Some times you plan for a big purchase; sometimes one is forced upon you.
After nearly 23 years of keeping the riding lawn mower chugging along and beating down the grass and weeds, Mike was forced into the realization that too much time was being used up on keeping the motor running. Yesterday, the mower would not start. He had put in new spark plugs the week before. He decided he needed a new electric igniter. That was an $80 part that he had to travel 40 miles round trip to obtain. He put it in, started the mower without a problem, and mowed half the lawn before it died once again. Defective part? Something else going on? Oh, bother!
"Come with me to get a new lawn mower." So now we have a new John Deere riding mower.
google image of a tree ornament, not our actual new machine