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Happy Friday the 13th!!

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Happy Friday the 13th!! Do you have Paraskevidekatriaphobia or just the run of the mill Triskaidekaphobia?

It’s been estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they would normally do. .. You could always stay home and cuddle-up with your internet device and read Midwestern Plants all day!! =-)

Traditionally in numerology, 12 is considered the number of completeness: the 12 signs of the zodiac, the 12 Apostles, 12 hours of the clock, the 12 tribes of Israel, the 12 days of Christmas – the list goes on. The number 13 is considered a transgression, or going beyond completeness.

There are many historical tales as to why either Friday or the number 13 are bad news:

  • Frigga (Frigg) The Norse love goddess and wife of Odin, was worshiped on the sixth day of the week. Christians though of Frigga as a witch, thus considered Friday to be the witches’ day.
  • Another Norse legend tells of one fine day in Valhalla, home to the 12 Norse gods, a party was taking place.  Loki (the trickster) crashed the party (13th guest) and arranged for Hoder (the blind god of darkness) to kill Baldr (the beautiful god of light) with a mistletoe-tipped arrow, his only way to die. After Baldr’s death, the world got dark and mourned the death of the god. Since then, the number 13 has been associated with gloom and doom.
  • Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and The Last Supper was believed to be attended by thirteen people. The thirteenth being Judas. (That story sounds familiar?)
  • Eve’s offering the apple to Adam in the Garden of Eden, supposedly happened on a Friday.
  • Chaucer even alluded to Friday as a day on which bad things seemed to happen in the Canterbury Tales as far back as the late 14th century (“And on a Friday fell all this mischance”), but references to Friday as a day connected with ill luck generally start to show up in Western literature around the mid-17th century: “Now Friday came, you old wives say, Of all the week’s the unluckiest day.”   (1656)

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The list goes on and on. Opposed to dwelling on the past, what can be done to avoid the curse of Friday the Thirteenth? Maybe try starting out your Friday with one of these folklore curse remedies*:

  • Climb to the top of a mountain or skyscraper and burn all the socks you own that have holes in them
  • Stand on your head and eat a piece of gristle
  • Greeks think sponge baths cure you of curses
  • Spitting on the person or thing causing the curse will rid it
  • Place a black candle into the black bowl, fix the candle to the bowl using the wax
    drippings from the candle so that it stands alone.
    Fill the bowl to the rim with fresh water, without wetting the wick.

    Breathe deeply and meditate for a few minutes.
    When your mind is clear, light the candle.
    Visualize the power the spell cast against you as living within the candles flame.
    As the candle burns down, it will sputter and go out as it touches the water.
    As it is extinguished by the water, the curse is broken.
    Finally, dig a hole into the ground, pour the water into it, then bury the candle.
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Dr. Donald Dossey, author of “Holiday Folklore, Phobias and Fun: Mythical Origins, Scientific Treatments,” thinks he’s found the cure. Once a sufferer learns how to pronounce “paraskavedekatriaphobia,” he said in an interview with NPR, they’re magically cured.
Maybe The Cure is the Cure?
*These were researched answers I found on the internet. Thus, since I found these on the internet, they surely must be true and factual.
 =-) Ilex Farrell

12/12/2016 ~ 1,000 Posts For Ilex!

twodogsGood day Friends of Midwestern Plants!!

On March 10th, 2013, I started Midwestern Plants with my first post. The only ‘LIKE’ on it (to this day) is from my hubby 😉

I started this blog to build a portfolio of work to break into freelance writing, along with a photo library of Midwestern plants. I didn’t really think of making any money from the blog or even building a following, let alone find some really cool friends here!!

I shopped free blog sites and settled on WordPress. It was easy to figure out and they even had a nice app to use (I’m an app-fanatic!!)  This was to be my first use of a ‘social media’ type site. Suffice to say, I’m not a fan of Facebook or other social media, due to many reasons that I won’t go into now.  I think FB can be a rude, unsupportive place for a writer.

