C’Mon Guys…I’m a 60-year old Woman

C’Mon Guys…I’m a 60-year old Woman

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Huff and puff, huff and puff. Pant – pant – pant. Sweat. Wipe brow. Huff and puff some more.

In case you couldn’t tell – that’s me mowing the yard.

I haven’t been in charge of the lawns until last spring. I was the one in charge of flower bed, gardens, and the ‘pretty’ garden work. I didn’t mow. Until the mowing rider went out three years ago. Getting a way to get the mower in to the repair shop just wasn’t working, so two years ago we paid a lawn service to mow the front yard every other week when they were mowing our neighbor’s yard. The price was right. Since they were already here, they only charged us $20. Overall, since we only need to mow about six months of the year, it was just over $200. And they did a magnificent job. They flew in with their fancy equipment, mowed and weed edged and were done in about 15 minutes. If they lagged.

But, the back yard was a disaster with almost waist high grass all summer.

Last spring, I decided to change the yard maintenance process. I’d picked up a few extra store hours and was going to have a slightly larger check. So I decided to use the extra funds and buy an inexpensive push mower. For a little less than we’d paid the lawn mowing company the year before, I could mow all year – front and back.

And, I’d benefit from a little extra cardio-workout. All without having to pay for a gym membership.

Did I mention we have a half acre?

Adding in this extra task wasn’t bad. The first time out it took me two mornings and over four hours of mowing because the young spring grass had leaped almost overnight to calf high growth. But once it was cut down, it was easy to maintain. One morning I’ll cut the front, which usually takes a little over an hour. The next morning I’ll cut the back, which takes a bit longer, about an hour and a half. I get a good workout at least four days a month and am excited about feeling physically healthy and stronger from this new way to commune with nature.

This spring, going into the second year of use from the new push mower, the front yard portion of my mowing changed a little bit. We now have two new renters on each side of us. And even though two men, younger than myself, are mowing, they seem to have a difficult time telling where the property line is between our properties.

I first noticed it on the property to the west of us. He’d mowed first, but left a swath about a foot and a half wide on his side of the grass unmowed. No big deal. I just made two or three extra passes with the mower and got his portion of the unmowed grass done with ours.

Two weeks later – the same thing.

Next time too. This gentleman really doesn’t seem to pay very close attention to where our two back fences divide the property.

Then the summer heat hit.

On these days where the Texas heat is easily into the 90’s and often hits the 100-degree mark, I definitely don’t mow in the afternoon. I save it for a morning I’m home during the week, or for the weekend. And now it takes a little longer, because I have to break the task into two. I’ll mow half and by then I’m huffing and puffing so hard – yes, the cardio part of the activity is definitely working – so for my own health and safety, I stop and take a break. I’ll down some water, sit in the shade and let the heart rate calm down a tad. As much as I enjoy it, I don’t intend on stroking out in the process either.

A week after my 60th birthday, I went out to mow the front. The house on the west mowed about two feet short of the property line — again. And now the house on the east had joined in. They were easily three feet – if not four – short of coming up to where the property line was.

It’s hot. Even in the morning. I’m barely going to be able to get my own portion of the yard done. And these two younger men – both with riding mowers to boot – are expecting me to mow wider and catch what they didn’t?

I stood out in the front ranting to myself. C’Mon guys! What in the world are you thinking? You’re both younger. You both have riding mowers. And you’re expecting me – a SIXTY-YEAR OLD woman to cut some of your grass too? Really?

And then I burst into laughter myself. Because I realized that as much as I have been dreading turning this un-magical number 60, as soon as I needed to pull out the ‘60-years old card’ for my benefit, I sure did!

So you know what I did?

I mowed our portion of lawn. I left the unmowed patches on their portion of lawns uncut.

And you know what?

It worked.

The next time they cut their grass up to the property lines. I don’t know if it was because they’d realized they’d been slacking, or if they’d caught a glimpse of a slightly hysterical slightly older woman out front laughing uncontrollably.

Maybe this getting older isn’t so bad after all.

I’m learning to find more humor in my own actions and reactions. I’m learning to see benefits in the inevitable ageing process. And I’m also learning that sometimes we need to set boundaries with others – which is beneficial in itself – no matter the age.

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35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Hume
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 23:32:41

    Perfect! And if the boundaries are unmowed grass, so much the better. #MLSTL

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  2. Susan Sundwall
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 23:49:50

    Hey, pull out that card. You earned every decade on it! Fun post.

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  3. Terri Webster Schrandt
    Jul 10, 2018 @ 23:54:50

    Wow, I’m impressed with your spunk and fortitude! I can’t believe you do all that (in Texas!) yourself. My small backyard and front yard here in Northern Cal were mowed and maintained by a landscaper for years while I was single. Once hubby came on board he took over the yard maintenance. I do like to prune a few trees and bushes but I also have to do that early mornings in spring-summer-fall as it gets hot after 2pm! Nope, I’m happy to pay for my discounted gym membership. Loved your post though, hilarious to read, Trisha! #MLSTL

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    • trishafaye
      Jul 11, 2018 @ 03:39:17

      I’m glad you enjoyed it and got some chuckles Terri!
      And each to their own. That’s what makes the world such a beautiful place, with us all having our own likes and dislikes. It would be so boring if we were all alike.

