Thursday, May 14, 2009

I'm now a pro at mowing, and some observations....

So on Wednesday I decided to mow the acreage, I ended up getting maybe half of the five acres mown, so I have decided I must be a professional now (as I roll my eyes at that comment!!)

Anyhow I made some observations and have some hints and tips for all the novices out there (again I am being sarcastic here!!)

1. Do not drink a cup of coffee before you go out to mow the lawn, as all that jiggling about, only makes you want to go to the bathroom more!!

2. For all you ladies out there, and maybe even some men (who knows) a good sports bra is in order when you are on a lawn tractor, just to keep the girls more stable. As there is nothing worse than one of the girls going one way and the other going the other way.

3. When driving under or by a tree, remember to duck when you come close to a branch. Thank goodness I had my sunglasses on (didn't have my crash helmet on though), or I could have had a black eye.

4. When you do run out of gas, try not to run out when you are at the far corner of the acreage, as its only then do you realize how far five acres actually runs!! And yes I muttered the whole way back to the garage to get the gas can!!

5. When you are listening to dh's instructions on how to use the lawn tractor, it's helpful to remember that a parking brake is one thing, but it also means you have a brake. It saves your hurtling down Kamikaze Hill thinking you are going to die and not realizing it wouldn't be so bad if you had used the brakes.............

6. When you run over the wild chives, as you just can't be bothered to go around them, the lawn tractor will stink of onions for a while.

7. As a lot of the five acres was probably once a field its not a smooth ride, so be prepared to have a numb bum and wobbly legs.

By the way, I don't like cutting the grass I have decided. Luckily I have a couple of people who are itching to try out the tractor, and as I have left Kamikaze Hill and the field for them to mow, they are welcome to it!!!

Oh and I took my car back to the garage, and it is the fan belt that is squealing and it needs something else to go with the fan belt. So that will cost us another $230 for that, however dh and the garage reckon it can wait another month or so.......

12 comments:

Decadent Housewife said...

You are a hoot, Gill! Re: #1, you are in the country now, just dash behind a tree. :)

Caroline said...

So glad to read this post was a bit worried about you mowing after the other post!! Wow you'll be a good country hand before you know it. Sorry I haven't been in to comment much lately but have still been enjoying the posts & photos of your move
Caroline

Rinkly Rimes said...

My 'garden' is the size of a postage stamp, thank goodness!

Patty said...

Love your instructions, you should have them printed up and tell the lawn mower company to attach a set when they sell a new mower.

Isn't there something you can put on the belt, (temp) until you get it fixed to stop the squeaking. Go to an Auto Parts store and ask them.

QuiltedSimple said...

Love the bits of wisdom - and oh how true!
Kris

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Mowing lawns is as much fun as it looks. LOL

Limey said...

I don't subscribe to traditional male and female gender roles, however, I will not mow the lawn. It is definitely my husband's job! We're in a flat now, but when we get into a house, I will not go anywhere that mower! It is such a tedious task and I'm just no good at it!

Anonymous said...

That was good. I loved it. The part about the "girls" was the best for me. I love mowing, though. I usually take water with me, just to use the cup holder that I find top notch. You forgot to mention one thing, though: keep your feet ready to go up, in case you run into a snake or two on the way. Can you imagine a snake trying to run away from the blades up on the side of the mower?

I put your blog on my favorites.

All the best.
Miriam
Arkansas, USA

Rochelle said...

Oh my goodness! I laughed so hard I thought I was going to die! I'm a city girl in the US and though I would love to live in the country I know for sure I won't be riding a lawn tractor!
You're the best!

scrappy quilter said...

That is hilarious Gill. Too funny!!

moneyfunk said...

I love your observations especially #4 & #6! Thanks for the chuckle of a Friday. :)

Rose said...

Oh, Gill, so glad you gave the link to this post...it is hilarious. I needed it.