Actually, I'd been thinking about it for some time. I've been so busy since I retired (1999) that I haven't been able to really enjoy my retirement. It was so nice this Fall knowing that I didn't have to do it. Also, it kept me from potentially being in a bind. My wife is still working, so I help her with the housecleaning, laundry, dishes etc. Plus, we have nine cats and a dog and when one of them needs to go to the vet, I'm usually the one that has to take them. Always in the past, if the yard needed mowing or leaves needed mulched, I had to decide between doing that and something else. Trust me, it's not as bad as you may think.
Well, I'm not quite that busy. I only have 3 outside cats to deal with and during rainy or cold weather I have to let them in our mudroom. The bad thing is, neither of the cats like the other. There are two girls and one boy. The boy would be friendly but the 2 girls don't like each other, let alone the boy. My wife babysits 2 to 3 days a week and still manages to do the wifey stuff (57, a youngster).
I know what you mean by the busy stuff though, it seems like there is always something. When I said mowed and mulched (4 hours) 2 of that was blowing leaves from around the house and driveway into the yard. I think I re-sprained my back from either lugging around the blower or from mowing (or both), my sciatic nerves are giving me a hard time. I was not wanting to spend too much time on the mower so I was roostertailing it using a boating term and the ground isn't too smooth to begin with except for the front yard. I normally take it at a slower pace.