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Day 380: Groundhog Day

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Or Candlemas, as the old church calendar would have it.

"Away in a meadow all covered with snow
The little old groundhog looks for his shadow.
The clouds in the sky determine our fate
If winter will leave us all early or late."
--Don Halley

"A wet February, a wet Spring." --proverb

"If a hedgehog casts a shadow at noon, Winter will return." --old English saying

"I'm a little groundhog, it's my day.
Wake and stretch, go out and play.
Down in my burrow, down so deep,
Time to wake, from my long winter's sleep.

"Grumble, grumble, scratch, scratch, grunt, grunt, yawn.
I'll eat my breakfast in your front lawn.
I'm a little groundhog, it's my day.
Wake up and stretch, go out and play."


According to the old English saying:

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.

From Scotland:

If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There'll be two winters in the year.

From Germany:

For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day,
So far will the snow swirl until May.
For as the snow blows on Candlemas Day,
So far will the sun shine before May.

And from America:

If the sun shines on Groundhog Day;
Half the fuel and half the hay.

If the sun made an appearance on Candlemas Day, an animal would cast a shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of Winter. Germans watched a badger for the shadow. In Pennsylvania, the groundhog, upon waking from mid-Winter hibernation, was selected as the replacement.

www.groundhog.org - 'The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club'

Today I put a 'raincloud' as my ticker icon. Why? 'cause it would suit me just fine (oh, would it ever!) if the groundhog sees no shadow, stays out, and declares spring has arrived. The older I get, the colder I get.

That's it from me. Off to do battle with menu, grocery list, errands and shopping. I'll come back with my shield - or on it. Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem!

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    Ground hog day is special to me as one of my daughters was born on Feb 2
    3225 days ago
    Yesterday the temperature dropped to -13 (C) and it is said it will be -15 during weekend...I absolutely HATE it! Dont want to get out at old.
    3225 days ago
    Holy cow Miss Kasey---- nice to have you back in the "'World of the Living"" so to speak---on this infamous Groundhog Day--LOL--- Won't it be some nice to feel the sun and see Spring?--Feb. is a tough month, me says---In my books, I just don't look outside too much in Feb---just do the library stuff--the TV---maybe cook----play with the puppy--- Hey--- maybe you need an puppy--LOL-----So--life goes on here too---I need yer blogs tho--Lynda-near the Noth Pole!--in da bush!!
    3225 days ago
    LOL Cute!
    3226 days ago
    Interesting...although it's been so warm here throughout most of the winter, it's like spring is already here! So wouldn't you know it? First not-cloudy day we've had in ages, and that dang groundhog sees his shadow! I'm with you. Time to kick this sad, drab excuse for winter to the curb and welcome springtime!
    3226 days ago
    Hope your day has been a happy one, Kasey... thanks for the bits and pieces of Ground Hog lore!

    3226 days ago
    Interesting tidbits from around the world---nice to see one of your posts again.
    3226 days ago
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    Punxsutawney Phil say's "Happy Groundhog Day!!!" We are still waiting for winter in Southern California... I doubt he'll see his shadow today so spring will be early and old man winter can sleep 'til next year.
    3226 days ago
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