Just as quickly as this year has gone by, the fall season is upon us, and all around, there are sure signs of one of the best seasons going for this part of the woods.
If you don't think the color change in the forests that surround us isn't just around the corner, drive down to the Roller Nursery growing grounds south of Washburn, and see some of the young trees getting ahead of their elders out in the woods in converting to the Flaming Fall Review.
Conservation Commission observers are predicting early rains in the area and heavy foliage in making for possibly the most brilliant display of colors in about two weeks that might have been seen around here in sometime. They feel certain the color show will exceed last year's, which was under drought conditions.
Top viewing is probably just a couple of weeks away as Chuck Miner and Rick Linebarger reported to me for years out of their seats with the U.S. Forest Service. They followed the actual theory of the change due to the decrease in daylight hours more than any other factor. So, that put the best viewing about mid-October.
Enjoy... you're in one of the best times of the year here in the Barry County Ozarks.
If you have ever been in the position of not having anything to do and want to involve your mind, stop and think about some of the neighbors that you have experienced over the years. It's best to think of only those whose association was a good experience unless you want to get upset all over again over something that happened sometime ago.
Out on a limb
This will be some of those observations that will put me far out on a limb, a position that hasn't been experienced for sometime, but here goes.
For this year, I would give the tomato-growing trophy to a pair of growers that really excelled with excellent contributions to our table. Richard Wierman gets the top award and second goes to Cherry Warren.
These two aren't the only ones that graced our table with their gardens, but from that one variety of vines they were tops. The garden of Corky Stehlik didn't do too bad either and Bob Mizer chipped-in, which was also appreciated.
Then there is Milo, the tabby cat of our neighbors, the Jeff Parsons. He's a congenial animal that has provided hours of companionship to Sue's white cat, Neely.
A pair of unappreciated neighbors included one whose son worked on a noisy vehicle at all hours of the night disturbing the whole of Chinquapin Woods, and the other was one who was constantly getting son's mail and not forwarding it for days. That same one, by mistake, accepted a mess of Crappie from a friend by mistake and thinking it was a joke, threw them away!
Then there was the youngster that discovered we had a phone jack on the pool deck and frequently left a phone there. After noticing some rather expensive calls, the phone came in the house.
A vote of thanks goes to a resident just up the street who once taught the card game of bridge and some of the pointers he furnished as I jokingly developed my own system.
Then there is the swimming pool mechanic who lives in our area who has pulled me out of a couple of problems on different occasions.
Much appreciated was the former neighbor who had a tractor and finish mower who worked over our vacant lot several time and got it in condition where it could be maintained by a regular machine.
Another, who is now in her 90s, and was always a dog owner, twice was successful in catching my bird dogs when they would find their way out of the kennel, and brought them home one time leading one by the collar as she drove and the other one was in the seat beside her.
We were fortunate that a long-time friend moved near us who had equipment, tables and racks to hold garage sales. The only reward he would accept was a supply of tomatoes, which was back in the days that we could grow them.
Not to be unnoticed are the neighbors who are watchful of our place when we might have been traveling in the past. Although this might seem to be a small thing, if you've ever done this while away from home, you can realize what a peace of mind it can be.
These are a few of the instances; there are others that have been equally appreciated over the years. Some might have been forgotten or caught in the space limits afforded this column.
For the most part, names have been omitted purposely, but surely those who have provided that which we've covered will remember them and once again know how much they meant to us!