Fall is My Favorite Season: Part One

It is almost that time of year again. This year Fall officially begins on September 23rd. It is my favorite season. I love the colors of the leaves in orange, brown, green, gold and red. I love the clothes of the season also. Warm cuddly sweaters, blazes, skirts, boots and the rich colors that they come in. I love almost everything about it, except picking up the leaves.

It is not that I even mind picking up the leaves. There are just so many of them that it is exhausting. The first year that I did them as a single mom there were over 120 bags of leaves. I cannot even tell you how I felt afterwards. The next year I tried a different method. I raked them on to a tarp and put them in the back of my van. I drove to the leaf compost in the town, which was about five minutes away. Not too far so I thought. It should be easy. In a way it was easy, but the van was only so big, so I had to make countless trips back and forth. I literally began to feel dizzy.

The following year I had a couple do the leaves to give myself a break. They were just starting out and charged me only $50. It was a bargain. They charged much more the next year, which was out of my price range. I was on my own again.

I bought a leaf blower. I finally thought I had the answer. The leaf blower was so heavy so I used the neck strap. Bad idea. I mulched the leaves, but the attached bag filled up so quickly that I had to empty it every 10 minutes. After an hour of this I called it a day. I finished the leaves that year with my rake and some bags.

My neighbor watched my efforts throughout the years and must have taken pity on me. He brought over a piece of plastic that you slide inside the bag to hold it open. That worked pretty good. I gave it back when I finished that day and thanked him. I bought one for myself. I think that I finally had my answer. This little piece of plastic was a blessing. I still love this time of the year.

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About Angel Lynn Diamond

I am a mom to my precious one and only, a nurse in a heartwarming adult living facility, and a freelance writer. I am "Angel" to the one who has helped me through life for the past 2-1/2 years and has made a joyful difference. I am a featured contributing writer for Rich Women Sisterhood, A Distinctive Style magazine and a writing and health advisor on Just Answer. As well, I write greeting cards, articles in health, relationships, diet, fitness, parenting, and travel. I reside in Upstate, NY and enjoy spending time with my loved ones, writing, the outdoors, and fitness. What I would like to say to others is.......Slow down and enjoy the moment, as you cannot get it back. Dream, believe, hope, but most of all have faith. Be careful with your words...they have the potential to hurt or bring forth joy. Remember, gentleness is a comfort to a wounded heart. Wishing you all many blessings. ~Angel Lynn~