Monday, July 26, 2010

Blades of grass

I "celebrated" my half-birthday by doing something I'd never done before: mowing the lawn. Or should I say, part of the lawn. For the past several months, Eric and I have been coming up with personal challenges for each other. That's a topic for another day, but suffice it to say that the latest challenge my husband bestowed on me was to learn how to use the mower.

Some of you may wonder how I made it 31 1/2 years without ever mowing the lawn. And perhaps there are other women out there who, like me, never needed or cared to know. Eric showed me the basics (with Nathan putting in his two cents), and then sent me on my merry way to cover the easier half of our large front yard.

Here are some of my rookie observations:

*I could not get that thing started. Eric kept saying to pull harder, and I felt like I was giving it all I had!

*I've heard people say before that mowing the lawn is good exercise, and I admit I've always laughed a little to myself. Whew--now I get it! Pushing that machine around was definitely a workout.

*Sigh. Straight lines are much harder to achieve than I expected. I've never been a fan of activities that involve a lot of precision. Sewing comes to mind, as does cutting hair. I remember how nervous I was when I first started cutting Eric's hair. Talk about uneven! Thankfully, I've now had years of practice and I also use a clipper set that is very forgiving. As far as mowing the lawn is concerned, I certainly left room for improvement next time. If there is a next time! =)

*I'm not sure I want to write this as it means Eric will read it and follow through, but this experience did make me more interested in learning other skills I've always put in the "man category," such as grilling and car maintenance. (Some future challenge inspiration, perhaps?)

Enlighten me, ladies: do you mow the lawn at your house?

25 comments:

Ginger said...

I have an electric mower for that reason; I can't pull hard enough. I use a heavy duty extension cord.

Sheila said...

No, I don't and hope to never. Mostly because I have terrible allergies and mowing the lawn would put me into awful shape for several days.

Otherwise, yeah, I'd give it a try, but I certainly don't mind not doing it when it's 500 million degrees and 300% humidity like it's been lately, or at least that's how it seems. ;)

Mom said...

Good for you, Carrie! I have mowed the lawn a few times over the years, but I do not like doing it and do not intend to ever do it again! Dad does such a good job at it, I don't really need to! :) Love you, Mom

Mom said...

PS: Love the new photo of you and Natalie! :) Love, Mom

Mary Ann said...

I never mowed grass until right before I got married. Now we share the task. All the other members of our family(including the women) mowed grass but by the time I came around, my brother pretty much did all the yard work. I had really bad allergies back then too, which was probably the primary reason that I never had to do it!

Both my husband and I are not big yard work people so we keep it pretty simple and have learned that we really don't want that much landscaping to do. I don't worry about the rows being straight as long as it's mowed fairly regularly!

Good for you, trying something new.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I can probably count on one hand the times I've done it. I used to think it looked like such fun and when my dad said I could finally give it a go, I hated it. I was excused from the responsibility back then because I had severe seasonal allergies. I still use that as my excuse. :-)

Katie said...

Love the new profile pic! Natalie has grown ~ wow! (It would be fun to see them all side-by-side sometime!)

Yes, I have and do mow the lawn ~ (just last week!) but I don't have to very often. My dad taught me while I was living at home, but I probably only did it a handful of times (or less!) when I lived with my parents. And when my hubby deploys, my dear dad is so good about coming to our home to mow our lawn! So even though I don't mind doing it, I really rarely have to!

Neat way to spend your *half-birthday* ~ your pic with the lawn mower is too cute!!

Maggie said...

I got a huge kick out of your lawn mowing observations! My job growing up was mowing about five acres (our backyard). We had a tractor though! One time, I could not get the tractor in gear so it was in neutral and was rolling backward. I was screaming for my father who was in the house. He happened to look out the window and saw me disappearing over a hill towards our pond! He came running out and threw the thing in gear and saved me so as I write this, I have tears in my eyes remembering what a terrific father he was!

kelseylynae said...

Oh Carrie, this is fantastic!

As a new homeowner with a VERY large backyard, this challenge seems rather fitting for myself as well. Brent has promised he will do all of the mowing but:
a) I know we are still relatively "newly weds" and promises such as these may fade
b) I feel lazy when he is out sweating his tail off

So, with that being said, I'm very proud of you! :-) You may have inspired me... although I'd like to hear Nathan's advice before I attempt this challenge!

