Gordon Lightfoot is one of my favorite singers. Whenever November rolls around, I think about his song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” a moving homage he wrote about the ship, The Edmund Fitzgerald, which went down on Lake Superior, November 10, 1975. It’s a fitting tribute to this dangerous month, when the winds blow up trouble, the skies turn gloomy and winter thunders in.
It is particularly fitting this year…
For the last of my Halloween blogs this year, I am actually going to write about something happening in November, and I’m not talking All Saints Day. I am talking about a challenge. This challenge is so scary that I’m not sure I’m up to it myself.
What is it, you ask? Well read on, oh intrepid ones!
At the beginning of the summer I issued forth a challenge…the Push-Reel Mower Challenge. Remember that? I was going to try to mow our yard all summer using only a push-reel mower. It was a good and worthy challenge, some might even say a tantalizing one (okay, just me because I have no life). Unfortunately for the environment, I was not up to it. I only managed to use the push-reel three times this summer. I’m giving myself a grade of suck minus for this one, folks.
That’s the lowest grade I’ve ever gotten, and I gave it to myself.
Helping save the planet is one of the ways I try to contribute to the betterment of our world (by night I fight crime). I’m certainly not perfect about becoming more environmentally conscientious, but I’m working at getting better at it, step by step, day by day. Most of you reading this can understand that such a monumental task isn’t always easy as it can involve extra time, energy and effort, all of which many of us sorely lack. The nice thing is that the more you do these activities, the easier they become. The easier they become, the more things you can add to your list. Before you know it, you will be one eco-fabulous person.
And that, my friends, brings me to my challenge…