Digging honeysuckle stumps is a surprisingly effective stress buster
After work the other evening, I went outside, planning to do a little light weeding.
As I worked my way through one flower bed, I realized I had a rogue honeysuckle plant taking up some serious real estate, even though I've been fighting it since I moved in. (My neighbors tell me the previous owner started that fight, and I'm infinitely grateful for that.)
I hate honeysuckle. It pops up everywhere in my yard, trying to take over. I dug up quite a few honeysuckle roots last year, and was somehow infuriated to realize I missed this particular stump, which was now sending out healthy roots and shoots.
So I marched to the garage and got out my shovel. I dug out a small offshoot, realizing that if I wanted to cure the problem, I'd need to get rid of that stump. Rob wasn't home, and I know that he wouldn't be able to get to it with his chainsaw for several days, at least.
So I just started digging and chipping away at that stump with my shovel. It felt like I dug, and dug and dug. I started using half a paving brick as a fulcrum, which helped. It took more than an hour, but finally, I dug that sucker up. It's pretty big - you can see how it compares to the dog.
To be honest, my shoulders were really sore, but it felt good to actually accomplish something, you know? It seemed like a great way to bust some stress.
Anyone else a fan of doing things the hard way, just because it makes you feel so good?