There is something calming when you work in your yard. You become a bit closer to earth. You use a different part of your brain than when you sit at your desk all day. You get outside in fresh air. You get exercise. You get frustrated trying to hold bags open to get your yard clippings cleared up. You brainstorm on new ideas. You discover things you didn’t know. And hopefully the results of your labor make the world a more beautiful place. Wait, what was that? Garbage bags?
For the past several weekends, I have been excavating my yard. Not in the literal sense, a bit more figuratively as I have been removing layers and layers of leaves, branches and dead vegetation, with the goal of making the yard look nicer again. In the process, I have been uncovering toys from many years before, slug-cover plastic boxes, old soda cans, and slimy layers of packed leaves just starting to decompose. I had to figure out a good way to get rid of all of the junk and debris that had accumulated.