This has been a challenging year. Started out with a wicked case of covid in January, and it took until late April to feel 100%. I’ve had equipment failures galore, not to mention fuel prices and inflation. So even though business has been steady, I feel like I’ve just treaded water all year.
That said, I’m still standing. My client base has grown and my oldest son has been working with me since he graduated from high school. Having this time with him has been one of the greatest blessings of my whole life.
I miss writing in this space, and I want to make an effort to be more active here. Not sure how that will go, but we’ll see. I turn 50 in three weeks and that has made me reflective. Man, what a ride my life has been.
That’s all for now. Big tree job this weekend, so I might post an update about that. Try to be good to each other. Life is too short for all this hate in the world.
Obviously, I haven’t been blogging much. Mostly because I stay so busy but also because I just haven’t had much to say. Those who know me best are probably snickering at that last line, but it’s true.
For those who are curious, a few years ago, I started a tree service/landscaping business. Given my circumstances, it was the best option for me. I love the outdoors and have always enjoyed that kind of work. Today, I have a growing LLC and serve most of East Tennessee. It’s not as “glamorous” as writing or as “prestigious” as teaching, but to paraphrase Booker T. Washington, there’s as much dignity in plowing a field as in writing a poem. Besides, I’m happier today than ever before.
I’ve been considering rekindling this blog with glimpses into the jobs I do. If I can build back a little following and have decent interaction, I might do it.
Overall, life is good. My body is sore but my soul is unencumbered. It seems like each week I add a new piece of equipment or a new client, and no two days are ever the same. I wish I could impart to other creative people that using your skills for utilitarian purposes is so much more rewarding, both financially and emotionally, than creating self-indulgent crap. Ah, but that’s a different post for a different day.