Miss John Deere Lives Here

I simply must get pictures of my other children, but they just don’t frequent my favorite photo spots as much as this one does.

Cowgirl thinks this is actually her Tonka Toy. As coincidence would have it, she was born quite close to Father’s Day, and occasionally her birthday lands on Hunky Farmer Boy‘s special day.

Last summer in the middle of a deluge, I ditched Saturday massage class and our crew headed the opposite direction in search of a Father’s Day lawn tractor. The existing lawn tractor was approaching 20 years old and there is only so much that bailing wire and parts stolen from another mower can do to extend the life of an old piece of equipment.

Cowgirl had her heart set on a green and yellow model, and after some research and price comparisons, we decided a John Deere LA175 would suit our needs and our budget for our modest acreage.

Of course any new “tractor” purchase requires a baseball cap. She managed to squeeze the salesman for a pink cap for her and little sis plus the traditional black farm cap for HFB.

Here’s where things get confusing. The green machine was actually Dad’s purchase on Dad’s credit card. That would suggest that any sister willing to learn to drive it and mow should have access to our version of four-wheelin’.

Not so. Cowgirl is quite the possessive one. If a sis wants to go for a spin, they are relegated to riding in the pull behind trailer. That works for Little Sis, but the 15 year old has some issues with Cowgirl’s constant claim to ownership. Cowgirl doesn’t have a problem with it at all. Stealing the key is a frequent strategy. After all, it was purchased for HER birthday. (No Cowgirl. It was actually HFB’s Father’s Day on which your birthday fell last year.) Okay, in all fairness, we might have gotten out of a $100 birthday party by bribing her with joint ownership.

Did I mention she mows this whole pasture? I guess that makes it hers after all.

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