We have leaves in our yard. Lots of leaves. The entire yard is full of leaves. You cannot see the brown grass underneath. There are two schools of though on raking leaves. Do a little at a time so you never have HUGE amounts to deal with or wait until every last leaf falls and do one enormous leaf job. My husband subscribes to the wait until the last possible leaf falls philosophy. I have mixed feelings and probably fall into the middle - do two leaf clearings with one about halfway through the season and a final one once every leaf is gone. My husband said he would clear the leaves, since I do all the summer yard mowing, planting and weeding, if I would take the giant leaf sucking machine to be repaired. I did. It is repaired and in the shed. It is enormous and ends up to be so heavy with the now wet leaves that I can barely maneuver it around the yard But the leaves have been gone from the trees for at least a couple of weeks now, easily before Thanksgiving, and he never got around to sucking them up. We are now approaching Christmas and I can no longer stand dragging them into the house with every footstep to say nothing about it makes our lovely home look abandoned. I made a couple of observations about the leaves. I moved to a couple of reflections that he needed to get that job on his schedule. I continued to using the shame that ours is now the ONLY house in the neighborhood to still have piles of leaves in the yard. After he said, "I'm going to be giving a flying lesson on Saturday" and the weather forecast for Sunday is rain, I realized that this was NEVER going to get on his schedule. I finally gave in and said "If you'll teach me to get the giant machine started I'll try to do the leaves this week." I thought that at that he might realize that he really had pushed me too far but instead he replied, "If you pull the machine into the garage today I'll give you a lesson when I get home."
I am considering moving into a condo, without him.