If you live in an area where you don’t get to enjoy mowing your lawn, you don’t know what you’re missing out on… sweltering heat and sweat, 90 decibels of mundane loud noise, and an hour or more of your day wasted every week. Mmm, mm, mmm – doesn’t that sound exciting?!
It’s not. I hate mowing.
I decided this past weekend to mow the lawn early in the morning before it got too hot out. Didn’t matter. It was a hot and muggy day and there I am outside sweating my keester off for a good ol’ 75 minutes.
And while I’m out there mowing and listening to one of my awesome playlists, I start daydreaming of the different ways of eliminating this whole mowing thing. Maybe I could concrete the whole yard and paint it green! Maybe I could replace it with artificial grass. There was a guy on the street that I grew up on that did the whole artificial grass thing back in the day… wow, that guy was probably a genius.
Then, on top of the actual mowing, you have to keep an eye on the weather beforehand and figure out the planning. It usually goes something like this…
Maybe I’ll have time on Friday after work to mow, but it looks like it’s going to rain.
Well, I can make time on Saturday morning, but the ground’s probably still going to be wet from the night before.
Saturday during the daytime and evening I’m busy, so that won’t work.
How about Sunday?
Well, the weather looks Ok – maybe I can squeeze it in first thing in the morning.
If not, I’ll have to rush home after work on Monday to get it done.
What a pain!
So how much would it cost to have someone mow my lawn for me? $25-$30.
Wait, what?! $30??!! That’s all???!!
So why do it? I can afford to have someone else come and do it. All the headaches would go away. Let someone else do the weather-watching and planning. Let someone else hang out in the blistering sun sweating up a storm. Why not free up an hour of my week for three seasons out of the year?
Two words: Exercise and money.
First off, I’ve talked about how I wish I could get more exercise into my schedule. It might not be much by itself, but every little bit counts. A little over an hour’s worth or walking and pushing the mower (followed by some every-other-week weed eating) is good for me. It’s gets me outside and helps me from being too lazy.
I have an office job where I’m sitting 8-9 hours a day so that’s really not good. This not only gets me moving, but it also gets me out in the sun for a little bit.
Then there’s the money. Yes, $30 might not sound like a lot of money in itself, but if you figure in the whole spring/summer/fall schedule, that would probably cost a big fat $900!! Call me cheap, but boy, I could definitely find better places for that $900 where it can make me some money instead!
Ok, so mowing sucks. But guess what? I do the same complaining to myself in the winter when I have to think about snow blowing. Oh well, maybe I should just suck it up and enjoy the fact that I’m able to get off my duff and actually do this work! I’ll have to chalk it up as one of the joys of home ownership!!
So what do you think? Am I just being too cheap? Should I forgo the exercise and just pay someone to do this?
Do you need to mow your own lawn and if so, do you do the mowing yourself or have someone do it for you?
Thanks for reading!!