A few weeks ago I was mowing the lawn, when the mower started spitting out a bunch of blue smoke. Indicating that it was burning oil, I checked the oil level and found that it was low. I put some oil in, rechecked the dip stick and thought that it needed more. I poured more in and, as it was getting dark, decided to put the mower away and finish the next day. When I tried to start it then, it wouldn't start. It didn't even make a sputter or cough or wheeze - nothing. Dead. Great. Majorly annoyed sigh. So, I open it up and found that the air filter was completely covered in oil. Seems I was a bit over-zealous and put in too much. OK, on to Home Depot for a new filter, which I replaced and the mower still would not start. Not too big a deal as it had started to rain, so I put the machine away for yet another day.
Another day turned into a couple of weeks and now the lawn looks really hairy! Get out the owner's manual. Nothing worthwhile. Take the machine apart again, wipe off all the oil, prime the engine. Nothing. It was time to give in and call the repair man. He came this morning, so the mower is all fixed and happy - yay!
Bad news, it's going to be 97 today - boo! Good news, I've already mowed the front - yay! Bad news, I still have the ENTIRE back yard to do, which is hilly and has very long alien grass in one large spot (I think it comes from the bird feeder on the deck above). Good news, I'm inside now, taking a water and air conditioner break. Bad news, I'm going to have to go back out there soon. When I come back inside, Jim will be waiting for me:
By the time I'm finished, I will be spending the rest of the afternoon like this:
I think that in the future, I'm going to make the grand babies some of these so they can help:
Or at the least, get myself one of these awesome chopper styles, so I can look cool while I sweat:
I guess that the real good news here is that it's still summery and I'm not outside freezing and wishing I was living in Florida. That will come all too soon!
Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by! Hugs, Leena