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November Revisited

So, is it December yet?

A few days ago I was waxing poetic (or at least trying) about November's arrival.  Today, not so much.  I should have known that it would come to this.  This morning, and into the afternoon, I raked leaves.  More accurately, I used the rake for some parts of the yard and the lawn mower for others.  Whatever.  It sucked.  

It was a lovely morning.  Mild, breezy, clear.  (It's raining now and it'll be getting colder tonight as the front moves through.  We're supposed to have flurries tomorrow.)  But while I was raking it was very nice.  That didn't really help.  And actually the breeze was the worst part of it.  Because all the while, as I was raking, and carting piles of leaves into the woods, the wind was sending more leaves down onto the lawn.  At times it was like I was in a snowglobe, but with leaves instead of the white stuff.  Actually that part of it was very cool.  So many leaves floating above me.

But at times I was literally shaking my fist at the leaves and shouting at the wind to stop. (Okay, that was mostly for my kids' benefit -- they loved it.)  I'd clear a section of the yard, and as soon as I moved on to the next, the leaves would start raining down on us again.  It was my own private Sisyphusian nightmare.

So I go inside when I'm finally done.  I'm tired, sweaty, my back is sore.  All I want is to eat something and take a nap.  And my wife -- my lovely, sweet, kind wife, who isn't nearly as funny as she thinks she is -- looks out the window at the lawn and says, "So, when are you going to rake the yard...?"  Yeah, I know:  she's exactly as funny as she thinks she is.

Don't know if I'll write tomorrow.  If not, I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Today's music:  Miles (Kind of Blue)


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 22nd, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
I like windy days -- they blow my leaves into the neighbor's yard (and my neighbor to the west, from which direction the wind generally blows, have fir trees). :-)
Nov. 22nd, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
Different season, different continent, but that's exactly what I feel like about sweeping the Jacaranda flowers off the driveway. Have to do this every day for about 4 weeks or so or someone will slip, break their neck and sue us. Yes, the tree is in the neighbour's garden.

Winks *hi* from OZ.
Nov. 22nd, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, during our year in Oz we had a flowering tree that hung over the driveway. Drove us nuts. But it was beautiful, and the spinebills and whistlers loved it. Thanks for the comment!
Nov. 23rd, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
I know you were here. I met you a few times (NSW Writers' Centre, Conflux) and thought it was fun to check out the blog.
Nov. 22nd, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
I was trying to learn the Eskimo roll in a friend's pool. 58 degrees cold, but the water was coated with a rich carpet of golden and red leaves. Lovely!
Happy T Day, David
Nov. 22nd, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
Re: leaves
Thanks, Faith. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
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