It certainly did get cold again! Freezing weather. But the sun feels good today and it was a perfect morning to mow the grass. Our lawn mower lost its self-propelled feature awhile ago and pushing it was a real chore because it is so heavy. So Betsy suggested we buy a push reel lawn mower and it’s perfect for the job! There’s no gas or oil involved. It’s quiet so I can listen to my music and it’s just a little bit of an upper body workout so I can start to work on those muscles. They feel sadly neglected when I walk.
So today’s walk started with a 1.3 tour around the yard behind the spinning blades of a new toy. It hung up a few times when sticks got in there but for the most part lived up to expectations. After finishing the yard I headed down the road on my regular walking route and was amazed at how light I felt. The sudden release from the pushing action apparently did not go unnoticed on some level.
I did tire out after four miles and headed home to sit on the back deck and nod off for a few minutes. The birds were talking and the sun felt good. I had a short revery about being 24 again, living in Boston and walking down the street on a New England spring day. I was there, in fact, and it was a happy visitation for a moment or two. Those were the days. Being young and in love. A distant memory for the most part.
But I would not trade it for these days. In so many ways they are better. It’s nice to know a few things and to be farther along in the journey. It’s especially nice to have a few treacherous times in the past. The sun is warm and there is an angel around here somewhere. Where did she go?
Here’s a photo of our new lawn mower. I recommend it for those of us who need a little exercise. Gas is almost four dollars a gallon and this baby doesn’t need any of it. It runs on sweat. And sweat is free. So we are doing three things at once here: 1) Mowing the grass 2) Listening to music 3) Walking and getting exercise.