... this year. I've just been browsing through my archives reviewing the past several Novembers. In all of them, I was still working up leaves pretty near up to Thanksgiving (except LAST November when it started to snow - deeply! - on the 4th and later on too).
But here's the weird thing. As of this afternoon - November 10th - I'm done with the leaves. DONE! Except for the sweet gum that is still holding on, I've mowed/bagged and mulched with all the leaves. And you know what?
I DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH LEAVES TO DO THE JOB THIS YEAR!
I'd mentioned to my neighbor week-10 days ago that didn't he think that the leaves are dropping early this year? Then, over the next week-10 days, I watched him mow his lawn, just shredding the leaves in the process and they sort of melted into the grass.
Last couple years he had to blow them into several huge piles for the big leaf vacuums to take away. Not this year.
Happened to me too. This year I decided not to rake/drag/whack any leaves. I just mowed/bagged them up. I dumped them right onto the beds. And I only did it maybe 3 times. Really. Only 3 times.
Today the lawns are clear. All the leaves have been used. But for the first time in the 12 years I've been here, there are bare spots!
I have no new beds to mulch this year. No trees have been removed. And remember, I'm no longer mulching that monster ring bed anymore. I used to do that and it took a ton of leaves! Since I wasn't mulching that bed anymore, last year I had to build a big bin for the leftover leaves. (I used those leaves for mulch well into summer this year.) Now that bin is empty. The old asparagus bin is only half filled. The zin bin in front of the compost is empty. And there weren't enough leaves for the bird bath bed either.
WHERE ARE ALL THE LEAVES? And why have they dropped so quickly this year? It's just crazy.
Oh I do appreciate getting everything done weeks earlier this year than ever before. But it's so bizarre. I can't EVER remember a year that I wasn't trying like crazy to get the outside stuff done before Thanksgiving. But now - here I am - looking at the calendar and wondering what the heck happened? Today, when the leaves ran out, I even cut down a lot of perennial debris that I usually do in Spring. I hauled it to the yard waste depot. I loaded up the firewood racks in the garage. And then - nothing. It was all done.
Tomorrow is going to be another mild day - 60s. Dry. AND I HAVE NOTHING TO DO OUTSIDE!
But it's only the 10th!! Oh sure, the rest of the year is forecasted to be pretty nasty - bitter cold, wind, barely above freezing starting on Wednesday. So don't get me wrong, I'm grateful I don't have to be out in it (unless the snowblower comes into play). But this early cleanup, lack of leaves and feeling out of sync with the season is messing with my mind. It's like I'm actually somehow MISSING 2 weeks of November. And I want it back!
How about where you are? Noticing anything different about your Autumn? Little signs? Big signs?
As if this wasn't weird enough - while I was finishing up the front lawn today, the lady across the road who only last Fall called me crazy and the worst neighbor in the 'hood, pulled out of her driveway, caught my eye, smiled - and waved. Whaaa?
There's definitely a disturbance in the Force. :-/