Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Snow is Faster than Me!

Our property has a lot of trees. I love our trees, BUT, our lawnmower does not have a handy dandy leaf collector on it. That means I have to do it all by hand. I did a huge round of leaves when Fall began, but there were still a lot of leaves left on the trees, so I knew I'd have to do it again.

The last of the leaves just fell not too awful long ago, so on and off for hours at a time, I have been raking and using the blower on the leaves, getting them back to the burn pile. For the last few nights, I've been working until it was too dark to see, trying to beat the snow I heard was coming (we had some yesterday morning, but nothing that stuck).

You can see from the picture that there are still some leaves on the trees.
Not a lot, but they really held on tight this year.

When I came in last night, there were still about two big tarp fulls of leaves to take back. It was too dark to do it, and I knew the family was inside getting hungry (my youngest helped until he got cold and went inside). The picture above is what I was left with... not too bad, if the snow didn't come as predicted overnight, I could get it first thing in the morning (meaning today).

Trouble is, there was snow in the forecast, and I wanted to get those leaves up!
I worked all this week until I could work no more (literally it would get too dark to work).
The predicted snow came last night, but only a little.
Hurrah! I could get those after dropping the kids off at school.

The first thing I did when it got light this morning was look outside. Hurrah, hardly any snow, I could still get those to the burn pile before the hills on the sides of the house got too slick, and the leaves got too wet and heavy to move!!

Or not...
by the time I got home from the school run, the snow was really coming down.
In fact, I can't see my car or the leaves now...and I missed my open window to get them.
It's going to be real cold getting those babies up, but they've gotta come up...as soon as the snow melts.

I took the kids to school, fully intending to get those leaves done right away. By the time I got home, I was faced with what you see in the picture above. And so, I guess the leaves will have to wait. Phooey. 

Next year, I'm investing in a leaf scooper for the lawnmower.

How about you? Got your leaves up (if you live somewhere with distinct seasons)? Got snow?

75 comments:

  1. Oh no, I feel your pain it did happen to us a number of times when we lived in Chicago. Take it one day at a time, we are just human and sometimes we just can't get there in time.

    Luckily we are now down south and now snow around here.
    Take Care!

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  2. Oh man, I know it is coming, but still was hoping for more time without snow! I will say the leaves would totally wait if I saw snow now, too though!

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  3. Oh Rosey, you poor thing. Wow I feel for you. It seems too early for snow and boy did you work hard this week picking up the leaves. I have a landscaper that comes occasionally and picks up the leaves. I think it would be a good idea to get that leaf scooper! Hang in there.
    Julie

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  4. It's pretty open where we are, so the leaves usually blow away and we don't worry about them. (I'm thankful for that!) I'm sorry you weren't able to get to them after ALL THAT work! If you lived here you would have been able to though...no snow to speak of yet! We've only had flurries.

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  5. But by next year that pile will have composted down and be almost ready for your garden. I never have enough leaves and have to beg off my neighbors. Ha I still have one compost bin that is empty.

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  6. I envy your snow, even if it did mess up your plans to move the leaves.
    Our mower is a mulcher, so I just mow them down.

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  7. The lawn mower picks ours up because we only have one tree and there aren't that many leaves. I'm good with that.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  8. Hi Rosey .. looks to be a nuisance .. I've heard people say the mow them - I know I'd gather them up and put them in the compost - as Manzanita says above ... but as I live in an apartment now - that doesn't apply ..

    Good luck - looks cold too .. cheers Hilary

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  9. We had a dusting last weekend, too. It's nothing but a hassle. If it's gonna snow, just snow already.

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  10. We just mow them, and let them compost into the soil. No bagging. If there's a big pile I suck them up with the leaf blower, but I do it bagless at first, then suck them up a second time with a bag. I dump the tiny flecks of leaves in buckets of water, dump our compost, and lay them under the trees - over the compost. They make great mulch, that's free.

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    1. That is exactly what I do Alissa!! Mulching is so much easier.

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  11. The leaves will be waiting for you next year. Raking leaves on the first day fires up the senses. But as time goes on, the fire dies.
    No recommendation here.

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  12. No snow yet. I'm with Susan, the leaves will wait until the spring. I know mine will. :)

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  13. We get a TON of leaves, like you. Last year the city was really slow getting them picked up, and it snowed before they could, so they didn't get to them until April. My jerky neighbors like to put theirs in the street instead of at the edge of the road, so when it snowed (and did it ever snow last year!) our roads suddenly became so small only 1 car could drive on it at a time. Made for a horrendous driving experience for months!

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  14. I'm lucky where I live in a condo and don't have to deal with cleaning up leaves. I can only imagine the hassle!

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  15. I don't thinK I will miss the snow this year! We moved from Canada to California and I'm lovin' it!

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  16. We're getting wee bits of snow, but since we use the leaves for mulch and compost I don't worry too much about them. =)

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  17. We haven't had any snow yet. Hoping to get all of our leaf raking in this weekend.

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  18. OH yikes, you're getting snow already up there? I have leaves in the back yard now that need to be mowed over, but no danger of snow here.

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  19. Ughhhh its snowing like crazy here!!!! Missing summer lol

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  20. We are supposed to be getting snow in the early morning hours. I hope it's not as bad as they say.

    Michelle F.

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  21. We very, very rarely get snow here. Frost yes, but no snow.
    And burning leaves is illegal. I compost mine.
    And here we will nudge 100 today. Sigh.

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  22. Woah the snow came down hard! Hope you and your family keep safe and warm. Have a great weekend!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  23. I got some picked last week but I am afraid that the snow will catch up on me. I am considering purchasing a blower next year

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  24. Oh wow.. that is a lot of snow! stay safe!! No snow in nyc yet!

