I made great use of precious BN time this morning. Before Neighbor time is very limited in Willo; at other times, work gets put on pause because it's more fun to talk to neighbors as everyone begins to enjoy the neighborhood by around 6:30. At 5 a.m. I tackled my front yard with a rake...two huge trash bags of dead leaves and grass later, it didn't look much better but I felt great. Rake marks on a lawn are like grill marks on a steak - totally unnecessary but somehow it makes it look better.
The poor bush now is lopsided and I have renewed respect for people who trim landscaping professionally, but at least it's out of the way of the dog-walkers. Think they'll reward me by cleaning up when their dogs poop in my yard? Yeah, I don't either.