Saturday, February 2, 2008

"Happy Groundhogs Day"........

Today is the day set aside for when the Groundhog named "Punxsutawney Phil" will come out of his Groundhog house at "sunrise," take a look around and depending on whether he does or doesn't see "his shadow" will thus predict when the world can expect spring.

Amazing....I know.

If Phil sees his shadow, the "legend" of the Groundhog is that that we can expect six more weeks of winter weather. No shadow indicates an early spring.

My sister Jenny in Iowa called me the other night on her way home from work in Nebraska....she told me that "IF that stupid Groundhog didn't see his shadow she was sooooo going after him."
In not so nice of words I might add.
I had totally forgotten that "Groundhogs Day" was even upon us.

But to people in the cold north.....I suppose might consider just "WHAT" that Groundhog might be seeing..."shadow wise" and all.
You see......she was just a tad bit...ummm...."frozen and frustrated."
It was at minus 20 below wind chill where she was at that night. Plus she had for some reason cracked her window in her car and it had snowed and she had a pile of snow in her car. Brrrrrrr!

My husband had talked to a lady on the phone in Minnesota that same day and she told my husband it was -50 below wind chill there.

Tonight my Aunt Pat in Missouri sent me an e-mail and in it she mentioned that they were having a "dinner party" for "Groundhogs Day" tomorrow night. She said that her husband's Father used to have one every year so they were upholding the "family tradition."
I love that.

I wrote her back and gave her some "menu ideas" and decorating hints on how to put up some various "Groundhog" decorations and such.
That would be fun.

Not sure how this all got started.....but I think it's time to stop this train.

Check the news tomorrow and see how soon "Spring" will be knocking on your door in your local areas depending on Mr. Groundhog.

I wonder...."does this weather forecast work for all of America or just for Pennsylvania?"


Valentine Hearts said...

Hi Joyce,

How strange, I was looking at my aol calender and it has American and English holidays etc on there. 'Groundhog' was on there and I didn't know what it was. Thanks for enlightening learn something new each day, is very true! Jackie x

Counting Your Blessings said...

That's what I was wondering too. Obviously, it's going to be more Spring-like in the southern states than in the Midwest. Oh well, I think "Phil" is about as accurate as the weathermen =) Blessings... Polly

Alice said...

Unfortunately, he saw his shadow this morning so six more weeks of winter. I'm honestly trying to appreciate this winter season but I sure do find appreciating summer a whole lot easier.

Mary said...

Wednesday was a terrible day here in Ontario. The winds were wicked - hurricane force and it was bitter cold. It was sunny this morning but haven't heard if Wireton Willy, Ontario's groundhog saw his shadow or not.

Since Easter is early, I think we will have an early spring - at least I'm hoping. I've had enough of winter for this year. LOL


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Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Hello! Just popped by to say hello, saw your comment somewhere else. That is the cutest ground hog I've ever seen!


Jan Parrish said...

Joyce - they say Phil is only 35% right so I'm guessing he had an off day and spring is just around the corner.

We had thunder snow yesterday. It was weird and freaky. I am longing for spring now more than ever.