September 8, 2007: Lunch at Lou Acevedo's
August 21-29, 2007: A Trip to Fort Lauderdale
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September 1, 2007
A Weekend at Fred's House


 


The 1st and 2nd of September were one of Fred's weekends to work, and we had also planned to get together with Ron and Jay on Monday, Labor Day. So I was up at Fred's house for the weekend. When I do come up, my usual schedule is to arrive Friday night about 7:30pm; I can't get there much earlier unless I leave at 4pm in the afternoon- the traffic is just too bad. Then Fred usually fixes something simple for dinner after we've done a bit of work outside. The days are starting to get shorter, so there is less time between the time I arrive and when it gets dark to do much.

On this particular weekend, while Fred was opening the greenhouses on Saturday morning, I occupied myself guiding his DR Field and Brush mower through part of the pasture. His riding mower had been out of commission for a few weeks, and the pasture had gotten so high it just had to be mowed even before we got the riding mower back. I kind of enjoy using the mower, and Fred took this picture shortly before noon just after he returned from the greenhouses. The mower is self-propelled and cuts a fairly wide swath (wider than a typical lawnmower), and it also cuts the reedy weed Scebosa that has taken over parts of the pasture.

In the early afternoon, I used the mower up by the house as well; the grass gets high very quickly over the septic field, and I had to go slowly to get it cut. It was so thick that Fred had to rake some of it up to take to the brush pile; if he didn't, then the next time we mowed it would be that much harder. So just as I am finishing mowing for a while, Fred snapped a picture of the pickup truck full of clippings.

While I was putting the mower away to take a break for lunch, Fred found some of the local wildlife in one of his flowering bushes- doing what the local wildlife usually do. The grasshoppers were not a nuisance this year; each year we wonder if this will be one of the years, like 2005, when they eat everything in sight.

I did some more mowing later in the day while Fred worked in his rose beds, and then he went to close the greenhouses while I did a stint on the exercise bike. When he returned, we got cleaned up and went to Sherman to have dinner with Chris Young.


September 8, 2007: Lunch at Lou Acevedo's
August 21-29, 2007: A Trip to Fort Lauderdale
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