My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, www.rosemary-ridge.blogspot.com ... thank you!

HOW TO MAKE IT SNOW

How to MAKE IT SNOW on National "Make It Snow" Day
Saturday, October 13 2012
I found a lot of info online on how to make it snow, but most of it looks silly. Still ... I'm reposting some of it here ... just in case!

This first 6 are from: http://voices.yahoo.com/six-fun-snow-rituals-snow-721739.html?cat=25
Snow Ritual #1: Wearing Your PJs Inside Out And backwards. This snow ritual encourages everyone in the household to spend an evening in their favorite PJs and turn them inside out. This is meant to confuse the snow gods in some strange, very strange way and prompt them to deliver a blanket of snow for the participants.

Snow Ritual #2: Leaving a Spoon Under the Pillow
Putting a spoon under the pillow is a longstanding superstition that dates back to the days of the Pilgrims. It's a superstition that still lingers in the Midwest and Eastern states, and many people follow it religiously each winter season.

Snow Ritual #3: Flushing Ice Cubes Down the Toilet
This snow ritual is meant to signify a 'cold front' to the snow gods. Apparently they'll get the message through the sewer system and (hopefully) take action immediately.

Snow Ritual #4: Running Around the Table Five Times
It's difficult to determine if you need to do this clockwise or counterclockwise, but five seems to be the magic number for the snow gods to pay attention. Four times just won't cut it, and six may be far too many (you might encourage a tsunami instead). Just be careful that you don't knock your knees on the table's edge while doing this.

Snow Ritual #5: Repeating a Snow Chant
There is limited information on what this magical snow chant may be, but it's likely a variation of the classic 'Let It Snow!' song of the season. Snow lovers in Michigan get busy singing the 'Heikki Lunta' song, a tribute to the snow god Hank Snow. You may develop your own snow chant and just keep repeating it until you see those flurries-or the neighbors make a formal complaint.

Snow Ritual #6: Throwing Ice Cubes Into the Tree
Grab a few bowls of shaved ice and sprinkle them on trees and bushes around the yard. This ritual is meant to encourage a big freeze, and send a 'cold message' to the snow gods as a prompt.

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There's some also at http://weather.thefuntimesguide.com/2010/01/make_it_snow.php ... some the same as above but there's also "freeze a white crayon".

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OUR SNOW PARTY:
We're having a party here on our tiny farmette in rural Colorado, the eastern plains. We have room enough for 20-30 people, to gather in our garage and for car-parking. Here's a few things we're contemplating for our MAKE IT SNOW party:
-chanting
-planting ice chips around the property
-Reiki, using the long distance symbol to bring the moisture
-all snacks will be white (pot luck and what we provide... cheese, merigne, lemon sherbet punch, etc)

and perhaps...
-crystal singing bowls
-drumming
-do a snow dance
-guided visualization
-empower papers written with "bring moisture where we need it" with energy and everyone takes them home to put in their freezer with a bag of ice.


FROM ME:
I normally don't advocate messing with Mother Nature and Father Sky. Basically they do what needs to be done. But at this point, I also feel that humans have created such a horrible atmosphere, global warming, ozone layer messups and too many chemicals in the land and air, that it's time we intervened.  I also caution visualizing the moisture from where there is too much. It has to come from somewhere, right? Make sure you don't take it from another place that desperately needs the moisture, or that you don't create a tsunami or hurricane to bring it to you. Think gentle winds with a leisurely pace, holding it's water until it gets where it's most needed.

Remember, I'm located in Colorado.  That means we're big-time landlocked. The biggest body of water is the Gulf of Mexico so I certainly need to be careful to NOT create another Katrina or Isaac.

Another thing to keep in mind: before you have your party, be sure to stock up on fuel, food and feed for your critters. Cover your roses or other bushes that might not survive the freeze. Get ready because we sincerely and honestly believe, if a LOT of people do this, it WILL happen. We don't want people to be caught unawares, house-bound because there's a couple feet of snow outside their door.

GUEST POST:
If you have any wonderful serious ideas about helping precipitation come to those places that really need it, please e-mail your article. I'll post it when I can. I'd also like to make a list of Snow Parties on here so keep me informed. Thanks!

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