Fall Checklist

Try as I might, by late August, I feel myself slipping into checking off the “Signs Fall Is Around The Corner” list in my head…

Wooly caterpillars….check…if there’s anything to the theory that the wider the area between their stripes predicts a harsh winter, we’re in for a doozy…

Wasps – least favorite sign…check…making our back yard Off Limits given the number of nests…

Crickets…Daniel’s sensory issues have dramatically improved over the years, but cricket “noise” is still something he doesn’t tolerate well….check….

Acorns falling from the trees –need a helmet when taking a walk…check…they appear to be 25% larger than last year’s crop…

Chipmunks, always abundant, seem more energetic and suicidal given the number that have recently challenged my driving abilities, suddenly darting out across the street in front of my vehicle….check…

Geese gathering, preparing for their flight south, as well as a major increase in wild bird song activity in the backyard as they flit from tree to tree, putting as much fat on as possible for their long journey south….check…

Morning air is “crisp” and “fresh”…check and check…

Angle of sun has changed…lower, longer shadows throughout the day…check…

Overhanging branch at my daughter’s favorite fishing stream is straining under a summer’s worth of bobbers stuck in its branches….check…

I think this has moved up to be mt #1 favorite sign that fall must be just around the corner, if nothing else, for the tree’s sake, as well as the casting-handicapped who will need the winter to save their pennies for more fishing bobbers.


  1. Reminds me of the story about the old Indian who was known for his ability to predict the severity of the coming winter. A man asked him if he predicted by the various signs that you listed.
    No the Old man said “I can tell by the size of the white man’s woodpile.
    (Not meant to be racist, I could easily make it politically correct, but probably wouldn’t be as good!}
    Dave E
    — Dave Ericson    Nov 2, 11:23 PM    #
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