Inertia, lassitude, rainstorm, fatigue, lethargy; but no “progress." Terms describing my continuing war with our jungle lawn. My teenage summers were spent at the wheel of a tractor mower, turning tall grass into hay.

We waited for grass to reach maximum height before cutting, drying, raking, then baling it into rectangles for winter storage. That could explain my current lawn care inertia. I'm just not motivated to interrupt natural growth.

Then, precipitation. Few yard mowers function well in wet grass. Summer rainstorms lately tend to keep our yard wet. When a suitable “dry” opportunity appears, I must be ready, and quick. Last weekend, I managed several swaths across the lawn, when the threat of rain became a reality. Maybe later.

Lethargy? So far this summer, fatigue has not been a factor. While I have no qualms about using tiredness as an excuse, there have been too few rain-free intervals to tire me out. “Too wet” has been the only excuse I needed. Does anyone have a spare water buffalo or manatee I could borrow? I promise to return them well fed.

Duckin' Out? Supporters of the Bayou Regional Arts Council gather Sept. 12 for Duckin' Out for the Arts, their annual fundraiser and membership drive, postponed last month by Hurricane Barry.

The event, says BRAC Director Jeremy Breaux, runs 6-9 p.m. at the Terrebonne Waterlife Museum in downtown Houma. BRAC members get in free; tickets are $40 or $60 for a pair. “We will have displays of duck decoys, redone by local artists for our silent auction," he says. "Each is unique to region and represents local culture." Entertainment by Frank Ball, paired with drinks, including "Ugly Ducklin" cocktails, and entrees created by Chef Erin Rau, Oak Alley Restaurant. Tickets available at the museum or the door. Information: bayouarts.org or email bayouarts@gmail.com.

Trivia Sunday! The monthly Friends of the Library trivia contest is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at Houma's Main Library. Modest admission waived for Friends members. Public welcome to compete or observe.

Also Sunday! The South Louisiana Orchestra's patriotic concert starts at 3 p.m. at the Regional Military Museum, 1154 Barrow St., Houma. Adults $10, children 12 and under, $5; military and first-responders in uniform, free.

Traffic safety input: Your comments are welcome at the regional committee reviewing local transportation programs. The Metropolitan Planning Committee meets at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the South Central Planning and Development Commission's offices, 5058 West Main St., Houma, followed by lunch. Info: 851-2900.

Le Petit comedy coming: “Don't Talk to the Actors,” a play about a play, opens Sept. 15 in the Le Petit building, corner Main and Grinage streets in downtown Houma. New playwright Jerry Przpezniak (Michael Gros) moves to New York City with fiance (Kayla LeBlanc) hoping to succeed on Broadway. Theater veterans, played by Steve Crispino, Sidney Thibodaux, Jon Reeves, and Sheri Opal, manipulate the newcomers. These crazy characters and dilemmas become comedy theatrical nightmares. Pat Crochet directs. “Do Talk” runs through Sept. 22. Seating reservations mandatory. Visit houmalittletheatre.com or call the box office, 876-4278. Credit card payments only through the box office, not the website. Season memberships $55; individual guest tickets, $16.

Dulac Fais-Do-Do: Dance to live Cajun and country by local musicians, Gene Bonvillain & Donald Babin. Dulac KC Hall, 396 Shrimpers Row, off Grand Caillou Road, a mile below Bobtown Bridge. Everyone is welcome, says organizer John Silver. The monthly fais-do-do is a fundraiser for educational, charitable, religious and social welfare works in the community and for upkeep of the KC hall. Event is 6-9 p.m. Sept. 21. Admission, $2, optional $7 plates (red beans and rice, sausage, dessert and drink). Sponsored by Dulac Knights of Columbus and Kateri Circle, with Terrebonne Rec District 4. Info: Call Pierre, 804-5893, or John, 232-2732.

Register for RELIC: The six-week reading and discussion series, Readings in Literature and Culture, begins at Terrebonne's Main Library Sept. 16. Led by Miki Pfeffer, author, independent researcher and historian, RELIC will tackle "Brass on the Bayou: A History of New Orleans Jazz," based on readings from "Louis Armstrong's New Orleans," "New Orleans Piano Styles," and "Up from the Cradle of Jazz." Free, but register. Contact Jessi Suire, 850-5301 or jsuire@mytpl.org.

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