Well Jim I can really empathize with you, I just mowed my grass last weekend or shall I say partially mowed it. I have a little single bladed rider mower, that they don't even make any more! It is great for the open spaces, but not good for the close up trim type of mowing. I can mow using the rider, I have to be careful and it takes about three hours to do it sometimes longer depending of how many breaks or rest periods I take. Anyway as most of you know I sold my house and I am scrabbling to find a place to live, and I think I have, I go this afternoon to sign the papers. Well anyway, last night when I got home from pulmonary rehab, I got out the mower and started mowing, I swear in less than a week the grass has grown a foot! Well maybe not quite a foot! smile but allot anyway! After two hours I got the front and sides done and was on my way to the back yard and all of a sudden the mower quit moving, the engine was running and the blade was still cutting but the mower would not move! I got off of it and walked around it and on the ground right behind it was the shredded drive belt! I got the neighbor to help me push the mower in to the garage. Now I have to order a new belt from the local hard ware store, two years ago the two belts one for the drive and one for the mower blade, were 45 dollars a piece, and it took 4 days to get them. So today I will have to order the belts and then the hard part, installing them. I am pretty handy with doing that type of stuff, the killer is being physically able to do it! And that I am really not! Last time I gerry-rigged a platform thing so I could get at the belt pullies, without having to try and lay on the ground and be a contortionists but now I can't remember exactly how I did it. I guess I have a few days to figure it out!
Anyway Jim I can empathize with your situation, and yes we have had allot of rain I still have some standing water in the culvert by the street in front of my house, and I can not mow that area because of the water and it is there that I do have grass that is a foot tall or taller. I guess for now I will have to hire some one to mow my grass, a month or so ago I hired someone to mow an vacuum up the leaves and such and they charged me seventy dollars. I think he normally charges 50 for mowing, and he is the cheapest around! I just can not afford to do that to often!
Hang in there Jim it is the season for us men to sharpen our mower blades and tune up our engines, and go out into the wilds of the back yard and conquer that vast formidable green jungle that threatens to take over our domicile! For some of us, like you and me and the rest of us here on the CP forum we have to do a little extra preparation, such as taking meds for break through pain, getting out the hot and cold packs, and back & neck braces, and the like! But we will prouldy donn our gear and prepare for battle, and with brute determination, we will win and be victorious! And as we limp back into our houses, and crawl across the floor to our favorite recliner, we can then sit down and lick our wounds, and bask in our victory, and hope to heal and recover in time, to go out next week and do it all over again!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
Post Edited (White Beard) : 5/7/2011 9:59:40 AM (GMT-6)