After the first couple of cuttings in the spring when everything is going crazy sprouting growth, I mow the lawn every two weeks…give or take a few days depending on what excuses I can create for better things to do. We live on ten acres, of which I estimate two are grass-covered. And by “grass” I mean some grass mixed in with woody-stemmed weeds. And sand.
Anyway, I cut the “grass” a couple of days before we went to Ohio (June 5), which was about two weeks after the previous mowing. I follow a sort of pattern, according to some questionable logic I’ve generated in my noodle. It goes something like: mow the front since it’s what drivers-by see, then mow the stuff near the patio since it’s what we see; then mow the rest. Only that day I started out waaay out back, then did the patio area, then did the front.
Whaddya know, before I could finish, the lawnmower exploded. Actually, the engine is fine, it just shuts off when I turn the blades on. It has something to do with bent blades and/or bent/beat up/ruined deck. Mowers are not my specialty. At least I know my logic was justified.
We looked for a suitable push-mower in the big box stores, but weren’t satisfied with the expensive models that offer to drag you along behind. We ended up ordering a Husqvarna from Amazon on Sunday, which arrived today. Tony uttered some mysterious incantations (I can only assume this is what he did, since the machine was packaged in pieces in a box, and then it was magically working outside), and then I spent the next 2.5 hours push-mowing the yard. This sounds like a lot – and I suppose it is – but some of that stuff hadn’t been touched in a month and the mower didn’t complain a peep. Satisfactory.
After dinner, all I wanted was some ice cream and a sunset. I felt like I’d earned it. And Tony’s a Flint, so he’s powerless when it comes to ice cream…
Amazon is not paying me to advertise, but they should. I love that site. I could be a paid evangelist…
Here’s twenty minutes of relaxation on Torch Lake tonight, from 9:30 – 9:50. Enjoy your Torch Lake time out – you’ve earned it 😉