7/25/2020 (Saturday) To me this was the most surprising picture from last week. One year ago I got the tractor and mower running at the same time and cut one swath through these bushes. Turned around, couldn't get the mower re-engaged, the gears scrubbed, I got scared and quit. You can still see the cut after a year! Are the deer using it as a path now? Could mowing be worthwhile and not just another weekly chore to add to the list? I bought that mower used, and I think they sneaked a smaller tail wheel on it than the original. Too low to the ground. You can order a bigger one, but unless I can figure out what I'm doing wrong with the gears it won't help. I need to try it again. If I ruin the gears it's no worse than not using it at all, because I'm not going to bother ever trying to sell it. YouTube videos suggest I might be flipping the PTO lever too fast, because it is stiff, and moves in one jerk or not at all. 7/26/2020 (Sunday, at the farm) Of course the tractor battery is dead. Put it on charge for 3 hours. Not good enough. Internet said it may take 10 hours. Got the lawn mowed with riding mower, and the chainsaw running with new gas. Next trip out there Thursday, weather will determine what to do. 7/28/2020 (Tuesday, in town) Mowed front lawn and top part of back. Definitely going to lose another large patch of grass in the front yard this summer. Why? Planted two more hedge bushes. They are getting root bound in the pots and turning yellow. At least I'm keeping busy. That was the point to begin with...to get out of a rut.