Posted by Rebecca
This week has been a rough trailer week, and it’s not over yet.
The swamp cooler is acting up, and while it’s not 100 degrees out like it was a couple of weeks ago, it’s still too hot to live without it. Earlier in the week I visited Home Depot 4 times in 36 hours. Boo. And while, thanks to James (Tanille’s hubby), the bearings are all oiled up and happy again, the belt thingy (yes, the technical term is “belt thingy”) has a big ol’ crack in it and needs to be replaced. I’m going to attempt that myself this weekend, so we will see how that goes.
Another battle this week is the growing ant population. They love me! And they are showing up in the weirdest places like the bathtub, the ceiling, my purse, and on my dinner plate. Not droves of them, but here and there. Constantly. But I am more determined than they are, and I will win this battle, even if it (or the Raid fumes) kill me!
However, no battle is more daunting for me than the lawn. Prior to this summer I have successfully avoided lawn mowing for over 3 decades. My dad has been a profession gardener on-and-off for years, and has even written articles and books, and had TV and radio appearances on the subject. In fact, I have a book he wrote on lawns on my book shelf, as we speak. But that meant that growing up the garden was his sanctuary. He was happy to keep me out of it, and I was just as relieved to stay out. And between apartments, husbands, and lawn service, I’ve had the luxury of continuing to stay away from the lawn mower.
Well, I gave up my lawn guy this year, because I was determined to figure it out for myself; nay, to fully conquer it! And there are many things I have learned in the process of mowing my (approximately) 12×40 patch of paradise:
– Grass grows faster than you would think
– No matter how determined you are to not look at it, it still grows and grows
– Mowing once every 3 weeks is not enough, unless you like the tops of the blades grazing your knees
– Dog poop can take on stealth chameleon-like grassy forms until you step on it
– Weeds are nearly as determined as ants
– It is baffling how very long it can take to mow a 12×40 lawn
– It takes tremendous coordination to hold the extension cord for the electric lawn mower in one hand and lift the garden hose with the other, all while navigating the mower
– It is very unwise to mow over tarps or plastic bags
– It is equally unwise to mow over rocks, bricks and sticks
– It is even more unwise to mow over cables, extension cords, power sources, or anything that may be channelling water
– It is the most unwise to mow over dog poop
– And I am allergic to grass
But with each mowing session I am learning. I am stronger and wiser. I am determined next year to continue life without lawn service. I will not give in to zero landscaping, desert landscape, or decomposed granite.
And I am currently saving up for a 12×40 patch of glorious artificial lawn.