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April 6, 2010

Just Our Luck

There are lots of things we didn't think about when we decided to move from an apartment to a house. Like...we are going to need to build buying our own fridge, washer, and drier into the cost of first months rent. Also, a lawn mower. It just never crossed our minds. The good news is that for the first half of the year our yard has required very little maintenance.  Upon moving into the house the backyard was pretty much all dirt and the front yard was a mixture of mud, weeds, and grass (good ol' rentals that accept dogs...). Some guy would come to our house every week or so and offer $10 to mow and we would happily agree. The process has worked well for most of the year.

This month our front yard went on a growth spurt, and things were looking a bit atrocious. We kept waiting for the random lawn mower guy to come around but he never did. I started becoming self conscious that we were becoming "those neighbors" who never mow, so this weekend Dan and I took matters into our own non green thumb hands.

We raked, we pruned, we weeded, we paid people to mow and trim (ha!). I have never pruned bushes before, but found the task oddly satisfying.  I resisted cutting them into little dancing animal shapes.  We also have a tree that likes to puke leaves year round that wreaks havoc on every bit of our yard. Since moving here we have literally gone through more bags of leaves then I care to admit. This was what we got this time around:

By hour four we were really proud of our front yard.  It looked fabulous.  Best on the block.

Then we headed off to get the oil changed in my car. Upon our return drive home, we reflected on how nice it was going to be to pull up to a nice yard.  Then we turned the corner to our street and saw this:

A stupid tree branch fell and spurted leaves all over our perfectly manicured lawn.

Our neighbor walked by and shouted "you missed a branch!"




missris said...

Oh God, how frustrating. I would have yelled something snarky right back at him!

Life of a Doctor's Wife said...

Oh no!! What a sad ending to such a great day of lawn care!

I love when you said you resisted cutting your trees/shrubs into little animal shapes. Heeheehee!

Sara said...

Hahahaha!! I would have thrown the brach at the neighbor!!

Rachel said...

Haha, I am sure it looked great. Yard work is one of the things that scares me about buying a house soon. I never done any. Hopefully the hubby will take over this part, but i am doubtful :).

Miss Madison's Mommy said...

Uh thanks for the help dude!

We have a 1 acre lot with a PUSH mower. My husband doesn't see the need for a riding one, so it's HIS job to do the yard!

Michelle said...

Oh goshhh life has a funny sense of humor. My dad used to exploit child labor (read: my brothers) at young ripe ages to get the lawn done. When they moved out, he turned to my boyfriends.

Angie Muresan said...

Haha. That's funny... in a sad way, of course.

bananas. said...


dontcha just HATE that?! my boy hired gardeners because of this. he used to get so PO whenever a leaf fell from the neighbor's tree.

LNRB said...

This is EXACTLY why I don't want to own anything, EVER. I have no desire to do anything yard work related, etc. You and your husband are unbelievable!

LadyFi said...

You should have gone with cutting the trees into those cute animal shapes after all... ;-)


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