the oppressive august heat has been replaced by the low rumble of thunder and the rhythmic rattle of rain on the windows here in northern arkansas. a few early sightings of halloween merchandise in stores always lifts the halloween spirit... but a gray sky and a flash of lightning and a cool breeze makes it seem as if halloween truly is on the way. so i'll gladly let the showers wash away the dusty dryness of summer. let it rain, let it rain. autumn can't be far away now.. and halloween is creeping upon us.