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Corner Lot

Posted on 2011.09.07 at 14:15
Current Location: 67114
Current Music: Two Steps from Hell: Power of Darkness Volume 2, Action
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Much like Lot's wife, or just lots of salt, having a corner lot is lot of extra effort, and that's a lot of lots, which I first discovered two weekends ago.

It just so happened that the next-door neighbor has a lush, dark-green lawn of something akin to crab grass. Understandably he mows it "high" that is to say only evens up the very tips of the sultry waves to create an even, flowing effect.

This is not Texas grass, and my mower was set to "scalp." My first pass cut through the earth like an open wound. After several height adjustments, I was finally able to finish the expansive lawn - at least compared to my postage-stamp lot in Anna. But that was only the beginning, and at 107-degrees, also the easiest part of my day.

I had purchased something which resembled this replacement head at the local hardware store for $20 in hopes it would ease the damage I inflict each week on my aging carcass - especially since my new Poulan Pro has never come close to performing up to my old Echo straight-shaft. That didn't contort my body in Inquisition-era ways and was always an ease to use. Anyway, one of the so-called "testimonials" on the replacement head said, Made trimming a joy! Yes, I scoffed at that one the hardest, and yes, it was the most accurate. I could not believe the difference it made.

Still, it's effing hot out there, and there is a lot of curb to edge. I'm not used to curbs on corner lots. I swapped the string for the blade edger and fought mud for an hour. The house had never been edged, and it was more chore than I was willing to bear. I left it three-quarters complete and called it heat stroke.

[time passes]

I skipped a week, and went out the week after. They day before we were at 50+ days of 100+ and all my neighbors had foolishly mowed the day before. Today is was SIXTY-THREE DEGREES!!! Mowing was an ease, edging fun, and yes, trimming a joy. Two weeks ago, I mowed in vertical paths to the house, and taking a page from THE BOOK OF MR. WITWICKY this time I mowed in horizontal paths. Next week, I'll start on the two verticals before repeating the whole series.

Lot's wife.

What a whore.

More grass & lawn in front!


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ehowton at 2011-09-07 19:49 (UTC) (Link)
...jealous of you and your lot in life


...is that picture more of your snazzy HDR work?

Thanks! Indeed it is - though I attempted to downplay the sometimes jarring, sometimes beautiful effect because it can very easily be overdone. I love the HDR sites though :P
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ehowton at 2011-09-08 00:40 (UTC) (Link)
Those were creepy! I only took HDR at Six Flags over Texas this past Summer: The Texas Giant! (Tallest steel-hybrid rollercoaster in the world.)
Missus Emm
missus_emm at 2011-09-08 12:24 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, those photos are really, really tragic! But yes, the photographers certainly managed to spot the beauty or intrigue at least.
jobu121 at 2011-09-07 20:05 (UTC) (Link)

Correct me if I am wrong, it looks as if you have no backyard fence?

My nephew needs to learn to mow, maybe I will send him your way. LOL

Cheers buddy,

ehowton at 2011-09-07 20:13 (UTC) (Link)
Awkwardly, many of the houses in this particular subdivision do not have fences. Its very odd.
michelle1963 at 2011-09-07 21:02 (UTC) (Link)
After having lived on acre (or more), I have to wonder if people know what they are getting into when they want large lots or significant land. Yes, it's nice to have the neighbors further away, but the upkeep is a bitch.

Terrific picture!
Lelf Treperra
ubet_cha at 2011-09-07 21:21 (UTC) (Link)
You got it. Be careful what you wish for.

IF/When I do my yard properly its 2.5 hours of cutting grass and 3 hours of weeding with the string trimmer.

It is a great shot and nice lot. Maybe there's a kid out there waiting to earn a few bucks to cut it?
ehowton at 2011-09-07 22:38 (UTC) (Link)
Why thank you!
Lelf Treperra
ubet_cha at 2011-09-07 21:45 (UTC) (Link)
BTW - Summer has gone into a nose dive here. Its been cooler then normal the last few weeks. The high yesterday was something like 72F.
ehowton at 2011-09-07 22:37 (UTC) (Link)
I have NO COMPLAINTS about this cooler weather this week. Its magnificent!
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ehowton at 2011-09-07 22:36 (UTC) (Link)
Too bad Lot's wife turned to salt :(
Missus Emm
missus_emm at 2011-09-08 12:25 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, so glad we only have a 3x3 metre patch of lawn now, although i'd definitely trade it for a proper garden for the dogs again. Your house looks stunning though and good for you for keeping it pretty!
ehowton at 2011-09-08 13:14 (UTC) (Link)
When the weather is cool and clear, I so enjoy my little date with manual labor - its something I really look forward to doing.

When its over a hundred degrees...not so much.
Missus Emm
missus_emm at 2011-09-08 13:41 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, hot weather can deprive of the desire to do anything other than read and suntan. Which is why I prefer my holidays to be hot, sunny, literary and by the ocean, beach or pool.
dawaioser at 2011-09-12 22:20 (UTC) (Link)
You know there are kids who need money - why not hire one to mow the lawn? Or at best, a lawn crew? Of course this is the luxurious route, and not what I'll be doing in my upcoming yard...but it sounds good to suggest it to a friend. I'm TRYING to look out for you and your free time. lol
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