Ugh! Those Damn Leaves!

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Ugh! Those Damn Leaves!

Post: # 12831Post ctyanky
Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:41 pm

I am currently enduring my annual raking marathon and wondering when this will ever end! I keep looking up at my trees thinking, “How can one tree produce so many leaves???” :shock: The trees at the end of my property are still golden and just came into peak last week. They are full as full can be. And soon, they too, will drop.

I have been leaf-blowing, raking and bagging now at least one day per weekend (sometimes both) since the middle of October. An exercise I initially enjoyed, especially during those perfectly blissful autumn days! But it is getting old. And fast. It’s now been four weeks. And why do my neighbor’s trees seem to covet my property? I’ll never figure that one out.

I just imagine my trees laughing at me each morning when I wake up only to find that they have spilled their loved ones over my newly manicured lawns. Upon inspection out my back window, I cannot even see the green grass. Totally covered. A golden bedspread.

It’s kind of ironic isn’t it, that we love our autumn leaves so, and then spend countless hours damning them during fall cleanup. Through the winter, some leaves inevitably nestle under the bushes, become trapped in the hollows of the trees, or scoot under my garage doors to hide in the corners after a gust of wind has carried them to their winter dens. I don’t pay much attention to them though, especially the ones outside buried under the snow. Hidden from my view is good. :wink:

In spring, when cleanup once again begins, I ask myself, how did I miss so many leaves???? Have they come back to haunt me? The trees already are sprouting new buds, and here I am six months later, raking, leaf-blowing and bagging. The leaf massacre continues. :twisted:

Now and then, in the very far reaches of my garage when summer mowing ensues, I will discover some leaves that still hold a speck of autumn color, somehow mummified from the long, cold winter. If I pick them up, I can still catch that intoxicating aroma. And closing my eyes, I sense that autumn is really not that far away.

Those damn leaves? Yes, I still love ‘em just the same. :)
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Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot

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Post: # 12834Post pwt54
Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:00 pm

My mother still likes to rake leaves after 90 years. She rakes and I haul them to the river bank. Then we pack the car and hustle down to Florida and chuckle at all of you poor northerners. :D Must be something in the water.

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Post: # 12839Post abby
Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:43 pm

Very eloquently written CT. Thanks for sharing.

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Post: # 12840Post ctyanky
Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:07 pm

Phil: I think it is totally amazing that your Mother is raking at 90! And at least you don't have to bag your leaves! :P

Carol: Thank you for the compliment! Glad you enjoyed it!

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