Kyle’s Korner ….
Like many others, Fall is my favorite time of the year. It is the season where the daytime temperatures are warm, but not dreadfully hot and humid like our summer months.
The nights are cooler and great sleeping weather.
The hills are painted with beautiful colors of red, yellow, orange, maroon, brown and still a touch of green.
However, for many of us, autumn is also a bad time for those who suffer from allergies. Lately my sinus passage has been swollen and my eyes grainy from the pollen.
We have such plants as ragweed, sagebrush, pigweed, tumbleweed and cocklebur. Many Americans suffer from hay fever, or allergic rhinitis and most cases of hay fever is caused by an allergy to Fall pollen from these weeds.
Symptoms of eye allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis, include watery, itchy, red, sore, swollen and stinging of the eyes. Nasal passages can fill like they are plugged up and it makes it difficult to breath. (I woke up the other night and couldn’t catch my breath, which is a horrible feeling.)
But enough negative, autumn is still a great time of the year.
For sports fans football is in full swing. You have high school games on Friday night, college games on Saturday and NFL games on Sunday. Scatter in middle school and midget league games on other nights and days in the week, and football is king in most small towns.
Then there are the autumn decorations. These days you see more homes decorated for Fall and even Thanksgiving. But you also see lawns and houses with Halloween decorations. Some homeowners go all out to decorate for the late October holiday.
Jack-o-lanterns are always fun to carve and you can’t beat that fresh smell of a carved pumpkin.
Of course the kids are always excited about coming up with a costume for trick or treat. These days the adults get just as excited to dress up and go to a grown-up Halloween party.
We also have hunting season which really thrives during this time of year. Many outdoorsmen hit the mountains to go squirrel hunting, and the ever-popular deer season is right around the corner.
The only thing – which I try not to dwell on – is knowing that winter is around the corner.
But, despite the allergies, let’s try to enjoy fall and hope it lasts for a while. I would like nothing better than to have a mild winter. And if we do get many snowfalls, let us hope it is after the first of the year and far and few in between.
I’ll end this column from a line from Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” which seems only fitting for an autumn column.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I hope your Fall season is a wonderful time of the year for you and your family.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)