It's fall, and winter is on the way — a time to sort, toss and save. Collecting and squirreling away supplies for artful indoor and outdoor fun with your kids in the months ahead can be a creative activity in itself.

My birthday is just around the corner. I know that not because of the date on the calendar, but because of the way my joints mimic the sound of one of my favorite childhood breakfast cereals when I get out of bed — SNAP! CRACKLE! POP!

Here it is October and our first frost date of Oct. 15 looks more like a guess than a prediction. If you have gardening plans you were thinking of putting off until spring, you might want to reconsider and “go for it.” Even if we turn to winter in an instant, the ground will remain warm for …

On the first day of October, I stood on a ladder amid the loaded branches of our churchyard apple tree and picked every last piece of fruit.