The occasion was Neighborhood Cleanup Day (aka Junk Pickup Day) on Wed Aug 22, when the county brings large trucks and claw grabber machines around and takes everyone's junk they don't want.
The main effort was aimed towards getting rid of some of the awful (and large) privet infestations near the porch, the shed, and the garden. It was hard, physical, burly labor - pruning branches, sawing trees, hauling foliage from back yard to front, shearing and chopping the large pieces to fit into either the green waste buckets or into the outside pile.
It felt very good to be outside, working hard, shirtless, sweating like crazy and drinking liter after liter of water. Once done, the end result of the labor was very noticeable (big, clear privet-free spaces) and very satisfying.
High points were a red praying mantis, "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" on the radio, and the end result.
The toughest part was near the garden, where there was a mix of privet, overgrown rose bush, and bermuda grass. That was not fun and was slow, careful, and at times difficult work. Luckily, I only have a few arm and side scratches and a small "pinch bruise" on a finger. But I am definitely worn out.