“My mom said the only reason men are alive is for lawn care and vehicle maintenance.”

I have emerged. The windows and doors are open. Today is much cooler and the AC is unnecessary. Earlier it sprinkled for a bit and the rain has left a chilly dampness. The day is dark, another leftover from the rain.

My usual quiet is disturbed as my bushes are getting trimmed. I guess my neighbor noticed I have been bending down the branches of the wild roses so I can get to my car without the thorns attacking me.

Yesterday I was organizing my little library when I saw a piece of paper on the lawn right near the library. I picked it up thinking it was trash. It wasn’t. It was a check for landscaping and was close to $1700.00. I looked up the company and gave the owner a call. He just called and is on his way over to pick up the check. Come to find out my neighbor across the street found another of his checks. It was in the amount of $1200.00. How does that happen?

When I was a kid, people did their own landscaping. Mowing was a Saturday event. All the fathers in the neighborhood were out with their push mowers. I remember all the clicks from those mowers. My father mowed his lawn in a certain pattern which was why he never trusted us to mow. We were just fine with that. He mowed every Saturday unless it rained. He made it a ritual.

When I was growing up, some things were always men things while other things belonged only to women. Men never cooked in the kitchen, but they were the only ones who barbecued. I figure outside cooking harkened back to caveman times when the hunters rotisseried their game over an open flame. Women cleaned up. Men never did.

Once when my mother was away and my father was left to his own devices he had to a wash. He had no idea how the washing machine worked. He used the sink to wash his clothes, and because he also did not know how the dryer worked, he put the wet clothes on a line he strung in the kitchen.

Later on in life my father would help clean up in the kitchen. He was happy to help. He’d fill the dishwasher and scrub the pans. After he was finished and had gone in to watch TV, we’d rewash the pans. He always left residue he never noticed. We never told him.

In the summer, whenever I visited my parents for the weekend, I was certain of three things about my father. He would take me outside to admire his lawn, he would barbecue on Saturday night and he’d always cook Sunday breakfast. He’d even take orders on the eggs.

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12 Comments on ““My mom said the only reason men are alive is for lawn care and vehicle maintenance.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    And the game finished, France prevailed and our narrow street was ablaze in noise. Singing, cheering and a general sense of wellbeing swept over our little part of the Latin Quarter. Across the street two small girls waved tricolors and the cars honked back. It was the best match of the tournament as the two heavyweights tried to knock each other out.

    I am sad for Birgit and happy that I will experience the excitement of the French national team trying to win Euro2016 in their own country. Allez Les Bleus.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I think it’s so exciting for you to be in Paris. How neat that the festivities have spilled into the street where you are staying. I love the exuberance after a big win. The Red Sox even got a parade in 2004.

      Wave that tricolor and root for France!!


  2. We’re having a rather nice day here, sunny with a strong enough wind to keep most flies away. They have however moved in to my kitchen so if they refuse to move out again I’ll bring out the spray bottle with fly poison 🙂

    Landscapers are really rare and expensive here. Most people rather spend that money on travels instead solandscapers are mostly working in the richer areas of the big cities. I also thinkthere’s some kind of idea thatb if You’re not man/ woman enough to take care of Your own garden You really should move to an apartment 🙂 🙂 I think that if I could afford a landscaper I would most likely still keep the grass low and weed the flowebeds just because I wouldn’t like to look as if I was sloppy 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The window behind me had a chilly breeze so I closed it. The weather has changed overnight. Despite the dampness, I like the cool weather.

      I used to mow my own lawn as did most of my neighbors. Now the only lawn mowing is done by the two young guys at the end of the street at their own houses. My season cost is about $1300.00 but that includes spring and fall clean-ups, all the fertilizing for the lawn, bushes trimmed, mowing once a week, the deck cleaned every time the lawn is mowed, mulching the garden and weeding the driveway rocks and the walk. I consider it money well spent.

      Enjoy your last day of work!


      • I don’t think trhey even would consider to look at a garden for that price here 🙂 🙂 I guess that’s why I’m thinking of getting one of those robomowers, they are getting cheaper by the year and soon we’ll all have them I think. No roboweeder yet though 🙂 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Christer,
        There are so many landscapers here they tend to be competitive. I swear it is the largest summer business next to motels and restaurants which cater to tourists.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s a dampish breezy and cool day up here. It did rain earlier this morning and that was good. Every now and then the atmosphere brightens to some degree but it doesn’t stay.

    Two of my father’s brothers were fabulous cooks in the kitchen. My father missed that gene. He was a very good grill master, though. He had a giant charcoal grill that he could do almost anything on including baking. He couldn’t translate that talent to a gas stove inside. If my mother was away, we ate at the diner.

    I’d be slightly frantic if I lost two checks in those amounts. Actually, I’d probably be out scouring customers’ lawns and bushes looking for them. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      We have the same weather but haven’t had any brightness. It has stayed moody and dark.

      Your father and mine could have been related. Mine too was a master at the grill. All the meat was perfectly cooked. He knew when to put what meat on to barbecue.

      He gave me two bars of special chocolate I know are fairly expensive, they come in boxes, as I’ve seen them at Ring’s. It was nice of him to give me a little thank you. He thinks the checks fell out when he took his phone out. He’s moving them to a different pocket.

      Have a great evening.

      • Caryn Says:

        That’s funny. My first thought when I read it was that he had stuffed them in his phone pocket.
        Chocolate is always appropriate. Especially expensive, good chocolate. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Caryn,
        You guessed correctly. He said that was all he could think he’d done. The chocolate was delicious!

  4. Bob Says:

    Another hot, humid, clear day but the flags are flying at half staff to commemorate the deaths of the police officers who were killed by a lone gunman last night in downtown Dallas. Just before the sniper opened fire on the police a peaceful rally and march for black lives matter was just concluding. The gunman told police that he hated white people especially policeman. He told this to police negotiators who had him sourounded in the parking garage where he fired on the police and met his own demise.

    I think that there is maybe one percent of the world’s population who are either crazy, evil or both. They come in all nationalities, races and religions. They can be found in every country and they believe that giving their lives while taking as many innocent lives as they can will give them some kind of reward in the next life. I’m at amazed the hatred over the centuries between the members of the three abrahamic faiths who are really cousins. When the genome project was completed several years ago the scientists couldn’t find the genes that make the races different. But hatred based on skin pigmentation still persists even among educated people.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Tonight is 62˚ and there is a chilly breeze as well.

      I watched MSNBC and got all the information about what had happened and how long they had negotiated with the gunman. There are some flags here that I saw also at half-mast. What a sad day.

      They are people looking for their fifteen minutes of fame. They are haters. Nothing will change them.


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