Here at the Garden of Eden we have been putting away the porch furniture, mulching the flower garden, grinding up leaves with the lawn mower, and hoping the rest will blow away. The cardinals, both male and female, have visited the feeders, as have whitethroats, goldfinches, and many, many chickadees and nuthatches; and one lone hairy woodpecker, who has found the suet on the Norway maple behind the sunroom. We’ve also seen a flock of turkeys on several occasions, picking up whatever they can find. Moreover, the deer have pretty much cleaned up all the fallen apples and pears under their respective trees.
I spent three days working at the Library last week while Gina was on vacation. It was most enjoyable for me, although there were times when things got very busy, and I had to slow myself down to keep from making mistakes. All in all, it feels like a good fit, and I look forward to continuing on Tuesdays and Fridays. Welcome back, Gina!
The Outing Club Ski Sale, held this year at Crescent Park School for the first time, was a success. The crowds on Friday night formed three lines at the checkout stations, and there were no breaks in customers from 6:30 to 8:30. We finally had a bit of a breather in the last half hour. Saturday morning hours were 9 to 11:30, and several more folks found what they wanted. I got a great bargain -- brand new cross-country-ski boots for just $20! Such a deal!
Yesterday the Bethel area spinning group held its monthly gathering at the Congregational Church, complete with potluck lunch (delicious!) and enjoyable visiting. We welcome anyone who spins or knits, would like to learn, or would like to bring some other handwork and join in the fellowship. You can contact me for information.
We note with sadness the passing of Alfred Lovejoy of the Flat Road. He was at the Ledgeview Living Center when the end came. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends who mourn his loss. Mr. Lovejoy lived a long, rich, interesting life and will be missed.
Deer season has started, and while I am not anti-hunting, I usually root for the deer. We have hauled out the blaze orange, although there shouldn’t be any shooting going on near us at this location.
Trick or treat night was fairly quiet, with fewer than a dozen goblins showing up at our door. Among the visitors were Caili Inman and her friend. It was good to see them in their cat and mad hatter costumes. I must say, we were surprised that we had so few, now that we live in the “city.”
At last the election is over, and we don’t have to listen to or read any more campaign promises, mud-slinging, and general