Thursday, July 18, 2013

Racoon Eyes

I enjoy mowing our grass in the spring and the fall. In July and August I grit my teeth and get the job done as quickly as possible.

It's been normal St. Louis summer hot for the past week, but the grass hasn't gone into summer dormancy.  It's still growing, and the weeds are growing even faster.  When I left for work today I noticed there were so many clover blooms we could host the city bunny convention, and the nutsedge leaves were sticking up far above the grass blades.  It was time to cut.

After dinner tonight I filled the mower with gas and started the job.  I didn't see anyone else outside.  They were smart.  The temperature was still over 90 degrees, but a slight breeze helped make it bearable.  I started in the west-facing front yard, mowing back and forth.  It was satisfying to see the short, freshly cut lawn appear behind me.  When I was finished in the front I moved to the back.

The back was completely shaded, but there's a slight incline in the yard  and it takes more work to push the mower.  Halfway through the sweat began dripping down my face; I wiped it off with the sleeve of my t-shirt before I remembered I still had on makeup from work which would leave a nice tan smear.  The makeup didn't show on my bright orange shirt, but there were smudges of mascara near the shoulder seam.

I'm trying a new type of mascara. The old one lasted all day but came off easily at the end of the night.  The new one makes my lashes look long and full, but is harder to remove.  I thought that was a good thing, but when I finished cutting and came in to look in a mirror, there were huge blotches of mascara under my eyes that made me look like a zombie lady. I'm glad there weren't any neighbors outside!



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6 comments:

  1. these are the long hot days of summer, enjoy, Kathy! I'm trying to...I'd love to go for a walk, maybe later tonight...whew!

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    1. Yes, the dog days of summer have arrived.

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  2. LOL!!! I don't get along with mascara at all. I may not have sneezed in a week, but as soon as I put on mascara there it goes. Or either I just poke myself in the eye.

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    1. My blonde lashes DO NOT show at all without a coat of mascara :-(

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  3. haha...you certainly would have scared the neighbors! It's been that hot here, too...just awful! I wear waterproof and use baby oil to remove it, which does the job without a lot of fuss. I think it works better than a makeup remover and is really cheap. When I started reading this, I thought your eyes were bothered by allergies! ha.

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    1. Baby oil is cheap, but I hate the feel of it on my face. Seems like it's still greasy even after I've washed.

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