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    We go to to the Rio Grand Valley in TX for the winter and last year it was chillier than usual but still plenty of great swimming days. People down there were complaining about how cold it was but I just said " its a heck of lot warmer than Wisconsin".
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    "WINTER EXISTS TO MAKE SPRING FEEL LIKE A MIRACLE."

    Thanks, Edie. I love this. One of my greatest joys is looking and looking for the first spring crocus. They gladden my heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canmitch1971 View Post
    I am absolutely dreading winter. I used to always be hot but now I am always cold, especially my feet.. It doesn't seem to matter what I put on them.. I have wool socks, sheepskin slippers....nothing seems to help much :-(
    Sounds like poor circulation. When I go to bed at night, I take a bean bag tube that has been heated in the microwave stuffed into a fleece pillowcase. The pillowcase thing is only half a pillowcase, just enough to get my feet in and a little of my legs. After the bed is warmed, I can kick that thing out of bed if I feel so inclined.
    Another trick is vapoizing chest rub. Several different brands are available. I have Vicks and Walgreens. I put it on the bottoms of my feet. I never had a cold all winter last year. Someone told me about this, and I think it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edie View Post
    The Cicadas are singin' away, you can sort of feel the Autumn in the air and yes, we heard that Minnesota is going to be worse than last year. Mercy!!!!!!!!

    I get this "thing" in August and September. We call it the squirreling thing! We start collecting food for the freezer or the cupboard for the long cold winters, my sister is in Wisconsin and she is freezing peppers and salsa that she has made. I am waiting for my Sweet Dumpling squash to get ready to pick. I have a "cat pantry" in the basement where it is nice and cool and that is where I keep my squash, potatoes and other veggies I can carry over for part of the winter.

    My main problem now is who am I going to get to do my shoveling. My husband was the world's best shoveler and I learned from him to do it right (yes, there is a right way to shovel snow) and no one else can do it like my husband did or I do and I just can't shovel the deep snows anymore. I-2 inches is fine, but heavy wet snow is out of the question. I am kind of looking forward to winter, but not the cold and the snow. I am going to miss my new deck and my rocking chairs out there to sit and sew, but I'll do that inside for five months. I want to do a little traveling before the white stuff comes. Oh yah - I was watching the squirrels in the pin oak on the boulevard and they are stripping the leaves off and picking the acorns off the tree and leaving the shells for us to clean up. Hard on dogs feet. But I am 'specting that they realize that there may be an early winter.

    I remember the WINTER OF 1992 (you have to say that with a loud deep voice) when it snowed on Hallowe'en and didn't stop until Easter. We had snow to the top of our clothesline pole. Not a fun winter - but you should have seen all the Hallowe'en candy when all the snow melted!!!!!! That whole winter was sort of reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie when Pa had a rope tied from the house to the barn so they didn't get lost in a Minnesota winter!!!!!!! Well, we all talk like this during September and October - we survive the snow and the shoveling and we say "This is the worst winter we have ever had. I had never in my life (76 years) seen a Luna Moth caterpillar and this year have seen two of them, collected one and it is cocooned out on the porch and as it gets colder, I will put it in the fridge and it should burst from the cocoon this coming Spring.

    We will find something on TV like Survivor or something to look forward to that will take us through December, and then the Super Bowl and then seed picking out for Spring plantings and before you know it, we will be there again. All wide-eyed and bushy-tailed because we made it through another winter.

    I have a little poem here; I have it tacked to my desk and I just love it:

    "I meant to do my work today --
    but a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
    and a butterfly flitted across the field,
    and all the leaves were calling me,
    and the wind went sighing over the land,
    tossing the grasses to and fro,
    and a rainbow held out its shining hand -
    so what could I do but laugh and go."
    Richard LeGalllienne

    So, I guess, we make hay while the sun shines,eh? - High in the upper 80's today...........Edie
    Thank you for adding that sweet little poem I've always loved it, too. Think I'll use it at school. Lots of illustrating possibilities!
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    I think I read in the farmers almanac predicting north east to be colder this year than last. might want to get an extra cord of wood for the wood-stove this year. We got quite a bit of snow last year, I didn't see what the snow fall would be like this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter1 View Post
    Here in southern Ontario the trees have been turning for weeks now and the birds are already heading to warmer climates. I love the Fall but winter last year was brutal, my DH has a 2 hour commute to work each way- not looking forward to that. I plan to hunker down and spend the winter in my studio- 2 big projects (a Mariner's Compass and Farmer's Wife) as well as lots of other things to keep me busy.
    I feel bad for your DH with that kind of commute

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I don't suppose you have room for a house guest for 3-4 months starting around December 20?!

    Jan in VA
    make that reservation for 2...I am dreading Winter and mourning the end of a very short summer!
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    Considering it still 93 degrees @ almost 11 it hard to think about winter much less snow. Wouldn't mind a few chilly nites/days. Someone mentioned a short summer, in my neck of the woods it feels long since weather is normally over 108 or so. So please all of you start preparing with extra food and water, be safe my friends.
    Have a great day and God bless!

