My Maple Tree

October 21, 2008

I don't want you to be jealous or anything, but this is a picture of my house:


And that's my car, and that's my maple tree. It's pretty, isn't it? Very "Autumn in New England" if I do say so myself.

As you might expect, we get a lot of compliments on our tree.

At first I'd answer kindly with a response like: Oh thank you. It brings a great deal of joy to our family.

Or: I agree. The colors are truly splendid!

And when I was really feeling the spirit of the season: Oh yes! A magnificent mark of God's creation!

But that was last week. This week I'm more likely to say: Oh yeah? Do you know how many leaves this bastard-of-a-tree drops in my yard?

Or: Go to the hardware store and buy me a damn-freaking leaf blower, ya dumb butt.

Now don't get me wrong here--I love my yard, and I love my tree, and I love the fall. But I'd love them even more if I could hire a full-time lawn boy (a foreign lawn boy who prefers to work in nothing but his boxer shorts and some cowboy boots).

Maybe next year.

22 comments:

Vanilla said...

Well, I'm not foreign born (although I did live in England for a while), but I do so love to do yardwork in my boxers and cowboy boots.

K and/or K said...

I've always wanted a pink door...lucky!

Lindsey said...

DANG! Before I even SAW the end of your post I was going to wish you happy raking... Well, Happy Raking anyway.

Sarah said...

I want to watch Vanilla do your lawn work! ha ha

Sue said...

Screw the tree, I totally want a crayola house.

Cameron said...

Amy you are hilarious! It just isn't the same without you around.

Grandma said...

You could erase the leaves or draw the lawn guy!

theloosemoose said...

Isn't it a little early for that Christmas wreath on your door? :)

Michemily said...

Don't rake them. Don't blow them. Just let them turn into mush under the snow. That way you can still enjoy kicking your way through them when you cross the lawn. That's part of fall!

Laura said...

Throw a cowboy hat on that foreign boy and I am totally getting it. Oh yeah.

Rhien Family said...

nice haircut Amy.

akshaye said...

Still... its beautiful for me to look at from a very very safe distance!

akshaye said...

P.S. I am foreign born!

chattypatra said...

How about if Vanilla and Akshaye go rake your leaves and you regale us ladies with the video? They can keep their pants on, though, ok? Thanks!

Jen R. said...

I love that tree! And I wish I had that house...and car. I'm so jealous!

Mary Poppins said...

i was too mesmerized by the stunning artwork to even notice the tree. as for the raking, i say buy a kid-sized rake and put your son to work.

jkrunning said...

I've been telling Ken that we need to start looking for a leaf blower & a snow blower. But I can't wait for those tree's.

carrie said...

Grandma...judging by some of Amy's previous posts, if she drew the lawn guy he probably wouldn't be wearing the boxers! :o)

Jodie said...

Good grief, woman. Admit it, you stole that tree off webshots!

Seriously, its beautiful...but don't envy you on the raking. At least it'll be cool. We only get to rake in the heat of summer when the sun has killed the leaves off all the trees.

Cheryl said...

That IS one gorgeous tree! And did you dye James' hair blonde? Cute.

Rosie said...

Wow. That's a pretty fantastic tree, and yeah, of course the fall raking stinks. I mean, I can imagien the number of leaves that darn thing has, each determined to fall in its own good time, and preferably, right after you've just finished another round of raking.

Why don't you replace it with a deodora cedar? Then you would only need to rake the needles from July to october, the catkins from December to March, and the cone droppings from February to June.

Well, except for years that the tree isn't randy -- this year, for whatever reason, there aren't any catkins forming on ours yet. Phew.

Allred Mom said...

GREAT LOOKING TREE!
I agree with the raking! I hate doing it, but it is a lot of fun to jump into the piles of leaves!
As for the same mission of your husband and my son....it definately is a small world!
Pretty awesome! :)