mowing the grass ~ UPDATED
called in sick to work, not because i wanted to, but because i had to: the grass needs mowing TODAY.
it turns out that there’s some sort of city or county ordinance about letting one’s lawn get too crazy, and i’ve been given 24 hours to remedy the situation or face a fine of upwards of $1,000. (on second thought, maybe it was upwards of $10.00–i couldn’t tell if there was a decimal in the middle or not.)
it’s not that i haven’t noticed how bad things have gotten, it’s just that i haven’t had the time.
the fact is, i’m glad the government has intervened, because my pet hamster, Murphy, and i haven’t been able to go outside and play in the yard for at least a month because of how long the grass has gotten. we gave it a shot on one of the rare warm spring-y days in early april, and Murphy got lost in the grass for something like 7 hours. needless to say, i was beside myself at the thought of losing him.
i’ll let you all know how things look when i’m done.
ok, so after a minor fiasco with the lawnmower (piece of junk), and some assistance from my oh so neighborly neighbor Lou Genovese (thanks for the loaner, buddy), i am pleased to say that my lawn is now in compliance, so the city can go suck a lemon.
i was going to post “after” photos of the accomplishment, to go with the one from the city above, but honestly the yard doesn’t actually look that much better.
murphy was nonetheless exited to get back into the yard, however, and his happiness is always a source of my own.