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We’ve all heard how important it is to eat a diet high in roughage. Likewise, “roughaging” (spending time outdoors) is essential to our mental health. Even if it’s a settee on the porch, we need it, gotta have it. I aim to be the reason you pulled your bedding out the back door last night.
I’m a sucker for old wives’ tales and lore galore. Expressions that have been passed down through the ages are a kick to ponder, and I’ve found there’s often a kernel of truth to be found at the heart of sayings that seem silly or steeped in superstition.
One of the most fun—and most useful—categories of old-fashioned adages is weather prediction. There are probably as many weather proverbs floating around out there as there are snowflakes in a blizzard, don’t you think? Despite the increasing reliability of meteorology, I see no reason why we shouldn’t keep these snippets of time-tested lore aloft. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that people …
… a photo of Jack Frost.
We rarely have hoarfrost (also called pruina—a chalky, crystalline bloom) before we have a blanket of snow covering the fields. The result has been a …
Our girl Maizy is about to pop, as in birth her first calf, so she’s fenced in during the day and put into a warm barn at night. Just in case.
Have I considered taking my sleeping bag down there? I have. But …