pollen got to me and in the fall when the grass made me sneeze. As I think about it, I don’t really miss lawn care either.
I do like planting and weeding, except for how it screws up my back.
OK, forget everything I’ve said, I love townhouse living, and our yard looks great.