Many of you have heard my stories about living on a 100-acre working farm in the middle of nowhere upstate New York during my teen years. It was a traumatic switch at age 11 from my congested suburb on Long Island to say the least.
However, one fun thing I do remember are the quips from the Farmer’s Almanac my father used to share with us. Pearls of wisdom from rural living.
One in particular has stayed with me. It is possible to predict the weather of an upcoming winter by looking at the coats of the season’s caterpillars. See, if the caterpillar has black on the ends and orange in the middle, that means the beginning and end of winter will be cold with heavy snow!
Crap! Look at the picture again! I took this yesterday on my stoop. Now, if this sounds like farmer bologna, check out this link –
I don’t know about you, but I’m going out for some environmentally and animal friendly “rock salt” right now. Send me a pic of any woolly caterpillars you find in your yard.