Woolly Worms and Wives’ Tales

Two years ago I wrote this post on the predictions of wooly worms. In 2018 I have seen mixed results from the wooly worms and, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, here in the midwest we can expect a milder, wetter-than-normal winter. I guess only time and Mother Nature will tell…

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Woolly Worms and Wives’ Tales

We found this fast little fellow on our sidewalk and had to share!

I have always heard it said that if the woolly worms in the fall are solid black, it will be a long, cold winter.

Who am I to argue with the wisdom of wives’ tales?

We have spotted quite a few of these solidly colored, fuzzy fellows lately and (along with the Farmer’s Almanac) it has me curious.

Last fall the woolly worms all seemed to have three stripes. They were black, then brown, then black again. This pattern was actually a pretty accurate reflection of the winter. It started out cold and wet, was dry and mild, and then really wet and cold before early spring.

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The idea of Mother Nature providing us hints as to what is to come (weather wise) has always fascinated me, so I did…

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Trying to Paleo My Pancakes

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Some of my friends have made positive and serious dieting choices in order to improve their health and live a more wholesome lifestyle. I will be the first to admit that I am intimidated by their diets. These ladies are so careful and mindful of the food they put into their bodies; I feel like an elephant trampling through our get-togethers with my chocolate, sugar, and wheat-filled foods. (I don’t have chocolate, sugar, and wheat in EVERYTHING, but I do like them A LOT.)

Last weekend I was blessed with the opportunity to have an overnight girls’ getaway. Woohoo…

That was until I started to think about what food I should bring. What if I brought something someone is allergic to or something that they had spent the last 10 months avoiding??? What was I going to do?

I did what any modern age, intelligent woman would do… I found recipes on Pinterest.

All four of us really like breakfast and we all LOVE pumpkin. I found a recipe for Paleo Pumkin Pancakes. It was super exciting because the recipe only called for five ingredients, and I had all five on hand.

(Link to the Paleo Pumpkin Pancake recipe)

As my nervousness over meeting everyone’s dietary needs continued, I shared the recipe in a group message. My friends all said the pancakes looked “perfect,” so I planned to make Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes. What could go wrong?

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The Exhaustion of Making a Difference 

I found this image today while searching for something to bolster my buddy Angie. (She has had a doozy of a week.)

The more I read it, the more this image spoke to me.

How often do we find ourselves most depleted when we are trying hard to make something new or progressive happen?

ALL THE TIME!

Change is so hard and bringing about that change can be even harder. 

If you are working hard to make good, positive, or progressive things happen AND you are exhausted, please take these words to heart and know you are not alone.

Keep plugging away. There will be time to rest and rejoice when the hard part is past.

By: Melanie A. Peters

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