Mr. Tranquil Acres decided it was high time we purchased our own Rototiller and I couldn't have agreed more. Off we went to purchase "my" new toy. Yes... I wrote "MY" as it's my garden and I love to tinker with machines just as well as the next 'Real Woman' in line so why not? While Mr. Tranquil Acres wanted the larger model, I put my foot down and said the smaller one. Guess which one we bought? The Briggs and Stratton "Huskee". It looked perfect as did the price tag!
As I meandered around the store I also wanted to pick up an inexpensive leaf blower as I have two patios that drive me crazy if there's any kind of leaf debris on them. You already know I'm a clean freak, so why should this surprise you?
While my husband has a back pack blower in the barn, I'm realizing that lugging that thing around is definitely hurting my back, never mind it's making me go deaf! It must be an early Mother's Day since I received so many worthy, useful gifts!
Once we arrived home, I grabbed my work boots, my gardening hat, and off we went down by my garden for my "Roto Tiling Training". I suddenly remembered the last time I was trained on a piece of large equipment which was back in 2006 and sadly the Zero-Turn Commercial Ride On Mower did defeat me as the mowed down pachysandra can attest too, but later on I did do well with my "Tractor training" so I was even. I listened to Mr. Tranquil's instructions and the last thing he said was, "If you're not careful, this will take "you" for a ride".. HA! No way pal! No way! I was determined to prove him wrong for sure!
Can you tell that I mastered the Briggs and Stratton "Huskee"?
Like Christian soldiers I moved on to blowing off the back patio and started to remulch our front beds. In recent years we've used Cedar mulch and Root mulch, but this year we decided to use Pine Bark mulch and I have to tell you that it is definitely a winner. The color goes perfect with our mahogany siding too! While laying the mulch Mr. Tranquil fired up his old Cub Cadet mower. It's a special mower indeed as it belonged to his dad. After weeks of tinkering and turning screws and wrenches, replacing the battery was the last on the list and at last it's in fine working order. Oh! another 'training' course I was invited too! Wow, that was easy and actually felt a little too relaxing.
I cut the front lawn and had to get off so I could finish my remulching! Mr. Tranquil was thrilled to take his seat and ride on his dads mower..
Is there any other announcement of the beginning of spring than the look of a freshly mulched bed?
I found a moment to plant one of my favorite shoes and then looked at the sweet statue of my girl reading a book.. it was at that moment that I finally said "Leslie.. you've done enough" I am feeling pretty good about myself today as I went through a lot of training courses and succeeded in them all..
Why? because I believed in myself... of course, I also believe that I'll be one sore woman tomorrow!