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About those 10,000 h/o/p/s/ steps...

...surely 5,885 of them spent pushing a lawnmower count for double, right? Some might argue that self-propelled lawnmowers don't count, but I would cite the hillsides and the height of the grass, and I would win the argument.

Mower tank empty to the point of dry. I'm letting it (and me) cool down before resuming my efforts to clear a path around the tree that Hurricane Irene knocked down. Some NESFAns are coming to today's Other Meeting early so as to have a whack at it, for which I am deeply grateful.

The 5,885 steps were broken up by some truly pleasant breaks sitting on the rollabout work bench that followed me home from Daddy's garage? basement? How can I have forgotten so quickly? I think it's the one from the garage, but it doesn't seem greasy enough for that. Then again, it's not dusty enough to have come from the basement.

I guess it's enough to know it came out of my car.

It truly is beautiful here. Here's to rearranging my life so I spend more of it outdoors here at Toad Woods. Some of it working, yes, but some of it just plain sitting, looking about, and feeling the breeze.

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maruad
Jun. 24th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Self propelled lawnmowers can be worse than pull mowers. I remember working with one, when I first entered the work force full time, that moved a speed that was just a bit faster than I wanted to walk*. Eventually I spent a lot of time hanging on to it to slow it down. This was especially true by the end of the week when the weather had been hot and my lack of conditioning was becoming apparent. I envied the guy with the small push mower. He moved at his own pace and he looked a lot more rested than I felt.

* I was the last person to join the city of St Boniface lawnmower crew (it was actually City of Winnipeg by then but we still referred to it as St Boniface).
gerisullivan
Jun. 25th, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
The first self-propelled lawnmower I used, oh, about a decade ago, had two speeds: Too Fast and Way Too Fast. I hated it even on the small, flat lawn that's my sister's front yard.

These days, most self-propelled mowers are variable speed, controlled by the person operating the equipment. It took a bit of a learning curve, but when the mower seems to be pulling away from me, all I have to do is lessen my grip on the drive lever(s). Easy-peasy.

Turning around still takes real work and effort, especially on a hillside (of which I have many).
randy_byers
Jun. 25th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
I used to have a steep incline that I had to mow. Eventually I planted a hedge on it. Probably not an option if you have lots of inclines.
apostle_of_eris
Jun. 26th, 2012 05:34 am (UTC)
It would be pleasing to hear that you were spending some time just sitting *at* *home*.
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