Simplifying one’s life starts with simplifying one’s motivations. My refusal to crank up the A/C in the house until the temperature got into the 90s this week, for instance, was motivated by the simple desire to keep the electricity bill down. And I’ve ignored the lawn up to now, because I was basically in dolce far niente mode all week and utterly lacked motivation. I can’t put it off forever, of course, so I took a trip down to the factory parts depot (which inexplicably is closed Saturday) and bought a new blade for the mower. (Yeah, I could probably have the old one sharpened, but a new one was less than $25.) The idea was to install it this afternoon, and then hit the grass running, or at least loping, tomorrow.
And then the clouds came in, dark and menacing. Mindful of the weather forecast — it’s supposed to start raining by tomorrow night and keep it up for a couple of days — I blew off the installation and gave the yard one last trim with the old blade. To my surprise, it worked fairly well, considering I’d accidentally set the cut height at around an inch and a half instead of my preferred two inches.
Incidentally, the packaging for the new blade consists of about 20 square feet of Saran Wrap and a sticker with a barcode. This works about as well as you think it does at the task of protecting one’s mitts. I wonder how they package them if you order them from the Web site (same price).