Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Nathan's New Toy

Last week, we were mighty busy in our kitchen making some new recipes . . .  so, I thought I’d fill you in on what’s been going on outside of the Atwood kitchen.  Lest you start thinking all we do around here is eat! :)

I can’t remember if I’ve shared this before, but one of the things that attracted us to our home when we bought it last April was the ginormous (to us) back yard.  Every home we had looked at before this one sat on a tiny lot, with not much room to stretch our legs.  We wanted a yard we could plant veggies, flowers and trees in, but we still wanted it to be manageable.  The first time we walked through our little ranch, we both knew it was “the one.”  It had everything on our “list,” and even some nice bonuses that we didn’t even know we wanted, but now can’t live without (aka hardwood floors).

Here’s a picture of our current back yard:

 (Please ignore our shabby chic shed out back—I’m hoping to give it a nice face lift this summer.)

If you have a mid to large sized yard, however, then you’ll understand why we felt a little overwhelmed after the first mow.  And the second mow, and the third . . .  We have a push mower, and it takes us about 2-3 hours to mow the grass (front + back yard).  This isn’t a whole lot of time, but when you consider weeding, picking up sticks, etc. then the grass cutting job turns into a whole day affair.

This is when Nathan decided he really wanted a riding lawn mower.  But, have you seen how much those things cost??  You could buy a decent car for the price of a riding lawn mower.  Needless to say, we waited and just kept on mowing with the pusher.

Until . . . last week.

When Nathan found this little guy in a neighborhood nearby . . . 

 He was only $85 and he looked like he needed a good home.

But we didn’t have a truck to get him home, and I knew this monster wasn’t fitting in my car.

So, we got it home redneck style—by driving it.

Doesn’t he look so happy with his mower??

You can’t tell by the outside, but this puppy can haul!  It has a new engine and a new battery.  And since this picture, it now has some pumped up tires. 

We can’t wait to see how much time we save cutting grass!

3 comments:

  1. We need one too, but our "professionally landscaped yard," as listed by the realtor, has a row of rocks in the front yard right where the hill goes down, and a random fence around just one part of the yard - so Corey hauls his push mower around.

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  2. Sounds like the lawn mower is a God-thing - in your neighborhood and for only $85 - what a bargain!

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