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Yard Hell

Got home last night to a message on the machine from the landlord. Seems the county sent him a postcard demanding that we mow down weeds and stuff before June 10, or they'd do it and send him the bill (think overpaid government union workers).

Now Fuzzy whacked the yard back in April, just before he left town the first time. That should have been fine, but it rained a lot in May. So the fast growing weeds are a foot or so high, and even the smaller ones don't "mow" well. So it's weed whacker time. Unfortunately, the electric ones are too wimpy, and we wore out our previous gas powered one.

Fuzzy won't be back until the 9th, and will be tired and stressed. So he's out of the picture.

We need to whack the yard this weekend. I don't know if I can use a weed whacker with one arm, but I'm gonna try. A backpack type gizmo would work best. I'm heading to Sears (where I have some credit still) to get a gas powered whacker tonight.

Does anyone want to come over this weekend and help datapard and I attack the jungle? If you do, drop me email (my lj address works) and let me know when and what your food and beverage needs are, so I can have them ready for the BBQ when we're done...

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ebonypearl
Jun. 3rd, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
You might also want to invest in an electric lawnmower and extension cord - the Sears Craftsman is very good, that's the one I have. I, too, have only the use of one arm and that electric lawnmower was the best lawn purchase I ever made (next to the electric chainsaw, of course).
furzecat
Jun. 3rd, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
You could try a scythe.
Okay, so it would be hellish to use, but it would be mega-cool. ;-P
ravan
Jun. 3rd, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
Re: You could try a scythe.
That's actually how Fuzzy does it, sometimes. He borrows a scythe, a whacks it that way.
hephaestos
Jun. 4th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
Re: You could try a scythe.
I was actually thinking the same thing, I've done it that way too. It's a lot of work, but maybe not much more than one-arming a weed whacker.
jemyl
Jun. 5th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
They tried that here too and some folk put up signs saying that their yard was an eco-yard planted with native plants. I know. It rarely works out there. Both Gma and I have an older guy who cuts our lawns and whacks the weeds every few weeks for $25 a crack for our yard and her front yard. He charges another 25 to do her back lot, about two or three times a year. I consider that the best investment we make considering our allergies. Good luck getting it done. If you decided to use a scythe, use it like a golf club with a long swing and expect some blisters. I did mine that way once when I was between yard guys. I didn't think it was much fun.

Gma and I need some info from you regarding what you want or can use most for your birthday. Do you have AAA? We were thinking that with only one good arm, it might be nice to have a number to call if you had a flat or something. Gma is excited about your visit. (So is your mother and her husband, but don't tell anyone. LOL)
ravan
Jun. 5th, 2005 06:05 am (UTC)
No, I don't have AAA yet, but my cell plan has roadside assistance - not all it's cracked up to be, but better than nothing.

RE my bday: my present to myself is coming out there, LOL. I'm pretty set on the basics, and I haven't had intense geek lust in a while. I've been doing a lot of crochet lately, and buying nice wool yarn on eBay for real cheap. In fact, I'll be hauling my granny square project with me, since it's small and portable.
jemyl
Jun. 6th, 2005 07:04 am (UTC)
Remember no scissors or needles on the plane in the passenger compartment. Check the new guidelines, which are absofinglutely ridiculous! You can always do what I did and mail your sharp stuff to us first class and ahead of time. LOL
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