Every fall, I have a handful of customers that require me to winterize their irrigation systems for them. I usually zip through them quite quickly with a rented tow behind compressor. This year however I looked at the task and knew I would be unable to do it on my own, so I had intended to subcontract the whole shootin’ match out to a company that I work with on occasion. This would have left me with nothing for my time except the work of billing each one to recover nothing for myself. And then it happened.

Good help has been found and I am out and about winterizing irrigation systems. It’s tough work, even though all I’m doing is pointing out where the connection points and valves are. Even on a rainy day, the view captures the imagination.


And the pinnacle of day 2 is this view from Kuipers Peak Park area. Just a few more irrigation winterizing jobs to go, but this one has a lot to see.

I’ve been able to get out of the house, ride along, walk down stone stairways, feel the earth in my fingers once again, see how the season treated my customers yards, and meet some of them. All who saw me were encouraging and very happy to see me. Even if it was surprise that was on their face, I’m just happy to have a chance to be a part of all of this, still. The act of defying my injury and being out from 8 in the morning until around 5 in the afternoon was all I could take. I am so glad for my willing uncle who drove the van and did almost all of the work for me.