Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Ember Days Are Almost Here!
Do you know what Ember Days are? I didn’t until I read my Farmer’s Almanac this morning. It says they are four separate sets of three days all within the same week (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) set around the four seasons that were originally set aside for fasting and prayer. The Farmer’s Almanac also says that folklore says that the weather on each of the three days foretells the weather for three successive months. So for September’s Ember Days, Wednesday forecasts weather for October, Friday for November, and Saturday for December. Make a note of the weather on September 15th, 17th, and 18th and see if the old tales are true! Now is also the time to plant trees (early Fall), have weenie roasts, chop wood (especially hard woods like oak or walnut) so it can season for a year for use during next year's Winter, make a scarecrow, make apple dolls, make pumpkin bread and pause a minute to enjoy the miracle of Autumn!
All things have their season,
and in their times all things pass under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.
A time to kill, and a time to heal.
A time to destroy, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh.
A time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather.
A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to get, and a time to lose.
A time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew.
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.
A time of war, and a time of peace.
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