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  4. Jeff Salter
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 00:01:53

    enjoyed your post and I needed a chuckle today.
    I’ve never, ever enjoyed yard work and yet I know several guys who just seem to be devoted to their lawns and grounds. It’s difficult for me to think of anything I dislike more.
    I used to keep up the mowing on the property here, but it was taking me portions of three days to do what the hired “yard guys” could accomplish in hardly more than 35 minutes. So I decided to shell out the money.

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  5. olderwisermoneymiser
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 00:04:29

    My husband has officially BANNED me from mowing the grass. Apparently I don’t do it right. 🙂 Good job on getting your point across!! #MLSTL

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  6. patwdoyle11
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 00:49:17

    So funny! I love your final solution, too. I’m lucky that hubby still does the mowing while I get the “pretty stuff”. Unfortunately while we were away last month (4 weeks), weeds overtook the garden. Why is it weeds grow great and the pretty plants die in the heat? As hubby pointed out…he does the mowing, I’m in charge of the gardens, so weeds are mine. So, I’ve been weeding a bit every day for last 3 days….it’s only been in the mid 90’s. Not a lot of cardio there, but lots of bending!
    Visiting from MLSTL

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  7. leannelc
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 06:56:38

    Loved that you “played the 60’s card” Trisha! It made me smile to think of you transforming into a little old lady – not long after you’d been an Amazonian legend mowing half an acre! Glad your neighbours lifted their game before you had to get tough with them – nobody wants to take on an irate little old lady 😀

    Visiting from #MLSTL and to let you know I’ve shared this on my SM xx

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  8. Martha Reynolds
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 09:33:13

    That was a great read this morning, Trisha. I’m two days from 60 and already plotting how I can play it to my advantage!

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    • trishafaye
      Jul 11, 2018 @ 22:04:22

      Yes! We must take advantage of all the pluses that we can!
      Happy 60th BD in two days Martha!!

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    • trishafaye
      Jul 14, 2018 @ 19:05:42

      I put a sticky note on my planner so I could come in on the 13th and send you a HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY message. And I look at it today…the 14th…and realize that I missed wishing you a Happy Birthday ON your birthday. I hope it was happy and you were able to celebrate in style!

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  9. Johanna
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 10:22:52

    Haha! Great that the 60 years old card came into play. What’s the fun of getting older if we can’t be a little naughty too. Good luck with all that grass! (And thanks for commenting on my blog Lifestyle Fifty earlier for MLSTL x)

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  10. sizzlesue15
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 10:31:39

    Well I’m impressed you mow your lawn I’ve never had to do that. You use that 60 year old card and in fact I’m 61 next month so perhaps I should be using mine! Thanks for sharing some humour with us at #MLSTL and have a great week! You certainly showed those youngsters and that is a great feeling. 🙂

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  11. Jean C
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 12:31:11

    Good for you for standing your ground/lawn! Far better than shrieking at a neighbor’s inconsiderate behavior, even though I’m sorely attempted to. Now maybe these youngsters will volunteer to mow your lawn! I feel for you doing all your own stuff in that heat, but you’re wise to wait until it’s cooler outdoors.

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    • trishafaye
      Jul 11, 2018 @ 22:01:24

      Last year I was half way through mowing & had to stop with the heat. I put the mower up and decided to finish the other half the next morning. A few hours later I heard a riding mower & it sounded close. So I looked out my office window and saw the lady next door on her riding mower finishing the front for me. I took them cookies the next day. Unfortunately, that sweet family moved in December. (Big sigh.)

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  12. Amy Johnson
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 12:36:00

    Too funny! I applaud you for mowing your own grass. I have never mowed a lawn in my life. My husband has always done it.

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  13. Victoria
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 15:10:22

    Love your post. I have never liked to mow lawn though I have a few times. We have a service where we live now that is covered by our hoa. Good for you for not mowing their sections.

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    • trishafaye
      Jul 11, 2018 @ 21:57:13

      I’m glad you liked it Victoria. Even with the mowing part. Mowing still isn’t my favorite. I’d rather just fuss with the flowers. But I’m enjoying the side benefit of a little extra exercise LOL

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  14. Jan Wild
    Jul 12, 2018 @ 02:23:25

    Love this post, you are much more tolerant than me I would have had to say something but your more muted approach got the result any way. And well done on pushing on with a push mower; a great way to get fit and save some money as well.

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  15. Deb
    Jul 12, 2018 @ 15:01:08

    I love it! Yes, cutting grass in the summer in the south is a real sweaty job,every time I come in the house all sweaty ,I’m hoping I sweated off some fat… somehow that fat just doesn’t sweat away!🤷🏼‍♀️😀

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  16. Susan
    Jul 12, 2018 @ 23:47:08

    This is great! Love it!

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  17. Christie Hawkes
    Jul 16, 2018 @ 13:12:14

    I’m impressed that you are mowing your own lawn with a push mower. I used to years ago. Then I remarried and my husband took that job. Now we hire someone else to mow. I love that you pulled out the 60-year-old woman card. One more thing I have to look forward to! #MLSTL

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