When our neighbor, who cared for our lawn for several years, passed away unexpectedly a couple of months ago, Isaac (age 6) said "well, I guess I'll have to start mowing the lawn now."
We did have our own decrepit, shoulder-wrenching, push-down-hill-to-start-it gasoline mower that showers its operator with grass, dust and icky fumes. Meanwhile, Isaac has been our household representative of green and eco-friendly activities for the past year or two. So he was thrilled when we went out and purchased our very own mechanical reel mower. (You can enlarge the photo by clicking it, if you wish.)
He couldn't wait to try it out (with lots of supervision).
Although our yard is large, since there is no need to fill the reel mower with gas or start a difficult motor, it's pretty easy to keep up with the grass -- a few minutes here and there in the evenings.
Joyce will probably be thrilled to hear that after a mere three months, I am nearly done balling the beautiful sea silk yarn! I had lots of help in the beginning from Eve and from Salvador, as you can see on the left. Salvador has tried to wear it several times (yes, he even figured out how to open the closet and get it out) and wants me to make him a spiffy vest, but I have my heart set on a sock pattern from knitty -- maybe these, or maybe those. Another couple episodes of Buffy and it'll be balled and ready to go!
a) A breastmilk storage bottle
b) A container for a six-year-old's pebble collection
c) A handy way to measure 1.5 oz. when you're making mojitos and can't find a jigger
Answers: yes, yes, and yes. Use "c" evolved just a couple of nights ago.