Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
April 23rd, 2006
The Joys of Cutting Grass

….I almost couldn't see my house anymore.
I was beginning to fear losing a child or two in the jungle that was
taking over our little homestead. Who knew that in the South stuff
grows like mad all over the place?  Nobody ever told me
that.  In Cali, everything just turned yellow and dropped dead. So
this evening, me and Geo the Great
went and got a lawn mower and weed-wacker.  When we got home I
mowed for about 12 hours straight in the dark.  Not Really. 
Actually, I mowed until the gas ran out (but it was dark). 

There is nothing like mowing grass.  It's just plum fun.  It
was fun even though I was sweating like a nervous rhino.  I can't
wait to do it again.  All the kids were begging to 'take over for
me', but I wouldn't let them cut in on the fun.  They can do it
later after I get good and tired of it.  BoBo
came up to me while I was humming along to say: “Mom, you look
beautiful while you garden” (that's quite an accomplishment from the
boy who used to squish my arm blubber and tell me that my big thighs
were 'beauts').  So overall it was a swell day. 

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  1. jennfromtenn said,

    on April 23rd, 2006 at 8:53 pm

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    Hey Gal,

    Isn’t mowing great? We have a little less than 2 acres and I usually mow it myself. My boys love to ride in a wagon that hitches on the back (it came with the mower). And if I need the little one to take a nap, I mow in the afternoon and he just nods right off.

    The weed-eating is loathesome, though. I save that for the man.

    Have a great week,


  2. OreoSouza said,

    on April 23rd, 2006 at 9:12 pm

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    LOL on that thighs are a beaut thing! I love the smell of fresh mown grass.

  3. drewsfamilytx said,

    on April 23rd, 2006 at 9:24 pm

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    Bobo is so sweet! But do you think he’s buttering you up so you will merrily mow for the rest of your life, thereby allowing Bobo to avoid any all mowing for the rest of his years at home?

  4. mistresninos said,

    on April 23rd, 2006 at 9:38 pm

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    I allow my dh that pleasure. I’d hate to take all the fun away from him.

  5. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on April 23rd, 2006 at 9:53 pm

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    You’ve got to be kidding. Just wait until it’s July, 98 degrees with 90% humidity, and we’ll see who is fighting for the pleasure to cut your grass!

    Glad you had a good time, though. If you’re ever feeling bored, mine is knee high most of the time (weeds grow tall really, really fast). In addition to the sheer pleasure of just cutting my grass, think how much fun you’d have going up and down that hill.


  6. iluvmy3chickiesandtheirdaddy2 said,

    on April 23rd, 2006 at 9:58 pm

    A mowing we shall go…

    I love to mow too!! I bet the homestead looks great!!

  7. HeartnSoul said,

    on April 23rd, 2006 at 10:24 pm


    My fav chore as a kid (many moons ago) was mowing. Each week was a different direction; north-south, east-west rows, then diaganals. Ok I was a strange kid, but it did get me outta pulling weeds which was way worse even if I had only a push mower. Actually now that I think about it, it was while mowing a neighbor’s lawn and the conversation following, that was my first introduction to a personal relationship with Jesus.. cool eh..

    When I married dh would not let me touch his mower lol. Then our first born got 3rd degree burns at age 2 when he reached up and grabbed the muffler after dh turned it off one day. Now we have rocks. I’m sure the golfers would not appreciate us mowing those. That was funny about things turning yellow and dying in CA lol.


    Denise T

  8. AFJen88 said,

    on April 23rd, 2006 at 10:35 pm

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    I, too, am curious to see how much fun you think it is in July or August–having lived in the South myself. I remember mowing in August in Florida, and figuring I sweated enough for it to count as my workout that day!! Have fun. 🙂

  9. jayfromcleveland said,

    on April 23rd, 2006 at 10:42 pm

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    Oh sure, mowing is lots of fun! But it loses its shine after several decades!

    Now that you are part of the Lawnmowing Nation, be sure to surf over to the Rescue Rick web site. As you can see, Rescue Rick is on a serious mission to help Americans learn about lawn mower safety.

    (When at his site, be sure to check out the pic of what Rescue Rick did to his fungusy-toenailed foot with a mower! Isn’t it totally obvious that he’s from Pittsburgh?)

  10. writmm said,

    on April 23rd, 2006 at 10:45 pm


    Don’t remind me! I sooo need to mow my grass. I don’t mind it once I get started, but the thought of mowing the 2 acres of yard with push mower, added to the memories of the yellow jacket nest I found two summers ago…makes the thought of mowing painful!

  11. ChathamMommy said,

    on April 23rd, 2006 at 11:51 pm

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    I love to mow. I love to garden. (I love it even more when I can do it without interruption, but I’ll take what I can get). There is something rather… pleasing about:

    a) Getting something accomplished that I can SEE

    b) Getting my exercise in for the day (week)

    c) Being able to zone out (to a degree!) because I can’t hear the kids bickering, the dog down the street barking, the baby cryi… er, no. The baby doesn’t cry when I mow. She wouldn’t DARE. 😉

    I was actually looking foward to mowing on Wednesday until someone mentioned yellow jackets. Now I have the heebie-jeebies. I think I’ll go love on my rats for a while. 😉


  12. Pattycake said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 5:12 am

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    You failed to mention how much lawn you have to mow, and whether it was a rider or a push mower … LOL. We’ve been doing about an acre since we moved here. We used to have a rider, then someone was mowing for us for 2 years (a favor for a favor — I guess you call that bartering), then I push mowed last year — THIS year my husband bought a rider. An acre takes 5 hours if you’re push mowing.

    ANYHOW, please stop by my married daughter’s BRAND NEW BLOG and say hi! You can find her here:

    Happy mowing!


