Because I live on a back dirt road– mostly shaded, quite hilly, graded so the center sits higher than the sides, large, deep ditches on both sides in some places and in a state of continuous ice–snow is okay, you just slide around a bit. But after 3 or 4 days it turns to as many inches of ice, never to melt. Plus because of the grade of the road (so the water runs off) you tend to stay in the center when you are driving on ice. Now if it should rain on top of 6 inches of snow…..well you won’t see dirt until April. Having lived on this road for 40 plus years, I consider myself a challenge driver. Meaning when I see a drift, I don’t go slow or around it, I tend to go a little faster and go thru the deepest part. So much fun, thrilling at times, in fact. Hills, curves, valleys, they don’t bother me, as they don’t most “ladies” who have lived in back woods Michigan for most of their lives.

Speaking of rain, I read some place that when cattle lie down in the pasture, it indicates early rain. Why? One theory is that cows are able to sense rain coming because of changes in air pressure before stormy weather, and they lie down in a patch of dry grass to graze. One saying is, “If a heavy dew soon dries, expect fine weather, if it lingers on the grass, expect rain in 24 hours.” Also there is this one, “evening red and morning gray are sure signs of a fine day, but, evening grey and morning red, put on your hat or you’ll wet your head”. You and I both know a few ladies who, by the way their hair behaves, can tell you the weather that’s coming.

Did you know that there are about 2000 thunderstorms that rain down on Earth every minute? Raindrops can be the size of a housefly and fall at more than 20 mph. Also, you know that smell you love–the really earthy one if the air is really dry before a rainstorm? It’s called “petrichor” and comes from the composting activity of tiny microorganisms in the dirt when the humidity moistens it. I know you were just waiting with bated breath for that one. Knowledge is a powerful thing. So much for that subject…except that in Michigan we get so many different kinds of weather. As the saying for a Michigander goes, you can put your winter coat on in the morning, but you must wear a pair of shorts, and carry an umbrella, ‘cause you just never know what the day will bring. So now you know the rest of the story. Have a good rest of the week, enjoy the snow, the days off school (when will they end), snow man building, sledding, and snow ball fights…..and remember…snow is good, rain is not.

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