“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”

It wasn’t until 10 o’clock that I woke up this morning. Gracie was sleeping beside me with her head on the other pillow and Fern was sleeping against my leg. I have no idea where Maddie was, but she came in the room when she heard us stirring. The morning was perfect for sleeping, cool and cloudy, so we all took advantage. Since then I have been piddling around and all of a sudden I realized how late it had gotten so here I am. The weather for the rest of the week is predicted to be like today: cloudy and maybe rainy. I was going to go to the movies but so will everyone else. The rule of thumb is no movie on a rainy or cloudy day because the tourists are all there.

The birds have been really active today, and for the first time in a long time, a goldfinch is back. They used to be frequent visitors. I saw a male cardinal earlier and a few finches at the small feeder. A spawn of Satan has already emptied one of the feeders. I watched him hanging by his feet from a branch as he ate upside down. The blasted red squirrel is also around. He is most decidedly evil. I have seen him harassing the gray spawns, and he has scolded me on many occasions. He is also small enough to fit inside the squirrel proof bars on the other feeders. If I had a sling shot, that red squirrel would be in my cross hairs (I know slingshots don’t have them. I was being figurative).

I can hear lawns being mowed, kids playing in their front yards and dogs barking. My quiet neighborhood wakes up like this every Saturday morning. It always reminds me of when I was a kid, and Saturday was the nosiest day of the week. Everybody was outside talking to each other as they did the week’s chores. My mother and our neighbor each had their own clothes lines, but they were together in rows. My mother had the first three lines and our neighbor the second three. It was the same in every backyard. The houses were all duplexes in the project where we lived. My street had three duplexes while the whole project had twelve. The rest of the houses were up the hill and   around a small rotary. The last house was beside the parking lot nobody used except us kids.  It was where we went roller skating.

Every lawn got mowed on Saturday. It was a point of pride in my neighborhood to have a healthy green lawn. Neighbors whose lawns were scraggly and had patches of sand were talked about by the fathers who pushed the hand mowers every Saturday. Most early evenings I could hear the sprinklers. The metal ones always made noises when they whirled. My dad used to turn his onbefore coming into the house when he got home from work.

My dad, his whole life, used a blade lawn mower. He swore it cut the grass better than any other other kind. We’d offer to buy a gas mower for Father’s Day, but he always said no. He loved cutting the grass in that back and forth pattern he’d perfected over the years. He would never let us cut the grass. We didn’t do it right. I miss the sound of that mower, and I miss watching my dad cut his lawn.

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18 Comments on ““I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.””

  1. Bob Says:

    No one is mowing lawns here in North Texas because of the extreme heat and drought. All the lawns are slowly turning brown. Another 100 degree plus day is in the forecast and the record of 42 consecutive 100+ degree days will be set next week if the triple digits continue every day through next Saturday.

    Our father’s must have been cut from the same cloth. My father’s motto could have been, “don’t confuse me with the facts because I have already made up my mind”.

    My father believed that if you froze meat below zero degrees F all the bacteria would be killed and you could keep it for years and years. He claimed that his source of information was an article he once read about explorers finding a complete Mastodon in Alaska and that they eat the meat and were just fine. Unfortunately, he developed Idiopathic Cardiac Myopathy. An unknown virus or bacteria invaded and destroyed much of his heart muscle and he eventually went into congestive heart failure and died.

    To his dying day he would argue with me that he could not have contracted anything from the meat he kept frozen and then consumed after as much as ten years in the deep freeze. And he also believed that reel type mowers, line the one in the picture, damaged the blades of grass and that only rotary power mowers could cut the blades properly.

    • katry Says:

      My paper always has a story about the drought and there was a horrific picture of dried corn the other day. Is there any expectation if and when this will stop?

      My dad was as opinionated and seldom would change his mind despite evidence to the contrary. As for the mowers, he did have beautiful grass with a neat looking pattern from the cutting. I liked that sound as the blades cut the grass. It was never as intrusive as the machines now.

      My dad and I argued all the time, and I’d show him evidence, and he’s just say it was made up and I found it just prove my point.

      • Bob Says:

        The great heat wave of 1980 which set the 42 day record was knocked out by a tropical storm that came out of the Gulf of Mexico. If not we will have to wait until Labor Day.

  2. olof1 Says:

    We did get one shower of rain today but after that it was a rather nice day. Not to hot and mostly sunny. A friend of mine had a day lily day and plant swapping day in her garden today so that was where I spent most of my time today 🙂

    Your father was actually right about that kind of lawn mower, they do cut the grass much better than the others and it doesn´t damage the grass either which is important if one want a perfect lawn. I really don´t care about my lawn so I use what ever cuts it 🙂 🙂 🙂 But I do like to walk around with my mower without an engine. It´s so quiet and I can smell the grass and not the fumes 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      The sun popped out for a short time then went right back in so the clouds have been here all day.

