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the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Spending
I tried out my new cleats last night, and went scampering about in the wilderness that my backyard has become. Not actually running, because the yard is too small. Plus, the ground is uneven, and I nearly sprained my ankle when I didn't see a dip in the terrain. So scampering was all I could manage. They still seemed like nice cleats. My grass, on the other hand, was past my ankles in some places, and totally out of control. It hasn't been cut since late last summer...that's why running was so hazardous.

So...to continue with my buying spree, I went out last night and bought a lawn mower. I did so because (1) the grass is frighteningly long, and (2) my buddy B is in town this weekend with his big truck, which I thought would be helpful. As it turns out though, the mower would have fit just fine in the trunk of my car. But at least I had somebody to help me assemble it once it was home.

I am coming up on my third summer living at this house. My past two summers, I hired myself a Lawn Boy, the kid next door, who uninspiredly cut my grass for $10 a shot. It saved me time and trouble, but I've been meaning to do this myself, so I could do stuff the way I want to. Plus, it'll save me money, and I'll have a good reason to force myself to get some exercise outside once a week. I'm also hoping this will inspire me to make more of an effort with the rest of my rather minor efforts at maintaining a garden.

I have a small lawn, and I abhor big gasoline-powered monstrosities, so I bought myself a nice Reel Push Mower. It's a similar kind to what my dad and I have always used on his lawn, so I know it'll work fine. Good for me, and good for the environment. More modern and easier to use than my dad's old model.

I haven't actually tried it yet, because it was dark by the time we were through putting it together last night. I'll give it a whirl (pun intended) tomorrow, I guess, or maybe tonight if it's still light when I get done with my softball game.

I'm feeling quite the homeowner right now. Wow, my very own lawnmower!

Hope my ex-lawnboy doesn't too much mind his loss of a job....
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cjdoyle From: cjdoyle Date: April 26th, 2002 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Jen and I were thinking about trying to find a lawnboy for the vegitation our house grows. We've got a lot-n-a-half, and the former owners were garden fanatics. We just don't have the time, so things sort of look like something out of "Jungle Book"...

renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 26th, 2002 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Good luck! Yikes, I don't know what I'd do with a 1.5 lots, even my little one is a handful. I suppose there'd be more room for cleat-testing, though.

I used a 13-year-old. (Well, he was 13 the first year.) The "kid next door" approach is good price-wise, but reliability and quality sometimes suffer compared to a service, in my experience. Depends on what you're looking for.
jathomas From: jathomas Date: April 26th, 2002 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're not kidding anyone... you like it because it's the official lawnmower of every cartoon we ever saw as a kid (that had a lawnmower in it). That thing's more cartoon-based than eggs cooked sunny-side-up.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 26th, 2002 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wow...you may be right! I never thought about it, but honestly sunny-side-up is among my favoite ways to eat eggs, too. I must have been subconsciously influenced by cartoons my entire life....scary....
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