Got the lawnmower fixed---$120 bucks. Considering we got the mower for free and this is first repair in 5 years, I'm not complaining.
We then went to see John Carter (entertaining enough), then hit Home Depot (5 sacks of mulch and a new Delphinium), and then the grocery store ($ 60). I came home, potted my new plant, and set it by the front door. Here's hoping I don't kill the poor thing. I have a tendency to suck the life out of every plant for which I paid any significant price.