Leaf Blowing

The chill in the air leaves little doubt, Fall is here. I love this time of year. The cooler temperatures, brisk breezes and beautiful foliage combine to beckon me to spend as much time outside as possible. As an added bonus, the weather this time of year rarely causes phantom pain issues, allowing me to fully enjoy the season.

Although I don’t have the phantom pain issues that plague me during the extreme cold and hot temperatures, Autumn is not without pitfalls. Leaves, especially when wet, can become hazardous if I do not step carefully. Living in the woods, we have a lot of leaves!

Acorns and hickory nuts, both of which litter our walkways and yard, become obstacles that I must avoid. I learned the hard way that slipping on a nut is not only embarrassing, but it can be painful. I love being outside, but I am cognizant of every step because of the seasonal obstacles.

I cannot safeguard all of my environments, but I can certainly make my own yard safer. While I admittedly detest yard work, I have learned to appreciate its value. Spending a little time to remove the leaves and nuts from our sidewalks, driveway and porch can go a long way towards creating a safer environment for me to walk.  I would rather invest the time removing the obstacles to save me the time I would need to recover from injuries sustained if I fell.

Yard work used to be a laborious task. Trying to juggle the loud, heavy, gas-powered, odoriferous leaf blower was exhausting. I often felt unbalanced (hence unsafe) when operating the blower, which was ironic because my efforts were an attempt to increase my safety.  I knew that there had to be a better way.

Strolling through the aisles of our home improvement store, I happened upon the solution to my leaf blowing woes. I didn’t need to ditch the blower entirely, I just needed a different type. I opted for a lightweight, battery powered leaf blower and I couldn’t be happier.

The Black and Decker battery powered leaf sweeper is lightweight (less than 4 pounds) and has the strength to get rid of the nuts and leaves that seemingly rain down. Because it is light and compact, my son can even use it. I was hesitant about the battery life, but the fully charged battery has always provided enough power for me to blow my sidewalks, driveway and other walking areas.

This little machine is not meant to clear leaves out of a yard, but it is perfect for clearing walking paths. I am so excited to have found an easy solution to our leaf and nut problem.  In my opinion, this leaf blower is perfect for individuals with orthopedic or balance issues. This little blower has gone a long way towards helping me to become an UNlimiter! With the leaves and nuts cleared, I am both safe and ready to enjoy the beautiful weather.

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