The First Woolly Worm of the Season

Every year, I anticipate my first Wolly Worm sighting. They usually start appearing in early Fall. As a child, I learned from my Grandma M. that Woolly Worms can predict the severity of winter weather. All you have to do is look at the color of the Woolly Worm, which changes every year, to find out.

Leslie Morgan
Leslie Morgan
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Over the weekend, we got a chance to plant some Fall mums in our yard. As we (and by WE, I mean my husband, I merely supervise) were digging the hole in the ground for our plants, I saw that I had been waiting for, a Woolly Worm.

I saw my first one of the season. (Sunday, Sept. 26) Let's see what Winter 2021 holds for us according to the mighty and fuzzy Woolly Worm.

Leslie Morgan
Leslie Morgan

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Ok, it’s ALL blonde. What does that mean?

Well, according to my grandma, the solid color Woolly worms, whether all black, blonde, or even white, means a harsh and severe winter. The Woolly worms you see with that are plack and rust striped means a miler winter.

Folklore breaks it down even further,

...folklore says that thin brown bands on the woolly worms mean a harsh winter is coming, wider brown-banded woolly worms mean a mild winter,  nearly black woolly worms means a severe winter is coming, and finally, the very light brown or white woolly worms mean a snowy winter according to the folklore.

The Farmer's Almanac Knows - It Always Knows

According to the Farmers Almanac website,

"Note that white, yellow, or other colors of fuzzy caterpillars are NOT the same type of woolly worm and are not used for weather forecasting. We’ll leave the weather-prognosticating “skills” to your own observation!"

Ok, Farmer's Almanac, I get it, there are different types of Woolly Worms that we are lumping together as far as weather prediction. But, with no disrespect, I think I'll stick with my grandmas' Woolly Worm weather prediction method. Both she and the Woolly Worm have a pretty accurate track record for being right about the winter weather.

My Grandma M. taught me how to look at nature to indicate what kind of weather was coming. She taught me how to feel and smell the rain coming and to look at the colors of sunsets to know if we needed to close our windows at night.

She would say that her ways were the ways of the Indians. They were passed down to help us know how to prepare for the night, day, or season. She loved it when her predictions were right and the weather persons were wrong. She would say, See? with a wicked, beautiful smile on her face.

Scariest Ghost Town In KY Has A Truly Terrifying Past And Can’t Be Found On A Map

The month of October fills me with even more passion for abandoned and haunted places and things. I love to research legends, folklore, and stories from all over the world, but especially right here in Kentucky. Some of the stories are pure legend with no real facts to back them up. But, I’m a sucker for a good ghost story.

One such legend involves a small town, a murdering teacher, and mysterious disappearances that went on for decades. This is what I learned about the legend of Elsewhere, KY.

A construction worker and journalist, by the name of Seamus Coffey, was volunteering at a Senior Citizen’s center and he met a man named, Earl. The gentleman was about 80 years old and told him a story of something that happened in Elsewhere. KY.

"When I was a boy, my pa’ and I went to the Elsewhere General Store to get some rock candy and chicken feed. I stood outside while pa’ talked to Mrs. Ellison the shopkeep. Pa’ loaded the feed into the truck and handed me the candy. Right about then, there was this loud scream from the schoolhouse. I don’t know right well what happened ’cause pa” told me to stay in the truck, but after that we never went back to Elsewhere."

"When I was a few years older, I went back there with some friends. We were just dumb kids foolin’ around. My friend Jason went inside the schoolhouse and I never saw him again. We spent the rest of the day looking for him and later the police did a search but found nothing. Shortly after that the county disconnected Elsewhere road from HWY 280. It’s been about 60 years and you’re the first person to mention the place in half a century, son."

After that, Seamus started searching for any information he could find about Elsewhere. He found an article in the Louisville Courier-Journal. The article covered a story about Elsewhere being abandoned for health and safety reasons. It was dated April 2nd, 1953. The article also gave him a piece of the puzzle that was missing, the exact location of Elsewhere. The town was located two miles north of New Concord (KY) just off of HWY 280. So, of course, he had to go there for himself.

This is the terrifying story of what he found in Elsewhere.

IL Woman Shocked When Ghost Appears In Pics of Her Kids

As you are aware, I love everything paranormal. Lately, I have been drawn to stories and photos of spirits and ghosts more than ever before. I have even interviewed some paranormal ghost hunters and found it fascinating. I don't have all of the answers, but I love exploring the possibilities.

Seeing things in pictures, once you really look at them, is not uncommon. It really happens more than you think. It’s happened to me. Are there spirits who some see and some don’t? Are they real ghosts or just a smudge on the lease of the camera? Are the light beams and floating specs just traces of dust and perfectly lit angles?

The thing is, we don’t really know. Those who weren’t there might try to figure out what the image really is to disprove the fact that it might be a spirit. While others will share a similar experience. The seem and unseen merge together to form an opinion, a believable explanation. But the truth is, even though we might not be able to see angels, spirits, or ghosts, some of us have faith that they do exist, others do not, But, when they show up in a picture, unexpected, it’s pretty awesome no matter how you feel about it. You are either filled with excitement or trying your best to figure it out. Either way, pretty cool.

I came across these photos on the Haunted Illinois Facebook group. I was fascinated with them and reached out to the mother who took the photos and asked her if I could share them with you. Like I always say, you can decide for yourself whether or not you see a ghost in the photos. But, after hearing the mom’s story surrounding the photos, I believe a ghost of a child is exactly what we see.

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