Hope you're doing well!

kelseylynae said...

Oh Carrie, this is fantastic!

As a new homeowner with a VERY large backyard, this challenge seems rather fitting for myself as well. Brent has promised he will do all of the mowing but:
a) I know we are still relatively "newly weds" and promises such as these may fade
b) I feel lazy when he is out sweating his tail off

So, with that being said, I'm very proud of you! :-) You may have inspired me... although I'd like to hear Nathan's advice before I attempt this challenge!

Hope you're doing well!

Kristin said...

Nice work, Carrie! I'm intrigued by the challenges you and Eric have for each other. Seems like a fun idea. As for cutting grass, I learned while living at home and actually did enjoy doing it, except on the hills and around trees! I actually liked the challenge of getting the lines as straight as possible. I didn't do it too much, as your dear husband probably got roped into much more than I as the older brother! Thanks for sharing your adventure though!

Wendi said...

Chuck and I usually share the task. I admit that I get the better half of the bargain. I cut with the ridder while he uses the push mower to trim and does the weedeating. I do sometimes push and weedeat, but that is lots of work!

I love my time on the mower. It gives me a moment where I can actually hear myself think.

thehomespunheart said...

Hey Carrie,

Great post! I've never mown a blade of grass and never care to! :) Proud of you for trying it out!

thehomespunheart said...

PS: This would be a great job for Nathan when he is a bit bigger!!! :)

Kendra said...

Good work, Carrie! I don't often mow our yard, but actually request to do so once in a while. Mostly, because Marc enjoys doing it. I, too, learned at home and did it occasionally. I think I remember it being the highest paying chore around the house! :)

I'd love to hear about other challenges...what Eric has had to do, too! :)

Ticia said...

I have a son for that but I have been know to mow the lawn on occasion. We have a gas mower that I have to have my son or husband start for me or we also have a hand push mower (no motor). I like that one if the grass is not to tall. It is a real workout!

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gail said...

i'm kind of suprised being as "green" as you guys are that you still have a gas mower. but maybe you have a huge yard??? we bought a push mower a few years back and haven't looked back. the nice thing about a push mower is anyone can push the thing. its not too heavy. our son who has spec needs, LOVES to push that thing. he's not good at straight lines so after he got tired of doing it i would spruce up the lines by pushing it a few times.

we're looking forward to moving into new digs soon with a lawn so he can start mowing again =)

good for you on learning something new.

erin said...

too funny! I can't wait to hear about some of your other personal challenges - that is a really fun idea. Mowing was one of my chores growing up and after so many years of apartment life, I really miss having yard work to do (wistful sigh). :)

Jamie said...

Haha! Well growing up I used to mow the lawn (but we had a riding mower since we had a huge farm in the country!) I admit I don't know how (have never tried) to use our push mower since we've been married 5 years now!!

Katie said...

Oh, I forgot to mention...in response to getting the lines straight ~ I actually mow the lawn along diagonal lines (instead of the traditional box tracing to the center)...don't know how or why we started doing it that way, but I think it takes emphasis off getting everything so straight! :-)

I also would love to hear more about the personal challenges between you and Eric ~ FUN!!

Kelly said...

Mowing was a chore we fought over when we were younger (pre-junior high). Dad would help us get the mower started and off we went. In high school we moved to the country and got a riding mower but we all still helped. B and I were both thrilled to have a lawn to mow this summer. He enjoys mowing but I made sure I at least got one turn before we left. :)

Mom said...

PS: If you mow again, you might want to wear sturdier shoes than flip-flops. Aunt Karen lost part of her toe years ago mowing grass barefoot. Ouch!! Love you, Mom

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

I've gone 36.5 years without ever mowing a lawn--and I intend to keep it that way! LOL. I'm impressed that you were willing to give it a try!

Katie said...

Oh, I just read your mother's last comment ~ good call!! My father-in-law is missing a toe due to a push mower incident! (Also, my hubby always tells me to wear sunglasses while mowing to protect my eyes in case something is ran over and projects!) Anyway, good advice Carrie's mom! :-)