OOPS! I was enjoying my time on zen machine when all of a sudden, it wasn't so zen. I got stuck in the mud! Six inches of rain last week will do that I suppose. I spent about 30 minutes trying to get it out by myself (2nd Man was not there) and so I had to, embarrassingly, call 2nd Family.
"R" came over on his mower. I had disengaged the drive shaft so we could push it, but that didn't work. So we lifted it up by the front brush guard and pulled it to the side at an angle. Then I hopped on it and started it up and he pushed me a few feet and voila, I was back in the 'zen' moment. The zen machine got a nice bath afterward and is clean as a whistle.
P.S. Never did finish mowing that spot. It can wait until next weekend...when it's DRY!