If only fall would stay

What a difference one week can make in a country.
A new government is being formed. A new prime minister is assuming the role of leader of Canada. “Sunny ways” Trudeau spoke to in his campaign and on election night.
He and members of the Liberal Party promised much over the 11-week campaign. Many of those candidates said their promises would begin action in the first 120 days of the election.
Electors please take a breather. The cabinet will be sworn in on Nov. 4 and then those cabinet members will have to begin learning and understanding the issues in their portfolios.
It is important for Canadians to give this new government time to implement those promises. All those newly-elected MPs will be going to Parliament school learning the ropes of governing and coming up to speed on their riding files.
Prime ministers can make many decisions with the stroke of a pen, but many more will require budget and legislative action. We can’t expect the House of Commons to begin sitting until January, when a Speech from the Throne and the budget speech will be brought before the people.
At that point, we will be able to understand how fast the promises will be fulfilled by this new government.
As we look to this new government, we discover that this year already is waning. Daylight hours are shortening and the leaves mostly have fallen from the trees.
For the past two weekends, my wife and I have raked and bagged leaves. I look forward to the free refuse day at the local landfill to deliver my 18 bags of leaves, dead branches, and garden refuse.
Boats, meanwhile, have been stored for the winter.
Daylight savings time ends this Sunday (Nov. 1). Darkness will come earlier in the evening while there will be slightly more daylight in the morning.
Hallowe’en decorations are dotting homes throughout our community waiting for ghosts, goblins, princesses, and even Darth Vader to scurry about the streets on Saturday evening.
I walked past Pharmasave on Monday morning and Christmas giftware filled the shelves. Fort Floral is jam-packed with Christmas decorating ideas.
Canadian Tire and Home Hardware have been advertising snow blowers for several weeks. Even Accuweather was calling for thick rain this week.
The deer are back in Fort Frances in even larger numbers. A neighbour counted 10 in her yard one evening.
A week ago, five large, healthy does danced across Scott Street at 10 a.m. The deer have found the small apples on my flowering crabs and are making regular stops in my yard safe from the hunters.
Our fall has been one for memories. The warmth from the sun has extended our outdoor life.
We all wish the season would continue.

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