Country was always cool! :-)


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Feb 15, 2020
Apologies if this is the wrong forum for this but a few bud lights into a Friday evening I'm unconcerned and thought I would try and have a little fun with you folks. I figure anyone who likes to heat with wood has a little country in them no matter where they live.

Lived in the country most of my life and spent the last 30 years raising a family with my lovely wife 5 miles down a dirt road no matter which road you take. In that time you get to know a lot of old timers and I was always fascinated with some of the country lore they would come up with in ways to predict things before they happened by watching nature. Example: You can tell it's going to rain when the ants are building up around their holes. Pretty well known that one.

So, I had the pleasure of getting to know one that had my respect from the first day I met him many years ago. Name was Dick Streeter,
dead now, but used to skid logs with a team of horses. Collected sap using the same team. Never drew a paycheck in his whole life. Never had a drivers license. Raised a family of 5 kids, one of his boys is my best friend. Weathered, tough, you know the type.

Country lore from Dick Streeter: "When the worms nests are high in the trees there's gonna be heavy snow for the Winter."

That's my offering. Yours?


Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
South Puget Sound, WA
Guess it never started. We have robins year-round here.
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Minister of Fire
Nov 3, 2014
Burnsville, NC
You have your first frost 6 weeks after you hear cicadas in the daytime.

Black on a woolly-worm means cold and snow while brown is milder and wetter. The blacker wooley-worms are, the worse your winter will be.


Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
Schenectady, NY
When you wake up, it's time to start working.

Feed the animals before you feed yourself.


Minister of Fire
Feb 12, 2019
SW Missoura
If the hornets build there nest high in the the snow depth in winter will be.

When maples leaves turn over to show their backside a storm is brewing.

Wind from the north, fishing is poor. Wind from the south blows the hook out their mouth. Wind from the east fish bite the least, wind from the west fish bite the best.

Onion skins very thin, mild winter coming in. Onion skins thick and tough, coming winter cold and rough.

And many more that are on the edge of my noggin ....
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Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2008
Lackawaxen PA
GM, nice to know a guy like that. Not many left. I think a lot of us here would like love experience a bit of that life style.


Minister of Fire
May 27, 2008
Long Island, NY
Spring is coming when the horses start shedding.

Don't wear chapstick when you brush them out (very, very wise ;) ).
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Nov 18, 2005
South Puget Sound, WA


Feeling the Heat
Oct 7, 2012
Northwest Lower Michigan
The winter of 2013-2014 was brutal here. I remember the fall of 2013 a coworker was saying he had never seen so many beech nuts so he was thinking something was going to happen.