Working hard

(173:  Swimming in Lake Michigan.  Chicago, IL.  October 2009.)

M and I had quite a day yesterday.  We rented a brush cutter (pretty much like this one) to mow the meadows.  It’s been at least two years since the meadows have been mowed.  They seem to benefit from a good cut every now and then.  My only regret is having to cut down the wildflower meadow at this time.  The birds and other animals chow down on the seeds throughout the winter months.  The seeds are still there, on the ground now.  That will make it a little more difficult for the birds to get to them once the snow starts accumulating.  But, we had the brush cutter now so it had to be done now.

M did the majority (about 99%) of the mowing/cutting.  I used the brush cutter for a little while to give him a break.  It’s a powerful tool, grinding up brush and small trees.  I had a little trouble turning the first time.  I was near the pond and the look on M’s face was priceless.  I’m pretty sure M thought the brush cutter and I were going right into the pond.  I did have the good sense to let go of the drive lever a few feet away from the edge of the water.  It’s nice to know M can move that fast if I (or an expensive piece of equipment) ever need saving.

I did most of my hard labor time in the garden, still trying to get it ready for winter.  It’s taking much longer than I thought it would.  I’ll be back out there today, if there’s time.  We have a long list of things to do today.  M is on his way back to Hartville to return the brush cutter and to pick up some lumber for some winter projects.  After that we’ll be headed over to a friend’s house to pick up a desk she’s giving us.  I don’t remember what other errands are on the list, just that it’s a good-sized list.

The weather has been perfect for working outdoors.  Clear, sunny, and in the 50’s.  It’s supposed to stay that way until Sunday.  We’re not used to this much sunshine this time of year.  It’s a wonderful thing.

I have not been taking many photos lately.  I don’t feel like it for some reason.  I didn’t even remember to take a picture of the brush cutter.  I did break out the camera briefly yesterday to capture some of the wildflower meadow before it was cut, but that’s about it.  I have taken tons of photos over the past year and barely had time to look at them so a break from taking more is in order right now.  I also have to come up with a better back-up system.  I’m running out of space.

That’s it from the Bogs for now.  I’m hoping to get caught up with everyone tomorrow.  Hope all is well out there in Blogland.

P.S.  I was looking over my search engine terms and noticed that a lot of people are looking for “Amish washing machines.”  Check out Lehman’s for all your non-electric laundry (and other) needs.  For those specifically looking for washing supplies, you’ll find it here.  Yes, it’s true.  They still make wringer washers.  All of which reminds me that it has been a while since M and I have made a trip to Lehman’s.  We ought to do that sometime soon.  It’s a great place to do some Christmas shopping.  Someday I may even get one of these.