Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Serene Joy of a Lawn Mower

And the consummate evil of a Weed Wacker.

We finally took the plunge last weekend and bought a lawnmower. We barely got it home, because the box they packed the mower into was five-times the size of the actual mower. (We trashed the box and put only the mower itself into the trunk. It fit. Barely. Need bigger car, stat!)

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So here's the happy homeowner in all his mowing glory. It was still rather cold out, hence the long sleeves.

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He was very meticulous about mowing in lines. Very, very meticulous.

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I think its a thousand times better than it was before. (We also mulched that big bed, but I didn't get a picture because my arms were so tired from mulching that I couldn't lift the camera up to my face anymore.)

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This is the wild wilderness that it used to be (back in Nov 2008 -- look, Steven's foot has disappeared in the grass...), so I think its definitely much improved.

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All the neighbors have commented too, so they seem pleased.

I, however, was tragically unpleased with our new Weed Wacker.

In fact, I hate it. Hate hate hate it.

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It took about forty pulls on the starter to get it cranked, and then it would work for five seconds and then all of a sudden there would be no more plastic cutting thread left. So then I'd turn it upside down, open it up, re-fix the plastic thready thing, and try again.

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Argh! Stupid #*@&%$ Weed Wacker!

Aaaand rinse and repeat.

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Is it working yet? Here, let's try it out. (Steven eventually took over and got it working. From now on, he will be the sole person handling any and all gas-powered lawn maintenance equipment.)

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So there you have it. No more jungle. We think it looks pretty good, although we do aspire to our neighbor's level of greenness. (I think they might hire a lawn service, though, so the competition is already skewed. They should have to put an asterisk on their lawn...)

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