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By Tom Seymour | Nov 22, 2019


November rates as my least-favorite month. Short days and long nights, coupled with more cloudy than sunny days, make this a gloomy time. In fact, according to The Weather Channel, November ranks as the cloudiest month.

This only added to the gloom inside my kitchen. The walls and ceiling were painted a pleasing, but dark shade of green and so I decided to change that. Now, with everything bright-white, the difference is that of night and day. Even with the lights out on a dark, November day, the ambient light suffices to make the room bright and cheery. And that’s what we all need these days, more light, more cheer and less darkness.

Pa’tridge prediction

With open firearm season on deer now past, it’s back to small-game hunting. Rabbits (varying hares), gray squirrels, grouse and even pheasants, if you can find them, are all legal game through December. And as soon as ice forms, we can go ice fishing and that will signal me to end the Pa’tridge Prediction for the year and revert back to the Perchin’ Prediction.

Under the feeder

A pair of cardinals reminded me that it’s time to set out the suet feeder. I have held back on doing that, though, since it draws lots of varmints, red squirrels and raccoons, to name a few. But how can I ignore the cardinals, chickadees, juncos and nuthatches that beckon me to set out feed? But ah, my heart isn’t made of stone, so it looks as if the birds will get their way, varmints notwithstanding.

Proactive work

Tree-pruning crews made their way down East Waldo Road last week. It was good to see Central Maine Power being proactive and taking down potentially troubling limbs before problems occur. Perhaps this will lessen the number of power outages, something we endure far too often.

It’s a terrible nuisance when these all-too-frequent power outages occur and anything CMP can do to circumvent these occurrences can only help. But still, in order to really solve the problem of downed limbs taking out power lines, the tree crews could be on the job seven days a week and still have a backload of work for years to come. But every little bit helps.

Weekly quote

“If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.” – Arapaho saying






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