Although, I was worried that WP could turn into FB, I was pleasantly surprised that after 4 years of blogging, I’ve only had maybe 1 or 2 ‘troll’ comments. And on the other hand, I have made so many friends here!!! Not only have I met friends, I’ve gotten so much encouragement, support, camaraderie, ideas, praise, laughs… I can’t imagine my life without all of you! =-D

On January 12th 2015, I wrote my 500th post. Seems like I’m on par for about 250 posts per year. It was January, so I had just gotten my report from WP with my ‘crunchy numbers’ (WP term). I don’t look at these kind of stats on a regular basis, however I do like to read this year end report. My ‘Top 5’ of read posts hasn’t changed much since then, however the folks that are following and commenting has changed a lot. Out of the 14 folks I mentioned in my 500th post (2 years ago), only 6 are still actively blogging. Some of the folks I follow posted that they were taking a break for whatever reason, however others have just disappeared. I always wonder what has happened to stop someone who’s posted daily for years to just disappear. Did they get a full time writing job? (YES!!!) Taken by aliens? Joined a cult?  Lost in a forest? Got caught with kiddie porn? Die? Ironically, the kiddie porn one kinda happened! A blogger I followed had an outstanding warrant for touching kiddies and was extradited back to his home country. =-( And he seemed so NORMAL to me =-O Another woman told me that she had contracted a stalker and had to quit posting, so this person wouldn’t learn more about her.

The internet can be a scary and peaceful place at the same time. Although I don’t post photos of myself and am somewhat anonymous, I have physically met a few fellow bloggers. We had followed each other for a while, so I was not nervous to meet them. I would also love to meet others in the future. Many bloggers in my circle are local, however some are from islands very far away. Maybe one day I will do some puddle jumping 😉

I want to pay tribute to some awesome fellow bloggers that sure make blogging worth it for me. Although I can’t thank everyone I follow personally, I do want to say, THANK YOU all for the comments, the laughs, the support, the tears, the wisdom and the friendship I get from all of you! ❤ ❤ ❤

Travels with Choppy: I just can’t get enough of Choppy’s outfits and celebrations of holidays we all should learn (Letter Writing Day! Who knew?!?) Even tho he’s a cat, Schooner is pretty funny also. And now that #@}0*%ing ELF?! I never know what else I’ll be laughing at next being subscribed to her blog!!

Thanks Sarah, for making me have to change my pants after I’ve pissed them from laughing… One of these days, the fur kids have to meet… Schooner? Probably not 😉

Mad Cap Dog: Scifihammy has me in stitches, whether it be from her Sunday musings or the antics of her Little Monkey! She also keeps me sane with the beautiful, warm, colorful landscapes of Cape Town, while all I see is white 😛 She chills out to my snow posts, so it’s a win/win!

Scifi, I love ya! I’m so glad someone gets my Star Trek references… otherwise I’d be hearing crickets. Thanks for always letting me know you’ll be out for a bit. I would seriously miss ya, if you just dropped off. Dropped off writing, I meant 😉

Easy Weimaraner: I’m beside myself as I write this. Two weeks ago, Easy left us for the Rainbow Bridge. There will never be another Easy. He was hilarious, from his classroom teachings to his indoor snow creations. His staff are equally funny, as Dad can’t stop injuring himself and Mom can’t stop shopping.

Kathy & Mark, I can’t say enough how missed Easy will be, butt time will heal the wounds.

Mongolope: Mongo is a Labrador Retriever that lives with his family in Seattle, Washington. Mongo usually gets in a lot of trouble due to his appetite. He is very smart, however very food driven also. My favorite thing Mongo does is fetch the paper, how cool is that? Be sure to read about Mongo’s first Halloween… You’ll be in stitches!!

Mongo’s Dad, Love the stories you tell about your buddy, Mongo! He is so much fun to read about and sure has some, um, interesting habits 😉

Eddie Two Hawks: Eddie posts wonderful photos of plants from a tropical, Florida location, along with beautiful pieces of wisdom. The photos excite my eyes and the quotes make me think.

