To say that this autumn was the most spectacular one I can remember in the last 10 years is an understatement. It started about 5 weeks ago and finally seems to be on its last leg. I remember years past when the start, peak and finished in five days. Multiple years it did that. I have spent the better part of the last 10 years trying to figure out what makes a good autumn. More rain? Less rain? Warm temperatures? Cooler temperatures for longer periods of time? The process whereby leaves turn colors is a scientific one. There IS an answer. I waste no time actually looking up the answer on the internet which would probably pop up with 5 million hits in .2 seconds. That takes the fun out of it. But now I have 3 acres of leaves, one acre of which I should technically find a new home for other than annoying my neighbors.
I would like to mention two things. I lived for many years in a condo for a reason. While I still remember the days awakening on a Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. to the sound of a leaf blower, it wasn't MY leaf blower nor was it me out there. The second thing is that I live in the woods and I thought when you lived in the woods that people didn't expect you to pick up your leaves. Do not be fooled. Even if your grass is in shoddy shape, your neighbors feel entitled to see every bit of that crab grass and may just slow down long enough when they pass your house to make sure you see their disapproval.
There is a silver lining to this blanket of leaves. Today I intend to have my children move the leaves from one side of the yard to the other. In a game that could last for hours, I will find a way to detox my children from the inordinate amount of sugar they consumed at the goodwill and suggestion of my father-in-law this weekend. It's no pile of heavy rocks to wear them out but it will do.