Friday, April 11, 2008

Friday Fun

Ah, spring. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, Kelly is still buried in snow, and we now have yard-to-yard carpet on our driveway.

See, my neighborhood is called Forest North for a reason. Trees, lots and lots of beautiful, shady trees. Most of them Live Oaks. Which means that for several weeks they have been dumping their leaves. You probably rake leaves in the fall, don't you?

I'm not talking about a household putting 6-8 or even 10-12 bags of leaves out at the curb to be picked up. Try 70.

We try to shred and mulch ours, but there's only so much use you can find for that volume of leaves.

But the leaves are the least of our problems. Because after the leaves comes the oak pollen. Doesn't matter what color your car is - it's a greenish yellow if it sits in this neighborhood. There was so much falling the other day, it looked like yellow rain.

And now we're getting into the last stages where the brown flowering clumps are dropping off the trees. That is what has covered our driveway in a nice soft carpet. And there I shall leave it. Because last week I swept leaves and haven't been able to breathe all week.

This picture is not one I took, and actually, it's a relatively light amount. You can still see plenty of driveway.

Oh, and did you know that oak trees are either male or female? The males are the ones that are doing all of this pollinating. That's just a little extra info for you - no charge!

So I'm staying inside where the air is filtered and trying to park this car. Try it - I bet you can't do it in less than 5 or 15 tries!!

For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12

(I just hope those trees aren't full of pollen!)


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Kelly @ Love Well said...

That's pollen?!?

I've never seen anything like that.

At least our ground-covering doesn't make me sneeze. (Only snarl.)

Becoming Me said...

I guess I should stop complaining about apartment life eh? Although we have our share of pollen here. And my heart goes out to those with April snow showers on the horizon. I lived up North and sometimes it's just wrong. :-)

Xandra said...

One of the joys of living in a rural area is that we can dump all of our branches, grass clippings and leaves in the field behind the house, and then have semi-annual bonfire!

Our neighbor has a huge (male) oak tree, so I feel your pain with the pollen and the carpet of brown clumps. The next plague is the love bugs.....


Kelli said...

Talk about cardio!!! 70 bags? How do you even still have the strength to blog?


Cheryl said...

I feel your pain!!!
We have a huge oak tree that provides wonderful shade for our back deck but I wonder if it's worth it because of all the "stuff" that falls from it!
I am constantly picking up leaves and other stuff that comes in my back door!!!
Oh well!!!

Deb said...

Oh my gosh can I park a car or what?? FUN game!! thanks:)

The Preacher's Wife said...

Okay, I hate you for the car link. As if I need one more computer thing to get hooked on???



Julie Stiles Mills said...

70 bags? You win.

But the pollen? I COMPLETELY understand. There are certain times of year here when EVERYTHING is covered in yellow powder. The cars, the house and worst of all - every. single. item. on our back porch. yuck.

I can't park the infuriating little car. So. I decided to do the "Fried Green Tomatoes" thing. You know, where the Evelyn character says: "Face it, girls, I'm older and I have more insurance."

yes. that is much more fun.

Lisa writes... said...

Pollen!?! Oh, it's AWFUL!!!