A few firsts today:

For two hours this afternoon, the temperature reached 80°. Normally, that marks the boundary between comfortable and too hot, but it was actually quite pleasant.

We mowed the lawn, too. Sam helped: his first time.

We skipped the traditional mower tune-up this year. The local Sears, our source for replacement parts, closed last year (and the building was demolished earlier this year); there are no stores left in the county selling Craftsman parts.

I have…issues with off-brand mower blades. If it involves a sharp-edged piece of metal, spinning at a few hundred rpm inches from my feet, phrases like “compatible with” and “replacement for” aren’t as persuasive as the manufacturers might wish.

I suppose I’ll buy from the web site.