I am not sure you are aware, but I am in this quasi-war with leaves. I rake them all up, bag them, put them to the curb and then somehow - miraculously! - they return the next day. This is usually due to the fact that my neighbors are not so...um...how shall I put this...particular/crazy/type-A/neurotic about their leaf pick up.
Now this does not mean all of my neighbors. In fact, the neighbors on either side of me are quite good about picking up their leaves. However, when you go beyond that, we have some serious leaf failure going on.
This is compounded by the fact that my ratty neighborhood has several vacant houses and I will tell you right now that there is no way on earth that those owners/the bank/etc. are coming around to pick up leaves, exterminate rats, eliminate the thousand newspapers collecting on the front porch, monitor copper pipe robbers, etc. It is a crying shame.
So these lazies are off in happy Out of Ratlandia Land, forgetting that they ever lived here. This is not so cute for the neighborhood. Not really improving our look, not really helping out with house values.
Thus, the leaves blow. They pile up, kill the vacant house's grass, get all wet and grossy, and then barf across my lawn. It is not a nice sight. Especially for Ms. Neurotic Leaf Warrior.
Yesterday I raked again. It was the third time this week of raking. The lovely blood blister on my thumb was nearly healing and callousing up from the previous attempts to clear the lawn.
That was when I decided to do it. Yes, dear peeps, I decided to march myself down the street with my lawnmower and get rid of their leaves. I must admit, I did not this to be a charitable neighbor. This was pure shock and awe in Leaf War. Now, you also must know that I initiated my attempt while my dear hubby was at the store looking a muzzleloader (because deer hunting just isn't long enough with bow and gun season).
Obvs! It would have been way harder to sneak down the block with a lawnmower if he were here!
Well, after an hour of this (and my hubby driving up and asking, "What on earth are you doing?!"), it was finished.
Leaves - 3
Ms. Daisy - 4
Peace, love, and rake it up,
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