4. Ticks. Since we are all suddenly on the subject of global warming–a scarily warm fall will apparently do that even to the zone accountants–the greatest evidence of global warming in beautiful Washington County, NY, formerly Zone 4, is the unbelievable proliferation of ticks. Old-timers report that there WERE no ticks until recently. One of my children and my dog have already had Lyme disease. Another daughter was out for all of ten minutes last weekend and wound up with a nasty tick bite on the back of her neck. I’m a gardener! We’re always outdoors. We’re all going to wind up quaffing antibiotics all year long.
5. W.B. Yeats on the subject of anything, but particularly on nature and aging. This one makes me laugh, ruefully.
“Memory” by W.B. Yeats
ONE had a lovely face,
And two or three had charm,
But charm and face were in vain
Because the mountain grass
Cannot but keep the form
Where the mountain hare has lain.
6. Happy holidays!