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November 17, 2013

Big job complete…for now

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I finished the big job of cleaning up after the awful sycamore tree yesterday.
clean yard

I really should have taken a “before” picture to show you, but I gave you a small idea of what the job is like last week in this post. That tree is nearly done dropping all its leaves, but some still cling to the branches:
sycamore, almost done

I believe I’ve done enough work on the front yard for this fall. More leaves will certainly fall before we are covered in snow, but I’ve cleared away enough (10 tarp loads including last week!) so that I won’t have a horrible clean-up of giant, soggy, 8-inch wide, slimy leaves in the spring.

After spending my day cleaning up the yard (by myself, by the way!) I rested my tired self in the hot tub and admired the sky, brightly illuminated by the full moon. As my eyes adjusted, it almost seemed close to day light it was so bright, and I got the idea in my head that maybe I could show you some pictures of my lovely view.

Still wearing my bathing suit and terry robe, I grabbed my camera and put on the nifty-fifty lens, then kneeled down next to the hot tub. I was too lazy to get the tri-pod out. Thinking back now, that would have been the intelligent thing to do! The shots I have to share are quite blurry, of course, since it wasn’t really daylight. But maybe I can still give you a glimpse into my view last night:
night sky 1

night sky 2

I played with different shutter speeds and apertures, and holding my breath and firmly gripping the camera as my elbows rested on the side of the tub, and in the little LCD of the camera screen the shots didn’t look too bad. Really did need the tripod though!

night sky 3

night sky 4

I would try again tonight, but a steady rain is in our forecast. We’re still enjoying warm-for-November temperatures around here, so at least it is rain and not snow! How is your autumn progressing? Cleaning up? Looking forward to Thanksgiving? Tell me in the comments.


  1. 10 tarp loads!! Wow. That IS a lot of leaves. I like your blurry moon shots. They have an abstract, almost watery, quality to them. 🙂
    My autumn is different from the autumns I am used to. We’ve had summer-like weather here, and the trees are still holding on to a lot of leaves. I would love to go spend a day at the beach, but there’s too much going on at the house with the renovations. Maybe in December…

    Comment by Robin — November 18, 2013 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin.
      A day at the beach sounds like just the thing – but any beach near me these days I’m sure would be rather blustery and chilly!

      Comment by Karma — November 19, 2013 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  2. Hello Karma! I’ve just been enjoying reading back through all of your posts that I’ve missed and it feels like I’ve just read a lovely long letter from a friend. 🙂 I see you have your hot tub now, so enjoy it while your ‘warmer’ weather is still around. I’ve often wondered why people are so diligent about raking up leaves and I think I now know why….they must look like a dead messy mass of slush in spring, after spending winter beneath the snow. Well, it was a huge job for you but at least now it’s done. 🙂

    Comment by Joanne — November 18, 2013 @ 11:35 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Joanne – that is a very nice thing about blogging, isn’t it? Nice to catch up with a friend!
      I’m enjoying my hot tub very much, thank you, and I will continue to enjoy in the cold weather too – the water is 102 degrees F (according to Google that would be 38.8 C) and warms up the body very completely, even when it is quite cold outside.
      Yes, those leaves are a terrible wet mess if left for spring time! If your leaves are not as thick, large and heavy as mine, you can often get away with just scrunching them up with the lawnmower, but that is sadly not the case with these leaves!

      Comment by Karma — November 19, 2013 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

  3. Just hope for REALLY windy days after the rest of the leaves fall off….and make sure all your neighbors did a really good job raking their yards so you don’t end up with their leaves LOL

    Comment by TheDailyClick — November 19, 2013 @ 9:06 am | Reply

    • We just had a really windy night last night – I think the rest of my dang leaves came down actually! My nice neat front yard is no longer nice and neat.

      Comment by Karma — November 19, 2013 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  4. Hi there, Karma! Your post reminded me of my grandma and grandpa. They had a big sycamore tree that shed and had to clean up after it and I think they both grumbled. Or maybe it was just Grandma. We don’t have many of those trees this far north. Am looking forward to Thanksgiving, even though it’s just Barry and me and a tiny turkey. Must start pondering Christmas soon.

    Comment by Kathy — November 20, 2013 @ 2:02 pm | Reply

    • I curse that tree every year at this time! I’m sure, however, it does its part to keep my lawn from going brown in the summer time with its abundant shade, so I guess I must take the bad with the good. I’m so not ready to start pondering Christmas yet, though it does find its way into my thoughts!

      Comment by Karma — November 21, 2013 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  5. We still have lots of yard cleanup to do..but it’s very possible that it won’t get done till spring. Sigh.
    Boy those moon shots are hard to do aren’t they! I hate getting the tripod out so I’ve pretty much given up trying to get the moon.

    Comment by Dawn — November 22, 2013 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

    • I think any more yard clean up work I may have will wait til spring. We’ll see. The moon isn’t too bad if you do it early enough in the evening. My eyes tricked me into thinking there might have been enough light around to get a reasonable shot tripodless!

      Comment by Karma — November 23, 2013 @ 8:02 am | Reply

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