      There are new weekly vacation tenants next door, and the street has been as noisy as all get out all day. The kids playing on the street and yelling, and I have no idea what they’re saying as it is in Portuguese. I hope they understand get out of the way of my car!

      My grass man has a stand up while you cut it mower. It looks neat, but never cuts as well as my dad’s did.

  3. Hedley Says:

    The green grass of White Hart Lane. I have known Dan since I was eleven. He has confirmed hat he has bought two tickets for us to see the Tottenham and Man City game at the Lane on August 28.
    What a thrill to go with a friend that I have had for over 45 years. It will be a special day out. COYS

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I think it’s wonderful to have had a friend for 48 years let alone your sharing a passion for a team with him. Now you have more than the trip to anticipate.

      I hope your team (I think it’s Tottenham) will win to make the day absolutely perfect!

      • Hedley Says:

        It is Tottenham and I still have my 700 shares 🙂

        It is such a thrill to think of us two old guys making our way to North London once again…although you probably noticed on the news that there were problems in Tottenham last night

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I used to mow my big, hilly lawn with a reel mower only because, after much wheezing and near-asphyxia, I determined that the rotary power mower was kicking up too much dust and other fine particles and it was giving me asthma-like symptoms. If I used the power mower, I had to wear a mask. If I used the reel mower, I was fine. So I used the reel mower for several years. It was lovely and quiet. Of course it only cut the grass and just rolled over any other sort of thing that was growing in the lawn. Eventually I gave up and I hired staff. Much better.
    It would be even better if my staff used a pony-drawn reel mower instead of those big, noisy power things. If I got the pony and equipage, do you think I could convince them to do it that way? 😀 😀 😀
    Actually, if I had the pony and equipage, it might be too much fun to let anyone else do it.
    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I know exactly what you mean about the mower kicking up dust and sand. Before I had a nice lawn, I had a small patch the dog had had fun digging in places, and when it was mowed, I could see the dust flying into the air (even back then I had someone cutting it).

      Heck, I’d even cut your lawn if I could use a pony and equipage!

  5. Zoey & Me Says:

    It was easy to get married to those push mowers. I saw mostly older men using them but they also had the best trim looking lawns. But that’s dealing with less than .20 acres which is a normal size yard. Get an acre to mow and you have to go power mower for mow everyday. My Dad’s first experience with a riding mower was to take it back and he did and they gave him a full credit. He hated it. But we did find a mower that had a belt which pulled the wheels and he adjusted to that one. He didn’t have the stamina to mow with the manual one anymore and he had congestive heart failure which would kick in and make it hard to breathe. He lived like that well into his 70’s. In fact, he died choking on a chicken bone. Was dead, the Coroner said, before he hit the floor. Spawns of Satan again eh? Be nice to them and they will be nice to you.

    • katry Says:

      I agree about the size of the lawn. My father never had a huge one so the push mower was just fine for him. My first one was also a push mower, but I never got the satisfaction he did out of a well mowed, kept lawn (if I was doing it, that is.)

      My next door neighbor is my landscaper, and I watch my lawn getting mowed-it always looks great. One of my friends called it tidy.

      There is no good in a spawn of Satan.

  6. J.M. Heinrichs Says:



    • katry Says:

      I like the one on the wrist best of all. The first one would knock down trees in my yard!

  7. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    We didn’t have a lawn. My dad sort of designed the house, and we had a Japanese style front “lawn”. It had pebbles to look like a pond, a small bridge and stepping stones to the front door, and I can’t remember the plant’s name that filled in the rest of the front of the house. We were not popular with the neighbors who all had mowed lawns ( and that is sort of an understatement). I now understand my dad, who had a vision of the house he wanted to give to my mother and his daughters. Since we had to move, I’ve never gone back to that house and often wonder if the family who bought it, took all that out and put sod or a lawn in. I hope not.
    I do hope the weekly child tenants understand ” get out of the way of my car” or you will have paper doll children tenants.

    • katry Says:

      The yard sounds lovely. If i didn’t have Gracie, I might love a Japanese garden in the backyard. They look so lovely and are so calm and serene.

      They don’t get two honks so I figure this is going to be a long week.

  8. katry Says:

    My Dear Hedley,
    I did see the news about the fire and the riot. You two be careful!

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