I drove through town last night on my way to the City Council meeting and noticed several lawns that were neatly mowed and trimmed. I'm not much of a lawn fanatic, as I've mentioned before. I would gladly take out about half of this lawn and replace it with flowers. However, there is something soothing about a big expanse of green grass. I like to look at the lawns around town, especially the ones along Buffalo Street. And nothing says "summer" like the sound of a mower.
When we first moved here I was astounded by the lack of fences. In California every yard has a tall fence, usually made from wood, to shield the residents from public view, at least in their back yards. In Caddo there are few fences, and some of those seem, well, rude. Makes me wonder what those people are doing back there! Shows what fifteen years in Oklahoma has done to my attitude. LOL Anyway, the lack of fences makes one yard blend into another and adds to the effect of large expanses of green.
When we were kids a lot of the boys spent summers mowing lawns. They stayed lean and brown, and had a little money for the movies, by pushing a mower every day. I suppose a few still do, but I see a lot of people, even elderly women, on huge riding lawn mowers. Lawn mowing is much quicker and easier from the seat of one of those monsters!
I still mow the old fashioned way- I push a mower. Of course ours is at least gas powered. I spent many summers pushing one of those lovely reel mowers powered only by my own muscle. Did you know you can pay over $200 for one of those?? Even a "classic, basic" can set you back $100!! No thanks.
I can't mow all of our lawn at once. Just too much. I've been mowing about thirty minutes each night. By the time I get back to the section I started on, it's time to mow it again. That should keep me busy for the rest of the summer. Maybe I'll get lean and brown...yeah, right.