Koyote Hill is a journal about the issues, concerns and quality of rural life primarily in northwestern Pennsylvania including such topics as: the vegetable gardens,timber and agriculture, hunting, trapping, fishing, and the rich history of the region. At times, I'd like to include some politics and some lighter material for variety sake. Koyote Hill is a collection of brilliant insights, collected writings, published and unpublished, both fiction and non-fiction, by the author.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Halloween October 31st 2008
It has been some time since I have had the time to collect some thoughts and write here. I guess the scariest part of Halloween this year would be a Republican victory on Tuesday, election day.
But I don't think that is going to happen. Far from it, the Dems and Obama are on the brink of a victory of perhaps landslide proportions. The end is in sight, whew! Eight years of the Bush Disaster and 21 months of the McCain campaign's sleaze has raised the misery index for millions of people.
In the last two months, the economic meltdown on Wall Street has been a big focus, and even now, the future of the economy still looks bleak. Everyday I am meeting people out of work or who have had work hours cut back. There is a lot of worry about how to pay the bills and a lot of creative thinking about how to raise extra cash. I've found myself doing the same.
The weather changed quickly. October 19th was the first hard frost and on October 27th the first snowfall of about six inches. Today, however, it will melt- sunny skies this morning and temps will reach into the sixties.
On September 26, I had the Frog Bog, a small marshy area, dug out and deepened on one side. Within the week, it filled after some heavy rains the first week of October and Jeff, my friend and I, added some rosie red minnows.
I also spent a lot of time planting some things around the pond, mostly native wild flowers. It should look pretty sharp in the spring when winter breaks. More on this later. The project kept me pretty busy.