Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mowing Day With Milo

For a little bug, Milo seems to have had a lot of experience in different areas. Over breakfast this morning I asked if he knew how to run a John Deere and I got a very enthusiastic *YES*!!!
Ten minutes later, here he was, in his mowing clothes, ready to take the wheel. I was still having doubts.......

I've never run the tractor from this position, and I was still wondering if he had told me the truth about being on one of these. I'm not sure how much yard Deb has but I am thinking there is not an acre of rough ground.......Milo, wake up!!!

"Now, Milo," I asked again, "You're sure you can handle this and help? This is a lot of horsepower and it's a manual shift. You'll have to let me shift....."
"Oh yes! That's fine! Let's get going!!!" the little bug replied.

There was something in that enthusiasm that didn't sound quite kosher.
"Milo, my little friend, you are POSITIVE that you can help run this??? Because if you can't, you need to tell me now."
He still seemed pretty eager.
"Ummmmmm, yep. I think I can handle that engine." And I see him peering down at the exposed parts before I dropped the cowling for the start.
I'm beginning to wonder......

"Can we have a picture of us?" he asked before I started the beast up.
"Sure Milo, here, look at the camera and give it your best farmer face!"
He was playing with his glasses, trying to look sexy. I'm still worried about the mow.

And we're OFF!!!  So far, so good, but it's in first gear and we are not in the yard yet.
(I let him think I had my hand there as a backrest, but I was pretty sure he would fall off....)

Cowabunga dude! Fourth gear and he is squirming away, turning that wheel like a maniac!

"Milo! There's a tree there; you might want to turn...."

I'm trying to shift gears but no luck.
"MILO! There's a TREE straight ahead! TURN!!!!" But we just keep going.........

"MILO!!!! TURN NOW!!!!!" But alas, it was at this point that I realized he wanted to GO to the tree and we were....at a rather alarming speed.

And the next thing I heard was tree branches, the mower grinding to a halt and both of us ending up in different positions than when we had started.

Oh my lord......he's knocked himself for a loop and I have a few battle scars too.....up to the porch we go.

"Milo??? Do I need to call the medics? Are you okay??? Answer me!"

When he opened those shiney little bug eyes, I knew he was okay.  But there was a little issue to get right.
"Milo, you've never been on a tractor before, have you?"
He slowly shook his head *no*.
"You know that's lying. I would have let you ride but not steer. It's a dangerous piece of equipment---you could have been killed and what would I tell Deb?"
There was a pause, then he just smiled and said, "Well, that I love her?"
How can I get mad at that??? "Okay, stay here in the shade and let me get the mower out of the tree and finish the yard. DON'T MOVE......okay?"
He nods yes. And I mow.
However, when I am done and check on him...well......he had moved.

"I'm really sorry,"he said. "I just never had a chance to try that and it looked fun. So I hope you forgive me, and while you were working, I picked these just for YOU!"
Another smile.
"They're the same color I am! Do you like them?"
I sighed and took the bouquet.
"Yes Milo, I live them very much. Thank you. How about we call it a day, all right?"
"Yep! I need to get ready for tomorrow!!!" And he took off at a good clip for the house. All the while I'm thinking....I need to get ready for tomorrow too.....where's my nerve tonic??? (ah yes, he drank most of it the one night........oy! Bugs!!!)


Wickedly Divine Creations said...

Never a dull moment when Milo is around. Hope you make it through the rest of the week incident free ;)

Linda Moran said...

Hopefully you didn't get banged up too badly! So if he took the nerve tonic, make sure he doesn't get into the hormone replacement pills...or the water pills...or the Prozac...could be some interesting side effects....

You realize you're writing children's lit for adults? Could be a market here..........

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...


I am soooooo tired now....I am ready to just give in to the bug and say, "It's all yours!" LOL!!!


audrey said...

OMG! That was close! I know how much that John Deere means to you, Anne, and it could have been crunched. Not to mention how bad you and Milo could have been hurt. AND, it is becoming quite clear that you are loving this little Milo fellow. In spite of his mischievous nature, he is awful cute. Is this where "cute as a bug" came from????
I hope Milo stays out of trouble the rest of today.
♥ audrey

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Linda,

I think I could write books, but the marketing is the hard part. I'm one of those behind the scenes type writers...for my amusement...and that of others! LOL!!!
Besides, Milo might wanta big chunk of the royalties...hahaha!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...


Can I come say at your house??? He is wearing me out! This must be what it is like having a toddler!!! (except you can put them to bed, and as we've seen, Milo doesn't stay there....
And he is *cute as a bug*!!! ;)


yoborobo said...

Milo!!! Never mess with a woman's JD! lol!! Not to mention her trees! Well, he has some new material for his Bug Memoirs, doesn't he? lol!! hee hee! xox! Pam

Janet Ghio said...

Where did Milo get the outfit? You and Milo are just having too much fun(?)! He is giving Mr Bill and Sluggo a run for their money!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Pam,

You said it!
Don't mess with the JD, which I might add is still chugging along. Thank heavens they are built heavy....
I'm thinking Milo could write a book, if the notion struck him!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Janet,

Milo came with a lot of items in his SMTU (snail mail transport unit) so he was prepared for the adventure...well....clothingwise.
I'm not sure which of us is going to give in first.
I have an idea.


Jan said...

Ah that Milo! I'm not sure who is having more fun, Milo or Auntie Anne! Okay, Maybe I do know...at least one of you is having a great time.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Well, all I can say Jan, is Auntie Anne can barely move today and Milo is still going at warp speed! Which leads me to believe that just perhaps the BUG is the one having the most fun.....
I don't know; what do YOU think??? LOL!!!


Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'm sadly behind in commenting Anne, but I have to say I've been highly entertained by Milo and his antics! That bug sure does get around. I think, from what I've seen of him, you'd better be questioning just WHERE he got those flowers. I'm pretty sure he stole them, from somewhere. He's looking entirely too innocent to be telling the truth.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Ah M.A.

The Bug is safe with the flowers; they were not too far from him off the porch! He just has a little too much energy---have to work it out of him! :D
I, on the other hand, do not...


Elena said...

I was going to say you could turn this into a kid's book then I remembered what Milo was up to the other night. Totally hilarious and I can't wait for more. Ah that brain of yours LOVE IT!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

You could really write children's books about your adventures with Milo! What kind of nerve tonic are you talking about :O)? I love Milo! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Elena,

Yes, for a childs book there might have to be some serious editing! LOL!!! However, there would be parts that would be okay......like the pic with the flowers! WHat a face!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey MAry Helen,

I was thinking of the cool, bubbly, liquid kind that I save the bottle tops from...!
The bug is a little hard on this old body....so much energy!


Marie S said...

ROFLMAO, it only gets better doesn't it??

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Well Marie,

I guess it depends if you're the one RIDING the mower at the time of impact! LOL!!!!
He's a handful, that's for sure!


Deborah said...

HAHAHAHahahahaha!!!!! Too cute! Where in the world did you find those pants for him? I hope you saw the disclaimer that I am NOT responsible for any damages caused by the little bug! Oh dear, me thinks life will never be same at your home...

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh Deb, I kind of figured that I was assuming all casualties when accepting the SMTU and contents!
But John Deere's are known for their good construction......I, however, am not.....LOL!!!


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