Jun
09
2013

  It's Been a Month?

Has it really been nearly a month since I last blogged? What on earth have I been up to?

I'm not exactly sure why I haven't posted anything, but I have been spending a lot of my "free" time maintaining the property.

T got a brand new riding mower so I could mow the lawn instead of just bugging him to do it. He was the only one who could do it before since all we used to have was some @$#@$@ old used mower from the 1980s that he tried and failed to restore to full utility. It would only start if you gave it a jump start from a car battery, it backfired all the time and stalled, and lacked modern safety features. I refused to go near the thing.

But I'm happy as a clam riding the new mower. It's much easier than using the large tractor with a mower attachment-- the little tractor has a center-mounted blade. It's maneuverable enough that I don't really need to also use a push mower, just a weed whacker. Although I am not sure if it might not actually be faster to just use a push power in certain spots rather than have to drive the tractor in tiny circles to get all the little bits of tight locations.

What I am discovering, though, is that it takes a long time. Right now I spend four hours a week mowing if I do everywhere. As you can imagine, not every week do I mow every location. I use that time riding around the property to think about different landscaping ideas. I've thought of a few things, but nothing major. I am hopeful that I will have some big ideas by the end of the season. By then I will also know if four hours of a mowing per week is sustainable. I really don't mind it now, but since I am new to using a riding mower, it is still a bit of a novelty for me. It remains to be seen if I will continue to find mowing to be an enjoyable hobby, or if I will get bored of it and come to resent the time spent. One old coworker of mine was an older woman, and I remember she used to just loooove to get out and mow on the weekends. She'd tell us about how she'd just ride all over her farm mowing for hours, and she loved it. That's pretty much how I feel now. Although I'm not sure for FOUR hours. I love it for the first two hours, the last two, less so. I ran out of gas before I was done today, so I might try breaking the job down into two two-hour sessions. Then I might double my weekly enjoyment, if it turns out that I enjoy the first two hours per day rather than just the first two hours per week.

Every week I also do something a little extra to neaten up the property. Today I cleared all the weeds from around the a/c units, and also cut back some overgrown vines near the back porch. I will not weed whack today, I am too tired. Besides, minutes after I finished mowing, it started to rain. I was happy with that timing.