Thursday, May 16, 2013

Oh Deere!



When my husband and I were dating he used to say wonderful things to me like, "When we're married, I will take such good care of you." One of the add-ons to that at one point was, "When you're sick, I'll bring you soup, I'll rub your back..." and so on and so forth.

In reality, when I'm sick he puts his shirt over his face and crosses his fingers in front of me like I'm a vampire telling, "Don't come near me, I don't want to get sick!"

But now John is sick...and trust me, this is a big deal.  This means hubby will have to use the push mower because I can't start it, lolol

I knew something was wrong with him (John), but I thought the poor guy just needed a battery after sitting in the garage all winter.  I bought him a new battery. $50 worth of new battery.

I did all of the weedeating around the house, and then it was time to mow.

John made it to here:


And then died.

"Let it sit awhile, maybe it'll get enough charge to drive it back up to the house," hubby said.

Nope.

John has a problem, and I'm guessing it probably killed the new battery we bought him too (grr).

Today the riding lawn mower doctor will come to take John away. I hope he can fix him and bring him back soon. We miss him already.

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  1. Once you use a rider, it's really hard to go back to the push! I hope he feels better soon!

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    1. Here's to hoping for minor ailments only. :)

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  2. We just bought a new mower a few years ago and at the price you have to pay for them, it better last a long time

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    1. John's a pretty reliable guy, he's just having a little trouble right now. Thankfully the JD Doctor is pretty reliable too. :)

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  3. I offer much sympathy for John. I am the mower around here and nothing rocks my boat more than the mowers not cooperating.

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    1. It does put a crimp in the daily plans, I'll give you that... :)

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  4. Ouch, just the mention of mowing makes me cringe. Yesterday I mowed then weed-whacked almost the full 2 1/2 lot piece of land where the town house sits. I don't have a John, just a Troy-built gas mower. You have John and I have Troy. Haha But, I'm hurting this morning.
    Hope John recovers without much of a dent in your pocket book.

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    1. Yard work does leave a body sore, I can totally relate to that one.

      I'm loving your greenhouse, btw!!

      http://beajayblock.blogspot.com/2013/05/that-time-of-year.html

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  5. Those push ones are a pain, hopefully John is better soon. And yeah keep the germs away.

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    1. That just must be a guy thing, lol. He's not even remorseful when I bring up the unfulfilled promises of taking care of me when I'm sick, he just laughs and runs out of the room (to avoid the germs ;) ).

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  6. Oh Boy! We don't half the yard you have, but since we are 'OLD" my hubs got one for "My Birthday" last year (good thing I had previously ordered a new designer purse, lol) well to make a long story short, "My Present" that I have never used, Ever!!! just threw a tantrum and did a number in our lawn, leaving uneven patches, dug deep into others and our lawn looks now like the gardener was high on fertilizer!!!! a big mess...needless to say, my hubs decided to sell my present ( I wonder If I should get part of the cut since it was "My Present") and keep using his dad's 50 year old push mover...That I HaVe to USE!!!!! at least I will loose weight every time I have to push that old thing! Hugs, my friend...I hope they can bring "Dear John" back!

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    1. Ohh, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a brand spanking new riding mower for a birthday present. One with a leaf holder thingy on it (those are pricey!). It's not going to happen, but I'd love it. :)

      I'm sorry to hear yours didn't run right!! I would not be at all happy if a new mower ate up the yard. >:/

      I had a push mower in Florida (no engine) and the fam. made fun of me, but I loved it. The yard was small and the back was all swimming pool, so the little pusher worked fine for me. And it reminded me of my grandfather, who owned one and loved it too. :)

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  7. Ugh! Hope the doctor returns a healthy and happy John in record time.

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    1. We've got an acorn tree in the front yard that makes for tricky push-mowing, so I really, really hope for his timely and healthy return to our family. :)

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    2. Well...I just went to visit your site, and I now have TRACTOR ENVY!! What a beaut you've got there!!

      http://secondaryrds.com/?p=2810

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  8. Poor John. Or is that Deere John? :D

    Hope things are up and running around there soon. Grass cutting season could be really long for you at your place!
    tm

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    1. It's poor Deere John for now, I'm afraid. :(

      Soon he'll be back to good old John Deere, I'm sure of it. Or will that then be John, dear. Or maybe dear John Deere. Yeah, that one. :)

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  9. Poor John. I hate it when they don't work. I love how you did this. Too cute.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. John's going to be in good hands, the John Deere mechanics here are reasonably priced and efficient. I'm looking forward to his healthy return though!

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  10. Poor John! I used to have a ride on mower, but it died, so thankfully we have a small yard and my step-son (soon to be my oldest in a few years) has to use the push mower! The exercise does them good, though, right?

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    1. Of course... it builds character and gives them fresh air too. ;)

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  11. I had to mow once with a push mower and it was horrible! We have a very hilly yard. My husband got stung by a bee (he's very allergic) and I had to finish the yard. After that, if he ever says he wants a ride on, I won't stop him. Push mowers are hard work!

    Hope John feels better soon!

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    1. I remember that story (about the bee)! We have three hills too...one on each side of the yard, and one in the back. The John Deere guy's been here now, and I told him we don't run the mower on the side of the house w/the steep hill. He said, 'Why not? It'd run up and down that hill like a champ!' So woo hoo! I'm going to take him at his word on that. He IS a John Deere pro after all. :)

      I've always been scared to run that hill in the past (but like you said a push mower on the hills is hard work!).

