Well fellas, it's been nice knowin' ya. That's just in case I try another dumb stunt
and don't make it the next time.
So I'm out mowin' this afternoon and I get to this hill with an old oak tree that was bowled
over in a storm 50 years ago and then it took root where it hit the ground. It's always been
a pain to mow as it's nearly at the bottom of a pretty steep grade that drops off about 10 or
12 feet in about 30 feet. To make things worse, it slopes in to were the tip of the tree started
it's new roots.
I normally would mow around this feature with the hand mower and trimmer. But, to day I thought
I'd try and get as close as I could with my new Zero-turn mower. I knew what sort of a situation I
could get myself in to if I got to close, the grade is so steep that once you start down you
have to keep it going because you're sort of 'side slipping' around the obstacle.
Well, today I misjudged and side slipped a 1,300 lb mower under the stump that's hanging down in
the middle and it wedged my head between the cut off branch and the hard seat back of the mower.
I ended up half dazed with tree bark stuck in everything that touched. Not only the left face but smashed
in the back of my right side and my head is all swollen there also. I put up my left arm as I knew I was
sliding into the stump sticking out and it tore a good sized chunk out my left wrist and dislocated that elbow.
The right arm fared a little better with just a few holes punched in it. My teeth got smashed into my cheek
so I can't eat and I'll probably be living on 'recoup soup' for some time, but I think all my choppers are ok.
Had that branch been down another inch or two or the mower been a little taller, I would have been trapped,
wedged under there till someone found me. No one was home when this happened and Sweetie face
never comes out to check up on me anyway. I was lucky though that it didn't smash my skull in, that would
have put an abrupt end to my quest to reach the big 100, then you wouldn't get to help me blow out those
I'm swollen, sore, face is burning, head ache is killin' me and I'm pretty sure my work in the barn is on hold
for a week or more.
I can say for sure that the yard work is done for at least couple of weeks.
So from this day forward......I'm gonna put a great big sign up on that hill.... DO NOT MOW!!!
And I think I'll just give the feature in my yard back to mother nature and let the weeds take over.
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