When I got home from Bible study Thursday night, I made a disheartening discovery. I had forgotten to turn on the porch light before I left.

But the not thinking about it wasn't the problem. The whole thing of it was, once again, how time has flown - that we have arrived at that point in the year when turning that light on is a necessity in order to arrive safely at the front door.

Before we know it, most of our days will be wet and windy again. At least the rose bushes and other flowering things will have a never-ending source of water that doesn't require hauling out the garden hose!

I'm about to embark on a repeat of four years ago - the time I grew my jalapenos on the kitchen counter all winter.

Four years ago, I had four mild-variety jalapenos growing in a big pot on the back porch. I like the flavor of those peppers, but the regular variety make my mouth sore. So the mild ones seemed like a good thing to try.

They were growing beautifully, about 24 inches tall. One morning I went out to water them, and found them completely denuded of leaves. The slugs had had a feast. I watered anyway, hoping they'd come back.

Come back they did -unfortunately, for a repeat slug feast. Well, maybe they'd come back again. Water and a liberal application of slug pellets did the trick. Come back? They did so with a vengeance. At 30 inches, and just loaded with leaves and blossoms, I observed them with smug satisfaction. I was going to get some peppers after all. Really?

Catching a few minutes of the news, the weather report was like a punch in the stomach.A hard frost was predicted for that night.

Stubborn, I was not going to give up. That pot took up a major portion of the space on the kitchen counter, in front of the window, but I would put up with that to get my peppers.

So they grew. And they grew. And kept blossoming all winter. I took a soft paintbrush and tickled it across those blooms from one to the next. And I had peppers! Well into spring they were still producing.

I've had a pot of them on the porch again this summer, but they just haven't done well. And recently those darn slugs are back. So, for good or ill, a pot of mild jalapenos sits on my kitchen counter, and I'd sure like to have some.

andbull; If you're into the veggies but not the meat, the Seventh-day Adventist Church does lots of great things with them. Every now and then, they bring us some classes on vegetarian cooking, and we have one coming up in a few weeks.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m., the class "Around the World" will feature international dishes. As with previous classes, several recipes will be demonstrated and samples made available for tasting.

The class is free, but because space is limited, they are requesting people to pre-register by calling 707-464-2738. The class will be held in the multi-purpose area of the church across from the Senior Center.

andbull; There is going to be another series of classes for our Jewish community starting Saturday, Oct. 5, at the temple in Crescent City. These will discuss the 613 laws of halachah. Fees will be $5 per class, $30 for the complete course. The rabbi has asked that a minimum of 10 people sign up to show sufficient interest.

On Friday, Oct. 4, Erev Shabbat services will be held at the Curry Coastal Pilot conference room in Brookings.

andbull; The Crescent City United Methodist Church will hold its annual Tag Sale on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Items will be displayed inside and outside (weather permitting).

This one has no food involved, but there will be lots of household-type items, some furniture and such. Some things will be priced, and on others you may make an offer. These are always fun, because you never know just what you are going to find!

andbull; The date to aim for with your Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes is Nov. 8. If you just add one thing a week, you hardly notice the cost. And with so many of the suggested items available so cheaply, you can make a child pretty happy for just a few dollars.

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email