May 19

Mower Maintenance

This morning was the yearly John Deere tune-up on the mower.

  • replaced the oil filter
  • replaced the fuel filter
  • changed the oil
  • replaced the spark plug
  • sharpened the blades
  • greased and lubed joints
  • checked the belts
  • checked the tire pressure
  • checked the engine pressure

He said we’re going to need new blades next year since we have a new lawn. New lawns are murder on blades apparently. The most interesting part was when he told me cleaning the mower is not a good idea. Leaving it dirty is best. A lot of people hose it off right after they finish mowing when the ball bearings are hot. The hot bearings don’t like the cold water and the water can get inside and ruin the pulleys. He told me a story about a guy who had 60 hours clocked on his mower and it was spotless. When he told the guy that his pulleys were shot and he should stop cleaning it, the guy responded with, replace the pulleys, I’m not stopping cleaning it. So basically keeping the mower dirty is a good thing and will help it last a long time. However what I do need to do is to scrape the underside of the deck more oftern to allow the blades to cut better.

May 18

Good Result

I saw the Dr. today to review the results of my MRI. Everything is normal. He found some slight fluid build up so something must be causing that but he and the radiologist both couldn’t see anything. No surgery for me. The plan is for more time and activity restriction. Once it feels better, I can start riding the bike in the gym.

May 17

Getting Ready

One week until the big party. Things are in full swing here. We’ve been cleaning like a tornado. I cleaned the grill last weekend which took 3.5 hours. This weekend we did a lot of stuff in the house and Erin did a lot in the garage. We also did some planting around the house and I dealt with a few odd jobs outside as well. I hope the landscapers can come this week and put in the garden. The rain is delaying their ability to catch up on their schedule. We still have a few weeks before the patio is going in.

This year we’re doing 2 grills for Memorial Day; one propane and one wood charcoal. Its going to be a grilling extravaganza!

May 12

Still Here

I haven’t been around these parts in awhile. Not much to report. I took a day off today to catch up on house stuff. It felt good to get a bunch of little things done.

I’m hoping we get the garden bed installed soon. If it stays dry, the landscapers may be here late this week. The patio is 3 to 4 weeks away but that’s okay. The priority is the garden bed.

I have a MRI scheduled for my right knee tomorrow. It hasn’t been right for over a year. I hope the result will explain what is going on. Even if I don’t do anything about it, I want to know what is wrong.