The fantabulous Martha Stewart explained on Facebook why this year's autumn foliage in New England is not so fantabulous. Tar Spot! Caused by all the stupid rain we had this spring, our maple leaves are tepidly colored and covered with black spots caused by this fungus. Everyone is affected so at least I don't feel like it was my own personal failure.
Here's something that has cheered me up no end: the best soap ever made (and best soap name ever): get yours at the Body Lounge in Stowe, VT, or online (address is on the label). Wouldn't this be a fun little Christmas gift for all the women in your life??