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    I manage to put up tomatoes, applesauce, frozen dinners and I have a neighbor who loves to hunt, but hates pheasant. So I have several pheasants over the winter. And then I have a friend whose kids and their friends go deer hunting. They get the deer home, call me, (this happens three times after Thanksgiving) and I go over and clean deer and get it ready for packaging. I usually end up with 1/4 - 1/2 deer. Makes for excellent soups and stews. I like being holed up during the winter, but sometimes you go a little stir crazy and just have to get out - so I go to JoAnn's or Hancocks. Keeps me sane. Edie
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    When we retired to Pennsylvania in 1997, oil was $.79 a gallon. We filled our 1000 gal tank before winter. Now the cost of oil is over $4.00 and we purchase 100 at a time. We supplement our heating with space heaters in the areas where we spend much of our time. We also have longjohns and sweatshirts.

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    I feed the birds, bunnies and squirrels out back and they've been filling their guts profusely of late. Even caught one of the squirrels trying to bury her bread crumbs. The hummingbirds are already here too and have been here for a couple of weeks. Usually they don't show up till later in September so it seems we'll be seeing winter sooner than normal if you go by what the critters are doing. Our summer was not very hot at all and I was concerned my tomatoes would never ripen but they are now.

    Also we're having a heck of a wet Fall this year too to the point of flooding. Last year we were in a drought with water restrictions. Sure hope we get some snow with the low temps or we can expect to lose more of our plants and roses like last year. I'm geared up to doing lots of sewing and quilting. I make my quilt tops during the summer and between garden chores and then quilt them during the cold months. Have 3 hanging reading to go now and 2 on the cutting table in various stages.
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    We just left NW PA and headed home to FL, thank goodness! Not to complain, but the summer in NW PA was cool and very wet. Better than the humidity and oven-like heat that slams us in the summer in central FL. At any rate, one local said she'd already seen a wooly caterpillar and had been told that snow would fly before September 15!!! That's way too early! I hope it's not true. We saw leaves turning in NW PA, but less in Southern PA. A flock of birds were flying South when we were in NC yesterday. Seems early. Maybe there will be a gorgeous fall to make up for last winter and the cool summer. We are already feeling the heat as we travel south. I am not bragging...it's going to take some getting used to again.
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    I live on a ridge in Maine and I can see beginning color on the trees off in the distance. I am not ready to begin shoveling again.

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    Where in central PA do you live? A year ago we moved away from central PA. We lived in Richfield and Selinsgrove, so I know where the Juniata River is.

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    I think last winter was so horrible because we have had several years of 'not so bad' winters. I don't mind the bad snows since I'm retired and don't have to go out in it but, I really dislike the below zero temps and terrible winds...that combination is what is dangerous for us.

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    our birds are all 'flocking up' here in lower Michigan. and listening to all the predictions, sure is making me want to stock up. hope I do it, and quit putting it off. a lady I used to work for , would buy her TP and paper towels, and dog food for the whole winter wayyyyy early.

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    We are in a severe drought here and wish you could direct some of that snow our way...

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    I'm in the minority--I love short, dark days and cold weather. I am SO ready not to sweat all the time.
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    I am worried about our weather out here for winter, we have had hardly any rain/snow in the past few years, they are saying the same for this winter, every thing is so dry, so with the Santa Anas coming and the dry brush, I am afraid of fire.

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    We live in Port Royal and are in full swing of the Juniata County Fair. I entered four items and had to bring two home owing to no appropriate category. Will go tomorrow and see if I won anything. We pass through Richfield enroute to Verna's and Hoover's. I am sure you are familiar with both of these quilt shops.

    I have been working in the yard, dead heading, pulling weeds, etc., and got stung twice at my right eye and temple. My right eye surround is red and I look I've been in a fight. Guess I'll be donning the sunglasses when I leave the house. The bugs have been fierce this summer and they love me. Regardless, I have noted that the robins are gone. Surely, this says something about winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    I'm nervous too, when the crickets start coming in in August it's going to be really cold. Zoey already got 2 of them.
    The squirrels have been running around with the acorns already. Getting bushy tails early too. It's gonna be a cold winter I think .
    I'm in Illinois near Chicago and I have already observed all of the above. But it's such high humidity it's awful.
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    I heard that the Almanac has predicted a colder then normal winter for all the eastern half of the country. Lets hope not. We had a lot of ice last year and lost power for three days. We are not use to this in the south. Lets hope they are wrong. I have noticed that the leaves are changing here earlier then usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngeliaNR View Post
    I'm in the minority--I love short, dark days and cold weather. I am SO ready not to sweat all the time.
    You are not the only one Super Member. I love the Fall and Winter. Our Hummingbirds usually stay until mid Sept here in No VA but they have been thinning our for the last week and the Starlings are back early. We had a nice Summer but for the last 4 days it has been in the 90's and Humid. Cooler and even cold weather let me spend a lot time on needlework and quilting. Stay safe and warm.

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