Yesterday, we started out with rain, then sleet, and finally snow! We ended up with three inches. Not a lot to those of you in northern states, but it's the best snow we've had in several years. It has remained cloudy today, so the white stuff is staying with us. It is supposed to be near 40 tomorrow, so I'm sure we'll have a nice, muddy mess!
Jackie dog has had a lot of fun running around in it. My parent's dog, Bear, has been over to visit and play with her.
We are fast approaching Groundhog Day, so I thought I'd try to find a few superstitions about it.
The most surprising thing I found is that in the Ozarks and Ouachitas, Groundhog Day was believed to be February 14~the same day as Valentine's Day! Apparently, the official date of Groundhog Day was changed sometime after 1900. So, oldtimers don't pay much attention to what the groundhog does on February second~they keep a close eye on him on Valentine's Day.
Apparently, some believe that birds and rabbits begin their spring mating on February 14. And it is unlucky to eat rabbit after this date.
In case you'd like to keep up with Punxutawney Phil, here is a link to the official groundhog club. I think Phil is interesting, even if he is twelve days off of the 'official' Groundhog Day! I'm hoping he won't see his shadow on the 2nd or the 14th!
It is cold and a little rainy here this morning, but it is supposed to be sunny and warm up close to 70. I love it when it does this, but it only makes the cold seem harder when it comes back.
Everyone in my house is sick, except for me. My youngest came down with it last Thursday--she is still coughing and very hoarse. My hubby and oldest daughter started getting sick yesterday. Not sure if it is bad colds or something else.
I hope all of you are well and are looking forward to a great weekend.
I can't believe it's been this long since I posted! Things have just been busy around here for the last week and I haven't had much time to get on the computer.
Over the weekend, we attended a church youth group reunion. We definitely couldn't qualify as the 'youth group' anymore, LOL! But it was lots of fun to see everyone again and get back some connections with friends that we hadn't seen in over twenty years.
I hope all of you have been well~I'll be around to visit you in the next day or so.
I wanted to share a picture of this Great Blue Heron. He has been hanging around down at the office where my husband works. He's usually out in the creek, but has been out of it for a while. I hope the poor thing isn't sick. My hubby said he's not down there today, so maybe all is well.
1. If the first calf you see born in the winter is white~it will be a long, hard winter.
2. The number of fogs in August predicts the number of snowfalls in the coming winter.
3. Always check out your persimmon seeds: a spoon means a lot of wet heavy snow, a knife means cutting cold and ice, a fork means a mild, easy winter.
4. If you catch a falling leaf the first day of fall, you will not get sick all winter.
5. If a hornet's nest is close to the ground, the winter will be dry, but if it is high in the trees, the 'snow will pile high'.
Do you know some you want to share?
Just wanted to add a thought about the red garters from last weeks post. I've been thinking that not many mountain women would have owned a pair of red garters. At least, I don't think they would have. Do you suppose they called suspenders garters??
Hi friends~it is cold, cold, cold and going to get colder. Our high on Friday is supposed to be 15 degrees! That is very cold for us. At least we've had a little bit of the pretty white stuff to go with it. We aren't getting much at a time--usually just enough to cover the ground.
How is your new year shaping up? I don't think we ate enough black-eyed peas around here. One of the toilets got stuck running for hours. At the same time a leak developed under the kitchen sink and together they drained our sand filter, leaving us without water on Saturday night. Some extra filters under the kitchen sink were ruined, along with a few other things. Yesterday, I thought the pump went out on my washing machine, but now we think it is only a switch and can be fixed. I'm thankful for that. A new washer is not in our budget right now!
I hope you are all having a great day~~Stay Warm!!!
My name is Mary L. Briggs (a.k.a. Rose Mary).I am a Christian wife of 24 years to a wonderful husband and mom to two grown daughters. We live in the mountains, in a cordwood cabin that we built ourselves--with a lot of help from family. It was a hard six year job, but we are very happy with the results. I love keeping my home and working on being the wife and mom that God wants me to be. I enjoy reading, crafting, quilting, herb gardening, writing, and cooking.