Weird Opinion: I Love Mowing the Lawn

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It’s October and if you’re like me, you’re wondering where the heck the summer went. When summer started, I made a list of about 20 summer activities I wanted to do with my family. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 and crazy schedules, we managed to squeeze in a whopping 8 of them. But as I’m sitting here, I’m thinking back to the things I love doing over the summer, and one weird one instantly comes to mind.

I love mowing the lawn.

Yes, you read that correctly. One of my favorite summer activities is mowing the lawn. Go ahead, finish laughing. Now let me just humor you for a few minutes because I think I have a few good points.

Fresh Air
What’s better than the fresh summer air? When you’re mowing the lawn, you have no other choice than to fill your lungs with that sweet smell of freshly cut grass. We rarely have our air conditioner off over the summer because yours truly gets a little crabby if the house is too hot. After a while the air inside the house gets stale and I crave time outside.

Exercise
As moms, it’s so hard to find time for yourself and even harder to squeeze in a good workout. Pushing a lawn mower around the yard is a great way to utilize the upper body and get some extra steps in! You’re killing two birds with one stone right there; checking a chore off the to-do list and getting in that oh so important workout. I’d count that as a double win. Now of course if you have a riding lawn mower, the exercise point is out the window. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it, right? Kick back on that baby, grab a cocktail, and enjoy the fresh air while you drive instead (refer to point one if you need a refresher on this).

Satisfaction
For me, there are few things better than the satisfaction of seeing those lines from the mower throughout the yard. The perfectionist side of me gets complete and pure joy looking back at my progress as I go along. It truly is the little things in life that matter the most.

Me Time
This one is key. What do moms want the most? A break away from the kids? Depending on the size of your yard, mowing the lawn guarantees you time away from your partner and your kids. Alone time. Just you and the lawnmower. For me, it takes me about an hour to mow our entire yard. An hour of time just for me and I enjoy every minute of it.

My husband and I don’t fight very much, but if you’ve been to our house or walked by over the summer you may have heard us arguing over whose turn it is to mow the lawn. He typically just goes ahead and does it which leaves me begging him to not because it’s MY turn. We can definitely file this one under “weird opinions,” but, to each their own right?

Do you have a favorite summer chore?

 

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Rachel grew up in the small town of LeSueur, about 30 minutes from Mankato. She spent some time living in Mankato while going to school for Accounting and Business Management. After living in LeSueur for a few years, she has since moved back to Mankato with her hubby, James. Rachel and James bought an older home in downtown Mankato where they live with their 18-month-old son, Jameson, and their 3 cats, Nala, Biscuits & Gravy. Rachel works for Ridley Inc., an agricultural feed company also in downtown Mankato as an Accounting Assistant. She is new to blogging and has no idea what she's doing but is very excited for this awesome opportunity to speak her mind and connect with other moms in the area!