Someone is wishing for snow

Years ago, when our eldest was just a wee babe, I made a weather and season calendar from felt. I cut out a cottage to resemble our own home. As we live in a valley, the background shows the fields of our neighbouring farm, going up the hills. I seem to remember that I intended to make a tractor, whose activities would change with the seasons. There was a badge to represent each type of weather and four different tops of the tree to show the season.

The felt badges are beginning to show their age, after so many years of use. When I made the calendar, I anticipated that once eldest was old enough, we would change the weather to show that day’s weather and four times a year, we would change the tree, as the seasons changed. This activity happened on and off for the last nine years, but recently I’ve noticed a change. The weather displayed does not match the weather outside. At all!

No matter how many times I switch the weather badge back to the current weather, it always goes back to snow! SNOW! I know that we’ve brought the final apples in from the orchard (Thank goodness), but it seems a bit early for snow. I’m still enjoying the last of the Autumn leaves. Not thinking about snow. I certainly wasn’t thinking of snow back in the summer, when the snow badge mysteriously started to appear on our weather calendar.

So I asked the wee ones what was going on. Hmm! Turns out that while I believed this calendar was all about reporting the current weather, sometime over the elapsed years, it turned into a weather ordering machine. Put the weather on the calendar and that’s the next days weather ordered. It seems that they enjoyed the snow last year. The days off school, collecting our Christmas turkey on the sled from the local farm, making snowmen. So they pushed their luck and ordered up snow.

All I can say, dear children, is that I think your weather order machine is broken. Just look at the shadow and sun on the cupboard door today. It is sunny and warm.

Now my children have an answer for everything. One of them swapped the sun and the snow badges over again, while another explained, patiently to their mother, that it would not work if someone kept removing the snow badge.

As much as I love snow, I’m just not ready for it yet. I’m going to carry on swapping it back to sun, but if we do get early snow, please don’t blame me. It might be that I just forgot to check the calendar, in time.

26 thoughts on “Someone is wishing for snow

  • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I’m with the children on this one. I LOVE SNOW!! Put that badge back up!!

    • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 11:18 pm

      Ha! You’re in league with the children! No, I’m afraid the sun badge stays.

  • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Oh my goodness, that calendar is the cutest thing ever! What a great idea. I may need to attempt one of those someday. Love this post, and how the snowflake kept appearing. I’d be wishing for snow if I could collect a Christmas turkey on a sled, too – sounds wonderful!

    • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 11:24 pm

      I do hope we have snow at Christmas. It really was magical collecting the turkey on Christmas Eve, with my old russian sled. The children loved dragging it up the farm track. Youngest rode up on it and had to make room for the bird on the way back. Its the type of sled that only works on compacted snow, so I’ll be ordering the snow for about a week before and lasting till after Christmas. Not before!

  • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    You are a sneaky mama. Messing with their weather machine! Of course I’m in love with it… Such a beautiful way to encourage observation… and climate control!

    Blessings, Debbie

    • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 11:36 pm

      Oh the plans I make! I never imagined that it would be used as an ordering system. I started making the dates for the calendar, so that they would change that each day and learn the days of the week. I didn’t finish all the numbers needed, but I’m sure the children would have used the dates to create a more complicated ordering system.

  • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    That is a lovely calendar 😀

    We have well over a foot of the stuff and more promised and it’s 12 degrees f …
    erm do you think….could I borrow the sun requester please nicely

    • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      Ha! I would send it by express delivery, but I think you need something more powerful with temperatures like that. Although, I have to admit that it has been an unseasonally warm few days – 60 degress f, so maybe the little sun badge is more effective than I realised!!! 😀 Might be sending it yet!

    • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      Just not yet!! 😀

  • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    That calender is amazing, and my children would also like you to leave the snow badge up.
    They are SO ready for snow this year (even if their parents are not…_).

    • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      All in good time. I’m beginning to feel outvoted here!

  • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Oh I am wishing for it too – a lovely thick blanket that keeps us tucked up by the fire, with short trips out to play and gather snow for ice-cream….maybe in time for Christmas??
    PS – your weather calendar is beautiful, I painted little water colours and laminated them and then we used to stick them on the window…I wish we had thought of a felted one though, it would be so lovely to keep and pass down…xxx

    • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      Yes, Christmas would be good. I’ll be putting the snow badge on to the calendar myself. I just want to enjoy Autumn a little bit longer!

      Like your idea of a painted weather calendar. It must have looked pretty on the window.

  • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Ohhh, I wish I had a weather order machine! What a lovely family tradition 🙂

    • Monday 14 November, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      I can see the advantages of an ordering machine. Not sure what would happen if neighbours ordered differnt weather. Chaos or localised weather. Interesting! 🙂

  • Tuesday 15 November, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I love your weather chart, we made something similar at the nursery I worked in many years ago, one little lad decided it was icecream day and so kept adding the felt icecream van from the fuzzy felt set in the hope of of procuring a Mr. Whippy 99 special.

    I’m with the snow contingency on this one………….adore the snowy weather. xx

    • Tuesday 15 November, 2011 at 9:38 am

      You can’t blame him for trying! I wonder what sparked his imagination.

      I am totally outvoted here! Let’s just wait until December. Pretty please. I’ll be ready for it by then. 🙂

  • Tuesday 15 November, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I love the idea of ordering up the weather! Not enough sunshine here at the moment, definitely – I’ll have some of yours!

    Pomona x

    • Wednesday 16 November, 2011 at 12:30 am

      I think all the switching and the changing has put the weather ordering machine on the blink. We had some sun, but mainly dull and cold. Children are convinced it will snow tomorrow, as someone said so at school.

    • Wednesday 16 November, 2011 at 10:16 am

      With so much snow already, I’m not surprised that you would opt for a slice of summer! Hope you all are keeping warm.

  • Thursday 17 November, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Oh your weather calendar is so adorable Cheryl! I love it and I couldn’t help but giggle when I saw that snow cloud up there in the sky. I would gladly send some of our snow your way *grin*. Your shawl looks lovely in your yarn along post above to. The color is so pretty 🙂

    • Friday 18 November, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      I think my children would be begging for you to send some snow, but I’m still holding out! 😀

      I love the way that the wool is knitting up and the different colours are starting to show. Lovely yarn to knit with.

  • Monday 21 November, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    oh boy! so nice. I love this and all your other creations! nice blog 😀

    • Tuesday 22 November, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks erin. I love crafting. Always have. Fortunately, my children love my crafting creations too.

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