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