I love mowing. It’s like a haircut, a cleaned kitchen, a pile of laundry folded, only way more fun because you’re outdoors on a big machine on a beautiful day with ear plugs in so you can’t hear anyone calling.
I don’t love spring tractor prep, though I do like messing around with engines at the 101 level. I took auto mechanics as a high school elective, subsequently feeling rugged and accomplished as I worked on my first car.
The smell of gasoline gives me heart flutters. When I visited Jonathan on their family’s apple farm and saw him on a huge tractor, and later, working on machinery in the barns, I was hooked.
I can change oil and filters, charge a battery, inflate a tire. It’s the unexpected glitches that deter me. Jonathan helped with the glitches. Only two trips to NAPA and she powered right up.
I might walk the dogs twice this evening, just to go look at it again.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 266: 163 words, TOTAL = 45,188;
14,812 words remaining, and 100 days to use them. I'll have to reduce my average to 148 words a day between now and then in order to hit the goal.
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.