I once wrote an article for (the very early) Mother Earth News! Then 35 years flew by, and . . .
I recently retired from my job, which involved a lot of sitting while driving, sitting while at the computer, and sitting in a courtroom waiting to testify. In the last year, I've spent my time gardening, wielding a pitchfork to move wood chips around, and generally climbing around my steep property. And in the off-hours, I'm at the physical therapist, in the Pilates class, or getting a massage. All of those years of sitting, followed by all this activity, brings on a whole lot of pain. I'm going to have a cart to move those wood chips soon, because hauling them up steep hills in a wheelbarrow seems like less of a good idea.
I bought a house with a first-floor bedroom and bath, and we built a big garage. I think this place will see me through, and I belong to the Aging in Place Committee in town. The new coop will be built to ergonomic standards! I might also start raising the raised beds - good idea, Jay!