(Written Wednesday, March 13, 2019)
Today was like one big long sigh of relief.
Let me tell you about it.
- A full day of sun: Even though temperatures are generally back down to seasonal levels (11-14 C / 52-57 F), it was still nice to see an honest-to-goodness full day of sun. It got the day off to a good start. There were Spring clean-up things I’d been wanting to get done around the yard and the day was ripe to do so.
- Yard work: In today’s sales flyers, one of the local garden centers was having a sale on lawn mowers and we needed one. We had a well-used electric one, but after a incident last year that left the cord plug melted I deemed it to unsafe and we retired it. Problem – it’s hard to get a decent mower here for less than 400-500€ (over 600$) and we just didn’t have the finances for that. We looked seriously at one of the old rotary-blade, hand-pushed mowers (I used them regularly as a kid), but with only a 38cm (15″) cutting width…. uhhh, no. 🙂 Today’s flyer, however, announced a full sized one at just 299€ (still, nearly $500 CAD). That was the cheapest I’ve seen here and it had a 3yr warranty (most only have 2). The ad indicated no rainchecks and only a certain number for all of France, so I didn’t hesitate. I’m thankful for flash-sales that let me get our lawn mowed (First time since last July – drought-like conditions took care of it last fall). While I mowed and tidied up garden beds & such, the boys took care of cutting up some branches that I’d trimmed off of the silk tree (Albizia julibrissin) and moving them over to the bonfire pit area.
- Our neighbours blessed us again. A elderly family member recently passed away and they wanted to give us a few furniture items that they needed to get rid of but didn’t have the patience to sell through Le Bon Coin (French version of Craigslist / Kijiji). One is a beautiful little marble topped table that belonged to our neighbour’s grandmother. That will be a treasured piece. This family has been a continual source of blessing for us… not just materially, but socially as well.
I’m thankful for a full day of high-test productivity outside after looking at “straggly & in need of tidying” since the warm weather last month gave the lawn an early start! Topped off with friends!
(oh yes… they also sent us home with more mimosa!)
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