We divide the labor on our farm. One of my duties is to mow the lawn. The “lawn” includes not only the grass around my house and backyard, but also what grows (which is mostly weeds) around the barns, machine shed and other farm buildings. And as I was mowing today, I thought there are just some things that I could do without while I mow the lawn:
1. Digging dirt out of my eyes and nose for 3 days after mowing. Because I mow around the other farm buildings there are areas that do not grow anything and when I run the mower over these areas, I create a dust storm, or should I say dirt storm. And the dirt goes EVERYWHERE. Not only is there dirt in my nose and eyes, imagine what my clothes look like when I am done mowing. Clothes stripping and a shower are mandatory after mowing.
2. Snakes. I usually see about 2-3 snakes per year when I mow. And I HATE snakes. We only have garter snakes here, but it doesn’t matter. A snake is a snake! Shivers go down my spine and my heart nearly stops when one is within my eyesight. Even seeing a green garden hose in the grass freaks me out!
3. Bumpy terrain. Yes, the ground that I mow is not all smooth and flat. We have a track tractor and sometimes the track tractor drives on some of the areas I mow. I will tell you that track tractors are very aggressive to the ground below it. Bumps, bumps and more bumps, which means I need to creep across the bumps and hang on for dear life. Well, maybe that was a little exaggeration. Just need to keep the track tractor off the mowing area, right? A note to myself . . .
4. A lawn mower with issues. Don’t get me wrong, I like my lawn mower. It has some great features, but it has one flaw. The fuel gauge and the water temp gauge do not work. So I never know when I will run out of gas or if my lawn mower is running hot. It can be a problem after 4 hours of continuous lawn mowing. No exaggeration there. I just like things to work. That’s all. And oh, I won’t tell you it’s a John Deere lawn mower either.
5. Referring back to #2. Yes, I hate snakes but I also have other “wildlife” that tries to take up residency in the lawn mowing areas. Last week I had a family of baby rabbits in a nest that was residing in my lawn. Also, I have a killdeer that completely freaks out at me as I mow by the gravel where she has laid eggs. I wish they would just find another place to set up home because I don’t like baby rabbits that I can’t see scurrying everywhere and a hyperactive killdeer acting like she has a broken wing.
Just another day on the farm mowing the lawn . . .
How about you, what are some things you could do without when your lawn is mowed?