Hi everyone. I'm back with another rambling update and thoughts for new season starting April 2018. Minimum wages went up to $ 14.00 per hour in Ontario Canada and as usual everything else went up to cover that extra cost to employers putting the minimum wage worker right back where they were in poverty?? I'm 65 and not the best health with heart issues so I'm hoping I can put a little cash into some persons life by hiring a part time helper this year that is stuck in the minimum wage cycle. Last season I started with low pricing for grass cutting and experimented with higher pricing to see what the market would bear in my area to determine a fair price for this upcoming season. With that said I will be adjusting 2018 rates and increasing rates for some past customers and reducing rates for other past customers. As I mentioned in a previous post I will be implementing a simple contract for weekly and biweekly mowing service. The contract may be a hard sell but I will be pointing out the positive benefits to both parties to the potential clients and how the contract resolves any misunderstanding about the service. I have years of experience in repairing small engines and I have the tools and space to work on them so this season i will be adding gas push mower and riding mower repair to my grass cutting service in hopes that between the two I will less down time from rain days that last year became rain weeks at a time. I look at it like a win win situation in that a lot people that cut their own lawns still become customers in one form or another and create both increased income for me and both services of grass cutting and small engine repair promote and feed each other. At least that's my hopes. Some people say I'm lucky to be mechanically inclined but truth is sometimes it is a financial necessity and other times it can be a curse in it;s own little ways. Last year I had to switch a riding mower tire that just was a nightmare removing and reinstalling to another rim. Two of us turmoil ed over it for an entire day using pry bars and big screw drivers. I have since collected about a dozen used tires in good shape and all mounted on rims not to mention some 12 inch trailer tires mounted on rims. Thanks to that bad tire switching experience I looked around my scrap material piles and did a little research on the Internet with the intent on constructing a homemade tire changer. As it turns out I had enough materials and mechanical aptitude to build my own changer. It still needs some tweaking and testing when warmer winds prevail but the basics are together. I will try to post pics here of it in the unfinished state. My next project is to build a scissor table to lift and work on riding mowers with out wrecking my knees or laying on the ground working in confined space under one but that's another story. I have lots of bed frame rail and car pump jacks I can use so material is not an issue. Well that's my rambling update. Thanks for reading.