August 3, 2005 – Big Weeding Day

We’re still trying to catch up from being gone on vacation, so today was a giant leap forward in weeding. We’re probably 75% back to where we were before we left. Martin and I started looking for a new riding mower. We bought an ancient John Deere when we moved in eight years ago, and now the mowing deck is no longer fixable, and a replacement one is anywhere from $700 used to $1500 new, so it is time for a new outfit. I spent one last time taking it apart and resharpening blades and bending metal back into position. Martin’s quote is a real farmer’s quote. “The mower is giving Dad too much trouble, he’s going to get a new one.”