Yesterday's newspaper had an article on the Farmer's Almanac predicting a long, wet winter for us. Shoot, I've been predicting that since late July when my Ruby Spider daylilly bloomed a full 2 weeks earlier than previous years! I also began noticing that the goldenrod bloomed about 2 weeks earlier than normal and I recently remarked to hubby that I thought the tops of the spruce trees were dying because they were all brown. Upon further inspection with the binoculars, I saw that they were actually loaded with cones! To me, these things can only mean a long, cold and probably wet winter with lots of snow up here in the north woods. Hubby, (Mr. Meteorologist) thinks I'm nuts, but the prospect of an early winter suits us just fine! We are quite prepared, having stacked 4+ cords of wood earlier in the summer and cut plenty of softwood, just in case. In fact, last night, we had our first "fun fire" in the woodstove as the temps dropped into the mid 40's and we felt the need to just take the chill off the air.
Now that we have the new garage, the Jeep will be inside, while the truck with the snow plow will be prepositioned every night in anticipation of any unforecast snow.
Bring it on!
Oh, and by the way, much like a fisherman who on occasion, tends to stretch the truth about the size of the fish he caught, I think I may have exaggerated a wee bit about the size of my Joe Pye weed. I think, rather than 9 feet tall, it's a bit more like 7 feet, but quite stunning, nonetheless.
The picture shows, hubby (about 6 ft tall) standing next to the Joe Pye weed yesterday.
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