These very hot summer days are getting to me. In past years I have always rationalized having to endure the cold winter days so I could get some pleasant summer ones. I know last winter was probably the mildest one I have seen in at least twenty years so maybe these super hot summer days are in contrast to that. When I first rented a house in my bachelor days of the 1970s I hated having to mow the lawn. The lawn was no more than fifty by one hundred feet but it was the fact that I HAD to do it that got to me.
Now in my senior years mowing the lawn is something that I actually look forward to. I must admit that the equipment is quite a bit different from the old push mower I used in my earlier days so that might have something to do with it. I now have over two acres to mow with my 56″ cut Craftsman Garden Tractor but when I mow it seems to loosen up my right brain and I start thinking about all kinds of creative things. I enjoy mowing if nothing else for the thoughts it creates.
A couple of weeks ago I dusted off the garden tractor and mowed the weeds in my lawn. That seems to be the only things that are alive in it right now besides small patches of green in the front year. As Erma Bombeck said “The Grass is always greener over the septic tank”. I will have to find a copy of that book again. As I remember it she was hilarious. But getting back to the point. Now when I walk across the lawn it is crunchy. I hate crunchy.
Hopefully this and last summer is not the beginning of a long-term trend due to global warming but I would not be totally surprised if it were. I guess the only thing I can look forward to now weather wise now that the summer is pretty much wasted is a mild fall season. It sure would be nice to be able to do some projects around the homestead where I could work all day instead of having to quit at 10AM due to the heat. With Fall comes the leaves so I guess that will have to take the place of the lawn mowing this year.