…leaves that is.
Yesterday was “Yard Work Day.” I’ve never had to do yard work because, well, I’ve never had a yard. Of course, I go from *no yard* to a ginormous-yard-filled-with-leaves-that-have-been-falling-for-years-without-anyone- ever-raking-them-ever.
So I raked. A lot. I have blisters on my hands (ouch) and my back and shoulders and arms are really sore. (similar to my cardio-strength class way back when) Ouch.
I don’t think anyone has raked this yard in years. I’m sure that I destroyed eco-systems and communities of bugs and other animals who had probably been living under those leaves for a long time. I was also very afraid that I’d find a live animal… or worse, a dead one.
At one point I was also imagining the first few minutes of a Law and Order episode… you know the ones where you see an unsuspecting couple talking about all the leaves they have to rake this year and then one of them comes across a dead body… the woman screams and the guy reaches for his cell phone to call 9-1-1.
It didn’t happen, but it could have. There were that many leaves.
He was thrilled to go to Home Depot and purchase a yard tool that sucked up the leaves and even mulched them. He was doing that for a lot longer than I raked.
Can you hear our neighbors laughing at us? I can.
Here’s what we have left to do… the side yard.
Daunting. And I don’t think it’s going to happen this weekend.
And we discovered that the reason no one raked this yard is because they probably knew what we didn’t… there wasn’t much grass under there! Anyone know how to make grass grow? I have no clue.
I haven’t mentioned the back yard (notice the wood fence) that is also covered with leaves – and a lot more trees.
I’m thinking it might just stay covered in leaves for a while.