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If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.
If March comes in like a lamb, it will go out like a lion.
–old weather saying
In this issue, you’ll find information on these topics:
So many mists in March we see, So many frosts in May will be.
A peck of March dust is worth a king’s ransom.
The March sun lets snow stand on a stone.
Better to be bitten by a snake than to feel the sun in March.
In March much snow, To plants and trees much woe.
A windy March and a rainy April make a beautiful May.
A dry March, a wet April.
A wet March, a sad autumn.
When people talk about March weather, they always seem to mention the lamb and lion saying. We venture to guess that most folks are happy to see the month go — under whatever circumstances. Sure, the calendar turns to spring on March 20, but this can be a kind of cruel hoax in some parts of the country, where snow and ice are not necessarily banished yet.
Some skywatchers believe that the lion and lamb saying has a heavenly connection. The constellation Leo, the lion, is rising in the east at the beginning of March, hence the “comes in like a lion,” while Aries, the ram, sets in the west at the end of March, and so “will go out like a lamb.”
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February 29 — Leap Day
In 1940 on February 29, Gone With the Wind won eight Oscars at the annual awards banquet, including a Best Supporting Actress award for Hattie McDaniels, the first black performer to be so honored.
Did you know that Jimmy Dorsey, Dinah Shore, and Dennis Farina all were born on February 29?
To read a short history of this peculiar day, click here.
March 1 — St. David’s Day
This day commemorates the patron saint of Wales, St. David, who was born in the 6th century at Henfynw, Cardigan. His symbol is the leek, which is said to have protected him in combat and was worn by his countrymen to distinguish them from their Saxon enemies during battle. In honor of St. David, plant a bulb of aromatic leek as soon as the ground can be worked or make one of the recipes in this newsletter that includes leeks.
March 9 —Daylight Saving Time Begins
Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November. Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour.
If you’ve been searching for an elusive variety of vegetable or flower or have seeds to share, here’s the place for you! Visit our busy Seed Swap section, and you may find what you are looking for.
It’s almost time for spring-cleaning, and we have some tips that will make your chores a breeze.
To remove white water spots on leather, cover them with a thick coat of petroleum jelly. Leave the petroleum jelly in place for about a day, then wipe it off with a soft cloth.
Here’s a way to clean the filter in your dryer. First use an old toothbrush to remove any lint. Then soak the filter in vinegar overnight and rinse it with water.
Before you start to vacuum, put a few drops of lemon juice into the dust bag. It will make the house smell fresh.
Yellowed linens can be brightened with denture-cleaning tablets. Dissolve tablets (according to package directions) in a sink or washbasin of warm water. Add the stained linens and soak until the discoloration is gone. Wash as usual.