While sprawled in my chair, that is a smile of satisfaction you see on my face and, yes, there is a bit of smug there too. It all began yesterday morning around 8:30 am when this semi cab pulling a huge, long trailer parked out front on the street. My lawn mower looked like a toy sitting up there and the free cart looked like a Hot Wheels toy. Attached at the end of the trailer was a bobcat type vehicle which the driver lowered to the ground. He used that to take the lawn mower off the trailer and carry it up to the end of my driveway.
After some tugging and pushing, it rolled onto the driveway and sat there in its glory all shiny, all new. Before long, the cart was in the garage and I was intensely studying the owner’s manual. Finally, the time had come to get out there and “git ‘er” done. Grabbing the filled gas can on my way outside, I lifted the seat to fill the gas tank. The new gas cans have nozzles that are set up to protect the environment and are so well set up that I never did get that nozzle to work. I ended up pouring the gas into a smaller watering can and using that. Guess what I’ll be asking during the next visit to the home store. Having solved that nasty little problem, I climbed astride this bad boy ready to conquer the world.
The day was absolutely gorgeous, one of those days that make you glad to be alive. The sun shone brightly and the blueness of the sky made crayon colors seem drab. It made you grateful to be able to play outside. I drove around for a while on the tractor trying to get a feel for it before actually mowing. Other than having trouble with the brake/clutch it was all round good riding uphill and downhill.
Then, it was time to mow and around I went until the second pass when it became apparent that I wasn’t mowing anything. However, the wheels were doing a nice job of mashing the grass down. Back to the manual I went reading again the part about starting to mow. Still nothing new there so back to try again this time lowering the blade even more. Again, I wasn’t mowing the grass, but was still having a good time. I decided to call and get verbal instructions. After a couple of questions from them, it became apparent that I wasn’t engaging the blade so it was just sitting there idle as could be.
With everything working, the grass was getting cut and it was so satisfying to see it come down with the mowed section looking so neat. Checking on the dogs who were safely on the deck, you could see their little heads moving back and forth to watch my progress. I even moved it up to third gear totally ignoring the fourth and fifth since I was smart enough to know I wasn’t ready for so much speed. Honestly, there is no better way to learn about your yard than mowing it. My yard isn’t a manicured lawn with all this wonderful even land. It’s a former pasture with weeds and wildflowers everywhere. It is uneven, rutted and a lawn tractor has no suspension so the ride was rough in places, but if you pretended you were on horseback, it became fun.
Now, the lawn is cut and none of the nine trees are knocked down so this would qualify as a successful venture. There are a lot of things about the yard that need fixing which will happen in time including a good dose of weed and feed this fall. It only took about three hours to get it done but the time required should lessen as I get more familiar with the yard and lawn tractor. Then, it was time to hit the shower and wash away the dirt and grime and glory in the victory. My sunburned arms and legs don’t hurt too much and the satisfaction of seeing my lawn look so nice makes up for it. Rain is approaching tomorrow and before long it will be time to mow again. At least, next time I’ll be ready sunblock and all.