Eddie, Thank you for all the wisdom you have brought to my life. I always feel warm and fuzzy after reading your posts. Your photos bring back memories of all the tropical plants I had in my yard while living down there.

THANK YOU!!

I’m not sure what directions all of us are going, however I am so glad to have met you all and share what time we have on this big, blue marble. Lastly, I share with you a favorite tidbit about friendship:

Friends are in your life for a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime:

When someone is in your life for a reason, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. S/he has come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

S/he is there to meet a need. Then without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, s/he will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes s/he dies. Sometimes s/he walks away. Sometimes s/he acts up or out and forces you to take a stand. What we must realize is that the need has been met.

When a person comes into your life for a season, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. S/he may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. S/he may teach you something you have never done. S/he usually gives you an unbelievable amount of joy.

Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons. Those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. You must accept the lesson, love the person/people anyway, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Why I’m a Libertarian

“I was once asked what I wanted from my country, I said ‘Nothing’.” Ilex Farrell

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I don’t like discussing politics with folks, as I feel it’s always going to end in an argument, well unless I’m talking with another Libertarian. It’s tough being a Libertarian. There are not many of us, Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate in the 2012 elections only received 1,275,821 votes (about 1% of the popular vote), compared to the 60 odd million votes both the Republican & Democratic candidates received. I do feel folks are more Libertarian than they think. Want to find out? Click here and take the test; I got a 123.

Still not quite sure what a Libertarian is? Here’s a tid-bit from the Libertarian Platform Preamble:

“As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives, and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others. We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized. Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.”

libertarian-memeI want everyone to be able to do what they want to do, of course, without hurting anyone else. It’s as simple as following the Golden Rule! Self governing. Most normal folks know what’s right and wrong. I don’t want a government telling me what I need to do, without giving me an option. If I don’t want to buy health insurance, pay for schools I have no children in, drive with a seat belt, save for my retirement, or if I want to own a gun, use drugs, sell my body, try untested medical treatments, have an abortion, etc…. So be it. I shouldn’t be forced to do ANYTHING or stopped from doing ANYTHING.

There are a few points that I differ with the party. I do believe in the security of the country. I would pay a fee to keep our borders safe, including a ‘non-open’ immigration plan. There would need to be some sort of policing, whether private or taxed. That is pretty much the short list for disagreements with the Libertarian Party.

Year after year, the rules and viewpoints of others have squashed things I believe to be my right. These violated rights of mine are just the beginning. The government will soon find something on YOUR list of believed rights and test your faith in our two-party government. In the end, it will be a long time before we have a Libertarian POTUS. However, I really want to see one before I croak.

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© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Send in the Clowns

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John Wayne Gacy, a REAL Creepy clown.

As Halloween gets closer, I couldn’t help but write about the ‘Creepy Clown Craze’ that has now even made it’s presence across the pond!! My experience with clowns has been 50/50. I grew-up watching a Chicago live program called ‘Bozo’s Circus’ with Bozo & Cookie Clowns. How could you not love these redheaded jesters??

On the flip-flop, I also grew-up during the 70’s hearing about the local serial killer John Wayne Gacy that dressed as ‘Pogo the Clown’ for local fundraisers. Gacy murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men, and was nicknamed the ‘Killer Clown’. Now THIS GUY was a real, creepy clown.

In High School, I was talked into going to a midnight showing of ‘IT’, by a very cute boy. I don’t think I would have gone had I not been smitten with him. The nightmares from the movie lasted longer than our relationship! Ha! Even now, after all these years, I still can’t look at a drain in the same way.

I know many folks must be coulrophobic, or the movie would have flopped. Marketing gurus from the upcoming IT 2 movie have clearly stated had the clowns not been bothering children, this would have been a great ad campaign, however they can’t claim it as theirs.

