Thanksgiving weekend Kendall (my significant other) moved back to the family farm after his mother passed away. Apartment life after 17 years had started to wear a little thin. I was so excited for this change, there would be flowers to plant, lawn to mow, more furniture than just a couch to sit on, and the redecorating, be still my heart. Prior to the move we were social butterflies, hitting up the local tavern on Friday nights for a couple of cold ones, Saturdays were reserved for poker runs, benefit rides or on the occasional long weekend a bike trip to the land of Wisconsin. Sundays were for relaxing and recharging for the week to come. This was us the summer before…
Here we are sitting on a rock, God only knows how high up, smack dab in the middle of the Black Hills. That trip was 3000 miles in 8 days. This year we have ridden a grand total of 90 miles. For the whole summer, got that, the whole summer. What happened?
That happened because this happened.
That is a shit ton of lawn people, like 8 hours of mowing shit ton. That number does not reflect the weed whacking, raking, or picking up the dog crap because of this.
She is our resident yard pooper, baby bunny killer, non-fetching, non-barking, I just want to go in the house, lie on the couch and have a treat non-watchdog.
I was tricked into all of this, sure I knew there was a lot of lawn, but I was assured that it wouldn’t need mowed all that often (every 3 days). That the purchase of an almost antiquated Massey Ferguson complete with finishing mower and snow pusher would make the job go so much quicker. We would under no circumstance be getting a dog, and “Hell yes, we will have time to ride, stop worrying.”
What really happened.
Apparently the purchase of your very own tractor equipped with its very own lawn mower, buying a weed whacker that is so powerful it could chop off human limbs and is too large and heavy for me to run longer than 20 minutes without my hands going numb and rendering me incapable of lifting my arms for an entire week. Top it off with a tree trimmer, a 5 gallon sprayer of round-up, 2 new rakes, garden weasel, shovel, and a wheelbarrow full of grass seed causes your bad ass biker boyfriend to become Hank Hill.
I should have known something was amiss that first weekend of decent weather this spring, which I spent on my hands and knees picking up 3 five gallon buckets of rock that had gotten pushed into the yard during snow moving season. ” We don’t wanna hit those with the mower.” Wanna bet?
Most weekends are now spent on the mowers, or behind a rake, or some other piece of devil machinery that I am unable to properly operate, or throwing dead bunnies into the field, ( baby animal murder is the one game that Ellie excels at). Because you see, my once laid back biker man has developed a lawn perfection gene that has turned his focus from two-wheeled rides admiring other people’s lawns, to having the finest looking yard in all of Benton County, perhaps the whole state of Iowa.
So this happened.
Because to get to them, you have to move these
I will admit that the yard is starting to take shape, and really does look nice right after it is mowed. I am getting a killer tan, and not just on my shoulders and face. I have learned to semi operate a riding lawn mower, we didn’t have that luxury growing up, it was all push, all the time, and I have conquered several overgrown forsythia bushes, Edward Scissor-hands has nothin on me. But I would be lying if I said I wasn’t praying for another drought because now we need to get a lawn sweeper, Ain’t nobody got time for that.