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  25. When i rains, it pours. When it snows, that's a lot! LOL

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  26. I have a mower that mulches my leaves up. They just go back into the ground

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  27. I wish we had snow here! It looks so beautiful.

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  28. I just used to mow over them and leave them there lol no need for that work. Yuck to the snow.

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  29. SNOW!!!! OMG I can't believe it's that time of year already, we had a little dusting this morning as well!

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  30. Snow makes leaves disappear. Well, at least for a while.

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  31. Wow Rosey that is a pile of leaves... I rent so thankfully someone else takes care of that for me ... yeah :)

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  32. Oh goodness! That is some pile! The snow is coming and I have so much to do still outside! Uggs

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  33. Wow I sometimes forget its snowing in other parts of the country. We have some crazy weather here however. It was 71 and then the very next day it was 20 you never really know what you will wake up to here in Oklahoma.

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  34. We are so lucky to be living in the Philippines and we don't have snow. I can't really stand the cold.

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  35. Wow! That happened so fast. Keep safe.

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  36. Oh My Goodness! Snow? Already? Wow, I am so glad I live in NC where we still have 70 days here and there. I thought it was cold here. Ha!

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  37. lol, I love it how you've captured those leaves with and without snow. I'm not a big fan of snow. :)

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  38. I am so hoping the snow never falls here. Thankfully, I don't have a yard to worry about ^^

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  39. I love that you've captured autumn and winter in one pile of leaves with the snow and no snow. We rarely get snow here in Ireland but when we do I relish it, I love the wintery look :)

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  40. We do not have seasons here in Florida, I would love both the Fall leaves for my kids to play in and the snow!

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  41. Oh wow! This definitely makes me glad to live in Florida, although my son has been asking to see snow :)

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  42. I really love the snow, I can't wait for it to finally come; it's got to be soon!

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  43. Yeah, I'm in the same boat and have a pile of leaves that will be there next Spring. Good fertilizer!

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  44. Snow?! Act it's coming too fast this year

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  45. We had some snow fall last night... I was no excited! AT ALL lol

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  46. Thankfully, we do not have many trees so we do not need to rake as much or as fast. We live in the south so the snow is just teasing us right now lol

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  47. We had this issue too. Up to now, the leaves are still in our backyard. I will wait for the hubs to deal with it.

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  48. We just got our first snow fall this morning, definitely not excited but my daughter was!

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  49. We also have a lot of trees in our property and the leaves are all over the place. We had our first snow fall last month and that's about it. It's coming again next week though.

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  50. We had a little bit of snow on Halloween. So far, nothing else yet. We don't worry too much about our leaves since we are surrounded by corn fields. Most of them blow away on their own.

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  51. You are so funny - I guess you did miss your raking opportunity! You will have to wait now. Well in Georgia - no snow! So we can still rake!

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  52. I don't have my leaves picked up but I don't have to worry about now. We have three feet of snow outside so I can't see them. lol Thanks for sharing.

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  53. oh mine snow has started already? gosh you guys have it bad

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  54. Our home is in a pretty new development, so we don't have many big trees yet. However, we did plant a few around, so we shall have a bunch of leaves soon enough.

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  55. We got some snow today. I am so ready for winter!

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  56. It suppose to snow this weekend, but I don't want it to.

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  57. There was some pretty heavy snow flurries yesterday, but it didn't really stick. Pretty as snow is, I just hate getting out in it! ~lol~

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  58. OH my goodness. I love these photos, even though you probably did not like the sight. Cute post.

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  59. We don't have that many leaves or that much snow! Seems a little to early to snow this year.

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  60. Nope no snow yet over here. :)

    I always found the idea of snow fun and exciting, but reading these stories I am glad that I live in the Tropics.

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  61. We have got snow about 3 times so far already. =( One of the storms was so bad we lost power for 2 days. I'm hoping that this is not going to be a bad year with snow.

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  62. We did get snow here with leaves still on the ground. Luckily, we don't have a lot of trees that shed their leaves and I live in townhomes that are cleaned up by maintenance people so I don't have to worry about it. It didn't snow a lot either.

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  63. Marc just cuts the grass like normal and crunches up the leaves.....
    I know we get a ton of them.. but nope, no snow (yet) although they say this winter is supposed to be worse than before....

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  64. Wow look at that snow! Brrr... I was in flip flops here in the desert today!

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    1. Must be nice Wendy!!! It was below zero here in Montana

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  65. Makes me jealous :)
    I wish we had snow here, but we never do, not in my area

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  66. Well I have teens, so getting the leaves up is their job. But the snow beat them this year, and there are piles of leaves under my snow too. Hopefully it will melt this week and they can get rid of the piles.

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  67. Our leaves were cleared up in time for the snow this year, thank goodness! Just this past week we received our first major snow fall.

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  68. I recently said goodbye to snow as I moved to Florida - haven't missed it at all this season! but when I need my fix I can always visit home!

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  69. Probaby annoying for you but it looks like fun to me :)

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  70. Boo. You have a lot of leaves. If I had that many, I would seriously consider paying someone to do the job (professional) or paying some of the neighborhood teens to help you. They always want extra money. The more hands working, the faster the job gets done.

    BTW, given how many hours you put in... I am sure this was very frustrating. Sorry :(

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  71. At least you have a pile going there!
    I can feel my fingers getting cold already just looking at that!
    But I haven't raked as yet.

    I will soon.
    I might use the mulcher....I don't like it.

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