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"January is named after the Roman god Janus, who was always shown as having two heads.  He looked back to the last year and forward to the new one.  The Roman New Year festival was called the Calends, and people decorated their homes and gave each other gifts." 


-   New Year's Day

 

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Janus is also God of Beginnings which is perhaps where we get our ideas about New Year Resolutions. And he is the god of doors and gateways which is where we get the word Janitor from. 

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It is memory that enables a person to gather roses in January." -- Unknown

 

 

Basket of Roses - Box Set of 12 Greeting Cards and Patterned Envelopes


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"The Old Year has gone.  Let the dead past bury its own dead.  The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time.  All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!"  


-   Edward Payson Powell   

 

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Beautiful image of a heather garden in winter.

 

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Mmm makes you wan to walk through come spring. All that trapped smell potential.

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Yeah, too bad heather doesn't like the soil/climate in the Midwest. Although this picture of the Chicago Botanic Garden isn't half bad.

 

The Chicago Botanic Garden in winter (courtesy Semper AC/DC at flickr's Creative Commons)

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I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.  ~Andrew Wyeth

 

 

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"It is deep January.  The sky is hard.  The stalks are firmly rooted in ice."
-  Wallace Stevens,  No Possum, No Sop, No Taters

 


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January Weather Lore


 

 

A wet January, a wet Spring.


A warm January, a cold May.  (Welsh Proverb) 

 

The blackest month in all the year 
Is the month of Janiveer. 

A favorable January brings us a good year. 

In Janiveer if the sun appear
March and April pay full dear. 

 

If grain grows in January, there will be a year of great need. 

 

January blossoms fill no man's cellar. 

 

If birds begin to sing in January, frosts will come. 

 

If January kalends be summerly gay, 
'Twill be winterly weather to the kalends of May.

 

Jack Frost in Janiveer, Nips the nose of the nascent year.

 

If January has never a drop, the barn will need an open prop 

 

If in February there be no rain, it is neither good for hay nor grain. 

 

March damp and warm, will do the farmer much harm. 

 

April cold and wet, fills the barns best yet. 

 

Cold May and windy, barn filleth up finely. 

 

http://www.egreenway.com/months/monjan.htm

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Tuesday is Ground Hog's Day (or is it Ground Hog Day? That sounds like a gross kind of hamburger to me, so I think I still to the first choice). Find out more about this unusual holiday here:http://www.groundhog.org/

 

 

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The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears.  ~Bill Vaughn

 

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becke_davis wrote:

The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears.  ~Bill Vaughn

 


 

Hah! I Believe Phil. I sure do.

 

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When I was growing up, all Ground Hog's Day meant was that my sister got birthday cake!

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Don't I know it. 12" on the ground this weekend. Sleet for Wens and more snow for the comming weekend.

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38 degrees in Cincinnati right now, with rain and a "wintery mix" of rain, snow and sleet for the weekend. Fun.

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"February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back 
any air of summer."

 
-   Shirley Jackson,  Raising Demons

 

 

American Homestead Winter