Tomorrow it is suppose to rain so I decided it was time for me to get outside and mow my lawn. I don't think I have EVER had to mow this yard and I've lived her for 36 years. First it was my ex-husband, then as the girls got older they took over, and when he left us I had my wonderful twin sons to do that chore. Once Tom and I were married and the boys were off to college - well, let's just say that mowing was NOT one of my responsibilities.
Tom had to come out and help me begin. First check the gas - nope, not enough. Then I had to learn how to get the gas out of the gas can and into the mower (sounds simple but I honestly had no idea). Now check the oil - oh no, not enough oil. Get the oil under the work bench. Nope, no oil. So he comes into the garage to look - it's on TOP of the work bench. Pour oil, check oil; pour oil, check oil; we did that several times. I guess you don't want too much or too little.
Then I tried to pull the string. Nope, not strong enough. Tom got it started for me and off I went. Daisy followed me all over the yard. Initially I thought only the back yard (we have a very large yard) but once I was going I figured I'd just do the whole thing. Mowing adds lots of steps to your step counter - back and forth, up and down. Took me almost an hour - I thought that was pretty good. I was exhausted!
We do have a riding lawn mower that my step-son got started for us last weekend but I'm a bit intimidated by it. But tonight when I went outside to do a bit more work in the gardens I see the little guy from behind us (maybe about 7) driving his dad's lawn mower into the shed - did a good job too! And I remember my Spark Friend Linda (IMUSTLOSEIT) mowed with her riding lawn mower on her farm in Iowa. Hmmmmm... maybe I should give it a try next time!
DH is about the same as my last blog. I think he is eating just a bit more but still not enough. My daughter called this afternoon and wants to know what she can do to help. I really don't think there is anything anyone can do right now. He needs to want to do the things he should be doing to feel better and his beautiful mind is just not there yet. However, I am confident that it will be eventually. In the meantime, I help him with whatever he needs, I keep him company as much as I can in between chores, and I encourage him to eat a bit more or drink his Ensure.
Daisy and I were walking yesterday when I looked up and thought "Wow, when did THAT happen?" The crab apple trees had bloomed. I hadn't even noticed the one that is right outside our picture window. This was what I first noticed in the Target parking lot (a little fuzzy because Daisy was pulling on the leash)
Then just behind the Target building was this beautiful white tree
When we got home we sat down for a bit with Tom. Since he is now sitting in HER chair (and she's none too happy about that) she has taken up space on the corner of the couch so she can still look out the window when she wants to.
I don't know if I've ever shown you a photo of my cat Sheba - basically because we rarely see her. She has decided that our bedroom is actually her room but she allows us to sleep there as long as she can sleep with us! She is probably about 13 - my mother got her as a young cat (not too much older than a kitten I'd say) a few months before she passed away - so Sheba became our cat.
I wish you all a very happy weekend. I hope some of you have some beautiful weather. We are expecting storms overnight - there's been a lot of rain this May so far. But it sure is helping the flowers to grow.