Since I have retired, I have loved the lazy days of waking up deciding how I want to get out and enjoy the day and savor the dwindling remnants of summer as fully as I can. A long drive, sitting on a patio sipping hot coffee or cider, or just sitting in the sun on my patio reading a book. These are all reasons why I am retired and smiling.
However…. Fall has a down side that I have come to dread more and more as the seasons pass…Raking Leaves!!!!! When I say “Something Wicked this way comes”, believe me, I truly mean it. At 63 years old, it is no longer a joy or even considered a workout, in a fun way. It is pure agony. Pure dread. And pure dislike. Every year I have anywhere from 48-60 bags of leaves that I must gather, and this is after I have raked, vacuumed, and mulched them to fit in bags. As I enjoy the beauty of Fall, I also have the consternation of knowing I have a full time job ahead of me. For you see my yard has too many trees and not only that but I have the largest tree on the street which is also the very last to change colors and lose its leaves. I have been known to rake right up to the first snowfall often in mid to late November.
This has become the bane of my existence. I even tried to see how much landscapers would charge last year and they wanted $300 to do the whole yard. I somehow cannot justify that, so….. I have my bags ready, waiting and anticipating and fearing what is to come.
Now…if I have any friends who want to have a leaf raking party in early November, I will be happy to put on a pot of chili, make some cornbread muffins, lots of hot coffee and cider and we can sit around the fire pit to top it off. LOL!
Until then I will continue to be “Retired and Smiling” through the aches to come!