Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include:
1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes;
2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.
These photos of frost on fall leaves and grass were taken at 8:30 a.m. October 22. According to Dick Frymire, folklore weather forecaster, here's what was predicted: "Give or take two days--Oct. 20 light frost." So far, so good, Dick with your 2011-12 winter predictions. Every year we look forward to the release of winter weather forecasts based on Frymire's readings from his ancient maple tree. Other forecasters rely on the color and striping of woolly worms, the number of foggy mornings in August, the shape of persimmon seed hearts, thickness of drying corn husks, the nut gathering habits of squirrels, and of course The Old Farmer's Almanac (80% accuracy). All this wisdom, plus the National Weather Service science, predicts that we will have a snowy Thanksgiving and Christmas with some extra icy cold days throughout January. Oh, and don't be surprised if there's another tornado season the end of February and early March. Just to mess with the forecasters, both folk and scientific.
So the next significant weather is, according to Frymire, going to be a killing frost on November 18. Just time to wash the outside windows, plant spring bulbs, get up the leaves, and decide whether you want to sweep up after that huge Boston fern all winter or just spend $10 on a new one in the spring!