Many of my RVing friends and acquaintances name their motorhomes, travel trailers, and tow vehicles. One friend calls her motorhome “Myrtle.” Another couple named the truck that pulls their fifth-wheel, “Black Beauty.” I named my lawn mower.
Now, I realize many of my readers are scratching their heads and asking: “Why do you need a lawn mower if you live in a motorhome?” Indeed, one fellow RVer uses the status of a lawn to signal his departure to a different location. “When the grass needs mowing, I move,” he told me with a laugh.
While I often spend three to four months at a stretch in my motorhome, I call my homebase in Heber Springs, Arkansas, my home. Yes, a sticks and bricks house. I’ve homesteaded on this same corner since 1959. And despite my love of travel, I plan to keep my roots in this plot of Ozarks Mountain soil.
Now Huson was never fancy; never had self-propulsion, or any bells and whistles. Yet, I have pushed that old mower through tall and tough grass, over rocks and tree limbs, and up and down embankments in my yard. At times, the clattering mower blows a trail of gray smoke, coughs and sputters, and its engine dies.
Lee probably brought a mower to our marriage 13 years ago. However, he has since purchased two new push mowers. Neither has the quality of Huson. Granted, sometimes, Lee has to pull the cord to start the aging mower for me; he also checks it each season and does its maintenance. But Huson keeps on puttering—and I keep on pushing.
We recently returned from a three-week trip. While we chased spring and pink and white dogwoods from Arkansas to Illinois, our yard at home sprouted weeds and grasses that typically appear when winter totally disappears. Huson and I spent the better part of three days mowing down all the unwanted vegetation covering our carpet of grass. The pushing was hard; spring’s first mowing always is. But together, Huson and I, started another season.Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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Traveling in their motorhome several months each year, Arline and her photographer husband, Lee Smith, make their permanent home in Heber Springs, Arkansas. She currently is a presenter for Workamper Rendezvous, sponsored by Workamper News. Arline has dozens of magazine articles published, as well as five books: “Road Work: The Ultimate RVing Adventure” (now available on Kindle); “Road Work II: The RVer’s Ultimate Income Resource Guide”; “Truly Zula; When Heads & Hearts Collide”; and “The Heart of Branson”, a history of the families who started the entertainment town and those who sustain it today. Visit Arline’s personal blog at ArlineChandler.Blogspot.com