  13. mominpa said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 6:45 am


    I too was wondering… how much do you have to mow? How do you do it? (riding or pushing)?

    We have 4-5 acres to mow and so far dh has done it all on a riding mower. I will hopefully NEVER ride that thing… when I was MUCH younger (10-12) I rode my dads mower up over a chain link fence into the air condtioning unit…. so I am limited to only pushing for safety issues!!!! (but I am to be in charge of trimming soon).

    Still no word on the 50 chicks? How are they? I am SOOOO ready for mine to be outside and giving us some eggs…. !!!

  14. CAgirlwithasoutherndrawl said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 7:00 am

    great, another mower lover

    You and Dawn, I tell ya. There you two chicks are, out there tending to your lawns, while I sit comfortably in my air conditioned house. I almost feel slight twinges of guilt, except I am just obeying Mark cuz I am not allowed to use any power tools of things that could explode or cause bodily harm. Like I am irresponsible or something. The very ironic thing is that I *am* in charge of our precious little bundles of joy all day.


  15. Garrisongang said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 8:37 am

    A wealth of information!

    Wow! This posting and comments have produced a great deal of useful information. Jay has pointed us all in the direction of Rescue Rick. (I feel a Rescue Rick Fan Club coming on!) And Jen has given us just a small glimpse into what it’s like to be a nervous rhino (I’ve always wondered…..). Thanks for a very informative blog!


  16. lynan said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 9:57 am

    Was that British sarcasm from Mr Garrison?

    Bobo has got to be the sweetest boy ever!

    I love the smell of a newly cut jungle! lol Our current yard is a postage stamp compared with what we’re buying. Dh wants to get a heifer to help with the mowing there!

  17. JenIG said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 10:02 am

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    why yes, Lynan, i think you may be right.

    Dear Mr. Garrison, you really shouldn’t use such confusing words and clippy witticisms on my blog pg. Remember, we are Americans here. We’d appreciate more Mr.Rogers and Dr. Suess, if you please. That goes for you too, Mr. Cleveland.

  18. Garrisongang said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 10:17 am

    Mr. Rogers, huh?

    First of all, let me say that I positively disdain all forms of sarcasm, since it is clearly the lowest form of humour.

    More like Mr. Rogers…. Let’s see how this works…..

    Hi, boys and girls, wasn’t that a wonderful blog Mrs. IG posted today? She did a great thing for her neighbourhood, and now the children can find their way home without getting lost in the very long grass. That’s really special. Tune in tomorrow, and we’ll have a new song about Mrs. IG and the joys of rural life. Hi neighbour! Will you be my neighbour? Would you be Mrs. IG’s neighbour?

    Is that better? (grin)

  19. JenIG said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 10:25 am

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    Dear Mr. Garrison, you were on a brilliant track until you used the word rural without a definition using puppets and Mr. Trolley. Nice try though…

  20. Garrisongang said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 10:36 am

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    Hey Mrs. IG,

    Thanks for pointing out the flaw. Now I see why you’re Senior Editor. How could I have forgotten Mr. Trolley?

  21. Anonymous said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 1:51 pm


    You won't be saying you enjoy mowing the lawn in a few weeks! The humidity in the south is so high you can't walk outside with out shedding 5 pounds of water weight!!! LOL

    I will leave the mowing up to the MEN of the family LOL

    Karen in AL

    Edited by Alabama on Apr. 24, 2006 at 11:52 AM

  22. Amber said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 2:07 pm

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    I just bought my t shirt!!!!

    0:) Amber


    on April 24th, 2006 at 3:08 pm

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    Thanks for bringing your children to the baseball get together today. The Lord has blessed you and Geoff with some wonderful children. They were a joy to have today.

    I also wanted to tell you that I ordered a Times Table Deluxe from the TOS store over the weekend and it arrived today (Monday!) bu priority mail with a issue of TOS! What great service!


  24. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 4:38 pm

    card games

    Hey Jen,

    What was the name of those art and/ or architecture card game you gave away a few weeks ago? Can you either tell me on my blog or email me. I don’t know if I’d ever be able to come back here and find it.



  25. TOSPUBLISHER said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 5:43 pm

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    I want to come over and mow! I also want to come over and mau. Heh. Got any good curry?

  26. OurLittleSchoolRoom said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    Now if my comment doesn't get lost in all these…

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    I don’t mow. I leave that to DH, and DS follows behind him with his little wheelbarrow and pretends he is mowing too.

    I do get the British humour. I married it. 🙂 And he is the worst in the early mornings!


    Karen (in Canada)

  27. peainapod1 said,

    on April 24th, 2006 at 9:13 pm

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    I wish I could mow our lawn but we have an 80 year old from our church who mowes our lawn he has a sit down mower. The funny part is that he allways falls asleep while he mows and leaves funny grass lines. In the summer he goes with out his shirt and scares my son lol!


  28. Abiga51 said,

    on April 25th, 2006 at 10:24 am

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    Thank you so much for mentioning Chevys. I looked it up on the internet and found one here in my son’s town. So I took them out to eat last night. This Chevys was right on the waterfront, a series of lagoons the town has. So we had great food and a great view. Delicious!!!!! Blessings. Only now I will have to go to the one in Illinois to show my dd how great it is.

  29. angelstar said,

    on April 25th, 2006 at 12:57 pm

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    How cool! I live in Arizona where things just dry up and blow away, too. We keep saying we are going to plant some grass, but haven’t yet. Someday! Glad you got your jungle under control – it’s not good to lose a child in the grass! LOL Take care and God Bless~

  30. IFBPreachersWife said,

    on April 25th, 2006 at 6:34 pm

    I love to mow too, but…

    I have never had it do a thing for my arm blubber or my “beauts”. Maybe I’m doing something wrong – care to come on over and show me how to do it right? lol

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