About this time in the New Year, I often go to the current year’s almanac for inspiration and direction, and a hint of what the year’s weather will be like.
I’m paging through the 2016 “Almanac for Farmers and City Folk.” Apparently the publishers figured out that less than two percent of the population are farmers these days, so they added “and City Folk” to the title.
As the editors of this esteemed publication proclaim, “Included are calendars and tide tables (always useful in Wisconsin), stories and articles, and a grand assortment of nostalgia, trivia, and anecdotes, plus enough cookery, puzzles, and helpful information to provide edification and entertainment for the whole family for the entire year.” I don’t know about you, but the older I get the more edification I require.
There are three pages on how to grow cauliflower. The wind chill table lets you know when you shouldn’t stick your nose outside and risk it freezing off. For instance, when the wind is speeding by at 25 mph, and the temperature is minus ten, the wind chill is minus 59. But as my dad always said about wind chill temperatures, “Get out of the wind.”
There’s a list of the worst jobs. Lumberjack comes in first; Author is also close to the top. Hmm.
Best jobs are biomedical engineers, data scientists, audiologists (can you hear me now), mathematicians, and a handful of others.
Weather forecasts for the entire year are here, arranged in 19 different zones. Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota are clumped into Zone 9. If I read these predictions correctly, I conclude that yes, we will have weather in 2016.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: If it’s a little edification that you need, check out the 2016 “Almanac for Farmers and City Folk.”
January 25, 6:30 p.m. Mt. Horeb Library—History of Cheese making in Wisconsin.
February 2 and 3, Great Wisconsin Farm Expo 11:00 a.m. (Farm Memories). and 1:00 p.m. (History of Wis. Agriculture). Central Wisconsin Convention and Expo Center, 10101 Market Street, Rothschild, WI.
February 13-14. Garden Expo. Alliant Center, Madison. February 13, 2:15:Wild Flowers, Butterflies, and Other Stories From the Land. February 14, 1:00 p.m. Film: The Land With Jerry Apps plus discussion.
February 23, 7:00 p.m. Phillips Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI. Part of Wisconsin Historical Society Tour program. Stories From the Land.
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs, Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps and Jerry Apps a Farm Story.
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including The Quiet Season (on which the DVD A Farm Winter is based), as well as Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm, (which are related to the DVD Jerry Apps a Farm Story).Also available is Jerry’s new novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County as well as Whispers and Shadows and his newest nonfiction book, Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street