Here it is the first of November. Been out on the back deck for the last few 4 hours, in nothing but shorts on. Sitting around the fire pit watching the flames, glass of homemade wine in my hand and a wife who won't let the glass get too low. An old mongrel dog beside my chair, who every now an then raises up long enough to get a little petting behind the ears. Just before dark, had 3 squirrels mad at me for sitting too close to that tray of raw peanuts I set out for them. Birds sure didn't mind me there while they ate. Darkness came an a slight breeze picked up, just enough to make the warmth from the fire feel good. I wouldn't have sat so long, but I ate so many chicken livers, mashed potatoes & snow peas for supper tonight, I couldn't move. Not much smoke from the fire coming off the wood I got when I cut an old apple tree down last spring. Just enough to see it rise through the yellow leaves of the two Sweetgum trees that grow right through the deck. Well, enough for now, got to head to bed. Lest I forget, I need to change the clocks first, gonna get that extra hour sleep tonight.