Digging honeysuckle stumps is a surprisingly effective stress buster

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.

Blog PhotoSo 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?



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algon wrote on March 22, 2012 at 11:03 am

Wow, that sounds WAY too much like an activity which Mom used to punish us as kids when we were brats.  No way I'd do that as an adult! 

Meg Dickinson wrote on March 22, 2012 at 11:03 am
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Did you ever pull weeds for 1 cent each to earn money for her? She never knew, but sometimes I split them and got 2 cents a weed. Sorry, mom!