It has been a week now that the Autumnal Equinox occurred. We have received a little rainfall in the past week as well which is a real blessing. It has, however, been quite some time since there has been any water flowing over the banks of Flat Creek. It has been at least one and one half years since the Creek flowed over the banks.
With the rain we have received our yard has needed mowing, and I have mowed some of it, but not all. I am back to pushing a twenty inch push mower to mow my nearly three acres of grass. That is hard to keep up with, especially when you have other things needing done.
I am thankful for the green grass. It was such a drab to look across our yard and only see brown, dead grass lying on the soil. The trees I planted and the “Rose of Sharon” shrubs, as well are doing well. At least some of the trees are doing well. I planted eleven poplar trees, and only six are surviving. All twelve of the “Rose of Sharon” shrubs survive. I watered them every morning during the century degree weather; which was nearly every day for a month here in our valley. I watered them everyday even when it was not in the hundreds of degrees. The tallest trees are about five feet tall now. From maybe two feet to five. Those that are five feet; at least two of them were cut back due to dog damage, yet they have out grown the others.
It will not be long and it will be Thanksgiving. I try to make each day a day of thanksgiving; and I fear there are days I fail to be thankful. May there never be another.
There are some who do not like it. The greening of the grass in the pastures, fields, and of course; our lawns or “yards” as I am prone to call them. Myself, it seems like something I thoroughly enjoy doing; that is as long as I have no problem with the lawn mower.
I have almost three acres to mow; so I use a rider. Last Spring and Summer I had to use a 20 inch push mower for a while, and it about wore me out. I had mowed it a couple of times with the push mower when I found out I needed some stentz in my heart. It was a work, a miracle of God, that I had not had a heart attack.
After I had my two weeks off from work, driving the School Bus, and resting around, I was glad to return and to mowing the yard.
This Spring I have an old rider, praying for a new Cub Cadet with a 50 inch cut, a lawn tractor. Something like that would, most likely, last the rest of my life; and even have some life left to pass on to one of my kids.
At any rate for the second time I mowed the front yard last evening after I returned home from bus driving, and getting more gas for the mower. It astounds me to pay over 20 dollars for five gallons of gas. Mowing the yard is not going to be a cheap endeavor this cutting season. I have jokingly said, and have heard others say, “I need to take out a bank loan to fill the tank on my car”. Have you heard that or said that before.
Thank the good Lord we have the fuel to use. It is a blessing to us. Thank Him also that He gives us the means to buy it.
Yes! Yard mowing has began again. What a blessing it is.
The truth of the matter is I will be mowing the backyard today, along the banks of Flat Creek.