7 Jan 2017 Early morning farewells in a Frosty North Texas (Dust of Snow by Robert Frost, LITTLE JACK FROST by Charles Sangster, types of frost, Winter tales and myths: Where did Old Man Winter, Jack Frost come from?)

Good morning family, how are you doing in the where and when as you visit me here? I hope well!   I hope you are warm and if you are not there are resources available for you to find warmth and shelter.

This morning was early as Mom and Dad wanted to get on the road for the next leg of their winter bird journey further south. We had a wonderful breakfast together at our local Waffle House and then they were off. What a blessing to have a couple of days together. I waited until they were gone to cry like I do lol. In my early years good-bye’s were so bad people learned to leave me with my luggage at the airport, get in their car and drive away with little eye contact! As we are all getting older, we just don’t know how many more such visits we will get to have. So we cherish each one we have and leave hope in our hearts for many in the future!

Well the extraordinary for me today, because it rarely happens here in North Texas, is frost! All the roofs and other outside surfaces were covered with it and it’s so beautiful. I love anything that shines and sparkles and frost in the morning sun definitely does that.

http://www.worldprayers.org/prayerwheel/index.html – spin of the world Prayer Wheel for today:

Do not seek too much fame, but do not seek obscurity. Be proud. But do not remind the world of your deeds. Excel when you must, but do not excel the world. Many heroes are not yet born, many have already died. To be alive to hear this song is a victory.

west african song

Links I found about Frost if your interested! Much love, light and warmth to you all today!

http://archive.org/stream/jstor-20636992/20636992_djvu.txt

LITTLE JACK FROST by Charles Sangster

A RHYME FOR FLOSSIE.

Little Jack Frost went up the hill.

Watching the stars so cold and chill,

Watching the stars and the moon so bright.

And laughing aloud like a crazy wight.

Little Jack Frost ran down the hill,

Late in the night, when the winds were still,

Late in the fall, when the leaves fell down,

Red, and yellow, and faded brown.

Little Jack Frost walked through the trees,

” Ah,” sighed the flowers, ” we freeze, we freeze ! ”

” Ah,” sighed the grasses, ” we die, we die !”

Said little Jack Frost, ” Good-bye, good-bye ! ”

Little Jack Frost tripped round and round.

Spreading white snow on the frozen ground ;

Nipping the breezes, icing the streams,

And chilling the warmth of the sun’s bright beams.

Nobody saw him, still he was there.

Nose-biting, prank-playing, everywhere ;

All through the houses, out in the street,

Capering wildly through storm and sleet.

But when Dame Nature brought back the spring,

Brought back the birds to chirp and sing.

Melted the snow and warmed the sky.

Little Jack Frost went pouting by.

The flowers opened their eyes of blue.

Green buds peeped out and grasses grew.

And it got so warm and scorched him so.

Little Jack Frost was glad to go. — Charles Sangster.

 

http://nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/frost/

Frost is water vapor, or water in gas form, that becomes solid. Frost usually forms on objects like cars, windows, and plants that are outside in air that is saturated, or filled, with moisture. Areas that have a lot of fog often have heavy frosts. Frost forms when an outside surface cools past the dew point. The dew point is the point where the air gets so cold, the water vapor in the atmosphere turns into liquid. This liquid freezes. If it gets cold enough, little bits of ice, or frost, form. The ice is arranged in the form of ice crystals. Frost is most common in low-lying areas. Warm air rises, and cool air sinks—cool air is denser than warm air. That means there are usually more water molecules in cool air than in warm air. As cool air collects in valleys, frost forms. Frost usually forms at night, when the air temperature is cooler. Once the sun rises and warms the air around the frosted object, frost melts quickly.

Types of Frost There are different types of frost. The most common are radiation frost (also called hoarfrost), advection frost, window frost, and rime. Radiation frost is frost in the form of tiny ice crystals that usually shows up on the ground or exposed objects outside. Hoarfrost also forms in refrigerators and freezers. Advection frost is a collection of small ice spikes. Advection frost forms when a cold wind blows over the branches of trees, poles, and other surfaces. Window frost forms when a glass window is exposed to cold air outside and moist air inside. Window frost is familiar to winter residents of cold climates. Indoor heat and cold outdoor temperatures form this type of frost. Window frost was much more common before people began using double-paned windows. Rime is frost that forms quickly, usually in very cold, wet climates. Rime also forms in windy weather. Rime sometimes looks like solid ice. Ships traveling through cold places like the Arctic Ocean often end up with rime covering at least part of the exposed part of the ship.

