After the party, cleaning up the confetti

After every party comes the cleaning up, the clearing away. A few weeks ago, I described the falling leaves in our yard as confetti, as though Autumn were throwing a grand party.

There’s still some confetti left on the trees, but for the most part, the party’s over. We’re fortunate where we live to have street crews that come through the neighborhoods to vacuum leaves we’ve raked to the curb. Here’s what our leaf pile typically looks like right before the crew is scheduled to visit our street:

A typical pile of leaves from our yard, with our dog posing to give you an idea of scale

The crews came through today, and in advance of their visit, the whole neighborhood has hummed a constant melody of leaf blowers with accents of rakes, preparing piles of leaves to be cleared.

It was a week that I would have preferred a quieter neighborhood, but I’m still grateful that our city collects the leaves this way, as it’s the easiest and quickest way to get the yard cleaned up.

Between now and the crew’s next visit, we’ll resort to filling up cans to the brim, as we prepare for the next party coming, the grandest of the year: Christmas, with its own variety of confetti that comes in sparkling lights and snow flakes. It’s another type of confetti and another party I’m excited and grateful to celebrate. How about you?

May I offer another gratitude challenge even now that Thanksgiving is over? As we prepare our hearts for the Christmas celebration, I challenge you to continue keeping track of all the blessings in your life. I’m hoping for a calmer, more sane holiday season, where I can keep my priorities in the right place and my focus of gratitude on the beautiful gift of our Savior’s birth. I’d love to hear some things you’re grateful for in this holiday season.


I hope you’ll forgive today’s shorter than usual post. I’ve been quite sick all week with a stomach bug, but even fighting that, I’ve found plenty to be grateful for: getting home from out of town before getting sick, doctors on call in the wee hours of the morning, 24-hour pharmacies, the best husband in the whole world who was able to work from home for two days to look after me, oyster crackers, ginger ale and a calmer-than-usual dog. And, yes, even the hum of leaf blowers and street crews with vacuum trucks reminding me that life goes on.

3 thoughts on “After the party, cleaning up the confetti

  1. Your comments hit home. I too was sick over Thanksgiving as was my mother and I gave thanks to my angel of a husband who waited on both of us hand and foot. It was wonderful to have the entire family together even though we were sick! Great to have my grown daughter home.

    I had two miscarrages at Christmas; both requiring hospitalization and then… my son was born on the day after Christmas. The holiday is a time of great Christian joy and quiet contemplation for me of what might have been and of course, what is. As the years go by, it is more and more about the wonderful joys and promises and hopes for lives lived well.

    • Sorry to hear you were sick over Thanksgiving. It’s never fun to be sick, but I always think it’s a bit harder at the holidays. Thank you so much for sharing what Christmas brings to you: a time for contemplation and a time for joy, too. I can only imagine how difficult those Christmases of loss were for you, but what sweet joy with the birth of your son. His birth in that season must have been even more special to you, as it gave you a joy to celebrate after so much grief. Here’s hoping that the season ahead reminds you that you are one of those “lives lived well.”

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