Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Leaf blower functions ...

Marlene Terry
I'm going to say it one more time at least. I absolutely love this time of the year. Even the raking, trimming, sorting, and composting isn't that bad if you go about it with the "right attitude."
Not the one that says, "Oh brother this is going to be a lot of work," ... drudgery, drudgery, drudgery, but the attitude that with a lot of enthusiasm added, produces thoughts that make it hard to wait until you can get our there and wallow in it all!

I will admit however, those particular tasks are  probably enjoyed more by those who, being so young, don't notice the cold, or the aching joints that happen after hours of fall cleanup.

... Take my little grandson for instance. He'll gladly help and spend more than just a few minutes of concentrated effort if it means that at the end, when the leaves are all piled together, he'll be allowed to jump into the middle of it, and scatter to his heart's content.

... Of course that means you'll have to clean it up again. But it's always worth it.

Last year we also enjoyed what Nana's new, little woman-size leaf blower could do. It was light enough for him to handle and his curiosity and determination to have fun set the example.

In case you didn't know, a leaf blower is the machine that emits a wind powerful enough to blow leaves and lawn clippings into a centralized pile. ...
One more option is to reverse the air stream which creates a vacuum-like suction that picks up leaves from the lawn and contains them in an attached bag. 

... Now here is where that aforementioned "right attitude" changes things. 
With leaves being sucked into that bag, throw a big blanket over it AND you (like a cape) and pretty soon you'll be the scary Hunchback of Notre Dame, to the delight of all those watching!
... Or you can suck in your cheeks (or the cheeks of anyone else you can catch) and create big red circles that remain in place ... sometimes for days
... Or blow your hair into oblivion, straight up and spiked. 
... Or chase your family members around the lawn, while everyone  screams in terror and/or delight.
... Or (of the bunch this is may favorite), you can place the end where the wind comes out as close to your mouth as possible. 
... Remember it really isn't a good idea to try and put it INSIDE your mouth. But being as close to it as possible will not only clean off anything you might have stuck on your teeth at the moment, the sight of what happens is going to make you laugh so hard you'll cry!

... Warning: Do not try this if you wear dentures!

... Yep! Fall cleanup will be here before we know it. ... And I CAN'T WAIT!

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