Autumn’s arrival, a geography lesson, and Halloween
Autumn has arrived. I know this because I’ve already removed about 10 five-gallon buckets of walnuts from our driveway and have made numerous trips to the DPS property to dispose of the fallen leaves that have graced our property.
I’ve tried to make friends with the neighborhood squirrels, in hopes that they’ll help me get rid of the walnuts. No luck so far. I’m very thankful that I don’t have any trees on our property, but I do have a great neighbor who apologizes for his leaves crossing the fence line. I’ve been lucky so far, because I haven’t been bonked on the head by a falling walnut. If there’s anyone out there in need of some tasty walnuts, let me know and I’ll help you load them into your vehicle. By the way, they are FREE for the taking.
Leaf pick up has already begun. All you need to do is rake your leaves to the street, making sure that they are in the street and off the curb. They will continue picking the leaves up by district. You may also deliver your leaves to the DPS property on South Lincoln.
We’ve been lucky when it comes to the fall weather. My garden hose has been drained and put away, and I’ll soon be winterizing the lawn mower. Normally, Mother Nature sneaks up on us and we end up doing these chores in less than favorable weather conditions. A word to the wise, if you don’t mind. It’s always a good idea to move those liquids that might freeze from the garage to the basement.
We don’t have any major holidays during the month of October, so families wishing to get Out and About for a few days, must do so on extended weekends. This is a perfect opportunity to venture out and explore “Pure Michigan.” There’s so much to see within several hours of Three Rivers. This is not the peak of the holiday travel season, so hotel rates might be very reasonable. If you want to see the fall colors, you might consider traveling north.
Here are some interesting facts about the “Mitten State” and Lake Superior:
• There is a small outflow from Lake Superior at St. Mary’s River, near Sault Ste Marie, into Lake Huron. It takes almost two centuries for the water to be completely replaced.
• Over 300 streams and rivers empty into Lake Superior, with the largest source being the Nipigon River.
• Vernor’s ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage, when he was called away to serve in the Civil War. After four years, he returned and discovered that the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious gingery flavor.
• Indian River is the home of the largest crucifix in the world. It is called the Cross in the Woods.
Many thanks to my buddy, Vic, for sharing this geography lesson with us.
Halloween is a week from today. The hours for Trick-or-Treating are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you are traveling throughout the neighborhoods, please be on the alert for children in costume. Their concentration might be more on the treats than on traffic. An advance “Thank You” to those parents who accompany their children as they travel the neighborhoods. Please don’t forget the “Thank You’s” to those homes you visit.
The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
See you Out and About!
Norm Stutesman resides in Three Rivers with his wife and cat. He receives mail at P.O. Box 103 in Three Rivers.