Can you believe it is almost September and we have already had a few cooler days? It has been a long summer and it's probably not over yet. The recent rains have tempered our lives and I have been grateful.

Can you believe it is almost September and we have already had a few cooler days? It has been a long summer and it's probably not over yet. The recent rains have tempered our lives and I have been grateful.

The fish hatchery is looking much better these days. It's funny that we can see something often, even every day, and just take it for granted. But let there be a change in the landscape and we pick up on that right away. We also can see something every day, but when someone asks a specific question about it, we often don't know the answer.

That's one of the problems law enforcement has with investigations. They ask people to describe a car or a person or a place and many people have no idea. They don't know what color eyes their next door neighbor has, even though they may see their neighbor three or four times a week. (I would just have to guess if I was asked about the Jarvis' eye colors.)

Anyway, the beautiful ponds are coming back to the hatchery and soon all will be right with the world. There are not many hatcheries that still have ponds. Today, hatcheries have modernized and rely on technology and they have lost some of their charm without the human touch.

I remember when our ponds had lily pads for fish to hide underneath, away from the hot sun. Those lily pads made the ponds even more lovely and interesting. You are not likely to see lily pads at the hatchery any time soon, however.

Poor Hawaii has suffered this year with the erupting volcano and then all the rain that came with the hurricane. I asked my nephew how things were at his home there. He said he had stayed in California home most of the summer because the air quality in Hawaii was so bad. His property is on the affected island, but on the opposite side. He said it did not have the lava flow, but certainly got the smell and bad air.

He left last week to spend 10 days on the island to check out his home. I will be eager to hear his tales when he gets back to the mainland. I'm afraid he will report some trouble in Paradise.

I spent a few days in the hospital lately. Maybe it's because I don't have to cook it, but hospital meals are pretty good, if you have any appetite. I had a great cook when I was there. She was friendly and made me feel like I was her only patient. I called her the Happy Chef, like the restaurants I used to frequent when I lived in the north. A good laugh and a broad smile is worth a lot.

With September here, I start think of the holidays. I plan for dinners, celebrations, winter chores and company that may be coming. My dreams sometimes combine jack-0-lanterns, Pilgrims, and Santa on the rooftop. And, you know, I really enjoy this time of year. I might as well, because it's coming whether I like it or not, besides it beats summer and autumn is my most favorite season. Bring it on.

 

Kay Hively writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.