I made good on one of today’s resolution… certainly the most labor intensive one: the sweeping/raking of the back yard.

Here’s the last load, the third time I’d filled up this 30-gallon trash can:


That’s a lotta leaves — especially when considering that I did it all before five days ago.

One might read this and wonder why I do this somewhat obsessively given the fact that we have gardeners (actually more like an indiscriminate weed-whacking leafblowers) come every two weeks.

And the answer is because they only come every two weeks, whereas the leaves they fall every hour of every day and 10 times as much during the rain.

Plus I’m weird in that I actually like doing stuff like this.