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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • River Ramblings.....

  • The time was right, the weather was right and I knew there was little I could do but dive in to it. The annual fall yard work stares at me each year waiting for me to do the inevitable and resign myself to tackling the chore of cleaning out the garden, putting things away and gathering up all those freshly fallen leaves....
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  •     The time was right, the weather was right and I knew there was little I could do but dive in to it.
        The annual fall yard work stares at me each year waiting for me to do the inevitable and resign myself to tackling the chore of cleaning out the garden, putting things away and gathering up all those freshly fallen leaves.
        It’s a process that has to be done in a certain order. I need to gather the leaves and working with a north wind and a bit of gravity I use the wind along with a noisy gas-powered backpack blower and move a few million leaves down to the low area in our yard where my garden is. That means the garden needs to be cleaned out and that’s where the fun comes in. I never expect a lot from my garden and am usually not disappointed. Sometimes I’m even surprised by the better-than-expected bounty.
        Saturday was the perfect chance to dig up those potatoes that should have been dug out of the ground a month or more ago.
        The long-handled shovel and I get along pretty well but digging around in the slightly sticky dirt for potatoes is better done by our grandsons, who are both eager and able assistants.
        We dug in and found spuds, not large ones but plenty of them. There is also the usual bunch of earthworms, a variety of caterpillars, centipedes and various other creatures in the soil that always attracts a youngster’s attention and plenty to discuss along the way.
        After a couple of rows of potatoes, they boys are more interested in checking out the apple trees, monkeying with my old garden tiller, climbing on the old swing set or piling up leaves.
        By the time we had six rows of spuds dug up and then got done trying to find any carrots, we were dirty and ready to move on. It’s a good job to get finished.
        We washed our hands and then washed the spuds and cooked up a bunch of those small and tasty potatoes for supper. It’s a reward that makes digging in the garden seem worthwhile. Thankfully, the centipedes and worms stayed in the garden.
        
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        The next day I used the mower to grind up the leaves that were already burying my lawn. There are at least as many leaves still on the trees but with the number of trees in our yard, the leaves pile up too high and its better to clear them away and then do it all again a week or two later.
    Page 2 of 2 -     I spent the next three hours tied to my backpack blower pushing leaves down to my newly cleared garden. It was only the first pass through but already there are several pickup loads to haul away and there will be many more.
        While its good to have a start on these fall chores, it’s also good to sit down afterward and chuckle about those grandsons asking about centipedes.
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       Another thing I look forward to in the fall is the special feel of October baseball. Each year the World Series seems to have some sort of special drama and each year I try to spend some time watching the World Series. I think that can be attributed to the 1965 Series when the Twins went seven games before losing to the Dodgers. I was hooked.
        It’s a bit different each year but I usually try to pull for the American League team. That is hard to do if the Yankees are in the Series. I’m not much of a Boston fan either, figuring that both teams get way more coverage than they deserve, That said, it would maybe stand to reason that I would be pulling for St. Louis to be the champions but the presence of former Twins designated hitter/first baseman David Ortiz sways me into the Boston camp. This guy can just plain hit. He seems to have a knack for clutch hitting and always rises to the occasion.
        It's hard to watch him without wondering how much fun it would be to have him swinging his bat for the Twins.
        It’s even more fun to think about the kind of baseball team the Twins would be if they still had Tori Hunter, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Justin Morneau and Delmon Young, all of whom are still playing some pretty good baseball. Put that team on the field with Joe Mauer and it would be a great lineup.         Add in former Twins pichers such as Francisco Liriano, Matt Garza, Joe Nathan and Grant Balfour who are all still throwing pretty good for other teams, and it starts to look like a real playoff team.
        They could all be playing for the Twins and yes, they would all be making big money, but we would have some October baseball to cheer us up again.
        
     

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