Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A Flop, a Flip, and a No Flip Flop Zone

For the first time in maybe eight or nine years I failed to meet a writing challenge. It turns out that my keyboard time gets interrupted more than I realized. A self set goal of two hours a day editing and/or typing new prose proved more difficult than spouting fifty thousand words in a month. Meeting those goals, I tend to start rapid fire storytelling about an hour before I anticipate my husband requesting my company.

Yesterday I put down my laptop with thirty-nine minutes still needed to reach sixty hours for April. It seemed a minor thing to finish up after my husband went to bed. Instead, we both fell asleep on the sofa and I woke up at 12:30, missing the deadline.

Oh, well. It’s an interesting lesson.
I may have gotten in the way now and then, but the fail is all her fault.
On the flip side (get it? heh…), my husband’s hearing has improved a good deal. We no longer have spats about sound volumes and hearing tests, a huge relief.

He believes now that he picked up a mostly painless ear infection of some sort. Tenderness and swelling he came to recognize have both improved alongside his audible range. While his right ear’s capacity is not back to where it was, we are not complaining since his left ear has been useless for a number of years now. Incidentally, back then his physician believed he developed an otherwise symptom free case of the mumps (!), surprising because he got vaccinated as a young airman before United States Air Force boot camp.

As for flip flops, and I know many are fans, they should never be worn around a running lawnmower. That may be obvious, but I have witnessed more than one woman doing so, sometimes in a bikini. And there’s a reason I bring this up.

I last mowed on Sunday during a blessedly cool and cloudy period. Unfortunately, I couldn’t complete the job, which inspired this whole train of thought regarding footwear.

More than halfway through the process, my mower blade disconnected and got spat out across the grass. I am fortunate to have received no injury. The machine is awaiting repairs as I type, the lawn still a mess. A neighbor offered to lend us his mower when asked but my husband worries about the missing bolt causing damage. It turns out the guy also owns a metal detector. It seems I’ll have to approach him over the matter as we’ve not heard more from the man.

On another bright side, while waiting for my spouse to conduct our business at the repair shop a young worker approached me to ask about my car. He purchased a used version one Volt last winter and wondered how I felt about the 2017. Geeking out with another enthusiast brightened my day. He wasn’t bad looking, either.

~wink~

Have you, like me, begun considering monoculture lawns a waste of time and recourses?

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14 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear things are going better with your hubby's hearing. Great reminder of the dangers of mowing a lawn and wearing proper footwear.

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  2. I hate yard work. I'm not a dig in the dirt kind of gal. Hubby takes care of that. If it were left to me I'l hire a lawn service. Just saying.

    Sorry about your lawn mower. This is the time of year that problems arise. All that down time in the winter.

    Have a fabulous day, Darla. ♥

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    1. It was a mechanical failure, actually, some sort of spacer between the machine and blade. ~shakes head~ I used to enjoy working in my flower beds but have always hated mowing. Mowing services are just too expensive for our tiny yard. ~sigh~ Thanks for all the kind words!

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  3. WOW...I don't think I have ever read a blog of yours touched on so many topics! That is more like me....haha... Okay, first the lawn, I am looking to maybe sell and move within the yr. Thought about (only in passing) of a condo however I don't want to pay fees. Plus, I like being able to let the dogs out in the fence and having my shed to do wood working. Thinking that some of that would be limited in a condo. I don't care for mowing so much but I like my yard. FLIP FLOPS, LOVE them but even I know better then mowing in them. STUPID. Sorry about your mower and glad the blade missed you for sure. MUMPS, really? Maybe time to find a new doc. Sorry you missed your deadline, all that writing must have wore you out.

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    1. I thought of you as I wrote this. ~grin~ I wish you the best of luck on your future plans. As for that doctor, he did his best for my husband but that left ear's hearing just winked out one day and couldn't be brought back (my birthday that year, as it happened - that stunk). Thank you for all the kind words. Be well!

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  4. I've never been a fan of lawns. The grass is scratchy when my skin touches it, I don't like the smell of a newly cut one, and the water it requires is a lot, especially for an area that is prone to drought. But what do you do with the land that's grassed in now?

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    1. I'd love to rip up all my grass and grow perennial flowers, maybe some vegetables. :)

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  5. I hate lawns. And omg the blade detaching, that's so terrifying! I just had a deadly encounter with the sheet metal edge of the bottom of the dryer and now have stitches.

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  6. Glad your hubby's hearing is better. I don't do lawns- I do everything inside and the hubby does everything outside, it works for us :)

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  7. Glad to know that your husband's hearing has improved.
    No, I am not so much of a fan of lawns, though it looks good. I like a small open space where we can have some nice plants.

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    1. Thank you! I agree about having other plants. If it were acceptable in our neighborhood and financially feasible, I'd rip out the grass and grow flowers. :)

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