Now that spring is truly here, do you think it might be possible to put a temporary end to the snowflakes that continue to fall on the forum? They can be welcomed back in the late fall...but right now we need some signs of spring to give us all hope...
It is still rather cold in the Netherlands as if winter is still there. We have many sayings about months in the Netherlands.
We left March behind us, here a few funny sayings about March:
- March winds and April showers Bring forth May flowers.
- As it rains in March so it rains in June.
- As much fog as there is in March, there will be just as many thunderstorms in the summer.
- As much fog as there is in March, as much rain there will be after Easter.
- If there is a northern wind on the day of spring (March 20), it will continue for seven more weeks.
- Even if there is spring weather on March 25, there often will be a cold spell after.
- If it thunders in the dry wood, the whole summer will be cold.
- If it is clear on St. Joseph day (March 19), one can expect a good year.
- If March is mild, April will be cold.
- When it thunders in March, in May snow will cover the earth.
- If March gives April weather, April will have March weather.
- When March and April are a let-down, May does it for both.
- When the crocuses flower early, they will fight the cold.
- When the trees flower twice in a row, the winter will stretch until May.
- If the spiders are diligently weaving outside, we will have good weather.
- A dry March and a wet May Fill barns and bays with corn and hay.
- March is stirring its tail (meaning it can be mild weather or cold winter like weather)
And now April. 1 April is always April fools day in the Netherlands. People have become very creative and funny to fool colleagues and friends.
- He is playing an April Fool’s joke on her
- She falls for it
- He calls: “April Fool!”
- First of April, frog in your bottom! (Een april, kikker in je bil)
- April does as it likes (April doet wat ie wil) ( the month is unpredictable in the Dutch sea climate. it can go all directions. Real spring, a tail of nasty winter, an autumn storm without the coloured yellow, orange, red, brown and black leaves in the trees and on the ground, or it can be suddenly summerly hot or dreadful rainy like the UK😉😁)
- If April is clear and dry, May will be wilder. (April klaar en rein, mei zal des te wilder zijn.)
- A dry April is followed by a wet summer. ( Op een droge april, een natte zomer volgen wil.
- If the beetles come up in April, there will be cold in May. ( Als in April de kevers ontstaan, dan zal mei van de kou vergaan.)
- A northern wind in April and May, makes August and September happy. (Noorden wind in april en mei, maakt augustus en september blij.)
And especially for Jeanne, who longs for the Spring, here a few translated Dutch proverbs:
- One swallow does not make a spring. (Een zwaluw maakt de lente niet.)
- Having grass in the knees. (Meaning: Suffering from spring fatigue.) ( Het gras in de knieen hebben.)
- A new spring, a new sound. (Een nieuwe lente, een nieuw geluid.)
Dutch sayings that are very funny translated into English!
Irritation of lady who waits for a typical Dutch New Years eve delicatesse is impatient, because she has to wait for to long. The row has no progress in getting smaller. Dutch: "Die oiliebollen liggen daar maar. Het schiet voor geen meter op!"
Dutch: "Ik heb een jetleg van hier tot Tokyo, niet meer normaal meer man."
Some Dutch proverbs become vulgar if you translate them. In Dutch: "Wat een hondeweer. Ja, het regent pijpenstelen." (In Dutch it spounds totally innocent, in English translation it has the sexual connotation, what makes it funny)
Translated in the original Dutch: "Houdt het nou nooit op met regenen? Ja, ik ben er mooi klaar mee."
Dutch: "Harry, er klopt geen hout van je antwoorden." Asnwer: "Het zal me een worst wezen wat jij daarvan vindt." (English: You answers ar very wrong. Answer: "I don't care what you think about that.' (a saying that describes indifference)
Dutch: "Ha ha, jij ging goed onderuit zeg, gaat het een beetje?" Answer: "Ja, hoor, maar ik sta nu wel voor lul zeg," ("Ha ha, that was a heavy fall there, are you okay?", Answer: "Yes, but I made a fool out of myself, didn't I?")
With all this humor being shared, I thought I'd share these reflections a friend sent me on the current stay-at-home way of life that many people are experiencing now. I imagine most of these apply to places other than just the U.S.:
Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem. > > > > I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe. > > > > I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator. > > > > Still haven't decided where to go for Easter ----- The Living Room or The Bedroom > > > > PSA: every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom. > > > > Home-schooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job. > > > > I don't think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we'd go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone > > > > This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog..... we laughed a lot. > > > > So, after this quarantine.....will the producers of My 600 Pound Life just find me or do I find them? > > > > Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business. > > > > My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet. > > Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat. > > > > I'm so excited --- it's time to take out the garbage. What should I wear? > > > > I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to ‘’Puerto Backyarda’’. I'm getting tired of ‘’Los Livingroom’’. > > > > Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun. > > > > Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said "I hope I don't have the same teacher next year".... I'm offended. > > > > Better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under…. > >
So, I guess I was asking a bit prematurely when I requested Bonobo to take the floating snowflakes off the forum... That was back on April 5th. Today is May 9th and there are snowflakes in the air where I live in northeastern U.S.! The view I see from my window looks very similar to the view I see on the forum!