We had some visitors today so I took advantage of them by asking them to come out to the garden to talk while I started the mundane task of pruning my 50+ rose bushes. It was really nice to have the conversation to make the time pass quickly.
I felt I really needed to get started on this task. The weather has been in upper-70's to low-80's the last week and so the roses were already putting on a flush of growth. Usually I have until the end of January or even mid-February before I have to complete the task.
I got through about 20+ bushes in the rear garden today and will spend about another hour finishing those in the front garden before I am done. Due to its better exposure, the front garden roses grow much bigger and so take a bit longer to prune.
The nicest thing about this job, though, is that once I get finished I don't have to think about it for another year.