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November 2, 2009

Every day for the past few months, I’ve been admiring the magnificent fall beauty in my yard and smiling.  How lucky am I to live in such a beautiful place?

Check out the progression of leaf coloring here:

(and try to ignore the super-huge-gigantic satellite dish that is partially obstructing your view)

Pretty, right?

And then, a huge gush of wind came, and what looked like a leaf blizzard fell (it was actually really pretty).

And our yard was covered in leaves.  And we played a lot of a kind of scary game called “Where’s Jezebel?”

Because our newest addition to the family is dead leaf colored.  Who knew?

She could be less than 10 feet from you (and usually is less than 10 feet from you) and you’d go into full she’s escaped into the woods and is being eaten by coyotes panic, begin to yell her name frantically, and then look down to see her staring quizzically at you.  Like, “What?  I’m right here.”

When we weren’t looking for Jezzie, we were watching the dogs run through the leaves.  I’m not sure why, but our doggies love playing chase through dead leaves.

And then, this weekend, we decided that we should probably figure out what to do with all of these leaves.  When Plan A (mulching leaves with lawnmower, letting them sit in the grass all winter) dramatically failed due to the excessive amounts of leaves we have, Plan B went into full swing.

Unfortunately, Plan B was sort of an exercise in stupidity.  We didn’t (and still don’t) have the right tools for the job.  As in, we used the blower function on the shop vac and a snow shovel for leaf removal.  It took all afternoon, and we only removed leaves from half of the yard.  I spent the first 10 minutes of my leaf-shoveling experience wondering if I was too old to jump in the gigantic leaf piles I was making, and the subsequent 4 hours and 35 minutes understanding why the Duggars have 19 kids.  IT’S FOR LEAF SHOVELING!  THAT MUST BE IT!  BECAUSE IF I HAD 19 KIDS, I THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE BY NOW.

So, Santa, we’re adding a few things to our Christmas lists:

  1. rakes
  2. gas-powered leaf blower
  3. the cyclone rake (+ a riding lawn mower to attach it to)
  4. someone to use the above equipment come next fall
8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2009 3:03 pm

    LOL! We have large trees on our proporty as well and we always have a plan, then all the leaves fall off at once and the plan goes out the window. A leaf blower is great! We like ours. It also mulches and we use that in the garden. Good luck 😛

  2. Debbie permalink
    November 2, 2009 3:46 pm

    So beautiful! Another reason why I can’t wait to come there. Leaf clearing is an exercise in futility; you might as well give up. You need to put a bell on Jezebel; at least you could hear her!

  3. GGG permalink
    November 2, 2009 4:41 pm

    THat’s why I like pine trees! We haad a big blow and all our leaves went in the lake I think..iT ALSO BLEW THE BOAT LIFT BACK IN THE WATER AND SMASHED IT all to pieces. GpGG is not to happy.:(

  4. November 2, 2009 5:56 pm

    so jealous of your leaves believe it or not -!!!
    no color here in our trees down south -so
    i will just enjoy your photos!!!

  5. November 2, 2009 9:43 pm

    Hi. A fellow country liver here and that’s one more reason I love the country! I was going to suggest the leaf sweeper (the most effective on your list & fairly inexpensive) but I forgot that not everyone has a riding lawn mower. How much of a lawn do you have? If it takes you a while to mow your lawn it might be worth it to invest in one. We have 1.5 hours of mowing if we mow our full lawn. Try Craigslist you’ll probably be able to find one this time of year. Let us know what you decide to do!

  6. November 3, 2009 4:38 pm

    Some options….

    All are pretty pricey but hey they all count towards Jason’s “cylinder” count (I’ll explain this later if prodded)

  7. aunt tami permalink
    November 5, 2009 1:15 pm

    Yep, those gorgeous leaves do turn into quite the mess….we borrowed the in-laws leaf blower extordinaire last weekend. Quite spendy, but oh so worth it. It literally blows away the less expensive models (sorry for the pun…you can groan here if you’d like). I can’t remember if it was a husquavarna or a stihl. I put that baby on my back, turned it on and I swear I thought I would end up in ANOKA. It even piled up all the crab apples for me…one tree’s apples are golf ball sized and this blower just kept on blowing. At the lake it cleans up several inches of pine needles with ease. I just blew everything into the woods where it will naturally compost and keep the weeds at the edge to a minimum.

    Let me know if you want the info on the blower, it would make a great Christmas present for Jason. (along with a new chainsaw…what more can a guy ask for?)


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