Working on the weekend

     The 80s tune from Loverboy talks about "everybody workin’ for the weekend." At our house the more accurate lyrics, especially this time of year is "everybody’s working on the weekend."

     Because both my husband and I work full-time in Grand Forks, our weekends during the spring, summer and fall usually are spent trying to catch up on yard and garden work that we didn’t have time for during the week. We hoe, mow, till, pull weeds, paint or do any other chores that need to get done. From June to October we’re also picking produce and sometimes preserving it by canning.

     Our children, ages 13, 10 and 7, pitch in to help, too. We’re all pretty grubby and tired by the end of the day, but we have a good feeling of accomplishment. Being tired from hard, physical work is a much better kind of fatigue than the kind I sometimes feel after a frustrating day at the office. Being outdoors is a great stress reliever and helps keep me in physical shape, so I’m grateful that we live on a farm where I have an opportunity to get some dirt under my finger nails and work up some sore muscles.