Tapioca tundra

Some time Wednesday evening, one of the Neighborhood Babes dropped off a sack of newsletters, which I, in heavy crash mode after a busy day at the shop, didn’t notice until this morning. So the first order of business once I got home today was to deliver the newsletters to the folks on the block — and, intermittently, to irritate a visiting puppy who objected in principle to people on foot — which would be followed by a perfunctory (all it deserves at the moment) mowing job out back.

Bad idea. The combination of multiple vehicles and narrow driveways means occasional trips across the grass, and at the moment, what with five inches of rain in the past week, the ground is, as Trini puts it, “squishy”: the ridiculously-small wheels on the ol’ Lawn Hog would sink all the way to the axle were I to try such a thing. Fortunately, we’ve had maybe six hours of sunshine in two weeks: the darkness, as it were, plays hell with my sense of well-being, but it also retards lawn growth. (The weeds of course don’t give a damn, but I’ve done a fair amount of de-weeding already.) And it’s supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow and probably most of the rest of the month.


  1. Lynn »

    7 May 2009 · 9:18 pm

    The “darkness” hasn’t slowed down the growth on our place at all. Of course, we do not have an actual lawn. It’s all weeds. Fortunately we also have very little dirt. Most of the yard has from 0 to 4 inches of dirt on top of sandstone so nothing that drives across it will sink very far.

  2. fillyjonk »

    8 May 2009 · 9:01 am

    Yeah, my lawn really needs mowing too. I considered doing it yesterday afternoon, but with a dewpoint of 75 degrees F, my lungs vetoed that notion pretty fast.

  3. McGehee »

    8 May 2009 · 10:09 am

    My last two mowing expeditions were just ahead of bad weather, but the last one was not soon enough to keep my allergies from being fired up. Every spring I get a nasty reminder of why tall, shaggy grass doesn’t offend me nearly as much as it does other people. And this time the symptoms had me loopy for a couple of days even without taking antihistamines. Which I avoid because apparently I’m also hypersensitive to them.

    People wonder why I’d like to live in the desert.

  4. fillyjonk »

    8 May 2009 · 1:32 pm

    Fortunately the rental house next door to me is vacant, so my lawn looks good by comparison right now.

  5. Daryl »

    8 May 2009 · 4:42 pm

    An obscure Monkees reference? Very cool

  6. CGHill »

    8 May 2009 · 10:42 pm

    Well, we got no permafrost, but the consistency is right.

    The rain predicted for today didn’t materialize, so I decided to try the back yard, which is twice the size of the front yard. First mistake right there. I knocked out 40 percent of it in fifteen minutes flat; it was an hour, though, before I was through. Part of this was the de-mudding process, but most of it was due to the appalling 80-percent humidity, as though we were borrowing Houston’s atmosphere for the week: it was like breathing bouillabaisse, minus actual fish, and it slowly, then not so slowly, wore me down.

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