Can you guess how much a lawnmower tune-up costs, though? I would think around $25 to $30 for a simple little engine would be fair. But I was wrong. Try double that. And that's just for labor, not parts! Oh, and there's a one to four week wait time. Well, while I've been procrastinating finding all this information out, our front yard has been drinking in lots of rain and sunshine and looks like this:
In another week, I am sure my girls would love to dress up and pretend they are Laura and Mary in Little House on the Prairie. But our neighbors and a city ordinance would likely object. It was past time for an intervention.
However, to get to this point, our little 148cc mower needed an oil change and a little TLC. So I sought expert advice from YouTube and Lowe's. (Later, I realized the guy in the video sounds just like Troy McClure in the Simpsons.) Anyway, with my confidence and knowledge boosted, I picked up the items I needed from the hardware store. Cost for oil and a spark plug: $6.98 plus tax.
And I am happy to report that after following "Troy's" instructions, I completed the tune-up and started the lawnmower on the second attempt. We now have a mowed front yard. And while it felt good to have gained a new skill, I still have to resist the temptation to covet a pollution-free reel mower.
Instead I simply need to want what I have.
|After mowing the very thick front lawn, I breathe a sigh of relieved satisfaction.|