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Two Masters

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There are currently two different masters vying for my time, excluding the myriad other commitments, like the day-job, commuting to the day-job, a decent night’s sleep, doing my plank exercises, and some longed-for idle down time to give my weary head a break.

Those things are all secondary to the two essential priorities at present: time on the bike, and mowing the lawn.

I’m pretty sure Pequenita would add, lavishing her with non-stop attention, but she doesn’t get to vote.

The afternoon weather was warm yesterday, but otherwise perfect for both mowing and cycling. Despite my idea of riding every day for the month leading up to my week-long trip, I chose to start with mowing. The grass was just growing too fast to wait another day.

Now that I have the new lawn tractor all figured out, the task of mowing has gotten downright pleasant. However, to be fair, the credit for pleasantness isn’t solely due to the tractor. The weather since snow stopped falling has provided growing conditions drier than any other spring since we moved here.

We’ve had some rain recently, but no gully washing downpours (yet). Precipitation has fallen gently and slowly, giving everything a good drink, but not too much, which has allowed the soil to dry up nicely afterward.

That has pretty much made mowing a hassle-free endeavor.

After finishing all the areas that needed cutting the most, I cleaned up the mower, parked it, and looked at my bike. I had no intention of putting on all my gear and heading out for a real ride, but it struck me that I could, at the very least, see how my butt felt against the seat.

I hopped on without the right shoes and pedaled up to the house. My backside didn’t feel as bad as I thought it might, especially given the un-padded regular shorts I was wearing.

I rolled down the driveway and pedaled my way back up. Then I did it a second time, to log about a mile, just for the record.

That was good enough for me. I’ve now ridden three days in a row.

I also served both masters within a precious short few hours at the end of a work day.

I wonder how long I will be able to keep this up.

Time will tell. Stay tuned…



Written by johnwhays

May 18, 2018 at 6:00 am

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  1. I was looking at your cat and I realised what she was telling you. Recently, I was reading about the origin of asana’s (positions) in yoga, and they were/ and are inspired by the way animals do things according to nature. Hence, she is teaching you to relax and no end of other things, like stretching your body to get it in tune. Watch her and you will soon see the beauty and refinement in all she does. Effortlessness in everything!

    Ian Rowcliffe

    May 18, 2018 at 9:56 am

    • I could learn a lot from Pequenita about stretching. The napping in comfy spots around the house, especially in the sun, takes no learning at all with me. 🙂


      May 19, 2018 at 11:43 am

  2. Ride ride ride!

  3. Hehe, bikes are sneaky like that, convincing us to ride without us actually making a firm decision to ride! Great post 🙂


    May 18, 2018 at 6:16 am

    • Thanks, Bri. It helps that mine is freshly clean and silenced. Makes riding it that much more irresistible.


      May 18, 2018 at 7:38 am

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