The hubbub over clowns also has Ronald McDonald keeping a low profile.

Sociologist Robert Bartholomew from the Botany College in New Zealand has studied mass hysteria for years, and said the current clown scare is a result of two things in the U.S.: social media and a fear of otherness, whether it arrives in a limo or a refugee boat.

“Social media plays a pivotal role in spreading these rumor-panics which travel around the globe in the blink of an eye,” he said. “They are part of a greater moral panic about the fear of strangers and terrorists in an increasingly urban, impersonal, and unpredictable world.”

I found another view that I agree with more… I call it ‘Mob Mentality’, however the correct term is Social Contagion: when somebody does something unusual or out of the ordinary and it affects other people’s thinking. Think Monkey see, monkey do.

Copycat clowns are likely motivated by the idea of getting attention and making it into the news. They have seen the attention other clowns are receiving and want to experience the same.

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This was at a campground.

Bill Indick, a professor of psychology at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, who specializes in media psychology, agrees that attention-seeking behavior is one explanation. However, he also thinks the media is to blame.

“The media propagates it, creates it, feeds it and at a certain point, gets tired of it. The media then digests it and eliminates it. And just as quickly as it started, it’s over.”

In the end, there are many young folks making huge mistakes following this craze. Two 14-year-old girls from Fresno, California were arrested in connection with threatening to shoot up schools in Fresno – all the while making references to clowns. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the threats were serious and deemed to be felonies.

“Their future is ruined because of something this stupid,” he told reporters.

First there were vampires, then aliens, then clowns… what will be next? Furries??
© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Dump Shit Here ~~~>

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) claims this was an ‘honest mistake’. Seriously? How does ANYONE think dumping shit on the ground is OK*?!? Excusing something like this is why this country is going to hell in a handbasket. I would have thrown the driver……….. (wait for it) UNDER THE BUS on this one and said, “Sorry we hired a moron to drive our bus, it won’t happen again.”

The whole situation reminded me of one of my favorite Christmas movies.

*EDDIE DOES!!! HaHa!!!

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Steve Marsh Loses Bid for Review In High Courts – Boo Monsanto!

I originally posted this in February 2014.

A couple days ago, Steve Marsh loss his last appeal in the Australian courts. Seems the courts think it’s OK for contaminates to spoil organic land. Those Monsanto butthead’s are cheering. I’m too angry to post the details. The link has a detailed article.

Original Post:

I grow all organic in my personal veggie garden. Why? Because I feel there is no reason to use harsh chemicals in my vegetable garden and do not want to be eating these same chemicals. Before I go on, I must say that I do believe there is a time and place for pesticides. I do have my pesticide certification for my area, as even an organic farmer must have. Natural areas have some highly invasive weeds to contend with. IPM (Integrated Pest Management) aids widespread infestation of these weeds/insects by allowing stewards to apply pesticides responsibly.

So why has eating, a basic need of life, become so difficult nowadays? The warning information stated on Monsanto’s web site should be enough to sway any health seeking individual not to eat these foods, but surely the information is written to make the chemicals seem tame. For comparison, here is Roundup’s warning label. Yes, the food grown by Monsanto is edible, however, many folks can and will develop medical issues they will suffer from and NEVER think to blame the food they are ingesting. Many will go to their Western medicine doctors, who will order expensive tests and prescribe lifelong medications to treat the symptoms to no avail. But just think. If these folks were to just STOP eating vegetables laced with Roundup (among other chemicals) maybe their rashes, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues, etc. would miraculously disappear!

At the VERY LEAST, we consumers should have a choice if we don’t want to ingest chemicals or genetically modified foods (GMO’s), and Monsanto seems to be telling us WE DON’T!

Monday, Steve Marsh, an organic grower will be going to court on this topic. Please sign the petition (via the link below) to help stop Monsanto from interfering with organic farmers everywhere!

Here is the story from The Sum of Us, a great bunch of fiesty folks fighting for our rights!

imageA threat to an organic farmer anywhere, is a threat to all organic farmers everywhere!

