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The Changing Seasons

Web posted on October 06, 2016

A Curmudgeon's View

By Les Enekes

It's hard to believe that autumn has arrived already. The weather became very seasonal almost overnight. One day we were baking, the next the temperature was seasonal, and it felt bloody cold. It's almost like Mother Nature flipped a switch. This week we are getting a hot flash from Mother Nature just to keep us guessing. The leaves have started to turn, and all those wonderful autumn events are coming up. We have Thanksgiving next Monday. I like the idea of an early Thanksgiving compared to our friends to the south. They will be celebrating Columbus Day on Monday. Over in Kitchener/Waterloo they will be Oktoberfestering. If you love beer and German culture, please enjoy responsibly. The rest of us will be doing our very best to avoid the area. Of course, I have been avoiding the area since they started putting in roundabouts and the Berlin Street Railway. On a local note we have the Friends of the Guelph Public Library Giant Used Book Sale coming up. I believe the cut off date for donations is October 12. There seems to be a lack of parking in the area of this year's location. There haven't been as many press releases this year as in the past. I hope there will be more information about parking. Garage sales have just about wound down for the year, maybe a couple more weeks if the weather stays nice. After that it will be the usual Church/Christmas Bazaars. All the stores are trying to rush the season with Christmas stuff right next to the Halloween goodies.

In case you notice groups of Japanese tourists in the area, it's their annual fall colours visit. Several plane loads come over this time of year, they go up north for the colours, but they also visit Niagara and St. Jacob's. We may not see any of them here, but if you are over in St. Jacob's, you just might see a group of them visiting Mennonite country, and scooping up all the maple syrup they can carry. They also love visiting the antique malls.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, (I know, the season hasn't even started) we know this because some leaves already have started to fall. On the other hand, the Blue Jays won the wild card game, and it's on to the play offs. Can they go all the way this year?

Politicians everywhere are behaving badly, but that's not a seasonal thing.

There is a great disturbance in the farce to the south of us. Donald and Hillary are still at it. I would like to say "may the best person win," but that's like trying to pick which variety of plague you like. It will be over in early November, and there will be a brief break before the next campaign starts right after Inauguration Day. No matter who wins, be afraid, be very afraid.

Autumn is my least favourite season. Even though the fall colours are spectacular, the days are getting shorter. After the leaves are gone, the weather turns gray for at least a couple of months. We just had a preview of that last week. We will time travel the weekend after the little extortionists come visiting. With unlimited resources, I would have left for the southern hemisphere by now, or perhaps a Caribbean island once Hurricane season is over.

It has also been almost a year since my first column. It's amazing how quickly time goes by. We were in the middle of our own election when I wrote my first column. The results gave me a lot of material to write about. I would like to thank all the politicians out there for their generous support. Without their tireless efforts it would be hard to get a column written every week. Very special thanks go out to our Prime Minister, and She Who Must Not Be Re-elected.

Of course I have found all sorts of other interesting subjects to rant about. Local planning (or lack thereof) decisions are also a favourite target. There is a lot of merde out there that needs to be rearranged, so I will always have something interesting to write about. Sometimes it will be serious, other times informative, and on occasion just plain fun.

Most of my inspiration comes from checking out my favourite news sites every morning. Some mornings it's pretty boring, others, all sorts of interesting things to write about. A lot of my best work is done in the morning. I guess if I were a poet, I would be going from bed to verse.

There are times when all I have to do is look outside for inspiration from all the local critters. Which reminds me, the local skunk population must have read my column a few weeks ago. There hasn't been an odorous evening since that mention. Most unusual. My crows went on vacation for a while, but are back and giving the local gulls lots of grief. Maybe the skunks have gone on vacation. Speaking of birds, I noticed a couple of robins on Sunday. This is the latest I have ever seen robins hanging around. They usually disappear in August. For most of the summer I had two web sites of the arachnid persuasion outside my bedroom window. (sorry, I don't know the IP addresses) As long as they stay outside, they are welcome to feast on all the flies and mosquitoes they want. As a rule the mosquitoes are not smart enough to get in unless they come through an open door. The flies seem to smart enough to be able find their way inside, but have no clue how to get out. The weather has been nice enough that very few have made it inside. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks. The more that make it inside, the worse the winter will be. I haven't seen any woolly caterpillars yet. They are also an indicator of possible winter conditions. Yellow jackets have been somewhat scarce as compared to past years. I have not heard as many crickets of late as in past years. (not even after one of my rather bad puns) The critters and insects have not been doing what they should be this time of year, making it difficult to guess what winter will be like.

I will stick my neck out and say with reasonable certainty the we will have winter conditions of some variety for a few months. Based on the transition from summer to fall, winter weather will hit us overnight, just like in the cartoons and TV commercials. We may or may not have a lot of snow, and the temperatures could be quite mild, or we could have another polar vortex. Eventually as the days get longer, it will get warmer and spring will arrive. OK Environment Canada, let's see you do better.

Thank you for reading my column over the past year, and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Les Enekes can be reached directly by owl. For those not owl equipped, he can be reached at

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