In response to yesterday’s column, a reader questioned the lack of acorns on her street and sidewalk as compared to four years ago. The amount of nuts on the ground then could have been attributed to Hurricane Isaac.

There appears to be evidence that additional acorns may identify an approaching cold season.

During my exercise run, I recognized signs of fewer nuts from oak trees. In my younger years and in our backyard in Pennsylvania, the butternut trees were ready for collection in mid-September. My mom insisted that we collect the nuts with gloves, placing them in baskets for storage in the basement.

The nuts were excellent in her Christmas cookies.

Why the gloves? The butternut residue stained your hands and was difficult to remove.