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For the past four years at least, May has marked the start of the season for outdoor living in the Pacific Northwest.
The plentiful daylight hours are perfect for doing yard work, hiking, fishing, picnicking–essentially anything that allows us to take advantage of the beautiful weather.
And honestly, yard work here isn’t nearly as intense as it has been in other places we’ve lived. (Soon after realizing that our property didn’t have a blade of grass, we promptly traded our lawnmower for a case of wine.)
But there are plenty of other maintenance projects to keep us busy, and yard work can be quite physically demanding, which is why I consider it self-care.
We spent the weekend spreading 6 cubic yards of mulch, and it turns out that our near-40-year-old bodies aren’t quite as cooperative as our 20-year-old bodies once were. The next morning it felt like I had taken 3 or 4 back-to-back classes at the gym.
Nevertheless, we accomplished what we set out to and were able to spend the rest of the day enjoying our spruced up living space.
Working in the yard doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore–think of it as a free workout.