Seasonal warnings important

It is time, again, for seasonal warnings but if you’ve lived here long enough you probably have a handle on what to do and not to do. Still. …

Here’s one from the state Fish and Game Department:

“Motorists are advised to watch for deer crossing roadways this time of year, especially at dawn and dusk. Deer are very active right now, as the mating season, or rut, is underway and bucks and does have their minds on other things than traffic.”

One would think so, but we drivers forget and many of us leave for work when it’s dark and, given our return to Eastern Standard Time, come home in the dark. Deer do not wear reflective clothing, so we are the responsible ones. Be wary.

Here’s a new one for us: Christmas Tree Syndrome. And it’s not fear of having to string the lights again nor of getting another book you’ve already read.

This came as a press release from something called AdvantaClean and we’re going to assume this syndrome is real and pass on this information to do with as you wish. The fear, they say, is mold and pollen because, of course, your tree once lived in the woods, although which woods it would be hard to say unless you cut your own tree, which is actually a lot of fun.

Anyway, they advise wearing long sleeves and gloves when you handle the tree in case you’re allergic to the sap and to use a leaf blower to remove visible pollen. And if you do, wear ear protectors and suggest that your neighbors do the same so they don’t have to listen to your leaf/pollen blower.

And you could do these things, too, if you are concerned: Wipe down the trunk of the tree with a solution of 1 part bleach, 20 parts lukewarm water. Spray the whole tree with water, then let stand in an enclosed outdoor area to dry.

There you have it: This year’s seasonal warnings.

To paraphrase Homer, “Beware of deer bearing fir trees.”

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