Why I Have Haters

posted by Momo Fali on October 25, 2012

I’ve mentioned before how much I hate winter. Autumn gets second place in the hate column, mostly because I know what follows, but also because of the yard work at our house. In case you get tired of counting, that’s 25 bags and/or cans of leaves. For this week.

Two days after bagging all of those? The back yard looks like this.

Even the bushes are shedding in preparation for winter.

But, as much as I hate winter, I’m pretty sure the yard waste people hate me more.


  • OHmommy

    I’ve never heard of people bagging their leaves. That seems like SO MUCH work. We’ve lived in three different areas of Ohio and now in Chicago and we just push the leaves to the curb and they get sucked up once a week during the fall by a truck. I can’t imagine us bagging all the leaves.

    You poor thing! I would HATE fall too.

    • Momo Fali

      We had a service like that in the town where I grew up and some surrounding neighborhoods are lucky enough to have it, but not here. It’s a HUGE job each fall. We’ll have somewhere between 80-100 bags of leaves, depending on the wind. 🙂

    • Arnebya

      Wow, OhMommy! I’ve never heard of a leaf sucker upper service either! We’ve always had to bag our own leaves. There are DATES that the city comes to retrieve them. And Christmas trees.

  • Junk Drawer Kathy

    Holy crap, woman! That’s a damn lotta work! Can you guys even walk by today? I would be in traction.

  • Colleen

    Thank God we don’t have to do that. We put them out to the curb un-bagged and the town has a HUGE vacuum truck.

  • Ginger Kay

    You have a lovely yard. Lots of leaves, but lovely.

  • Tara R.

    As much as I miss trees that change colors in the fall, I have to confess too that I like not having to rake leaves. Living in Florida does have a few perks.

  • Kara

    So, so much work. There is a Dar Williams song called February that shares the exhaustion of snow.

  • Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]

    I, uhm, had no idea that bagging leaves was a thing.

  • Mama D

    Yikes! There’s a lot to be said for a yard that is mainly conifers… 🙂

  • Casey

    Bagging leaves is totally a thing. I am surprised to see so many who didn’t know that. I grew up in New England. We rake. We bag. My brother just called to tell me he hopes we get the hurricane to blow all his leaves into his neighbor’s yard so he doesn’t have to rake and bag them. He’s a really nice neighbor.

    Also? This is one of the reasons I live in a condo. We don’t have a yard, so we only have to rake and bag the leaves that fall on our driveway. PHEW.

  • Rhana @ Dumb {Squared}

    Next you’re gonna tell me that people bag their own groceries.

  • Arnebya

    My love of seasons goes in this order from loathe to love: winter, fall, spring, summer. I detest the cold. I can deal with the in betweenness of spring to fall and fall to winter, and even the 25 bags of yard waste (although, yes, I guess I’d have city workers hating on me too) but the thought of full on winter? I cry. (Also, I am in my office with the heater on, a blanket across my legs, a sweater on and a sweater over my shoulders. It’s like a damn igloo in here and SnowMiser is somewhere laughing, biding his time).

    Also, if I were a wayward teen (or an evil leaf collection employee), I’d come by your house in the middle of the night and dump half your bags back onto your yard. What is wrong with me?

  • Dee Dee

    Praise you for bagging and not burning. Our community still burns and its awful and if I have our windows I cannot breath. Is sucks! I strongly dislike fall but I loathe winter. You have a super sweet yard though!

  • AlisonH

    I grew up in a house in the woods in Maryland with a bit of grass at the front–and the leaves! Your post brings back so many memories! All six of us kids and a parent keeping us at it, often, and it was still just so much raking. I groused, I complained, I resented the intrusion on my Saturdays and after-schools like any kid would do.

    And then I grew up and hubby and I moved to California just before any of our kids were old enough to help with the raking.

    They never had to do hard physical labor around our small yard here. The two ash trees that did shed leaves were attacked in a whitefly invasion that decimated ash trees about 20 years ago around here–they had to be taken down before they came down on the house, after a quarter of one did of its own and snapped the power line above the yard.

    And that was that. No raking. I think my kids totally missed out. We do get a few, just a few leaves from what we’ve still got–and the kids are grown and gone, I can’t be out in the sun, so the local gardener blows them away for me.

    I wish I could lend him to you for a day.

  • meleahrebeccah

    Holy crapola!

  • Jennifer in Spring, TX

    I grew up in Wisconsin and our yard was LOADED with trees. Lucky for us, we didn’t have to bag them; the city sucked them up curb-side. BUT, I still hated raking and dragging tarps full of leaves from the back yard to the front. I imagine that we would have had about 50 of those paper leaf bags along the curb if we had to bag them!

  • Rhea

    That’s a LOT of work. We have to rake leaves here too. I can’t believe OHMommy has a truck that sucks everything up. Super cool! (and dangerous? for small animals? lol)

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