Next week, an important case is being heard halfway around the world in Western Australia about organic farmer Steve Marsh, whose organic field was contaminated by his neighbor’s genetically engineered canola. As a result,Steve lost his organic certification and as much as 70% of his Steve’s farm has been contaminated with Monsanto’s patented genes.

In 2010, Steve’s neighbor planted Monsanto’s GMO Roundup Ready canola in a field next to his organic canola and it wasn’t long before Steve discovered that his organic crop had been contaminated. With clever fine print in their seed contracts, Monsanto is not legally liable for their patented genes contaminating an organic farmer’s field due to their “no liability” agreement they force farmers who plant their GMO seeds to sign.

As a result, Steve’s farm income and family’s livelihood has been put at risk. He could literally lose everything.

Please join us and stand with organic farmer Steve Marsh to protect the rights of organic farmers everywhere! Every voice counts!

Dear Honourable President and members of the Australian Senate,

I stand with organic farmer Steve Marsh in his effort to protect his farm and family’s economic livelihood from unwanted contamination by Monsanto’s patented genes.

I’m outraged that an organic farmer’s fields can become contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops and that farmer not only loses their certification, but there is no legal recourse to protect them or pay for their economic loses.

It’s important that the Senate hold an inquiry into the post-commercialization impacts of existing regulated genetically engineered crops and provide legal protections and economic compensation for organic farmers whose crops become contaminated.

Farmers and citizens alike deserve to know the impacts that GMO crops and food have on environmental and human health and create laws based on transparency and precaution.

 

Happy Friday the 13th!!

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Happy Friday the 13th!! Do you have Paraskevidekatriaphobia or just the run of the mill Triskaidekaphobia?

It’s been estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they would normally do. .. You could always stay home and cuddle-up with your internet device and read Midwestern Plants all day!! =-)

Traditionally in numerology, 12 is considered the number of completeness: the 12 signs of the zodiac, the 12 Apostles, 12 hours of the clock, the 12 tribes of Israel, the 12 days of Christmas – the list goes on. The number 13 is considered a transgression, or going beyond completeness.

There are many historical tales as to why either Friday or the number 13 are bad news:

  • Frigga (Frigg) The Norse love goddess and wife of Odin, was worshiped on the sixth day of the week. Christians though of Frigga as a witch, thus considered Friday to be the witches’ day.
  • Another Norse legend tells of one fine day in Valhalla, home to the 12 Norse gods, a party was taking place.  Loki (the trickster) crashed the party (13th guest) and arranged for Hoder (the blind god of darkness) to kill Baldr (the beautiful god of light) with a mistletoe-tipped arrow, his only way to die. After Baldr’s death, the world got dark and mourned the death of the god. Since then, the number 13 has been associated with gloom and doom.
  • Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and The Last Supper was believed to be attended by thirteen people. The thirteenth being Judas. (That story sounds familiar?)
  • Eve’s offering the apple to Adam in the Garden of Eden, supposedly happened on a Friday.
  • Chaucer even alluded to Friday as a day on which bad things seemed to happen in the Canterbury Tales as far back as the late 14th century (“And on a Friday fell all this mischance”), but references to Friday as a day connected with ill luck generally start to show up in Western literature around the mid-17th century: “Now Friday came, you old wives say, Of all the week’s the unluckiest day.”   (1656)

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The list goes on and on. Opposed to dwelling on the past, what can be done to avoid the curse of Friday the Thirteenth? Maybe try starting out your Friday with one of these folklore curse remedies*:

  • Climb to the top of a mountain or skyscraper and burn all the socks you own that have holes in them
  • Stand on your head and eat a piece of gristle
  • Greeks think sponge baths cure you of curses
  • Spitting on the person or thing causing the curse will rid it
  • Place a black candle into the black bowl, fix the candle to the bowl using the wax
    drippings from the candle so that it stands alone.
    Fill the bowl to the rim with fresh water, without wetting the wick.

