I walked outside the other day, in the middle of the afternoon, and it was cold. It was not the chill of a summer evening. It was the pervasive, slightly humid enveloping cool of autumn. Not only that, but the front drive/porch had been swept of debris two weeks earlier, and had remained clean - but that afternoon, it was scattered with fresh fallen leaves.

Fall is coming. The days are shortening. I hope you've got someone to cuddle with on standby, a good apple crisp recipe at hand, and a trusty furnace.