Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wednesday Wives Tales~Winter


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??

For more signs of winter, check out Tipper's Blind Pig & the Acorn blog. She has quite a few more over there.

13 comments:

  1. Yes, mountain women with red garters is probably a rare thing, but I can easily see them wearing red suspenders, LOL! Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog Rosemary, if someone would have told me a year ago I would be quitting my job because of back problems I would have said they were nuts, we just never know what the future holds!

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  2. These may be more accurate than NOAA's winter forecast. :) NOAA uses computer data & history to come up w/ their forecast, but after reading what they write, I still don't know what to expect!
    Have a Happy Wednesday, Rose Mary! And stay warm!
    :)
    Zuzu

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  3. I've heard of the hornet's nest one. Also if Christmas is green, Easter will be white and if Christmas is white, Easter will be green.

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  4. RM,
    CAN'T SEE TO MANY MOUNTAIN WOMEN WEARING GARTERS, BUT MAYBE THEY HAD A FRISKY SIDE WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT. Oh goody caps, I really should learn to type.
    Yes cutting up old papers is hard, or putting glue on them. I have a huge hat box now of very interesting stuff that I don't want to ruin.
    Cold, Cold here and snows everyday. But thats ok, its winter. Got to go out in the next few days and get a big grocery order, its always a good time trying to get the shoping cart through the snow.
    Nancy Jo

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  5. I knew about the persimmons but not the others. I always try to find some persimmons and check them out. Didn't do it this year. There is a persimmon tree at Ha Ha Tonka State Park Visitor Center that is usually loaded.

    Snow started falling here just a little while ago. It passed through Columbia and Jeff City a couple of hours ago. It's supposed to be a doozie...we should have tried to catch that first leaf, I guess. Although, since J retired he loves snow!:-)

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  6. OOPs...I read the falling leave wrong...thought it was for mild winter...should have caught one anyway...I've had two colds since Thanksgiving!

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  7. It has been snowing here all week, hard to even imagine winters end. I like the commenter that said white Christmas means green Easter. We'll take it!!!

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  8. Mary I learned some new weather indicators from this post-so thank you. Thank you for the shout out too!!

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  9. I dont know any winter tales, ohh other than if your dogs have thick fur it is going to be a hard winter. But I hear tell that this years persimmon seeds had a spoon in them here locally...I am still waiting on a good snow though

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  10. Love all the old lore! Happy New Year!

    Blessings, Lea

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  11. Hi RoseMary!
    I think I should have checked the trees for the high hornest nests and taken note of the number of fogs we had in August to prepare me for the amount of snow we had last week! Tee,Hee!
    Things have settled down so far this week and we may have a bit of a melting. I will kind of miss the excitment of the snow storms!
    As always, I've enjoyed your "wives tales". So rich in history!

    Have a wonderful day!
    With Love from the cabin!
    Claudia O.

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  12. Those are neat Rose Mary... I've actually heard number 2 and number 5 from several different people so they must be true!

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