Wouldn’t you know it, since I was planning on heading out early, I ended up not being able to sleep at all last night.
Which is why I was awake when the edges of the predicted storms passed us by. At about 5am, the winds picked up like crazy, there was some rain and quite a light show, but that was it. We did lose internet a few times, too.
In the end, I managed about an hour of sleep before I quickly did my morning rounds. No time for kitty pictures. Sorry!
The first thing I saw when I stepped outside was this…
One of the dead branches from an elm finally came down.
Aside from the usual small, mostly willow, branches scattered about the yard, there was only one other larger branch that came down.
This is such a huge improvement from our first summer out here!
My mothers flowers seemed to really like the rain. The patch of lilies is starting to open up now. 🙂
Such a cheerful colour!
After I rushed through the morning routine, I headed out to a small city, somewhat closer than the city we usually go to, for our monthly shopping. After doing some searching online of the several hardware stores we could go to, including the local ones, I ended up settling on Canadian Tire. Thanks to Father’s Day sales and the incredible generosity of a friend (you know who you are! You’re the best!!), I was able to afford a higher end machine that we otherwise would have.
I made a point of getting a photo of my screen, so I could show an employee exactly what I was after, if needed. It was needed! There was no display model I was after, so the employee went to their storage area to bring it out for me on a flat cart.
When I bought our electric snow blower, I got their last one in stock, and just wheeled it out of the store. Somehow, I expected to do that same today, but nope! It was in a rather large box. 😀
While checking out, the cashier said she would call someone to help me load it into the van. She ended up paging someone several times. The box wasn’t really that heavy, so I was considering just letting her know I’d do it myself, when a guy showed up. As he was loading it into the van, he asked if I had oil.
I did, but I asked if there was a specific kind of oil I should have.
It turns out, I don’t have it. So I was really glad I ended up with this guy helping out. He also just happened to be a mechanic, and was soon telling me about which oils I could use, and which was the one he used and recommended himself. All my other machines, including the van, use 5W30, which he said would be a bit thin. For this machine, he recommended 30. Which I didn’t even realize was a thing. I ended up going back into the store after him and he found some for me. Once again, I was glad, because 1) it was at the opposite end of the store from the lawnmower sections and 2) I’m short. He was able to reach it more me. 😀
Once at home, it was assembly time!
Here are all the parts and pieces. 😀
All done, and filled with oil and fuel!
Among the things I discovered as I went through the owners manual before starting it, was that it has no prime pump, which is awesome. When I was ready to test it out, I discovered it is also raised and lowered by a lever at one wheel, instead of a lever at each wheel. So much easier!
The mower started with the first pull, and I barely even had to strain! With the heat (it’s currently 30C/89F, feeling like 36C/96F) right now, I did just a quick couple of passes.
It runs like a dream!!! I am so happy!
Then I put it away, because while it’s already 30C right now, we haven’t reached the high of the day, yet!
We have more thunderstorms predicted tonight, but I’m hoping to have a cooler break this evening, where I can put the new mower through it’s paces.
I am so looking forward to using this thing!!!