Saw this license plate on my way in to work this morning:
No matter what, I appreciate the sentiment. Also – a Steelers fan in upstate NY? It happens. I even work with one.
This has been one weird autumn. Got most of my leaves done. I go toodling around on my lawn mower, vacuum up the leaves and after a bit I drive up to the curb, dump the contents of my bagger attachment and head out for more. I can do my entire 1/2 acre empire in about an hour.
So I have my 80ish feet of curb space piled 2 feet deep with leaves on a Saturday. (I’m on a weird piece of pie shaped lot – teeny front, wide-assed back end). I was a happy guy. Late Sunday, while I’m watching football and not inclined to go back outside, it got windy as all get out and of course the oaks decided it was a good time to drop a bunch of leaves. Figured I’d get them the next weekend.
Then it snowed that Thursday night. We got about 8 inches. With all the curbs in our neighborhood absolutely loaded with leaves. Snow plows didn’t even push the leaves back when they cleared the snow. They just sort of plowed up TO the leaves, so the road was 3 or 4 feet narrower than normal. And the crap the poor mail man had to drive through? Glad they have all wheel drive trucks up here.
Now of course, with 8 inches of snow ion the ground, what did the oaks decide to do? You guessed it, all the rest of their leaves came down. That left a lovely sammich in the yard – a blanket of oak leaves, snow, and another blanket of oak leaves. By Dec 1 most of the snow had melted and I zipped out and got a whole bunch more leaves vacuumed up. Added them to the piles of leaves already at the curb. Had the following Monday off, so when I heard the leaf vac truck start coming around, I ran out and started pulling leaves out of our foundation beds and mowed them up too. Got another 5 or 6 loads of leaves up the the road just in time for the leaf truck to come by and take them all away. Still have 2 or 3 beds to empty out, and of course not quite all the oak leaves are down yet, so there will be more to do in the spring. There always is. But the investment in a riding mower with a bagger attachment this spring was well worth the money when it comes to getting fall chores accomplished.
Big decision tonight – Al Anon meeting or not? Spousal unit took today off from work – heard her go downstairs and call in for a substitute this morning. She’s not sick, unless you call a thundering headache, a wee bit of nausea and a little dehydration sick. I call it a hangover. It was totally expected. Most of last week? – Hammered every evening. Sleeping on the couch by 8 – 8:30. Sunday? Not hammered. Out of hooch, stayed away from beer & wine too. Also – she was likely hungover pretty bad from killing off her bottle Saturday. So I was curious when I got home last night – did she re-load? The answer – yup. Hence the “sick day” today.
I had been planing on getting something out to thaw to make for dinner tonight. (Chicken thighs braised in a garlic/white wine concoction). But since the spousal unit had all day at home today, I didn’t get anything out. Curious to see if she spends the entire day farting around with that insipid “adult coloring” app on her iPad, or if she actually thinks about dinner and getting ONE other errand done (call a zoo near where our younger sons family is and inquire about season passes). If she’s accomplished nothing but coloring & drinking, I’ll grab my Al Anon texts and head out about an hour before the meeting starts. I’ll go someplace and grab a soup & salad for dinner then go see my old friends at the 12+12 meeting. If she actually DID get something done, I still reserve the option to get to that meeting if drink, drank and drunk were in any way involved.