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Until The Worm Turns November 16, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Life Balance, Nature.

Weather and its aberrations, permutations, and precipitations formed part and parcel of many of my grandfather’s missives:


* 12/29/57 ~  “There is still a world without snow up here.  So mild it almost spoils going to Florida.”

* 7/20/58 ~ “We expect Frank and Margaret to come today and Webb and Pete. It was to be a picnic at Summers Falls but it is so cool I wonder if we may not eat here at the house. It is cold much of the time. We almost needed a fire today.”

* 1/16/59 ~ “It is icy today on the roads.  The cream truck rolled over on Clifford Best’s hill.  School did not keep because of the roads.”

* 2/19/59 ~  “This is our coldest morning.  It was 60 degrees in our rooms this morning and the windows are well frosted.  It must be 30 below.  I’d rather be in Florida.”

* 12/29/63 ~ “It is cold tonight.  Down to ZERO at 4:30 P.M. by the new thermometer.  I was out just now and decided it wasn’t lying.

* 5/7/67 ~ “It was 29 degrees this morning with a white frost showing when we got up.  I find time to run up to Hanover to see how stocks are doing. The blue chips are doing better, so, so am I.  I mowed the front part of the lawn just now.  It is cold though and I needed mittens. Some lawn weather!

Goofy-Under-An-Umbrella* 5/26/67 ~ “I still have some gardening to do here and at Rae’s.  It is a very late Spring.  It is a gloomy day today with rain.  Yesterday there was 5 inches of snow in Montpelier ~ none in Hartland.  Just rain and cold rain.

It should warm up sometime.

And it did . . . 3 weeks later:

Mickey-In-Hammock* 6/17/67 ~ “We are in the midst of a hot spell, 85 and 90, on the outside in the shade.  We almost went to the Cape this weekend but Margaret thought it was too hot to go so here we are.

We have talked some of a trip to the Expo 67 but that is still on ice.  I have picked 1 berry.  They are very late.”

* 4/18/73 ~ “We have been having bare ground for some time but today the worm turned. It gave us a snow and blow. Only 5 inches but a nasty day.”

* 1/19/75 ~ “There was a foot of snow in the drive. It was heavy and took about an hour to clear. It is all done and I am resting while the coal makes dust and the wood snaps in the kitchen stove.

Mickey-Surfer* 4/1/76 ~ “The brook!  It is 50 ft. wide under the kitchen window and probably 3 feet deep.  Quite a river.  The cat is well!  He chases wind blown leaves and is real frisky.  Rae is 93, April 26.  We got up at 6 o’clock yesterday and today.  No time to waste.

Aah . . . that’s better!




1. valleygrail - November 16, 2014

I could sense each degree, colder or hotter. Waking up to 60 degrees in the bedroom was too chilly for me!

nrhatch - November 16, 2014

Growing up in Vermont without central heating, my dad’s bedroom was often BELOW FREEZING when he woke up in winter ~ the water glass on his bedside table filled with ICE.

Not my cup of tea!

valleygrail - November 16, 2014

That would be way too cold for me. I am so grateful for central heat and air. I like extreme weather, just do not want to be in it.

nrhatch - November 16, 2014

Before we moved to FL, we lost power during a winter storm and watched the temperature in the house plunge to 45 degrees in a matter of hours. As we got ready to load up the 4-wheel drive sleigh and head to safety, the power returned.

That storm was a deciding factor in our decision to move here.

2. Crowing Crone - November 16, 2014

“I’d rather be in Florida. No time to waste”. hmmmmm

nrhatch - November 16, 2014

And those 2 sentences sum up why we are HERE, NOW. 😎

Crowing Crone - November 16, 2014

yes, I so get that.

3. Don - November 16, 2014

Such a treat Nancy. “I was out just now and decided it wasn’t lying. ” Brilliant.

nrhatch - November 16, 2014

That line made me grin. Thermometers are known for staying on the “straight and narrow.” They rarely cross over the line. 😛

4. Jill Weatherholt - November 16, 2014

I love to read these, Nancy! His entry on 12/29/63 cracked me up!

nrhatch - November 16, 2014

Yup. My grandfather found that new thermometer to be a “real straight shooter.” 😛

5. Barb - November 16, 2014

I love your grandfather’s sense of humour Nancy!

nrhatch - November 16, 2014

Thanks, Barb. I enjoy my grandfather’s sense of humor. As Jimmy Buffet sang, “if we didn’t laugh, we would all go insane.”

6. kateshrewsday - November 16, 2014

A man after my own heart, Nancy. Here in Britain we talk of little else, because the weather is so changeable. We live our life by it….I loved your grandfather’s snippets!

nrhatch - November 16, 2014

Weather is a great conversation starter ~ something we share that doesn’t have political ramifications . . . except for Global Climate Change, of course. 😉

7. Three Well Beings - November 16, 2014

I just love that last entry, Nancy. Your grandfather’s personality and zest for life really shines through. Mentioning the cat, the “ripe old age” of a friend or family member, and “no time to waste!” I really admire his energetic spirit. What a wonderful legacy of positivity, my friend. 🙂

nrhatch - November 17, 2014

Thanks, Debra. Glad you enjoyed.

I’ll allow “No time to waste!” to fill the well with energy and enthusiasm!

8. Pix Under the Oaks - November 17, 2014

Your Grandfather liked to play with words too Nancy. I see where your wonderful writing, sense of humor, and love of Florida-dee come from, These were a joy to read this morning! Mowed the lawn with mittens.. 😀

nrhatch - November 17, 2014

Thanks, Pix. I can see him doing that with a wry grin on his face while waving at passers by. :mrgreen:

9. diannegray - November 17, 2014

I love “I have picked 1 berry. They are very late.” That put a smile on my face because I can just visualize him standing there looking at the lone berry 😉

nrhatch - November 17, 2014

Me too! I can see him with raised eye brows being very very unimpressed with the harvest.

10. Tiny - November 18, 2014

Great post!! Useful missives. I shall start using some of them 😀

nrhatch - November 18, 2014

No time to waste! :mrgreen:

11. anotherday2paradise - November 18, 2014

Your grandfather was obviously very hardy. I love all the minutiae in his journals. The “picked 1 berry” conjured up a picture in my mind of him savouring it, alone in the garden. 🙂

nrhatch - November 18, 2014

I concur with the image, Sylvia. He loved his berries!

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