English: A group of acorns.
English: A group of acorns. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I like specifics,

so I don’t join the crowds who use vague four letter words

freighted with modifiers to describe the upcoming winter:

Cold (bitterly). Cold (biting). Cold (piercing).

Instead I say: the bees pack it in, corn husks thicker than normal,

woodpeckers share trees, unusual abundance of acorns,

insects march beeline-not meander.

Crickets inside already. Monarchs migrate early. Pigs gather sticks.

Specifics.

PATTY

*http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/20/opinion/sunday/world-to-washington-really.html?_r=0http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/world-to-washington-really-434595

World to Washington: ‘Really?’ But What I Want to Find Out Is Will It Snow When All the Grandkids Are Here. The Farmer’s Almanac uses Planetary Positions. Sunspots. Lunar Cycles

Lots of acorns this year, lots of squirrels.
Lots of acorns this year, lots of squirrels. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Farmers' Almanac
Farmers’ Almanac (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2 thoughts on ““World to Washington: Really?”* How to Predict the Worldwide Effect of Our Budgetary Brinkmanship. Specifically. I Use the Farmer’s Almanac to Try to Predict The Amount of Snow I Can Count on When All the Grandkids Are Here. The Farmer’s Almanac Uses Planetary Positions. Sunspots. Lunar Cycles. Goofy. But So Is Letting a Bunch of Zealots Hold Our Country Hostage. (Another 420 Character 9 Line Poem by Patty)

  1. Oh the monarchs left early? Not sure they ever showed this summer. What does this imply? Many gardeners reported them as no shows including moi.

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