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Lawn Mower Exercise

Batman says:

At the end of last mowing season (actually 2/3rds through) our riding mower had a malfunction. That’s putting it mildly, the mower deck basically fell apart. Now this is the second riding mower that this has happened to, the first being a used mower my brother gave me when he bought one of this new fangled ‘zero-turn’ mowers. So, here I was towards the end of the mowing season and no lawn mower, no problem says I, we will just buy a new mower deck and all will be well. I did some quick checking and found that a new deck was close to $700, welp, that’s a show stopper, I have to many things planned this year to spend that kind of money on something I am only probably use one more time this year….

Fast forward, it’s June 2018 and I still haven’t cut my grass! Started worrying I was going to lose my truck in the jungle out there and every time I let the dogs out it was like hide and seek. I started to wonder what else was lurking out there (don’t tell Peach that I had seen two snakes in the past month, she dislikes them and I’m sure somehow it would be my fault), so I decided I was going to do something about the grass.

Oh! That’s right, no mower deck, remember? “We will get it over the winter, no worries” were the words I distinctly remember myself saying. Crud! Hmmm now what? Then I start remembering when I was a tad (means same as a bit) younger, the only lawn mower was a walk behind push mower (sometimes self propelled). As I started remembering cutting grass with one of these I also had memories of how much better shape I was in. But then the lazy kicks back in and I tell Peach that we are just gonna have to break down and buy the deck so we can cut grass. As we are having this discussion I am in my recliner looking at self propelled mowers half heartedly and mentioning them to Peach and relaying the story of when I was younger and better shape blah blah..to my astonishment Peach says ‘I’ve been thinking about one of those at least until we can get the other fixed’. Well then that’s a fine kettle of fish I’ve flopped into now, so I start looking at prices hoping that it wouldn’t be worth it, it was, new deck almost $700, walk behind, less than $300, and with the walk behind there are so many health benefits, 1 your walking, 2 your using arms to steer and steady, 3 stopping and moving things requires bending and lifting…. (one other benefit will be mentioned later) I think you can see where I’m going by now.

Off to Lowe’s we go (10% discount for veterans) get the new mower, and back home in less than an hour. Assemble the mower (unfold handle and put two screws in it to hold it) put the supplied oil in it, gas’er up and 5 pulls later (would have been one if I had read the directions completely and known to hold the handle down) she’s a running and ready to cut grass. Give it a few test laps and such and in about an hour the worst part was cut, and Peach wanted a turn. So show her the basics and she cranks it up and off she goes cutting the bigger but more open front yard. Hour later she’s done, yards done.

We got the yard mowed mostly, we were more active for those two hours than we would normally, walking, twisting, bending,pushing and pulling. All the exercises we try to do in our routines plus more cardio. The mower was less than half what we would have spent to fix the other and provided so many more benefits.

Oh yeah, the other benefit? Getting to watch my Pretty Girl Peach cut grass in shorts 🙂

Anyone wanna buy a riding mower…needs a lil work

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Faith life styles

Needs vs Wants

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Peach says: Last week I had to stop by the store, (probably for coffee or something basic like that). While there, I thought, ‘What else am I out of that I could use this opportunity to pick it up?’. So, naturally I chose miniature dark chocolates, because every girl needs her random chocolate, right? Of course! Next morning, I’m showering for work and reach for my (MUCH needed) conditioner and remember with chagrin, that I had meant to add that to my necessaries list for my recent store run. I had to get a pair of scissors  and cut the empty bottle open just to get by until my NEXT run to the store!! Groan!

I told my husband, that I had just been to the store the day before, and had gotten chocolate, which of course I didn’t TRULY need!! I NEEDED my conditioner! I only WANTED the chocolate!! I was much annoyed at the trick my wants had perpetrated over my needs!! That I had hoodwinked myself! It was an eye opening epiphany to what goes on in large and small degrees in all of our lives as individuals, communities and nations.

We often pay more attention to our what our flesh (or sinful human nature) wants, than the part of us that is still learning to submit to God’s Holy Spirit within us, than what we really truly need, what is more of a point of wisdom, necessity, or practicality, and what the Holy Spirit would guide us to. Galatians 5 talks about what walking according to the Spirit will result in, what it looks like, and lists the results of such living, (also known as ‘fruits’, which points to these fruits naturally showing up in our lives, for fruit cannot not be compelled!) I find this most encouraging! Why? It reminds us we are the branches and He is the Vine! He is working His good out in us, as we abide in Him! My favorite fruit? Self control or discipline!  A beautiful, wonderful fruit of the Holy Spirit living in you and empowering you for a good, a fruitful, a sweet and satisfying life.

There is so much profit, benefit, that comes from living a disciplined life, contented in the Lord, knowing good is being wrought inside of you, and in your life, well ordered, focused and according to guiding principles, goals and plans. It makes room for large and FREE and satisfying, FUN living.  “Now The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, true freedom).” 2 Corinthians 3:17.ECE89A2F-B6EB-430A-8758-7BE763C10095

It might seem a simple thing, but all giant, rooted and grounded things start low, start small. And I don’t want to live a small, hobbled life according to my wants. I want to live life according to my needs, according to wisdom, according to a Holy Spirit led, practicality that leads to wide open spaces of grace and freedom! I don’t want to be the ‘Buy now, pay later’ kind of person! I want to be the ‘I saved this up, so now is the right time to make this purchase!’. I want to be that person that eats healthy and exercises enough that the occasional dessert and meal with the ‘extras’ won’t hurt me! That goes to bed at a decent time so I can get a rare form start on the next day!

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This push mower is great example of Need vs Want! We want to replace our riding lawn mower deck, for about $700. But, this is not something we really need to do right now. We could. But, we choose to do it later, at a more practical, opportune time. Our yard has need for a riding and a push mower. So, we decided get a good push mower, (self-propelled! It is a DREAM to use!) for now, at less than half the cost, and much benefit to our yard! Need vs want!! We end up better off in the long run! Come late July we will replace the deck, when we are good and ready! And we will be better equipped, all the way around, by being smart in planning our money and equipping our yard!

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The yard looks good! Our account looks good, and I’m feeling pretty fruity!! 🙂

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