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Winding Roads: A woman's work is never done

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I know many a female who feel this is the truest statement that can ever be spoken. It can be a drudgery for many while others can take the daily routine and think nothing of it. Again, life is what you make it.

Lately, I have been weeding just about every other day. It just amazes me how fast weeds grow when the plant life you are trying to encourage just barely hangs in there.

We had to put in a new septic tank and with it went about a fourth of our house yard. The grass is coming along with watering every day. But the weeds just keep coming along at a faster pace and I have been trying to win the battle against them. It gives me the same satisfaction I had when we used to walk our soybean fields. I just hated getting out there but when I did, I felt pleased at how it looked when it was completed. A drive comes over me to make it look right and I have a hard time turning away from those weeds.

The second reason I get pulling is the exercise it provides. I know my staying healthy in a major part has to do with exercise. It's good to keep moving or one can just grow stiff.

I used to think folks were slightly goofy when they commented exercise made them energetic. I thought it was a bunch of hooey. But it really does. It's good to get out and walk. Notice I said walk because I haven't done the running. That would be a miracle for me to get out and run. Jogging would also be a stretch. My better half says we'll make more use of bikes and peddle around. I'm game for that but I know he'll try to out pace me.

Meanwhile, I'll keep after the weeds. It's a great way to relieve stress. What stress? Change of what life might bring as we are in a stage in our life where we are changing our daily routine. There is comfort in keeping some things the same.

We keep sorting through what we have accumulated for the last 47 plus years and trying it whittle it down. Some things are such a pleasure to toss (especially when they aren't mine) and other items bring back pleasant memories. One wonders where all that time has went.

There is also pleasure in cleaning the house, preparing meals, washing and ironing. I do like those things to the point of not wanting clutter around. It's great to know when you can fulfill what is expected and it is frustrating when your health won't permit it.

What I'm saying is that it's good work is never done or I feel we would be quite bored with life and what it offers up.