It had been 29 years and 4 months since I last laid sod for a new lawn. That was in June 1991, when we moved into our current house. At that time, L was about 19 month old and could only see out the window to the back yard, if he stood on a stool.
Now, some 29 years later, this same L was in need of a hand to lay the sod in the yard for his house. Mom and Dad eagerly jumped in to get this done, before fall gives way to the cold of winter.
All photos were taken on September 21/20.
It was a perfect fall day, sunny, cool and a bit breezy, when we showed up for duty at 10:00 AM. The pallets of sod were already delivered and waiting, so we dawned coveralls, unloaded the tools and started the day. We figured we could manage to keep our “Safe Six” while working in the back yard. At times, this did prove a challenge, but my Patty, ever alert, soon set us right.
After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement.
I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding.
While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us.
I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.
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