I love the fall, but I hate raking leaves. Our new house has tons of trees on the property so it is a massive undertaking to deal with the leaves. We paid a landscaping crew of three guys to do the lawn-mowing, edging and leaf-blowing when we first bought the house. They charged us $35, and they were done in about 30-45 minutes. I now know what a great deal that was! I just spent the better part of 3-4 days leaf blowing, raking, and mulching to get rid of all the leaves. Angie pitched in, as did my dad and my mom, too (all at different times). The leaves are still coming down, but there aren't many left on the trees so it seems a bit more manageable now.
Our driver's side power sliding door has been acting up over the past year or so. When you press the button inside the van or use the remote key chain fob to open the door, it will usually only open a few inches and then quit. When it first started happening it would open pretty far and then quit, so I squirted some WD-40 inside the tracks thinking that something was blocking it. That actually seemed to buy us some time because it started working again after that. Over the past few months, though, the door was basically not powered anymore. It would occasionally open about 2 inches and then stop. Once open, it wouldn't even attempt to close when you pressed the button. And if you manually closed the door, you really had to slam it because the motor wasn't taking over to close it all the way (you'll know what I'm talking about if you have one of these). A side effect of this problem was that our power door locks also stopped working within the past two days