Thursday, July 10, 2008

Plodding Along

ETA: Ha! I just lost the first half of my post!! Exceedingly annoying. Blogger, I will have vengeance! ;o) Now I have to re-write some of it. . .

Here are a few things that have been happening around here lately:

1. Monday night, we noticed that our A/C wasn't cooling properly. Instead of going down, the temperature was going up-- and no, we hadn't accidentally set it to "heat". ;o) We shut it off, opened some windows, and went to bed thinking we'd have to call a repair man the next day.

The next morning, after clearing some "overnight giant" weeds from the slope (where the A/C is located), we decided to give it one last try. It seemed to be working, and it hasn't given us any problems since then! I don't know how long it'll last, but I'll happily postpone calling a repair man as long as possible. ;o)

2. At about the same time, our walk-behind mower started giving us trouble.

First off, it wasn't going as fast as it should. Donald decided it was because some cord/line had gone a bit limp, and without the proper tension the motor didn't "know" it was supposed to be going full speed. (I think. . . )

After he spent some time looking at it (trying to see if he could tighten the cord), it didn't want to start at all. He thought it might be flooded or something from having been on its side, so he gave it a rest, but the next time we tried to get it started, the pull-start cord came loose entirely! Donald was able to reattach it, but I don't think she'll ever be the same again. ;o) Or he. . . It's a Toro, after all.

Anyway, we may be able to get it going again, but we think this might be a sign that it's time to go ahead and get a new lawn mower. We've been intending to buy a riding mower sooner or later, anyway. With a lawn as big as ours, it would make the chore of keeping it "groomed" so much easier.

So-- now begins the task of comparison shopping! Yee-haw! ;o)

3. Molly's back took a turn for the worse a few days ago, when she lost a small patch of hair around the sore spots. Now it looks like it might be improving. I hesitate to type it, for fear that she'll suddenly go totally bald ;o), but the sort spots don't look as irritated, at the moment. . . For now, I'm just keeping an eye on it and planning to try out some shampoo I'm borrowing from Mom tomorrow. Do you hear that, Molly? You're getting a bath soon! (g)