My cat goes in the sandy spots outside. I can't imagine a cat would like pine straw, though.
I have full range of motion when I'm not holding something. But putting dishes away, or carrying grocery sacks, or pushing up off the sofa are all really difficult.
I lost the hatchet quote, but you could do it with loppers. Or maybe get trimmings from someone who landscapes? I just chopped all the little sucker trees I could. I had MASSIVE blisters, too.
I did the fence last winter. But I'm hoping to work on it again soon. Waiting for the snakes and hornets to go to sleep for the winter.
Lol, no chopping. No leashes, either, which is how he got a chicken. I'm pretty careful about making sure everyone is in different places at different times, but the pullet was around the corner of the fence.