Robb and I don't actually own our little cottage yet, but that didn't stop me from giving him this for his birthday.
That's right. Robb is now the proud owner of a sweet little eco-friendly push-mower. And I'm the kind of dork who buys a lawnmower for a birthday gift. In some relationships, a gift like that would be grounds for divorce.
Robb and I have never been in charge of a lawn. When I worked at the opera in upstate New York, and lived on the dairy farm, the farmers would cut our grass with their tractors. Neither Robb nor I have any memory of how the grass got cut in Dallas. We were workings eighty hour weeks. For all we know, the landlord hired a goatherd to crop our lawn.
The birthday fun didn't end when we rolled the lawnmover into our garage.
We also went kayaking on Lake Merritt.
If you haven't rented a boat and paddled or sailed around the lake, I highly recommend that you do so. As we were gliding along the cormorants, terns, pelicans and gulls, I kept wondering why we hadn't done this before.
This is good, cheap, healthy fun. Kayak rentals (for Oakland residents) are ten bucks an hour, and you can also rent sailboats, canoes, rowboats or sailboats. No power boats are permitted on the lake, so there's a leisurely pace to the boating.
To quote Kenneth Graham (from The Wind in the Willows), "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
Of course, you can't go wrong if you enjoy a dinner of Burmese food after you've done messing about in boats.
It was a lovely day.