Today I was bound and determined to finish. I may have been bound and determined, but that old Cub Cadet had other ideas. When I started the project it seemed like CC (that's the mower) was a bit sluggish. I thought the job was going to take forever. After a while I remembered the lawn tractor fix it man said something about how dirty it was when he gave it an overhaul a few months ago. He also said he was surprised Hon let it get so dirty. I just nodded and kept my mouth shut since I'm the one that takes care of CC, which is oddly enough just putting gas in it. I figured maybe that was it, it was dirty, because the blades were spinning pretty slowly. I got out a stick (after turning off the mower - safety first) and started poking around underneath it. I think I've heard Hon call that the "deck." Well, that deck part was chocked full of grass and all sorts of stuff. I kept poking and swishing all the stuff off I could get to. I will admit it was a lot. Then I turned the mower back on and surprise surprise old CC started going faster like she'd had caffeine put in her tank. I think she started purring. So I continued on…
When I got to the part down by the fire pit I have to get real close to a bunch of bushes and pricker bushes (ouch). Didn't think anything of it. CC was still running real good. Next thing I knew I started smelling some smoke. I ignored it figuring it wasn't important, maybe the neighbor was burning something. Well, then I looked
down. There was some smoking coming from that deck part I had just cleaned off not long before. Of course I turned CC off, got myself another stick, and started poking around. I figured I must have gotten something clogged up in there since there was room again to get stuff up in there. I poked and prodded, not sure if I had come up with whatever was causing the smoke. I hopefully thought maybe I remedied the situation by poking around enough, turned the mower back on, pulled up the blade spinning lever and…nothing. No spinning and thankfully no smoke, so I limped CC over to the house for Hon to take a look at when he gets home. I'm not sure if I should tell him about the smoke part yet. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Sometimes ignorance really can be bliss.
Oh, I learned another thing today. Poison Ivy vines have little hairs on them. I didn't know that before I started using part of one to poke around at CC's deck to get the stuff out. The things we learn! Smiling & Waving, Sharon