There are things I am good at, and things I am decidedly not good at. You could put all things mechanical and numerical on the “not good at” side, and this weekend consisted mostly of those items, and my attempts to overcome or bypass them.
One thing I feel pretty good at is computer stuff. I can tackle most everyday tasks, and an occasional challenge, but there is one nemesis. Formulas in Excel. For a few months I’ve been doing a written budget, and I have never been satisfied with a method of writing out my goals, and then having a good way of keeping track of how much is spent, and how much then left in each category. Of course I don’t want to have to add it up myself, so I’ve wanted a program or spreadsheet, but one customized to how I do my budget. The only answer seemed to be to customize a spreadsheet myself.
Slightly (slightly…) more exciting was figuring out how to take care of my lawn this year. Last year my parents had hired someone to mow before I moved, and so when I moved we kept that up. This year, I’ve been thinking that I really don’t want to spend the money on that. However, I have never used a lawnmower before, and it falls under the “mechanical” category. I’m pretty sure I would mix up the gas and the oil, or break part of it off, or cut off my foot or something equally gruesome. So instead, I have decided to buy a push reel mower. The picture’s of the little German model I ordered. Somehow I trust the Germans to know how to do something as orderly as mow a lawn.
Thinking about buying a mower had me thinking about spring. Today was kind of warm, at least warm enough that I shed my coat in between stores while running errands. Considering the day’s warmth, it seemed like it would be a nice evening for a walk. I went out to walk the neighborhood, hoping to peek in the neighbor’s illuminated windows, but it was ridiculously cold. Now that I look down at the weather in my browser, I see that it’s 36 degrees and cloudy. I had no idea it was that cold….36 is definitely not walking weather.