By Misty Knisely
As you’re reading these words, I will officially be a Cass County resident. I’ve arrived! (Hide the good silverware.)
After four long months of commuting to Logansport from Kokomo — the city’s southside no less! — I will finally be in the back yard of the paper’s coverage area.
Speaking of back yards, I now have one. To all you longtime homeowners out there, you likely don’t understand the excitement with which I wrote that sentence. I have a yard. It just felt good to write it again.
Since graduating college, I have always lived in apartments. And I won’t lie, the apartment dweller in me is a little scared of the yard. One minute, I say things like, “I get to mow again! I love the smell of fresh-cut grass.” The next minute, I’ll say, “Oh wait, I have to mow? Like every week? For like four months?”
Back when I lived at home, I loved to mow. It was almost therapeutic. Hopping on the ole ZTR and spending a few hours making squares was a great way to decompress once a week.
But, sadly, there will be no fancy zero-turn radius riding mower at the new place. There will be a push mower and many tree- and bush-shaped obstacles. I guess I’ll soon find out if walking in figure 8s will be therapeutic as well. I have a hunch, though, it just won’t be the same.
I’m hoping that having a garden and a compost pile will help subdue the anguish of pushing a lawn mower on a regular basis. If not, maybe when I get my garden started. Or maybe when I plant flowers. Or maybe when I pick a snack off one of the many fruit trees in the yard. Or maybe when I sit on the patio at night while the grill does its magic. I’m sure one, if not all, of those will overshadow the mowing.
Possibly the best part of all, I have a garage. A garage with an automatic door opener. Take that, Old Man Winter! I’m thinking about donating my collection of ice scrapers to a worthy cause.
But I can’t enjoy any of it until I move into the house. As you’re sitting at home right now, I’ll be doing just that. You’re sipping coffee and enjoying your Sunday paper, and I’m out lugging around boxes and heavy furniture. You’re definitely the winner in this story.
Misty Knisely is managing editor of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5155 or firstname.lastname@example.org