Temperatures have been more seasonal this week, and thankfully, last weekend's snow is nearly gone. Like it or not, it was time to start getting the leaves off of the lawn, and the only way to do that was to rake and bag them. They were so water-logged that mowing them up was not an option. The guy who does my yard didn't think he would have time to do it this week, and with another storm predicted next week, I took on the mission.
I know that I had no business doing this, but I raked for ten minutes or less and took a rest. Bit by bit, I was able to get the leaves in the front yard bagged on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Thursday afternoon, I started on the back yard. I borrowed the neighbor's wheel barrow to haul the bags to the driveway for pick-up by the city. When I called to schedule the pick-up, I was told the city was no longer doing that. Hmmm, nice that they tell people about the change.
I called the yard guy to see if he could stop by and take the bags. He showed up almost immediately. I didn't even have time to take a photo of the pile of bags, twenty-six in all. The yard still has some renegade leaves that refused to be bagged, but I am happy that the bulk of the leaves are off of the lawn. The renegades will have to wait until spring clean-up.