I have joked at times this year about getting ready to "remove the pontoons" off my lawn mower and sadly, it hasn't been to far from the truth. I have a small lawn here in town and only have a push mower but at times, I've rutted up my yard getting the grass cut. Although I am a minimalist when it comes to lawn care, I've occasionally sprayed some chemicals here and there to keep the Creeping Charlie in check so that when it fades out of season there is still some grass afterwards. This year I haven't been able to even do that because I haven't had an open window where rain wasn't threatening the forecast. However, I've always been able to eventually get it mowed before it looks to obscene and have never had to mow it during a rain storm. My neighbor across the street uphill from the Lawn Nazi can't say that after last week.
I was on my way home from daycare during a brief downpour when as I turned into my driveway, saw my neighbor across the street mowing his lawn. He wasn't heading toward the garage and wasn't just finishing up. In fact, it looks like he had perhaps started only fifteen minutes before I drove by. He would push his lawn mower forward for about ten feet, stop, and then proceed to shake it violently to clear the clogged grass out of the discharge. If that didn't work, which was about half the time, he would stop the mower, clear it with a stick that he was carrying in one hand and then start up the lawn mower and proceed. Water is pouring from the skies and running off the lawnmower in small rivers!
I know this isn't very believable because who mows lawn when it is pouring rain out but it is true. All I had was my cell phone and standing in my garage with him only 40 feet away wasn't enough of a comfort zone to take a photo inconspicuously. So I hurried inside, found my digital camera and was going to take a photo through our front window but he gave up at that point, threw his stick across the yard and drug his lawnmower around the corner of the house. I feel his pain. My lawn is going on 9 days now since the last time I mowed it and I don't know when I will be able to mow it next. Perhaps I too will be mowing in the rain soon.