Mowing season begins... not
Sunday, April 18, 2021
It seems I have a little bit of time on my hands this afternoon so I'm going to write a (short) blog about... you guessed it... mowing the lawn. You are probably reading this because a) like me, you enjoy mowing your lawn and are happy when the mowing season begins OR b) you don't have a lawn to mow and wonder what all the excitement is about. Those of you who don't like to mow probably didn't even read this far.
As mentioned, I enjoy mowing the lawn. Fortunately, I have a fairly small lawn so it is not a huge chore. I enjoy looking at the mowed lawn and get a sense of completion/satisfaction. Even better, it's good exercise - lots of steps and even a bit of cardio if you have a push mower which is what I have had up until the present.
Got a call from my lawn mower fixer guy a while back with some bad news. The large back wheels on my 20+ yo push mower couldn't be fixed and the replacement cost was much more than the mower was worth. Not to worry. I happen to own a second, but rarely used (at least up until now) mower. It's a power mower I bought from a neighbor when they moved to Florida a couple of years ago. It's nearly new and with an electric start. Back when I bought it, I figured some day I would be old enough that I would need this kind of mower. Little did I know when I reached a milestone birthday a week or so ago, it also meant I would be graduating to the power mower.
So that brings me to today. Seems a bit early for mowing season to begin but the grass is lush and bright spring green and you can practically see it growing. In anticipation, I filled up my gas can this week. This afternoon I put on some sunscreen and my work boots, took down the dog pen to get it out of the way, rolled out the mower, filled it up with gas, pushed the start button and ... almost... tried again. Pulled the chord. Again. Again. Sounds like there will be no mowing today.
As I rolled the mower back in the garage, I decided to actually look at the manual that came with the mower when it moved to my house. Yes, I know... when all else fails, read the directions!!! Apparently, the battery has to be plugged in more than just a few hours. Am hoping the suggested 24 will do the trick. If not, will keep it plugged in 48 which is what is suggested after the long winter. And if that still doesn't do the trick, I'm hoping my lawn mower fixer guy can squeeze in a house visit this week.
Oh well, it's supposed to snow Wednesday anyways.