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  12. Oh no, poor John! We got a riding mower after moving out to our new place because a push mower and several acres don't really mix too well! I don't know what my hubby would do without a riding mower (he's the designated mower around here haha).

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    1. I bet your husband does like his rider. You've got 20 wooded acres, right? That's ten times MORE than we have, and I appreciate the rider. ;)

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  13. My Dear John also had a big problem last year & now this year he has ate two of his belts already !

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    1. Ugh, I'm sorry to hear it. I am happy you came over though because it reminds me to come and see how your new puppies are doing! :)

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  14. Poor John! Hope he doen't have to be put out to pasture! Get a goat :)

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    1. If I got a goat it would get the neighbor's goat (literally first, figuratively second) because there's no fence between our land. :)

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  15. You had me mourning for the loss. Being from Illinois meant the men wore John Deere caps. Hope John can recover, or will he be put out into John Deere pastures?

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    1. I got my husband a John Deere Christmas ornament as a gift once. He liked it better than his "big gift," I'm almost positive. :)

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  16. Oh no ... and I've seen pics of your lawn! It's huge!
    Hope John comes back to life for you!

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    www.raising-reagan.com

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  17. I'd miss him too! I hope it is a quick (inexpensive) fix! We had a rider mover years ago....and it dies. It is just a piece of junk sitting in our yard. My husband settles for using a push....speaking of which, our lawn could use the first mowing of the year!

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    1. It's amazing how long it took for warm weather to arrive, and now the green is just suddenly EVERYWHERE! I love it!

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  18. Poor John! Fingers are crossed he's easily and inexpensively cured.

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    1. I agree that inexpensive is always good when talking repairs... :) :D

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  19. I hope it can be fixed without costing too much!

    I have a feeling we are going to need a new mower this year, but ours is just a cheap push one from Walmart anyway. We got it eight years ago. When we replace it, it will probably be with another cheap push one. :)

    We have relatively short summers here (we still have a lot of dead grass, so no mowing yet here), so we don't have to do a lot of mowing. And our yard is just like 1/3 of an acre or something, so by the time you take the house, tool shed, storage shed, and pool out of that, it's really not that much to mow.

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    1. Ah, but you've got a POOL! :) If you've got to trade lawn, it most certainly should be for a pool! :)

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  20. Hi Rosey,
    I love your title! I'm so sorry that John isn't feeling well. I've done the push mower and after doing it, I took very good care of my John. I never wanted to go through that again. I really hope yours is back to feeling well very soon.

    Sincerely,
    Karina

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    1. A broken rider sure does make you appreciate the easy life (of no push mowing), that is for sure, lol!

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  21. Hope you get John fixed soon! Looks like you have quite a sizable yard. :)

    toddlindsey.com

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    1. I'm going out now to rake before the sun goes down. Gotta get things ready for John's big return to the lawn. ;)

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  22. Haha - you got me - hope John gets better soon! sandie

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  23. We had a push mower when I was growing up. It was not great since we lived on a steep hill :) I hope that your ride on mower gets fixed soon!

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    1. We have steep hills here too, and I'm scared to use the riding mower on them, lol. :)

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    1. He's going to be just fine....the mower doc said so. :)

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  25. We have one and I refuse to learn to use it...our front yard is not big enough to have that I'm always asking for a push one because its smaller and can get around the yard easier...the backyard is big and there we do need the ride on one

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    1. Our front yard could easily be push mowed (and it has been many times) but there's an acorn tree there that sends nuts a'flying. It's dangerous to mow out there, lol. Really.

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  26. Oh no! Poor John. I hope he is better soon, and doesn't cost you too much to fix!!

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    1. Affirmative on both, I'm happy to say, woot! :)

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  27. Maybe it's going on strike? :)

    I hope John feels better soon!!

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    1. Too early in the season for a strike, he hasn't even gotten enough work in to complain yet. ;)

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  28. We just had maintenance done - just like a car. Geez. They guy called my husband back several times with a new diagnosis. But waaaaay cheaper than getting a new one.

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    1. You got that right! I don't mind the repair costs at all if they mean we don't have to budget for a new one.

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  29. We have a big yard for the city. The problem is that it's hilly. A riding lawn mower wouldn't work. We'd probably fall with it. We have a Honda self propelled one.

    I saw a young man (probably 16 or 17) in the hardware store. He said to his mom, "Can you believe they have a mower that can be plugged in? That's so cool it doesn't need very much gas!" His mom looked at him and said, "What?" He repeated himself. She said, "What would you want with something like that? It's the 2013!" I just had to laugh knowing my Dad has one like that.

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    1. I think those are the ones w/the easy start! That might be just the push version for me. I try and try to start the ones w/a string and I never can do it. It's more than mildly annoying.

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  30. I hope you get him fixed. It would be rather expensive to get a whole new one. Even though a whole new one would be very sweet!

    Gosh I'm not looking forward to mowing.

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    1. I thought I wouldn't care for being the main person doing yard work, but I love it! A happy surprise. :)

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  31. oh no...
    hope he gets better soon ...
    we have never had a ride one, but i bet it is nice :)

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    1. It's nice if they're in good working order. :)

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  32. Our John has been dead for 2 years now...we're borrowing another John from my husband's parents until we get a new one...my husband thinks it'd be about $1000 to fix and I don't want to put that much into it-it's ANCIENT! LOL! (Although I'm sure it's built better than the newer ones. :-/)

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    1. I bet you're right about the old one being super sturdy. Does it have a cracked lid on the front? Seems like that's the only thing that breaks on those, but they sure break fast!

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