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The weather affects everything we do

April 16, 2011
By Bonnie Phares

We go about our lives, doing whatever we do, and never realize that there is one thing that affects every single one of us every single day. And, as a general rule, the affect is the same.

In this world today, varied and hectic as it is, how can that be? We are all in different places - at work, driving the car, fixing supper, buying groceries, watching TV. Yet, that one thing is there, and it rules our mood on a daily basis.

What in the world is it? Something very simple: The weather. Think about it. When I open my eyes in the morning, the first thing I do is look out the window. An overcast, gray sky sets me for the day. Mood wise, I'm shot.

When I was working, it affected the clothes I picked out to wear for the day, just something drab or colorless, no need to look cheery. Checking the Weather Channel, I might find that there's an 80 percent chance of rain. That meant I would decide to pack my lunch because I didn't want to run around in the rain over my lunch hour. And I'd cancel that trip to the grocery store after work because the bags get soaked just getting them to the car. Another dreary day.

On the other hand, when I sneak a peak at the morning weather and the sun is shining, I can't get out of bed fast enough. Hooray! A pretty day! The birds are even chirpier. My thoughts then would be I'll put on my bright yellow sweater, and I won't even need a jacket. I'll plan to come home for lunch so I can sit a few minutes on the back porch and have a tall iced tea. I can mow some grass before I fix supper, and I think we'll eat out on the deck for a change.

The weather. It sets your mood and you often don't realize it. It can affect the way you treat other people, with patience and a smile, or with short words and a frown. It gives you energy or it takes it away. Bright outlook for the day, or really don't care that much. It's always around us, and there's not one thing we can do about it - thank goodness.

Growing up with a dad who was a part-time farmer, I heard my share of weather predictions. Then, ironically, my husband was a weather watcher, also. For years, he recorded snowfall for each winter, records that I still have stored away.

I remember my dad telling me that any storm coming out of the South would be a bad one, and he was always right. We don't like to experience the remains of those Florida hurricanes that can travel inland. That weather is fierce. He also always said, "Snow like meal, snow a great deal. Snow in big balls, no snow at all." Another weather truth, for the most part.

Then, too, if you've lived your whole life in this valley like I have, you come to realize one other weather sign. Nearly 98 percent of the time, if we have fog on a late spring or summer morning, we will have a beautiful day. Keep an eye out for this one; it proves true almost all of the time.

Over the years, I have encountered other "weather wisdoms." I thought you might be interested in some of them, true or not, you decide.

Evening red and morning gray, speed the traveler on his way.

Evening gray and morning red, bring down rain upon his head.

Yellow streaks in the sunset sky, wind and day-long rain are nigh.

When the morning sun is red, ewe and lamb go wet to bed.

When dew is on the grass, rain will never come to pass.

Rain before 7, quit by 11.

Rainbow in the east, sailors at peace. Rainbow in the west, sailors in distress.

Rainbow at noon, more rain soon.

Onion skin is very thin, mild winter is coming in.

Onion skin in thick and tough, winter will be cold and rough.

Ice in November to walk a duck, the winter will be all rain and muck.

The chill is on near and far, in all months that have an "R."

The moon and weather may change together, but change of the moon does not change the weather.

Clear moon, frost soon.

That just about covers everything, don't you think? Perhaps you have some old adages about the weather that you have heard all your life. Some may prove true, some may not. Either way, my conclusion is that Mother Nature, Ole Man Winter, whoever, controls our lives on a daily basis, "weather" we realize it or not.

So, if I meet you on the street, I surely do hope the sun is shining. You'll catch my better mood that way, no doubt about it.



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