Bang, bam, thump, thud, crack, pound, boom, crash, thwack, smack, pop, smash, wham, bump, wallop, bash, and thunder; these are sounds I will hear for the next couple of months. These big noises are produced by little acorns and larger hickory nuts hitting my roof on their way to the ground. The acorns fall onto the back deck and the hickory nuts land on my front porch and litter the driveway.
They form an obstacle course of slips and falls if accidentally stepped on (especially for my less than surefooted self) into and out of my house. When paired with the aforementioned slimy steps and some wet leaves, an autumn trip to see me is an act of bravery. Perhaps I should post a Visitors Beware sign down by the mailbox.