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The Lawnmower Chronicles – Episode 11

This is the new addition to the house – a screened-in porch. Bugproof. Luxurious, right? This may be the final edition of The Lawnmower Chronicles this season. I only mowed the front lawn, however, because the construction of the new … Continue reading

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The Lawnmower Chronicles – Episode 10

I let two weeks go by without mowing. The back yard was not too tall, but the front yard was actually quite thick. I was surprised to see how thick the grass actually was. This is a tricky time of … Continue reading

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The Lawnmower Chronicles – Episode 9

The lawn is really showing some wear now. Spots in the backyard have stopped growing, turned brown, and become thin. Some parts of the lawn continue to look thick and green. The ground remains hard; even the weekend-long rain of … Continue reading

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The Lawnmower Chronicles – Episode 8

I decided to honor Labor Day by doing a little labor – mowing the lawn. Today’s mow went fast. I got it done late morning about 11:15 AM, A time when most of the back lawn is in shade. The … Continue reading

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The Lawnmower Chronicles – Episode 7

The house lawn has been mowed one-and-a-half times, and the land lawn once since the last episode. In the meantime we went to Chicago to visit our son, the semester started up, and all shows for the season have been … Continue reading

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The Lawnmower Chronicles – Episode 6

Jonas has mowed my home lawn for the past two sessions. Nothing spectacular. One time I wasn’t even at home The second time I was working on the back porch on some meaningless task that time will swallow up and … Continue reading

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The Lawnmower Chronicles – Episode 5

Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. Jonas is probably up in Buffalo preparing for opening night tonight, and I am nervous about opening night tonight as well, as now the whole thing is out of my … Continue reading

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The Lawnmower Chronicles – Episode 4

Jonas mowed the lawn again last week. He did that while I ran other errands. On the plus side, my own lawnmower is back after only $36 dollars of repair. In lieu of any more words on the matter, just … Continue reading

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The Lawnmower Chronicles – Episode 3

I hired the job out. But not to a lawn service. One of the young actors in Romeo and Juliet, who is a former student, decided to live locally rather than in Buffalo. And he was looking for odd jobs. … Continue reading

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The Lawnmower Chronicles – Episode 2

I have never been good with engines, small or large. My skill level does not go much beyond changing various fluids. When it comes to serious repair, I hand that off to professionals. Doing it myself would probably only ask … Continue reading

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