    Breathe deeply and meditate for a few minutes.
    When your mind is clear, light the candle.
    Visualize the power the spell cast against you as living within the candles flame.
    As the candle burns down, it will sputter and go out as it touches the water.
    As it is extinguished by the water, the curse is broken.
    Finally, dig a hole into the ground, pour the water into it, then bury the candle.

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Dr. Donald Dossey, author of “Holiday Folklore, Phobias and Fun: Mythical Origins, Scientific Treatments,” thinks he’s found the cure. Once a sufferer learns how to pronounce “paraskavedekatriaphobia,” he said in an interview with NPR, they’re magically cured.
Maybe The Cure is the Cure?
*These were researched answers I found on the internet. Thus, since I found these on the internet, they surely must be true and factual.
 =-) Ilex Farrell

It Happened in My Hood – The Conclusion

Early last September, some of you may remember a post I wrote about a Fox Lake police officer (Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz) getting shot and killed less than two miles from where I work. The story that day was of a police officer getting gunned down by three men and the assailants escaped on foot with his service revolver. I remember when my boss called to tell me what was going on. He told me to lock all the doors, gates and don’t let anyone I don’t know in. It was about that time I wished I had my concealed carry license… The ride home through Fox Lake was like a war zone. Every police acronym was there, along with every news station and supporters with #policelivesmatter signs.

Days later, the funeral brought 1500 municipalities together from the whole nation. You couldn’t drive through Fox Lake without seeing signs like, “Joe Mattered” or “RIP G.I. Joe” or the many blue ribbons flying from everything. The man was loved by his community.

A few days later, when the coroner’s report didn’t rule out suicide, the community was in an uproar. Many higher-up officials berated the coroner for his findings. Family swore this was not something he could do. His wife said they had planned vacations and a future, that’s not something a suicidal person does. (She knows nothing about suicide, does she?) Facts started to surface; Why was he out there so early? Where was the other gun? Why the late call for back-up?

Then the conspiracy theories started to rise to the surface. One was that Gliniewicz was to testify against two recently put-on-leave officers and the Fox Lake chief of police. Another had him involved in drugs. He had even impregnated a sixteen year old, in yet another media story. It was also rumored that he was murdered by fellow officers.

In the end,  Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz’s death was ruled a suicide. He shot himself once in the vest and one just to the side, which was the fatal shot. Turns out it was him that was under investigation. Gliniewicz had been stealing and laundering thousands of dollars from the police department’s youth auxiliary program for personal purchases, the department said. The purchases included gym memberships, porn websites, and mortgage payments.

His wife will not get his pension. Many charities are demanding their money back from the family. (Why exactly did she deserve charity anyway??) She swears she didn’t know.

Us local taxpayers are also enjoying our $300,000 bill for the frivolous manhunt we endured that day.

In this case, this man was the biggest coward ever to choose suicide. He should have just admitted his crime and took his own punishment instead of placing it on his wife, family and the community.

Katy Did

imageWho walked up the tree?

Katy did, Katy did!

Who’s grown up to look like a leaf?

Katy did, Katy did!

Who’s turned a beautiful green?

Katy did, Katy did!

Who heard things through her front feet?

Katy did, Katy did!

Who accused a young woman of murder*?

Katy did, Katy did!

 

*There once was a beautiful maiden named Katy who fell in love with a handsome man. She loved him with all of her heart and only wanted to please him. Fate turned against her and the handsome man fell in love with her sister. The pain of seeing them together was too much for her and in a fit of jealous anger she killed them both. No one in town would have ever believed she killed them but the insects turned against her. Telling the towns people Katy did it Katy did it.

Some other Katydid folklore:

  • Katydids sing to bring in cold weather.
  • Three months from the first katydid chirp, there will be frost.
  • The earlier in the summer you hear the katydids, the earlier the first frost will be that fall.
  • The first katydid you hear in July, it’ll frost on the same day of the month in September.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl