Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Day 301

I've noticed that the Coots and Double Crested Cormorants have returned to the lake for the winter. The White Pelicans and Wood Ducks can't be far behind. I can't even remember how many times I've witnessed these seasonal migrations. I've lived by the lake for a long time. This is probably my favorite time of year. The days are crisp and cool and it is actually pleasant to open the windows.

When the birds return for the Winter, I know we're on the home stretch to finish up another year. I'm through with dealing with air conditioner repairmen for a while. Now, I can start calling furnace repairmen instead. The holidays are almost here as well. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all seem to run together these day. It's like they have become one long extended holiday. Already, I see stores filled with stuff for celebrating all three holidays.

I wonder if I've accomplished anything worth celebrating this year. It's harder to tell than it used to be. I'm certainly busier than I ever was, but I don't have clearly defined goals anymore. Mostly, my goal is just to make it through the day. Bills get paid. Dogs find new homes. Periodically, new websites appear. There are very few surprises. I've gone through periods where I thought this sort of life was hopelessly boring. Maybe it's not though. I think that writing the blog has helped me realize that things actually do happen to me every day. I just had to write them down to notice.

I've got poison ivy again. This is another seasonal event that is almost as predictable as the return of the Double Crested Cormorants. I always forget that the urushiol oil which causes all the itching is very stable. It's usually still active even when the plants are turning yellow and dying. Luckily, the season is just about over. Even if I'm forgetful, this is probably my last case of poison ivy for the year.

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  1. John: It is one of the reasons I don't believe in time. Measuring my life in arbitrary terms like years or decades somehow diminishes my existence. I know many of my friends and acquaintances simply stopped doing things they have enjoyed all their lives because they think they have reached another milestone and are banned from the games of youth. I sure hope you contracted your poison ivy while fly fishing! Regards.

  2. PI is the bane of my outdoor-loving life. Fortunately, I usually manage to spot it in time to avoid. Quickly washing in plain water after contact seems to work for me. Urushiol breaks down quickly in water.

  3. This post is part of my scavenger hunt. You should be getting some additional comments.

  4. Thanks to Sharkbytes contest, I'm finally leaving you a comment. I've been reading for quite some time. It does seem as if the holidays ran up on us this year, doesn't it?

  5. every good deed, done regardless of the season or reason, is worth celebrating =]

    quiet fan of your crisp, cool blog =]