The seasons are changing, and so is television, offering us what they call “new” programs for the new season, probably under the theory that colder weather means people will be staying indoors more, so television producers try to get us into the habit of watching their offerings.
That’s all very well, except there are more and more TV channels available, which is good and bad.
To fill them takes more programs, but there’s a limit to how many they can make, so we wind up getting more reruns, which is the bad part.
But they’re not playing fair, since some years ago they agreed to label all reruns — and they’re not doing it.
Reruns used to be designated with a capital R in parentheses, but it’s disappeared, and now, everybody is scheduling reruns because it’s cheaper, and the frustrating part is we can’t tell them apart on the TV schedule!
But I don’t want to watch them again.
Shucks, the listings already are chock-full of stuff I didn’t want to watch the first time around, and now they’re running them all again, so we have to try and sort out the watchable from the other stuff.
That’s cruel and unusual punishment — and it’s also a good reason to go and find a good book at the library, where there are no reruns, no commercials, no mute button necessary.
• Autumn and winter means we won’t have to mow the lawn for a while, which always is a good thing to strike off your To Do List.
And if we get really lucky, it’ll be a few weeks before we add another item in its place — shoveling snow.
Fine with me. I need the rest.
• The more I monkey around with words, the more I find we seem to do whatever we like with them, changing pronunciations, changing meanings and even changing the spellings.
Understandable, I guess, when you consider what we have to deal with in the first place.
Speaking of words brings us naturally enough to the word “queue.”
Here’s a word that sounds simple enough, but it’s longer than necessary.
After all, do we really need that extra “ue” on the end of it? If we drop those last two letters, it sounds exactly the same as it does originally, and still doesn’t look like the other “cue.”
And who’s going to miss that extra “ue”?
Anyway, the “queue” spelling just looks like it’s not quite right.
Oh well. It’s only two letters, and it won’t be a problem as long as you stay away from the National Spelling Bee.
It’s not as if it’s costing us a fortune in extra ink, is it?
Here’s another odd word — how about “innocuous?”
It sounds as though it might have a double “c,” but it doubles the “n” instead — just to keep us on our toes, I suppose.
The word “innocent” or “unoffending” would do just as well, but we stick with “innocuous” and the old “double n, single c” version; probably out of habit.
But don’t despair. Before you know it, another weird word will crop up and we’ll have to misspell it a few dozen times before our brain accepts it.
Another fine mess we’ve gotten ourselves into.
Or maybe it serves us right for stealing words from all those foreign languages.
They tell me there’s more than one way to skin a cat, but I doubt this applies to spelling words correctly and, speaking of that, if I find the muddy-footed cat that likes to take naps on the warm hood of my car, any old way of skinning it will do.
But now that we’re winding down for the day, I find myself left with two questions:
Have we solved anything?
Did we find any answers?
Doesn’t look like it, so I guess we’re still stuck with them.
And now, if you’ll excuse me for leading you this far afield, I’m going to stop all this for a while, turn off the television and go find me a good book at the library.

     Mike Morton writes each week for the Kansan. He can be reached at m24r24fm8445@att.net. Mike’s book, “On The Loose Collection, Volume One,” is on sale in Newton at the Kansan, 121 W. Sixth St.; and Anderson Book and Office Supply, 627 N. Main St.