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Charmion De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019 (1118* d) RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019 07 May 19

Yesterday, I turned out and cleaned the tool shed. It took all afternoon, and all my energy.

The trouble with a tool shed is that, when you move in, it’s a great spot to park stuff until you’re ready to find permanent lodging for it. But the typical tool shed is small, so this attitude has to change quickly or you won’t have a tool shed that does what a tool shed should do. Himself is impervious to such problems, and I let winter take over (as it does) without buckling down to deal with it. So there I was, about a year late, with work gloves and construction-grade garbage bags, finally making Lebensraum for the lawn mower and the garden shredder.

I was almost finished when a frazzle-haired youth with an odd machine appeared in the driveway offering to “aerate” the lawn. Now, lawn care on that level is fairly theoretical to us; we’re still coming to grips with the whole gestalt of mowing and raking. Weakened by the sweat dripping into my eyes, I agreed to a price of $60, and he embarked on an energetic assault on the property. The odd machine looked like the bastard child of a lawn mower and a piece of de-mining equipment, with a large spiked roller driven by a stinking gasoline engine. It left the lawn covered, not only with holes, but also with clods of earth the exact size and colour of dog turds.

It took me a while — maybe thirty seconds — to recognize the clods as such, making me something of a stand-out among the frazzle-haired youth’s first-time customers, according to him. I decided to take that as a compliment.

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