The hedge apples are fallin’,
The woollies are crawlin’
The sun is hangin’ low.
Soon the winds will howl
the skies will scowl
and winter will be at the do’!
The coming of winter always seems to, unexplainably, cause me to wax poetic — if that something less than a weighty tome might be termed poetic. Like it or not, in just a bit more than two months, just after lunch on Dec. 21 to be precise, winter will officially begin.
Now, with that out of the way, how bad do you figure it’s gonna be? I would really like to know your opinion on that matter based on little signs and hints from the most venerable of all meteorologists, Mother Nature.
Woolly worms are always a favorite prognosticator since the amount of black on their little fuzzy bodies has always been considered a harbinger of things to come — the amount of black indicating how much bad weather including snow, ice and frigid temps.
I have a dislike for really black woollies, one that goes right along with my general disdain for winter since that means bad from tipoff until the final horn, so to speak.
In addition to Wayne’s woolly, early last week my daughter, Megan, sent what she termed a “Woolly worm update.” She wrote:
“Solid black one at the courthouse heading south by my compass.” (She has one of those fancy cars with a compass).
Later she added, “And at home yesterday saw one with a black tip on both ends with dark brown (presumably in the middle) heading up the garage. His direction unknown:)” She texted me the message but I can’t reproduce that little smiley-faced thing here.
So, we have conflicting messages: Two with stripes, one solid black heading south — presumably to get away from the upcoming harsh winter.
Then last night I was talking to a friend who said they were “all over” her office building. I had visions of the structure seething with the little critters, but on further inquiry she revealed there were quite a number of them but they didn’t actually cover the building.
And, while driving earlier this week I noticed some walnut trees along the side of the road, all devoid of their leaves and absolutely loaded with walnuts. Bad sign: lots of walnuts so the squirrels and other critters can make it through winter.
Okay, now what have you seen? Have you been paying attention to these important matters?
Take a walk this afternoon, be observant (but not distracted!) when driving, see what you see and deem to be a sign of the winter, as they say, “that is before us” and let me hear about it so I can share the news with your neighbors and friends and thus help them lay in some firewood in case the government slowdown doesn’t end.
I love email so if you’d like to email me your observation(s) and conclusion(s) regarding winter’s severity — maybe even with a picture like Wayne did — then send all to: email@example.com. You can also mail it to the newspaper or bring it through the door. The address is: The State Journal, 1216 Wilkinson Blvd., Frankfort, KY 40601.
Winter is upon us,
snow and cold will be here soon.
It could be harsh or could be mild,
whatever it is winter will be wild!