Thursday, October 8, 2009
Close to Nowhere
• According to legend and the Old Farmer’s Almanac (of which I am a great fan!), woolly bears are good weather predictors!
That makes me really, really afraid about this coming winter.
Several folks have said that with the mild summer and wet fall that winter was going to be cold and horrible.
No, I scoffed! Mild summer means mild winter.
Until Sunday afternoon, when I saw some woolly bears in my front yard.
I didn’t inspect them “closely,” but from me standing looking at them on the concrete step, they looked solid black.
I hate cold weather! With a passion! I live way too far north as it is.
According to the “Old Farmer” the fewer bands of brown around the middle of a woolly bear the worse the upcoming winter.
I shudder to think what a solid black woolly bear forecasts...
• This past weekend, Jane, Meredith and I went to Columbus for a MS Quilt Association “gathering.”
The MQA holds such gatherings three times a year, always in different locations throughout the state. In 2007, my quilt guild, the Piecemakers of Oxford, hosted the gathering.
Barry, who used to live in Aberdeen, said, “no sweat” getting to Columbus. Of course, he does go up Hwy. 78 and I have to go through Oxford. But still, no biggie at all, right?
Wrong! We didn’t really get lost until we got to Columbus and realized all we knew was the name of the church where the gathering was being held.
Since it was a large, downtown church, we eventually found it OK.
Finding our hotel that night was another problem. We headed out where we thought it was and when it wasn’t there, we called the hotel and asked for directions. The very helpful night clerk gave us directions and what do you know? We got even loster than we were before!
When we called the night clerk back and told her where we were and asked how to get to her, she nearly panicked. She didn’t know where in the world we were and was afraid she’d never see us.
She eventually got us to the hotel, after a trip over the Tombigee Waterway, where we shouldn’t have been in the first place. Turns out the church is about a mile or so from the hotel.
Didn’t have any trouble getting back to the church Saturday and we had a wonderful time!
Going home, we took an unplanned side trip through Alabama.
Meredith is going to have to learn to navigate!
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