It’s that time of year again, when I once again find myself standing alone in my 1/2 acre yard with a shovel, pondering just how f’n hard it is going to be do get everything done again this year.
The regular maintenance stuff is rough as it is. I have to mulch the mulched areas and keep them weeded and watered. And, while my dad very graciously mows my lawn with his new John Deere, I still have to make sure I do the trim with the push mower, do the weed eating, and make sure all the trash (stuff blows in the yard sometimes), dog toys, sticks and dog poo are picked up before he does it.
And every year there’s always some big project or 10 that needs to be done, because the yard has been neglected for the past 20 years. It always seems to involve a lot of digging and moving dirt around.
I don’t mind doing it too much, it just seems to take forEVER to get everything done, and I end up not having much time to enjoy it before fall comes. Plus, I get envious of my neighbors (one retired couple, and one family of 4 with two strong young sons) who get everything done in half the time I can. I’m not nearly ready for mulch yet, and I watched my neighbors get all of theirs down today in a few hours.
I move at a snail’s pace, trying to get out there after work for 3 or 4 hours before it gets dark, and on the weekends when I’m not otherwise busy.
I don’t really have anyone who can help, either. I don’t have an SO. My dad and uncle are both benched due to health, my mom can’t really do the heavy lifting, my brother has his own full plate and is not inclined to get too dirty, and my best friend and cousin both have their own homes with yards.
So it’s just me, with my shovel and my wheel barrow, slowly trudging through yardwork while the laundry and dishes pile up inside, the fridge stays bare and the oven stays silent all summer.
I’d totally be into paying people to do stuff for me, too, but I just don’t have the extra cash. A lot of money already goes into the yard (tools, mulch, landscaping elements, etc) and there’s no way I could afford to dump money into it. So they only way it’s going to get done is if I do it myself.
Anyone else out there tackling the complete management of a home and a yard by themselves? How do you deal with it? Want to vent?