I have been working from my back porch (lanai in Floridian) during my quarantine. This morning it was about 50 degrees, which is darn cold for mid-September. I have also been watching the squirrels all day today. They are fat, bushy tailed, and very busy collecting black walnuts from the stand of woods in my back yard.
Do you know what weather folklore says about fat, bushy tailed squirrels who are very busy gathering?
“Squirrels gathering nuts in a flurry,
Will cause snow to gather in a hurry.”
It occurred to me this morning that Autumn begins in one week, and soon it will be Winter. It also reminded me that we began our COVID lockdown in New Jersey on March 15th, one week before the end of last Winter. We were in lockdown for Easter, Memorial Day, Graduation festivities, July 4th, beach season, Labor Day, and “J”‘s birthday (which is usually a major holiday in our house).
I heard on the news that communities are cancelling Autumn activities such as Halloween, and NYC just announced that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will be virtual this year (the giant balloons will be attached to vehicles, no high school marching bands will be performing, and all music will be delivered from other locations or pre-recorded).
Godzilla just Gibb-slapped me in the back of the head and told me to stop being a wet blanket, Droopy Dog, Debbie Downer, Sadsack, buzzkill…
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.Isaiah 40:28
Even if we are in an abnormal season in our lives, the wholly-bear caterpillars will be extra fuzzy. Acorns and black walnuts will falling from the trees, and the leaves will turn color. Large skeins (flying formations) of geese are heard overhead even before you see them. The temperatures in the morning will be crisp instead of muggy. And yes, those darn rodents will get plumper and their tails fuller ,and they will be furiously working to bring in their harvest!
Winter moves into Spring, Spring to Summer, Summer to Autumn, and Autumn to Winter.