Monday, February 2, 2009

Groundhog Day

It's cloudy with a chilly rain and temperatures in the mid 40's, but when Birmingham Bill is let out of his hidey hole at the Birmingham Zoo in about 20 minutes, there's no way he's going to see his shadow. That's good news because it's supposed to mean an early spring.

Frankly, I'll be glad to get this winter behind us. Although we haven't had any really bad weather, it seems like it's been cloudier and drearier than usual. This must be what it's like to live in Seattle all the time.

Meanwhile, there are other signs that spring is around the corner. Some of the trees in my yard are starting to bud. The daffodils are up and about to bloom, and the forsythia is already in bloom. Of course, we might be celebrating the Frozen Daffodil Festival next week, but for now this is a good sign.

At the small pond near the entrance to our subdivision, the Canada geese are beginning to pair off. Although they are supposed to fly north before mating, we have a flock that hangs around year round and just gets bigger every year.

So I'd like to wish everyone Happy Groundhog Day, and I'd also like to give a shout out to my friends Jan and Larry, who are celebrating their wedding anniversary today. I just wonder what they were thinking. Groundhog Day doesn't sound very romantic for a wedding, and there's another holiday just round the corner.

Happy Anniversary, Jan and Larry!


Malvie said...

Our allergies are off the scale here. The bradfords are turning from white to green, and everything else is in full bud. I can skate another week on the yard, but then I'm going to have to mow again.

I love the South, especially the southernmost parts.

Baumbastic said...

You, Malvie, and StressHog just seem to be rubbing it in. Here in Northeastern Oklahoma it got up into the low 50s today. But it is going to be down in the 20s tonight. It was in the teens last night.

Yuck. I am not a fan of cold weather.

The Walkie Talkie said...

Well, the official ground hog did NOT cooperate. Darn thing saw his shadow. The kids are excited because that means we can paint more snow! I, on the other hand, am MORE than ready for spring which I have heard begins around May around here!

Anonymous said...

kbeau, thanks for the anniversary shout out. You will have to ask Jan about why Groundhog Day and not a little later. But needless to say I have never forgotten our anniversary!!
Larry A. "War Hawg!"