Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Mowing the Lawn
Today Mary mowed the south lawn, down the bluff by the now decrepit chicken coop and stable. The lawn mower was cranky, ran out of gas just before she finished the last spot by the old swing set. The oil was low when we pulled it out of the potato cellar, but after re-filling it ran fine and held level on the dipstick. I had to clean the air filter AND spray some starter fluid into the carburetor to get it going again, but it held out longer than Mary as she was too tired to finish the dusty area across the chicken coop.
Water makes a tremendous difference. We had left the sprinkler on leaving after Memorial Day back to Loveland. The neighbor lady next door called me to ask about the water Eve apparently left on after she left - we didn't ask her to shut it. When we returned, the circle of grass clearly stood out within the larger space of brown and lifeless ground. It has been windy and sunny following high temperatures several weeks ago that resulted in snow pack melt that rushed rivers and streams across the region. Water is life. We are lucky to be close to the water table.