Monday, July 26, 2010

Like Stars Burning Holes Right Through the Dark

Here is the back end of Roberts Dairy.

Okay. I may have overdone it a bit today. I ran 6 miles in the morning, then cleaned my kitchen. After that I called a woman who is a friend of someone I work with, to set up an appointment to mow her lawn. She says she's too old to do it anymore and didn't want to pay the amount a lawn care company would charge. When she answered, she said she didn't just want to set up a meeting, she wanted me to actually come over and mow. I had already made plans with my friend K. to kayak at around 3, so I told her I'd come over after that.

K. and I kayaked for about an hour and a half. There weren't many people on the lake on a Monday, and so we had a ton of space to paddle around in. She had a super fun weekend, and I got a chance to live vicariously through her. I almost felt like I had a life for a minute there.

I dropped K. off and then drove over to the woman's house. Her lawn is pretty big, but not out of control. It took me almost two hours. She called me a work horse and couldn't believe I was done so quickly. Then came the conversation about pay. Neither one of us had any idea how much she should pay me. Finally, she said $40. I thought that was a little high. She said, she'd pay me that today, since the grass was a little high and then after that, she'd go down to $30. I accepted that. It will be nice to trade one day of giving plasma for mowing her lawn. I'll still have to donate plasma one night a week, but that's so much better than two.


rel said...

I used to love cutting grass; meditative and all that. Now that I spend so much time away I've had to hire mine done. Kayaking has taken it's place for meditation activity.

Mnmom said...

I actually like to mow. Like rel said it's meditative. But kayaking would beat that.

Tara said...

I'm guessing it'll be less exhausting for you now, too. $40 for the first lawn mow sounds good to me!

Ananda girl said...

Sounds like a good deal for both of you! I too like to mow the lawn. I put on my MP3 and go. Feels good too.

Oh time on the lake sounds so sweet!

SkylersDad said...

That's great of you to help somebody out while making an extra buck also!

laura b. said...

Wow, yes, what a day! That lawnmowing gig sounds not to bad :-)