By Robert and Shana Parkeharrison.

It wasn't until I reached my front door that I realized I had forgotten my keys at home and was locked out. So with the 30 minutes I had until my mother got home to let me in, I looked around the front yard. Found many snails, slugs and anthills... Realized that our jack o'lanterns (Yes, we haven't composted them yet...) are housing mosquitoe colonies (or tribes, whatever) I don't even see why they are even alive right now, it has been so cold these nights! Somehow the little buggers are still thriving... Unlike the plants. They are all dead or wilting, covered by a a great big layer of maple leaves in red and orange. It's pretty and humbling.