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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fogs in August

Well, we are three days into August and there has been fog every morning. Now some of you might think that a bit strange to be counting the fogs in August but according to the old timers the number of fogs in August predict the number of snows during the coming winter.

I remember when I was growing up it was one of the things my Dad set great store in. He had his "special jar". Usually it was a Nescafe coffee jar and beside it he had a handful of dry beans. Every time there was a fog he would put a bean in the jar. At the end of August he would put the lid on it until the first big snow. Every time it snowed he would remove a bean from the jar. At the end of winter when there were no more beans in the jar he would declare winter officially over. It was amazing to see how right he was. More often than not he was "right on". This year I have my jar and my beans and we will see if I am "right on". I will keep you posted.

Today's photo is one of a herd of cows I have been watching all summer. The owner keeps moving them from pasture to pasture and I keep trying to get them all to stand still for a group photo. (For a larger photo double click on photo).

That's it for today.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Things I Did This Summer

Well, it has been a wonderful summer so far---most days I am on my lawn mower trying to keep up with weeds which seem to grow despite the dry hot humid weather of the south. After a thunderstorm or two the grass begins to green up again and I am right back where I started - mowing grass.

In my spare time I have been out and about taking a few photos how I am spending my summer.

Watching the deer grazing in a hay field.

Waiting for ripe tomatoes

I never tire of seeing this hill every day

A "fiddle concert" on the porch

Brown trout - just the right size for smoking

1960 classmates - 50 Year Reunion

Canning Half Runners

Watching the "9 O'clock Bloomers every night

How can they tell time??

Eating fresh vegetables right from the garden

Joshing with the local politicians

More deer grrazing

watching the flowers bloom

and that's how I am spending my summer. That's it for today.