We're in that happy time of year with its characteristic "roller coaster weather." On my drive to school yesterday morning, I must have been quite a sight. I was wearing sunglasses because the sun was so bright and gloves because the steering wheel was so cold. Both were easily visible to other drivers. Then on the way home yesterday afternoon, I had the AC on in my pickup. Since I have planted some things in my garden, I'm hoping that we are at least past the threat of frost or freeze. Ah, the viscissitudes of weather!
When I was in fifth and sixth grade, my math and spelling teacher Mrs. Byerly had some great ways to help us remember things. For instance, she taught us a little song that ended with the words "we will weather the weather, whether we like it or not!" I often think of that, not only in connection to the homonyms, but also in regards to the weather itself.
I never have trouble knowing whether it should be "ei" or "ie" because Mrs. Byerly taught us to remember lice. When a word contains either of those vowel combinations, the letter l will be followed by i and the letter c will be followed by e. Therefore the correct spellings will be believe, relief, receive, deceit, etc. Lice may seem like a lousy way to remember something, but it works! Great teacher, that Mrs. Byerly, that I still remember those things 50 years later!
Today's post is weather-related bits of humor ... whether you like it or not! 😉
Farmer Brown: "Did you lose much in that last tornado?"
Farmer Jones: "Lost the henhouse and all the chickens. But that's okay, 'cause I ended up with three new cows and a pick-up truck."
Two Viking invaders are trudging up the beach in the pouring rain.
One looks skywards and says, "So this is England. What's the rest of it like?"
The other snarls, "Well, if you like the weather, you'll love the food."
Monday of this week was Earth Day. (How did I miss that?!) Someone sent me some pick up lines for Earth Day. Here are the best of the bunch.
I know a guy who has an obsession with wind farms. He's a huge fan of yours.
In the supermarket of beauty, you are the locally-grown organic arugula.
Your eyes shine like the energy efficient bulbs that power my turtle terrarium.
There are lots of jokes out there about weather forecasters and how often they're wrong. Here are several of them.
Although he was a qualified meteorologist, Hopkins ran up a terrible record of forecasting for the local newscast.
He became something of a local joke when a newspaper began keeping a record of his predictions and showed that he'd been wrong almost three hundred times in a single year.
That kind of notoriety was enough to get him fired. He moved to another part of the country and applied for a similar job.
One blank on the job application called for the reason for leaving his previous position. Hopkins wrote, "The climate didn't agree with me."
It was the spotty track record of weather predictions that led to an entire genre of jokes about those who attempted to predict the weather, such as, "A weatherman and weatherwoman walk into a train. They didn't see that coming either."
Here's a sure-fire method for telling the weather....
To tell what the weather is like, put the dog outside. A few minutes later, go to your back door and look for the dog.
If the dog is wet, it's probably raining. If the dog is standing there really soaking wet, it is probably raining really hard.
If the dog's fur looks like it's been rubbed the wrong way, it's probably windy.
If the dog has snow on his back, it's probably snowing.
Of course, to be able to tell the weather whenever you want, you should leave the dog outside all the time, especially if you expect really harsh, life-threatening weather.
We are in our last week of classes for the semester and exams begin this Saturday. Busy time of year! Becka and I may be welcoming a new cat into our household later this week. More details as they are available....
"Gas prices are expected to continue to rise throughout the summer, and oil companies say it's because of high demand due to warmer summer weather — as opposed to what they told us a couple of months ago, that oil prices went up because of higher demand for winter heating oil. So basically, if there's weather, gas prices go up." — Jay Leno
SAVE THE EARTH! It’s the only planet with chocolate and coffee!