Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 1: Lion or Lamb

       Well, my March definitely came in like a lamb. I was up at 1:00 AM and it was clear, calm and minus 11 C (14 F). You have to check this as close to midnight as possible to be accurate. So I guess I can look for some nasty weather at the end of March which wouldn't be a surprise.

     Now I'm always interested in the origin of proverbs like In like a lamb out like a lion. It seems you have lots to chose from when it comes to origins of the proverb. I found a couple of explanations today which are interesting.

    One example is from a time when people believed in spirits and they didn't want to offend the spirits because the spirits could change the weather. They wanted the weather to be balanced. They wanted pleasant weather. Another uses the stars for an explanation. Leo is a rising sign of the horoscope in March. Aries (goat or kid) is rising in April. Kid didn't sound so good so they used lamb. So that's where lion and lamb come from.

     So take your pick. If you don't like these , check the internet and you'll find lots of explanations.

     Now the reason I was up at 1:00AM is that I was awakened by bright flashing lights. No I wasn't sick. When I looked out there were three police cars in my intersection! That got my attention. They had the dog unit and were obviously looking for someone. Now I rarely see a police car in my neighborhood. They don't even drive through to take a look. Crime is rare.

    So I did what I usually do...go right back to bed. Now the Micro Manager just had to watch what was going on. After half an hour she came back to bed and was none the wiser.

    So maybe my March didn't come in like a lamb because of all the police action.


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  1. I'm curious who the police were looking for.

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    1. I have no idea. Our media doesn't hype crime so the level of interest is pretty low. Our crime rate has gone down for the last 20 years.

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  2. The astrological explanation makes sense.
    Our March definitely came in like a Lion! One vicious squall after another, high winds with each new front, trees down and power out in the area. Roar!

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  3. Here it started like a lamb, but we have a snowstorm moving in overnight.

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    1. Well, I'll take the start of your day!

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  4. Wow. Now that's excitement. You'll need to get going on neighborhood gossip and fill us in on the rest of the story.

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    1. Crime is not a big deal here. We have no idea who or what they were looking for.

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  5. I was going to say flashing lights outside my house would have me interested. But then I remembered a couple of years ago a neighbour asked me what the police had been doing going around my house with torches (flashlights) at 2 am the night before. I had to admit I had slept through any or all noise. It was weeks before we found out what had been going on! 01 March here was still, no wind, hot and humid. Is that lamb or lion?

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    1. I'd say your march was a lamb. With my hearing, I probably wouldn't catch them even if they were in the house.

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  6. uh oh. drug activity, i'm guessing! that's what our k-9s are mostly used for.

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  7. Interesting! You'll have to let us know what was up!

    Our March has been more lamb than lion, too, although it's been rainy and blustery yesterday and today.

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    1. We'll never know what's up as there is very seldom anything in the media.

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  8. I am not familiar with the proverb and don't quite understand but to see the police in your area in the middle of the night can be very frightening.

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    1. I would think that you have something in dutch which is similar. The police in the night are not frightening. Nothing really bad is going to happen.

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  9. Curious, isn't it? I love knowing what is going on. We are having a snow storm...

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    1. Yes, there's some curiosity but you know we'll never hear anything about it.

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  10. Wonder what was going on. Maybe you'll find out in the paper this morning. Our March sure did come in like a lion, so I'm expecting the lamb to show itself later on. :-)

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    1. Crime is not big issue in our media. I heard that you had a nasty blow on the coast.

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  11. Having lots of lambs at the farm, but colder than ever today. It just went through me yesterday.

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    1. Well, I'm not as tough as I used to be when it comes to cold weather.

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    2. Well, I'm not as tough as I used to be when it comes to cold weather.

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    3. Yes, I don't weather the cold very well at this age.

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  12. yep, we want the rest of the story. My March was a beautiful day indeed. Shirtsleeve weather and snow is almost gone again from last hurricane type weather last week. Aah, to see the ground again is indeed lovely, so going out for another long walk. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. Well, you know that very little is reported in our media. You've had a lot of snow to melt this year.

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  13. I would not be able to go back to sleep worried that some bad guy was in the neighborhood, but I would guess they might knock on doors if that was the case. Such a frightening thing in a quiet neighborhood. Pat those brave men on the back for being out in the cold and dark protecting you.

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    1. Whether they caught the bad guy or not, I'm sure they scared the crap out of him.

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  14. Definitely a lamb in the southeast corner of South Carolina. The lion is roaring today though. You can hardly stand up against the wind.

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    1. Things change very quickly in March.

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  15. Hmmmm...an exciting night! Wonder if it was drug-related as TexWis mentioned ??

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    1. It could be anything. Not much is reported here so we probably won't know anything about it.

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  16. Well we did not have any gentle Lamb for March. We had howling winds and snow and ice last night. Grrrrrrrrr

    I put on another blog last night.Three new ones. Only I have screwed up where I thought bloggers could see it. Well going to have to sit back and wait till my mind starts to be back to normal. If ever. I wish I was savvy in doing things. Grrrrrrrr Technology wise.

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    1. Sounds like you had a very severe winter storm.

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  17. March came in here quietly without any bad weather or police action, thankfully.

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    1. So everything is quiet all around. Nice way to have it.

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  18. We were expecting a snowstorm today yesterday evening or this morning but it never came. The storm changed direction and we were spared! So instead we got a cold but wonderfully sunny day! Did you ever find out what was going on in your neighbourhood?

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    1. Well, you won this time. Severe winter storms are not fun.

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  19. I'm probably more like your micro manager and would be looking out the window too. I'm glad your March started out more or less like a lamb. My daughter says it was 8 degrees yesterday in Chicago. She sent me a photo of snow on the playground.

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  20. Actually most of the days in Hawaii are like the lamb, I guess.

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  21. We had weather like a Lion so I am looking forward to the end of the month! You had some excitement!! :)

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