Thursday, April 16, 2015

Things That Annoy Me Thursday: Mower Won't Turn On!

So, as most of you know, my husband is deployed.

This means I get to mow the lawn.

I decided I ought to tackle this chore because our backyard looked like a forest. Natalie loved it though. I told her I had to mow and she was like, "Don't destroy my flowers and tall grass! It's my MEADOW!"

(The flowers she was talking about? Weeds.)

I took the cover off the mower and filled it with gas. Tom had drained it before he left. Something about old gas not being good. I don't know. He had put it in a red container, and you had to flick it to POUR in order for the gas to come out. I didn't realize this at first, so I tipped it, and when nothing came out, I went, "The hell?"

Then I realized what needed to be done and all was well again.

Until I went to start the mower.

I held down on the handle and tugged the string.


"Hello!" I shrieked, as I pulled the string. "Start!"

I did this a few times. Nothing.

"What do you want?" I yelled, because I talk to inanimate objects when they won't work.

I added more gas.

I tried again.


"Come on, motherfu*ker!" I shouted. I kicked the wheel. I also curse at inanimate objects when they won't work.

I tried again.

And roared to life.

"Finally!" I yelled over the noise.

Then I got to work. I got rid of Natalie's meadow. Boy, was she pissed when she got home from school.

"I would LAY in the meadow and THINK!" she snapped at me.

I told her to lay in the freshly mowed grass.

"It's not the SAME!"


The backyard looks nice again. I won't get a citation from housing because yes, they do check.

And when I say nice, I don't mean perfect, because something I don't do is weed eat. The grass on the edges will have to wait until Tom returns. I'm too short to hold a weed eater. I tried once and toppled over. I was worried I'd accidentally weed eat off my toe.

"Are you doing it BAREFOOT?" Tom asked when I told him my worries.

"No but...can't the string thingy go through my shoe?"

He was just like:

At least the rest of the yard looks nice!


  1. Oh, you are braver than me. I do NOT mow. I will do most things, but mowing is just not one of them. I told Dan that the first time that arises when he is gone, I'm going to hire a neighborhood kid to do it.

  2. My Wonder what deep thoughts she had.

  3. I give you a lot of credit for doing it. Lawn mowers scare me.

  4. I don't mind mowing but I refuse to weed eat, too - I just don't like the way it works!!!

  5. Ugh my sisters mower crapped out today, boo! However, we live on post so I don't have to mow my lawn lol.

  6. Push in the red primer button, it helps to start it. Great job getting it done.

  7. I haven't been by in a while- Sorry about the deployment. I also took over mowing when Kev was gone last year and I have to admit there was a part of me that kind of enjoyed it. I always felt very accomplished afterwards. But when the leaves started to fall...I paid the help for that.

  8. I was so glad when my boys got old enough for me to make them mow the lawn!

  9. Haha! We should probably mow before we go on vacation. I've been terrified to get a housing citation.

  10. it has rained every day except maybe 2 for 3 weeks straight. My yard looks awful and the dogs don't want to wade in it to go to the bathroom. Its suppose to finally be dry tomorrow so I am hoping I get it mowed. I guarantee it won't be perfect and that I will be yelling and cussing at everything.

  11. You brave woman! I have never, ever, mowed a lawn in my life. I think I'd pay someone to do it if my husband couldn't ;P

  12. Oh dear - I watch Cassidy yell at the lawnmower a lot. I don't understand why they don't do what they tell us. If I ever win the lottery, I'll buy you a nice ride-in mower.

  13. I tried to help my mom out with yard work once and we learned that I can't pull the string hard enough to start the mower. She couldn't stop laughing watching me try. So you get a big one up on me for being able to get yours to start!

  14. Trimmer are very useful machine. My family members use it i saw when i am very young. For using string trimmer reviews. It always help us to make our garden nice.


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