A few years ago, well more than a few, I would join friends on Friday after work for Happy Hour. I was thinking of those days as I now spent a Happy Hour today after work raking and loading pine straw for mulching beds in my garden. It was a perfect Spring day and I felt as good as years ago with friends though the aspirin I take tonight will be for a sore back rather than a hangover. I've been using pine straw as mulch ever since I discovered the the termite infestation that we we had was cause by a previous owner using untreated shredded hardwood as mulch. The beds were full of termites when I dug in them. This seemed a good alternative to adding a chemical from treated or colored mulch that would eventually leach into the soil. The picture below is todays work. This is the third load this year and I need one more to finish. A church about 2 miles away graciously allows me to harvest the straw.