True to his word, my buddy came by and graded my driveway. Now, for the first time in a long time, my driveway is passable to passenger cars and the “roller coaster” effect is gone.

In the garden

The frost has finally put a definite end to the gardening year. But not before I picked the last green beans on Thursday, Oct. 3. This will be the last installment of In the Garden until next spring. As for me, I look forward to using all the homegrown vegetables I put up this year. It’s so nice when blizzards rattle the windowpanes, to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Pa’tridge prediction

I haven’t so much as seen a pa’tridge, not a good sign for the new upland hunting season. But when the going gets tough, the tough go fishing and that’s just what I did. Steve Roberts invited me to accompany him on a perch-fishing trip to Seven Tree Pond in Union. We caught bucketfuls of 11- to 12-inch white perch. How long the action will last is anyone’s guess, but as of now, fish are biting.

Happy holiday

It’s doubtful if anyone else will say this because of fear of the political-correctness police, but nevertheless, happy Columbus Day.

Most people, especially those who vilify Columbus, have not read his diaries. I’m fortunate enough to have these in my Harvard Classics collection of American historical documents. That Columbus was one of the most skilled navigators of his time is beyond doubt. His journals drip with drama and even a bit of supernatural interference while in the area known today as the Bermuda Triangle. They make fascinating reading. Besides that, Columbus Day is a federal holiday, so again, happy Columbus Day to everyone.

Weekly quote

“Who knows himself a braggart, let him fear this, for it will come to pass that every braggart shall be found an ass.” — William Shakespeare