My apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I hope the need for royalty payments for The Rime of the Ancient Mariner have passed.
This is a sentiment that many of us in eastern Kentucky have expressed over the past few months. Some were duped by The Farmer’s Almanac website which I will quote, “Summer will be hotter and drier than normal, with the hottest periods in mid to late June, mid to late July, and early to mid-August.”
OK, maybe the “powers that be” changed the season of summer to be from July 24- July 28, because those days were hot and dry, except for the steam that rose out of the swampy goo.
Trying to mow my three acres in this saturated state has become my Waterloo…I’ll let you think about that for a minute.
This summer my grass has been growing at a faster rate than the seemingly, steroid infused mildew that was in the bathtub of my college fraternity house.
Mowing has become necessary again, however I cannot mow. “Why can’t I mow”, you ask, quizzically. Because IT’S RAINING!!! I know you people living in California can’t grasp this concept of rain. Maybe some pimply faced intern at The Farmer’s Almanac confused California with Kentucky in the compiling of this year’s almanac. Somewhere a California farmer is looking for blue mold.
I took this picture of cascades of a creek in the Yocum and Pleasant Run area of Morgan County, KY. It resembles the water running through my side yard during the last storm. Shortly afterward, I saw a small Asian boy leading a yak down my street.
My mower has been stuck in mud…stuck in mud…stuck in mud… three times this summer, because you can’t see the water standing in the yard because the grass is so high. I went to the local hardware store to see if my old Snapper could be fitted with floats like a seaplane. The amazing thing is I was not the first one to request this. Since Snapper does not make a hover riding mower yet, I will have to wait for the rain to stop and then send out a dove.
While waiting on my yard to dry, I can always weedeat my gutters.
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