Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Today is a beautiful, calm, sunny January. The morning started out at twenty-eight degrees with a promise to warm up to the fifties. This would be the perfect day to begin my annual mowing of the red oak leaves that have buried my lawn. Much easier than raking and bagging.
I dragged out the mower around ten o'clock. The temperature had warmed to the forties and no strong breeze to cause wind-chill trouble. I happily hummed as I gassed up the mower, changed the air filter, and rolled it to the lawn.
It started on the third try and I took off. Dust and debris flew everywhere. We had some rain recently, where was all this dry stuff coming from? And then I found out the worst part as I swung around to make another pass.
No breeze is not a good thing.
That big old dust cloud hung in the air, nose high! I held my breath and moved faster but each pass made the air worse. In for a penny, in for a pound. I clamped my lips tight, breathed through my nose, and finished.
The yard looks great, my clothes are washed, the neti-pot had a workout, and I settled down to read after a hot, hot shower.
Three hours later the tissue box is almost empty and I just popped an antihistamine.
But, like I said, my yard looks great.
Do you rake, mow, or hire someone to get rid of your leaves?