Winter Connection # 10: March Almanac

A beautiful day here in Oklahoma, but I hear from the weatherman that things are not so great for Chicago, and the eastern seaboard and northeastern US are in for it later today. 
It may still be winter now, but don’t despair — spring is coming.

Today’s post is taken from The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2013 Engagement Calendar, full of many informative and helpful hints for the month. (www.almanac.com. )

“It is the first mild day of March: Each minute sweeter than before.
The redbreast sings from the tall larch That stands beside our door.”

William Wordsworth, English poet (1770-1850)

Wise thoughts:

“Follow the first law of holes: If you are in one, stop digging.” – Denis Healey, English politician (b. 1917)
If there’s spring in winter and winter in spring, The year won’t be good for anything.
“It is the humble work that makes life noble.”  Farmer’s Almanac 1873.
The first thunder of the year awakes All the frogs and all the snakes.
“By the middle of this month, the morning sun has some traction.” – Castle Freeman Jr., Farmer’s Almanac 2010

History:

Texas was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845, when it became a U.S. state.
In 1849, railroad workers in Vermont found fossilized whale bones more than 10,000 years old.
Canada is the world’s largest producer of maple syrup.
The Grand Ole Opry, broadcast from Nashville, is America’s longest-running radio program.

Household Hints:

Refresh household sponges by soaking them in cold salt water for 10 minutes.
To strengthen fingernails, soak them in an infusion of crushed dill seeds.
In most cases, buttermilk and plain yogurt can be used interchangeably in recipes.
Add chalk to your toolbox to absorb moisture and prevent tools from rusting.

Enjoy March! Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday, Mardch 10, and St. Paddy’s Day comes the Sunday after, March 17!

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