Today was a beautiful day. It was in the low 70s when I first went out and then warmed to the high 70s. I spent the entire day outside enjoying my yard, my dog, and my my gardens.
I needed to continue to rake the dead lawn. We are in a drought so I decided to turn off the sprinklers months ago. I hand water my plants and trees, but not the lawns. I would rake until my hand and shoulder hurt, then play with Annie. She chooses a toy and we play until she feels the need to go bark at someone walking past the house.
I would then play solitaire for awhile before getting back to work. It was so lovely to just be outside in the warm weather. I removed the sliding screen doors to wash them and the incredibly dirty tracks they slide in. It’s unsettling how one chore leads to the necessity of another one.
I decided to do my annual pruning of my pomegranate trees. We are allowed two green trash cans for trimmings each week. It made sense to work on one tree until I ran out of trash can space. I am very good at cutting the limbs down to small pieces to fit more in the can.
While I was working I was happily interrupted by three different phone calls. It made the day even better because I was able to work, connect, work, play with Annie, connect, swing with Annie, work, etc. It was a great day.
I finally finished the first tree and the clean-up of all the limbs. The second one will have to wait until after the trash is picked up on Thursday.
Another wonderful chat with a friend came as the sun was setting.
I found it amazing that I spent the whole day outside enjoying the fresh air and getting just enough done to feel like I had accomplished something. Annie was thrilled to be outside all day. She went in the house occasionally to drink more water, and then rushed out to bring me a new toy to throw. As we sat on the swing and cuddled, I watched the solar lights come on. Before coming in the house, I watered my plants and trees. I am so grateful for my outdoor safe space.