“When you know that something’s going to happen, you’ll start trying to see signs of its approach in just about everything. Always try to remember that most of the things that happen in this world aren’t signs. They happen because they happen, and their only real significance lies in normal cause and effect. You’ll drive yourself crazy if you start trying to pry the meaning out of every gust of wind or rain squall. I’m not denying that there might actually be a few signs that you won’t want to miss. Knowing the difference is the tricky part.”
― David Eddings

“Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak! Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay.”
George Bernard Shaw


(the signs of things to come in this black oak tree, a myriad of forming acorns / Julie Cook / 2014)

Sitting out on the back deck yesterday evening, something up in the nearby oak tree caught my eye.
“What in the world?!” I hear myself asking out loud to the cat.
Ok, so my asking the cat ‘what’s up in the tree’ is for an entirely different sort of post–let’s just stick to the current question at hand—and that happens to be what’s up in the oak tree.

Thinking I know the answer to my own question, I dash inside searching for the camera—remember, it’s never where one needs it, when one wants it.
Finally locating and immediately grabbing said camera, I zoom back out to the deck in order to zoom in on the tops of the tree.

Yep, I knew it—the tree is loaded with acorns.



“And that means what?” you’re wondering. . .
It’s a sign silly.
“A sign?”
Yes, as in a sign, a prognostication, perhaps even a harbinger.
“A harbinwho?
Harbinger—as in an ominous foreshadowing of things to come.
Of course I suppose it doesn’t have to be all that dark and sinister—it can be a heralder or announcement of something maybe positive to come—

“Such as?”

A hard winter or not a hard winter.

“Hummmm. . . ”

I have noticed a couple of wooly bears.
“Wooly who’s?”
Wooly bear caterpillars–those prickly black and reddish caterpillars which make their presence known this time of year.
They’re harbingers too you know.
As in harbingers of a bad winter.

However I suppose it is only the middle of July. . . Who wants to think about let alone chatter about harbingers and winter when it seems most of us are still trying to forget this past winter ?!
And anyway, in case anyone was paying attention, St Swithin’s day was Tuesday, July 15th.
As in:

St Swithin’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithin’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ’twill rain nae mair.’

All of which means that it was hot and sunny here on Tuesday. According to St Swithin— it’s going to be hot and dry for the next 40 days!
Do you have any idea what that’s going to mean for my plants and my water bill?!?!?

As a former girl scout, I do think it is always best to be prepared. . .
One certainly never knows when the weather is going to change.
Keeping watch for the harbingers and signs of impending change is most important. . .

And now if you will please excuse me—I need to go out and check on those bulls across the street. . .if they’re laying down, you can count on that needed rain!! St Swithin or not!

5 comments on “Signs

  1. lljostes says:

    You’re so funny, Julie! Thanks for the smile inducing post today! Heaping up loads of smiles for you ~ Laura 🙂

    • Thanks Laura–funny is watching me watching the bulls for any “signs” of impeding doom 🙂 If anything should know gloom and doom, besides eeyore–it should be poor bulls–just ask the ones in Pamplona!
      so far, so good, as we’re looking dry 🙂

  2. What a great sense of humor you have missy! I loved this post and chuckled on several occasions. We actually got some rain today which is strange as well, at least since this drought began. And there have been strange signs in the weather it seems almost everywhere in the world for months now. My husband keeps telling me that it’s the coming of another ice age. Since he is a scientist it is sometimes hard to argue with him, but I’m not sure I’m buying that. But then who knows maybe he’s right. Our temps were on in the high 70’s today and that’s strange for July too. Love and hugs, Natalie 🙂
    PS. I read once that when an oak tree put on a lot of acorns it meant it was in trouble and trying to insure continuance. If that’s true, I sure hope your oak is not ailing.

    • lets hope your signage on oaks is not on target—it’s looking healthy, but then again, who’s to say. . .And if we’re due an ice age, I rather like wooly mammoths, maybe they can make a come back 😉

      • I hope it’s not on target either. I rather like wooly mammoths too, my friend. I’d love it if they made a come back. You do make me chuckle,missy! Love, N

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