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Don’t Let Fall(ing) Leaves Get You Down

November 24, 2011

Three separate times this week I had to catch myself before I broke my neck on the slippery leaves. It’s not from the lack of raking, bagging, and taking them to the dump. I am starting to miss the days where my parents would rake them and we would ride our bikes through the paths before we would put them in a long line in the road to burn them. Ahhhh, the good ole days.

So, let me warn you about the hidden dangers behind the leaves falling.

  1. I almost (and this was verrrrrry close), fell through the rotten board on the steps at my friends because the leaves were left wet to rot on the edge where the water doesn’t drain. It seems that she did not know the board is rotten because the leaves are keeping that edge covered. Well, she knows now.
  2. The driveway was dark, the leaves had fallen again, it had rained, I had my hands full……and crappolla…..I slipped on the leaves and did the electric slide down the driveway to the road. I did pick up the mail while I was there though so I managed to find a good use of my time (always thinking of a way to make it look like I am multi-tasking).
  3. Then the third time I was coming down the walkway and looked up at the roof line to see how many branches were on the roof and how many leaves were in the gutter (because any good DIY’er knows to keep the roof and gutters clean) and woops, I slipped on the hidden stick under the leaves on the walkway. I did the hop, skip, jump and managed not to fall again.

My advice is to keep a small broom outside that you can use to “sweep” your way to the car and back again when you are going somewhere. Be sure your walkways and driveways are well lit. If you live in a rural community like me where the leaves are falling faster than you can pick them up it is especially important. It looks like it is raining leaves this time of year. Shadows can play tricks on your eyes. Leaves can hide damage to walkways.

I was lucky all three times. I might not be so lucky next time.

To women holding hammers (and brooms and being safe),

Jo Ellen Soesbee, The ToolBox TomGirl

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