Little Wooden Box Season?

Fall has arrived here at Brook Hollow. The crickets and cicadas still fill the night air, but they quiet down faster than a month ago. Temperatures are falling into the mid 50’s at night now with daytime highs around 85. A pretty nice fall for sleeping.

I was trying to think why I hadn’t heard the crickets earlier in the year. Then it hit me, we’re out of air conditioning season! The clicks and whirs and roars of the neighborhood condensers have all but stopped, allowing the crickets center stage. The trains that roar through downtown Bryan, pretty much wipe out the sounds of the crickets, their horns blowing some code I don’t understand, its not Morse, it must be something else.

Mornings are similarly brisk, invigorating, and make for easier running than the 90 degree 90 percent humidity I ran in during August. It was like running through soup. This cool Canadian air is almost a pleasure to run in, now if we could just figure out how to keep my achilles from blowing up once a week I’d be down to 180 in no time!

Leaves aren’t turning here yet, I don’t know how fall affects the trees here. The lawns are still green and lush, the sprinklers come on every morning at 5:30, about 10 minutes after newspaper thwops in the driveway. But Fall is here. Brook Hollow affords me a garage stall that I can set up as a shop too. So I’m heading to Woodcraft to seek out some thin, clear, beautiful maples and cherry, perhaps even pear to start holiday gift production.

Its been about 4 years since I last made a batch, just big enough to fill with Andes mints. I’m looking for something Texan to put in the boxes this year…maybe chocolate armadillos? Or chocolate covered chili peppers…Andes are a good fallback. I’m on the fence about a table saw though, the last one bit me pretty good and I’m just starting to get the feeling back in that finger so I’ll have to look into one thats safer than the little Delta I gave to Jim back in Virginia.

I’ve been listening to lots of music this past two weeks. The TV and radio are filled with bad news about the stock market, its 1987 all over again. But as long as you don’t have to sell, it’ll come back in 10 or 15 years. Just in time for retirement!

I don’t know much else tonight. Bed time, road trip tomorrow.

Take Care, Stay Safe.

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