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Did the groundhog see his shadow?
Posted on February 2, 2019 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: General
Today is Groundhog Day.  It has been celebrated in the US and Canada since 1887.  Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow, he'll freak out and rush back into his burrow and spring won't come for 6 more weeks.  Actually, spring comes in 6 weeks anyway, but it's interesting to contemplate the arrival of spring like weather.  
I don't know about you, but we've been anticipating spring ever since winter started!  Sorry...All the seasons are good!  Without a certain number of cold days, we'd have no daffodils. OK, I'll take winter, just on that premise.  
Back to the groundhogs.  They are also called woodchucks, whistle pigs, and various other names.  We have lots of groundhogs  in our neighborhood.  I wish we didn't.  They burrow under decks, under houses, and wreak havoc in the garden.  But they're here, so we just deal with them.  
Ask Mark Mobley about his experience with the groundhogs and his ingenious solution.  I'd tell you, but I'd mess it all up.  I think it involves ammonia and a tennis ball.  Just in case they get under YOUR house, call Mark.
Let's hope that Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow this morning.  Then we can look forward to spring like weather. I'm ready to start planting seeds.
Comment By: Gerry Trout
Posted on February 2, 2019 4:06 PM

I heard that Phil did NOT see his shadow. So if we believe in rodents predicting the weather: we should be looking at an early spring.