One thing that was awaiting us upon our return from Utah was a very hefty vertical amount of lawn to mow. The lawns here in Maryland never need watering. During the peak of the growing season the lawns should really be mowed 2 times a week. Since we had been gone for 6 days and it needed a bit of a trim before we left, it was a jungle when we returned. I'm sure our neighbors were judging.
The problem is that when you return from a vacation there is always tons to do. Unpack, do blimp sized loads of laundry, catch up on mail, email, and answering machine messages, smack your forehead with your hand a bunch of times in frustration, etc, etc. So the lawn again takes a back seat for a day or so. By the time we got back to it I was reminded of a slight accident that happened before our trip. I was mowing on the slanted weird side of the lot and was distracted by my 6 year old trying to yell something unimportant to me and whilst I was yelling back at her to "get away from the mower while it's running!" Then I heard a very bad sound. Like the chewing up of a bit stick I'd gone over.
I'm not the most experienced lawn mower. I had 5 brothers who took care of that for us. We gal folks did our chores in the kitchen! I now have a husband who usually does it, or 3 boys who can do a pretty amautre job that their Dad will patch up for them afterwards. So when I heard the awful sound I knew it was probably my fault. It turns out it was not a stick, it was the ripcord. I don't know how I managed to get that stuck under the mower and in the way of the blades, but I am gonna blame it on #1 The slanted hill, #2 The distracting child and #3 Having so many brothers and sons rendering me pretty useless behind the mower. So we tied it back together but only T can start it with his super power grip. For the rest of us it just falls apart or won't start. The mower was on it's last legs anyways. So sadly we had to shell out 600.00 of my couch money on a new mower. Have I mentioned that my walls are purple and my couch is maroon? Plus it's 10 years old that couch! Don't get me started!
The new mower is a beauty, and of coarse she's a Honda! However, there is one thing it won't do... It won't mow the lawn all by itself. Now that would be a nice mower.