Once again, I have been reminded why young people have babies — and kittens. They are exhausting. At 4 months old, our new bundle of joy, Scooter, has morphed into a rambunctious furball of toddlerhood.

When the Asian giant hornet gained media attention last year, we started getting calls from people who feared that they may have the “murder hornets” that the media was talking about.

Local photographer Steve West sent in some of his pictures.

Walt Kent sent some images of flower blooms and some local wildlife.

Recently, I read a note on Pinterest that said, “It’s weird being the same age as old people.” That is how I feel about my impending 57th birthday this week. It is weird to be this old, but it is also freeing.

September and October are the best months to sow cool-season fescue lawns in Caldwell County. There are no guarantees, but planting now gives your new seedlings the best chance of growing into a beautiful lawn.