Well, I finally got out to the pasture to get some ripe wild persimmons off the tree to forecast our winter weather...now in my previous post, I showed you a pic of one of FOUR woolly worms that we've seen this year so far and are all BLACK this year, not a good sign...most years they have brown bands, according to the old timers, the more brown bands the MILDER the weather, well MY woolly worms have NO brown this year. Yikes...so on to the persimmon pits, for years my Mom, Dad and I would take treks to the woods in the autumn to check the wild persimmon pits for the winter forecast,and I started doing the same thing with my three sons years ago, it's a family tradition as ole Hank Jr. says..lol! Well, this year the news is NO better from the persimmon pits than from the woolly worms, so I say...Molly put the wood on the fire...the pits have spoken! Now just in case you're not from these parts (as they say) the story of the persimmon pit goes WAYYYYYY back and goes like this: inside every persimmon pit each year when you split them open there is either a fork, knife or spoon...the fork means a mild winter, the knife means windy and cold (cuts like a knife) and the SPOON...it means we SHOVEL snow ...and you guessed it, this year we have a SPOON! I opened about six of them to make sure and yeppers it's a SPOON for sure! Here's a pic of two that I took...so store in the cider Abner and stoke up the stove! ..lol!