Yesterday was a gorgeous day! My wife and I got some time off from babysitting and went home Tuesday evening. Slap my wrist - I left my son’s laptop at his house so no Internet for me. After watching movies on TV most of the night, I woke up at 0710 without an alarm. Thought that was pretty good seeing that I didn’t go to bed until 0230. After two cups of coffee and watching the birds in the yard, I started on raking all the leaves that had blown around the house - after we had cleared them all last fall (twice). Once my wife woke up and had her coffee, I got the lawnmower out to mulch the leaves - wouldn’t start. I cleaned and re-gapped the spark plug, put a little dry gas in the tank. ran some emery cloth on the magneto and checked the gap on that. Still wouldn’t start. So we raked, picked up, swept and picked up all the leaves from under the hedges and away from the house. When we saw how much there was to pick up after just doing out front and one side of the house, we decided we’d better start picking them up. I tried the lawn mower again… no joy, but it sounded like it wanted to start. I also had to use a flat shovel to get the cold patch that was used to cover the water main break we had during the winter and that was plowed off and left along the curb in front of my house and in front of the apron of my driveway. I picked up 4 wheel barrows of that black sticky stuff! By this time the temperature had risen to 50F/10C. The sun had been shining brightly since sunrise and there wasn’t any breeze to speak of, so we were feeling a little on the warm side as we worked. Periodically I would go over and give a few tries at starting the mower. After the last attempt,I told my wife it sounded like the dry gas had worked its way through as it started for a couple of seconds and died. As I was wheeling the last wheel barrow full of debris over to the gully, my wife walked over and gave the mower one try. It started! As my wife went in to make herself a cup of coffee, I mulched the back yard up to the carriage house and then directly behind my house up to the dead end street. By now the temperature had risen to 53.6F/12C. I wanted to clean along the fence along the dead end street, but by this time my back was telling me to stop - which I did. (I did manage to do a little of my neighbor’s side lawn where there were a lot of leaves.) That’s when I realized the sun was just starting to dip below the roof of the 3-story house on the dead end street (higher up on the hill). That’s it… shower and dinner time. After my wife had her coffee, she ran up to our daughter’s house to let her dog out. My wife decided it would be nice to bring the dog down for a “visit!” All she wanted to do was to play with grandpa, hag the cat, jump up onto the couch and love seat to look out the windows and chew up a couple of the catnip mice toys. Of course when she gets a drink of water, she slobbers all over the place, walking away with water running out of both sides of her mouth.
After dark the clouds moved in and kept the temperature fairly constant above freezing. Then By 0245 this morning the clouds had moved out the temperature dipped below freezing. The clouds were back by sunrise this morning, gradually blocking out the sun. The rest of the morning up to now (2:24 PM) it’s been overcast and windy with strong gusts. Feels like rain. It’s currently 54.8F/12.6C. Now my back aches, my hands ache, my arms still feel like I raking leaves and shoveling cold patch.
As an after-thought, yesterday when I got my wheel barrow out, the tire was flat! My DIL had “misplaced” the power adapter to the charger for air compressor. Not to worry! I just got out our old iron wheel wheel barrow! A bit on the noisy side - especially on the front walk and stone driveway - but it worked!
UPDATE: 2:45 PM and the rain has started. Oh, April showers bring May flowers!