I have been mowing my pasture.
Four acres of pasture.
On a riding mower.
It has a 46-inch deck, which technically means it should mow a path of grass that is 46 inches wide.
It tries, it really does.
It's just that this particular mower is 10 years old and has been mistreated---by mowing the pasture.
It seems mower decks don't appreciate going over holes and rocks while trying to cut grass. They'd rather cut large areas (46 inches wide!) of perfectly flat, non-rocky areas.
Think baseball fields and soccer fields.
All that is to give you the impression that mowing the pasture is slow going.
Snails pace, slow.
It doesn't help that the grass is knee high in places, either.
Why didn't I cut it before it got that tall?
Because we haven't had rain.
No rain, knee high grass and rocky areas make up the perfect ingredients for a wildfire.
Hit a rock just right, cause a spark and away we go. The pasture grass would come alive with fire and so would the neighbor's houses.
That tends to make the neighbors angry.
Don't know why.
Well, I do.
So, you're wondering what the danged title is referring to about now.
Well, while in Wisconsin, my pasture got rain. Two inches of rain!
That means I can mow with a little less worry about starting a fire.
And so mow I did.
Five hours yesterday and I'm only 1/3 done.
I said it was slow.
If I didn't have the "The Very $38 I Ever Spent. Ever" thing, I would not be able to be back on the mower today. I would be sick.
Despite the rain, the dust, mold, spores, and pollen are still out there.
Four acres of them.
Before I had this amazing contraption, I would blow dirt/mud out of my nose for a week and still end up feeling sick.
I might look completely ridiculous in my long-sleeves, long-pants, baseball cap and respirator, but my nose and chest are thrilled with the look. Thereby, I am thrilled as well.
It takes some getting used to, but is an amazing little contraption.
If it could only help with the aches and pains that riding a mower for hours and hours causes, it would be worth it's weight in gold.
Off to climb back on the mower.
Update: Finished mowing in 2 days instead of 3. Drought responsible--grasses/weeds not so dense. Ten hours on the mower instead of 15.