My new foe is my husband’s lawn mower.
Yes we both have our own mowers. Mine looks like this:
His looks more like this, though much less shiny:
His mower, aka Evil, was new to us about a year ago. It was old, but worked. The only downside, it was a bear to start. When I mow the lawn the kids are often outside with me so I go with the push mower that don’t fling things so far or fast.
On Tuesday our lawn was getting a bit out of control. I could almost lose a kid in there. So, I dragged Ole Evil out. I cranked, and cranked and cranked. Waited, primed, then cranked some more to no avail.
Being the self-sufficient woman that I am I turned to the internet to see what might be the problem. Did you know lawn mower spark plugs should be changed every year. Who knew. Well, not me. Also, the air filter should be cleaned.
The next day, $11 lighter, new spark plug and air filter in hand. I replaced both parts and again tried to crank it. I was convinced that my two new parts would do the trick. I was so proud of myself for not waiting until the weekend and having hubby fix it.
15 minutes later I have a bruise forming on my palm from trying to crank EVIL!!! In the end I used my trusty lawn mower. No cord to worry about pulling. Got a little workout pushing it through the tall grass.
In the end the lawn looks passable and I can see my children and dogs when they are outside. 😉