At Shiloh

   Today is Friday, our second full day at our new place, which we have christened “Shiloh”.  Our address is on Shiloh Road, and one of the meanings of the word is ‘tranquil’ – a perfect description of our little piece of heaven.  Yes, I know – Shiloh was the name of a major Civil War battle, but we’ll just forget that definition – I don’t have any cannon set up in the front yard.

   Wednesday was a busy day – the movers showed up at the apartment to get our furniture (so glad we didn’t have to do that move ourselves!).  We found Joe (A Guy with a Truck) on Craigslist, and he arrived with a friend just as promised, and everything went very smoothly (yea Craigslist!).  Wednesday was also Direct TV installation day – LOVE Direct TV!   Again, everything went as planned, the guy showed up, got it all done, 1-2-3.  Of course, me being a GUY, the neatest thing about Wednesday was taking delivery of my new LAWN TRACTOR from Sears.  The big truck arrived, they unloaded my dream buggy, they showed me the basic things about the tractor, and I finally came down from the clouds!  WOW, wodda machine!  I got it all gassed up, then reluctantly put it in the garage because other tasks were demanding my time (danged moving stuff, keeping me from my TOY).  During our shopping expedition to Sears last week, I also bought a gas-powered weedeater and a small chain saw – good shopping trip for ME!  Oh, and Kate got a blouse.

   Yesterday I got my first chance to drive the Red Beast!  Everything worked as advertised and I took off, neatly trimming all that tall grass, HUGE smile on my face!  I got to mow for about an hour before the whole thing came to a halt – I made contact with an unyielding root that was hidden in the grass and one of my mower blades did a WHANG and took on enough of a bend that mowing was impossible beyond that point.  Dang!  I drove Beast into the garage and set to work removing the mower deck so I could get at the problem.  After struggling for 30 minutes or so, I got it apart and found that I only needed to do a basic blade replacement.  Quick trip to Sears in Corydon, $30 for a 2-pack of blades (the mower uses 2 blades), and I was back in the garage, putting Humpty back together again with 2 new blades installed (heavy duty blades this time).  The rest of the mowing adventure went without incident – I didn’t come across any hidden boiler plate, pythons or anything else in my path, and all went well.  I even managed to avoid mowing down the tomato plants I had put in the other day!

   We still have one more trip to make to the apartment, packing up the last few things from one closet and then doing the ‘sweep and swab’ thing.  Not much fun, but we’ll get it done and have that behind us.  No complaints about the apartment life, it was on the ground floor, it was pretty new and clean, and we were living almost in the woods.  But now, we  have our place to do with as we please, and we are going to be busy busy busy, but loving it all!

   It’s a drizzly, misty morning – a nice respite from the warm weather.  Haven’t seen any deer wandering around this morning but we did see a couple out here just the other day.  I feel like Kate and I are living the best parts of the Green Acres show – so sweet!  “Green Acres is the place for me, Green Acres is the place to be!” 

  Come see us – plenty of FREE PARKING!  🙂

p.s.   Neighborhood note:  in case you just can’t seem to get enough of wrestling, then you’ll need to come hang out in our neck of the woods.  We saw a hand-lettered sign pointing the way to “Hard-Core Wrestling” – turns out they have wrestling matches about once a month (only in the summer, I’m thinking) in a place just down the road from us.  I happened to be at Domino’s Pizza the other day, and the guy in there was *quite* familiar with the wrestling operation – I guess it takes a lot of pizza to keep the crowd fed!

   Anyway, if you gotta have wrestling, southern Indiana style, learn all about it at http://www.myspace.com/strictlyhardcorewrestling

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