Frost and People Frost can severely damage crops. It can destroy plants or fruits. Plants with thin skins, such as tomatoes, soy, or zucchini, can be ruined. If frost is bad enough, potatoes will freeze in the ground. Farmers have had entire fields destroyed in just a few frosty nights. Farmers typically consult almanacs and maps to predict frost. Maps and information from almanacs (such as previous days of frost) tell farmers what areas usually receive frost, how often it occurs, and how long it lasts. These tools are reliable but are not always accurate. Although farmers still rely on the weather, many spray their crops to reduce frost damage. This spray usually contains a genetically modified organism (GMO), an organism whose genes have been altered by people. The GMO that reduces frost damage to crops is called ice-minus bacteria. Ice-minus bacteria make it difficult for ice crystals to form. Ice-minus bacteria do no damage to the plant. Many farmers also protect their crops by using the selective inverted sink (SIS) method. The selective inverted sink is a large fan that draws cold, moist air up into a chimney. The chimney expels the cold air far above the crops. This protects crops from frost without spraying them. Sturdier plants are not destroyed by frost, but frost will stop them from growing. Evergreen trees, such as pine and spruce, will stop growing during a frost, but they won’t die. Roads can also be damaged by frost. Frosty roads are slippery and, exposed to the heat from cars, quickly become wet. Many drivers have trouble navigating frosty or wet roads.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/winter-jack-frost-myth/21183076

Winter tales and myths: Where did Old Man Winter, Jack Frost come from?

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer

April 02, 2016, 12:44:00 PM EDT

Personifications of the season, such as Jack Frost and Old Man Winter, are symbolically credited for the incoming storms and chill of winter, as humanity’s fascination with weather has been ingrained in storytelling, religion and mythology for centuries.

Astronomical winter officially begins on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. However, some portions of the U.S. have been gripped by an icy chill and snow since November.

The winter solstice has been a major event for religions throughout history. For many groups who lived in climates that experienced drastically different seasons, winter was often a hard time of year for finding food and surviving the elements.

For cultures that credited each aspect of their lives to a god or goddess, winter was a time to appease the deities of the season to ensure survival and the return of spring.

Ancient Greek mythologies are an example of a culture in which each aspect of the seasons and weather elements were credited to divine beings.

“All meteorological forces, each direction of the wind had a name and was worshiped as a god,” said Dr. Clint Corcoran, head of the Religion and Philosophy Department at High Point University.

The Greek seasons myth centers on the story of the goddess Demeter, ruler of harvest. When her daughter Persephone was kidnapped by Hades, lord of the underworld, she became so despondent that she could not care for the lands, and winter took over. After a deal was struck with Hades, Persephone was allowed to return to the Earth for six months of the year at which time the lands thrived, but every six months she would return to the underworld and the seasons would change again.

Each direction of wind was considered a god. Boreas was the Greek god of the north wind. Depicted in ancient art as an old man, he was considered the bringer of winter and the cold. The harshness of the season was paralleled by his supposedly harsh personality, short-tempered and severe.

Conversely, in some Celtic traditions, the Oak King is considered a deity of the winter solstice and is seen as a bringing of life. According to legend, the Oak King would battle the Holly King who ruled from the start of summer. Though the Oak King’s reign would begin at the darkest time of the year, his coming marked the gradual progression towards spring and summer, rather than being seen as the bringer of the winter season.

For the Norse mythologies, Ullr was the god of winter. Son of a frost giant, he would rule Asgard in Odin’s absence in the winter. It was believed he created the northern lights to help compensate for the shortened daylight during the season.

As time progressed, stories of ancient gods of winter began to transform into new personifications of the season. The old gods riding across lands on icy winds transformed to the more modern adaptations, such as Old Man Winter, or Russia’s Father Frost. These personifications have become colloquialisms for the winter season, evolving from old world religious roots to figures in literature and pop culture.

Jack Frost has been referenced in stories and songs since at least the 1700s. He is typically viewed as a mischievous boy who bites the noses of people to give them a chill. Today, the Jack Frost mythology has made its way into movies, such as Rise of the Guardians, games and comic books, sometimes as a story’s hero or its villain, but always a harbinger of cold weather.

While astronomical winter is based on the number of hours of daylight, typically falling on Dec. 21, meteorological winter is based on the calendar months and began Dec. 1. While the science behind the changing of the seasons has evolved over the centuries, references to the characterization of the season continue to prevail in cultures around the world.

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One comment on “7 Jan 2017 Early morning farewells in a Frosty North Texas (Dust of Snow by Robert Frost, LITTLE JACK FROST by Charles Sangster, types of frost, Winter tales and myths: Where did Old Man Winter, Jack Frost come from?)

  1. It’s snowing here, Jackie. Fortunately, it’s Saturday and even though I have to go out later, public transportation will get me where I need to go. Happy Saturday! 😉 xoM

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