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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A Thankless Job.

Steve is gone until Friday, so the job of mowing the lawn is mine. I checked the weather for the week and it is going to be hot every day. I figured I just might as well get this over with. I gathered my equipment:


The riding mower (AKA my Rig) is my friend. Steve says I scare him when I am on it. I do speed a bit I admit. But I make really nice patterns in the grass, only use the cruise on straight paths and try to stay off the rocks. Steve wants me to wear my bike helmet when I mow. No.



I use the walk behind to mow all around the perimeter and along the garden paths. It is a PIA to use this mower because the yard is full of mole and gopher holes and is uneven. I used the wheelbarrow to collect all of the pine cones and the lawn chairs. I have been known to just mow over the pine cones, but they make a horrible noise that sounds like I am killing my rig. I have also just reached out to throw the chairs out of the way as I mow, but that is really not a good idea.


Penelope helped me.




Violet helped me. Is she laughing? Winking?




Here is the north yard all pretty and mowed. The grass is a bit dry. Maybe I should water.




Here is the south yard all pretty and mowed. The grass is a bit dry. Maybe I should water.



You would think that the sight of THIS would scare the damn grass from wanting to ever grow again. I hate this job, but after I am all done, it feels good. I can get it done in two hours listening to Jackson or the Commitments or Christina Aguilera on Ms. iPod. Now that I look at this picture I look like a white Stevie Wonder. The shades are the only ones I could find that fit over my glasses. I cleaned my rig, tucked it back into the garage...so until next week I can only hope the mower faerie drops by.












21 comments:

Rhea said...

You did a beautiful job on the lawn. But maybe you should, uh, consider putting in a rock garden?

utenzi said...

Cute hat! LOL That sounds like way too much work, y'know?

Auld Hat said...

Why do I hear 'Born To Be Wild' playing in my head when I imagine this scenario?

gina said...

I mowed last night. In the lightning. In the rain. With the walk behind. It took me two hours because I had to stop once to let the lightning pass. I thought for sure I was going to be struck by it. It was directly overhead. It was not fun, but it had to be done. Now it's all beautiful.

gina said...

Oh, and the yard looks GREAT and YOU look adorable!!! Riley says "hi" to your helpers and would like to come play with them sometime. The Cat thinks they're dorks.

kenju said...

We have had so little rain that our grass is not growing at all.

We had a pine tree fall into our natural area this week, and today I realized it was covered in poison ivy vines so big I thought it was another kind of tree. I guess we'll have a very hard time etting someone to cut it up and remove it!!

Mom said...

You're cute!
I have never learned to use the mower - and I don't plan to learn now.

cs said...

I haTe mowing...I wanted to buy some sheep, but hubby said no. I bought him a "rig" as well...why do I have to mow still? Just because in the summer I am home he expects me to? The nerve, I say!
I keep looking at the temp outside. ughhh Maybe i can bribe when he gets home...I have mojo rub on the meat marinating for street tacos tonight...think it will work?

PS I love your reckless family ! what a blessing Ro!

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Yard looks great. Kudos on doing it yourself. Our house is on a double lot. The husband of the couple we bought the house from said his mowing job got much easier after he bought the missus a lawn mower of her own for Mother's Day.

I told the Evil Twin that if he bought me a lawn mower for ANY occasion, he'd find himself sleeping in the shed with both mowers. LOL.

Joan said...

Wow...your lawn looks beautiful...great job...and cool hat and shades!
Whenever I see a riding mower like yours, it reminds me of the "I Love Lucy" episode where she runs amok on a mower and mows down her neighbor's flowers. It still makes me laugh. :~D

Sandy said...

Color the mower John Deere green and yellow and I think my hubby will do the job. And does the hat tie under the chin? You gave me my smile for the day!

Lorraine said...

We don't water here. Why should you? A dry lawn (mowed, but dry) is a mark of smuggery. Only fancy pants idiots from places like Florida and California water their lawns in the summer. Hello? If God wanted it to be green it would rain more.

Auld Hat said...

I completely agree with Auntie L. Zero scaping is totally the way to go. Golly, Lorraine...look how high up we are? I hope no one can see my panties from waaaaay down there. tee hee

Cazzie!!! said...

I envey you with your bush block, I love it, and I would love a ride on mower like that too, and I too would listen to that music on my Ipod, along with my Janice Joplin and Bruce Springsteen thank you :)

alphawoman said...

What a great looking yard! I hate to mow, though I pretend not to. I hired the kid next door in FW to take care of the yard. Worked out in both our best interests. Here, myhusband is in charge because if I did it, I could never do it right...lol!!

Ex-Shammickite said...

I have a gasoline powered walk behind mower, and I love cutting the grass, mainly cos it looks so good once it's finished. But it has been so dry here that I haven't been out with the mower since the start of June.
How is it that the grass goes yellow and crunchy while the weeds flourish?
Anyway, we had a huge thunderstorm soaking everything early this morning so perhps the grass might grow a bit today. But it won't be me out there with the mower this week.... I'm still hopping on one foot.
Love the hat and glasses.

Stephanie said...

Looks like you had some 'fun.' You are too cute! Anyways, give me a call. (breaking news)

Jennie said...

Love the pictures! Especially the last one. I never minded mowing, but now we have a built in lawn mower. A 15 year old son, and I have graciously stepped down and allowed him to have the experience.

madretz said...

That is soooo freakin' impressive!! I've never mowed a lawn in my life. That sounds like I'm a princess. But I've only had lawn the last 4 of my 39 years and our rental comes with a gardener. So mowing even a 4x4 foot patch of grass would scare me!

more cowbell said...

I love mowing grass. I love the smell, and how it looks afterwards. I actually just bought a new mower this year -- refused to go in for that whole "self-propelled" business. hey, it's the only exercise my fat ass gets these days, I may as well do some physical work.

I started mowing lawn in 4th grade. We had 2 Great Danes who left surprises all over the yard, and about 18 different kinds of fruit trees that fell on the ground and drew bees. Daddy did not tolerate a "half-ass job". By the time high school rolled around, Sis had never mowed a day in her life. (she was shy and petite, mom kept saying she was "too little". Sheesh)

In high school, we moved to the country. 30 acres, probably an acre and a half or two of lawn-yard. The folks buy a riding lawnmower. Sis begs to mow. Mom says, Oh, Michael, let her have a turn, she never has mowed the lawn before. I about crapped right there, I looked at Daddy with my jaw on the ground, and started off about how I've mowed since 4th grade, and I'll be damned if I'm not the first one to "drive". I got to drive, bless Daddy's heart. (mistake #1, it was still a bitch, after that first time, and Sis never did have to mow. Sigh.)

Middle Child said...

Found a great way to get out of ride on mowing...fused vetebrea in my spine and spurs and five minutes of mowing means I can't straighten up... but we have to use a slasher on a tractor out here and can't get up on it...my back is a mess...but i did it all by myself so not whinging
Used to enjoy ride on mowing it was fun.