Can I just say I hate raking leaves!!!!! Especially in the Pacific Northwest where the leaves you are raking are guaranteed to be wet!!! Good Lord!
My husband won't have anything to do with it. He claims the leaves fall where God intends them to and nature will take care of itself. He also doesn't believe he should mow the lawn, in fact he doesn't believe we should even have a lawn 'cause they are unnatural. If it was up to him the front yard would revert to moss and wild weeds.
All that would be fine if we lived in the country but we happen to live in a well manicured neighborhood. Most of the residents on my street are retired folk who spend hours perfecting the curb side appeal of their house.....and then there's my house with kids, dogs, and 8 deciduous trees! On top of that we have a humongous pine tree that drops huge pine cones and an apple tree.
So basically I spent all morning raking wet leaves, pine cones, and apples. I'm ready to crawl into a cave and die. Plus the whole time I'm raking the wind is blowing and it's raining more leaves! To top it all off my neighbor came over to chat about how most of the people on the block have had their trees removed and maybe we should consider losing a tree or two or five! Can you believe that? I told her the trees are beautiful and I'd never cut them down. Meanwhile I have a leaf, pinecone, apple mountain in my driveway. The tree hating neighbor stared at my mountain and said, "It's gonna be a lot of work bagging that mess!"
I agreed so I left it. I figure when the kids get home from school they can play in the pile with the dogs and throw old rotten apples at one another. Hopefully that will spread the leaves back all the hell over the place like they are supposed to be. 8) My husband is a very wise man and I should listen to him more often.