I grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan and as far back as I can remember, our neighbours were Peter and Caroline, an elderly couple known fondly as “Peanuts and Chickie”. Once or twice a week, Mom would head over to their house after her day teaching, for a coffee and a treat. Sometimes my brother and I would go along for the treats (I remember a lot of Wagon Wheels…).
I was never old enough to take part in the conversation, other than to answer questions about school and various activities I was in, but there were a few nuggets of information, “Peanuts” would always say, that have become firmly lodged in my brain, 30-odd years later.
He would take a cod-liver oil pill every day, and make the claim that those pills were the reason he was never sick (he passed away in his late-90’s, so perhaps he was onto something!).
And if we ever had extended periods of foggy weather, he would always say “Well, we’ll be gettin’ a lot of precipitation 3 months from now!” I have no idea where this statement came from – the Farmer’s Almanac? Saskatchewan Folklore?! Regardless, Mom would make a little note on the calendar: “Peter says lots of rain/snow”.
Apparently my childhood memory would suggest that “Peanuts“ was always right because, to this day, whenever we get a lot of foggy weather, I still make a mental note of the calendar season, wondering how much rain we’ll be getting in 3 months time (because, let’s face it, rain is the guaranteed form of precipitation in Vancouver)! It’s funny how certain memories stick with you 🙂
On New Years Day, we wandered down to Kit’s Beach. There were a few people out walking and jogging, perhaps kick-starting their New Year’s Resolutions. By the time we walked from our car to the waterfront, a dense fog had pulled in over the water, and there were moments where you couldn’t see much more than 10 meters in any direction!
After about an hour, the fog started to pull back over the water, but didn’t disappear completely. I think we probably had two or three good days of fog.
So, now we’ll all be wondering – “Was Peanuts right?!?!”
I guess we’ll find out in April 🙂