I dread the arrival of Spring every year. Actually, I dread the change of seasons altogether. Partly because they often mean flareups of my chronic illness symptoms. But mostly I hate seasonal changes because some kind of house or yard work follows. The green beauty of Spring and Summer means there is a lot to be done, including mowing, trimming, weeding, planting, and putting down lots of mulch. The changing colors of Fall brings such tasks as raking leaves and pruning trees. And the white wonderland of Winter promises plenty of back breaking snow shoveling. All these outdoor chores can take a heavy toll on someone with chronic illness! So I've been thinking about practical ways to overcome these kind of big challenges.