Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mist and Webs

Heavy fog this morning. If you believe the folklore, foggy mornings in August foretell snows in winter.

Not only was this morning foggy, but there were more spiderwebs about the property than I have seen for a long time. Why were there so many? Does that foretell something about the weather?

Webs hung from the pines.

The webs on the lawn looked like fairies had pitched tents.

Webs bedecked the bushes.

Some were heavy with dew.

Webs even hung from the tractor.

Obviously the spiders were busy lat night. But where had they all those spiders come from? Why did they make so many webs? Are the spiders trying to capture enough food to get them through a rough winter? And where were the spiders this morning? I saw lots of webs, but they didn't have spiders in them.

There are lots of spider superstitions. Maybe these apply to the plethora of webs I saw this morning: 

When spiders are many and spinning their webs, the spell will soon be very dry. 

An old saying about grass spiders: when there is dew on their webs in the lawn in the morning, it will be a beautiful day.

When spiders spin their webs 'fore noon,
Sunny weather's coming soon.

Meanwhile, it's a mistery—er, mystery. But the sun has burned off the mist, and today indeed looks to be a beautiful day.

As for the snows this winter, time will tell.

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Blogger CountryDew said...

Hadn't heard that about spider webs but this is the time of the year for them. I always thought it had something to do with their mating season.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

I noticed a lot of spider webs lately. Even in my riding helmet, which is on the same hook it's always on and I use it almost daily.

5:06 PM  

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