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Happy Groundhog Day

I always feel a bit sorry for the poor groundhog. It is happily ensconsed in his den hibernating the winter away and here come people grasping it around the middle, pulling it out of the warm and cozy den, and subjecting it to lights and sounds unlike anything in the normal life of a groundhog. It is no wonder that they never look very happy, indeed, three years ago one bit the person handling it, biting off the tip of a finger. Go groundhog!

Those of you in other countries are probably shaking your heads just now. What is it about groundhogs, the US and February 2nd? Well, the folk legend is that you take the groundhog out of its den on the 2nd of February to see its shadow. If it sees its shadow, we'll have six more weeks of winter. If, however, it is overcast and the shadow is not visible, winter will end earlier.

Is the groundhog a good predictor of the future atmospheric events? Not really. As a prognosticator of weather it rates lower than 40% accuracy. Not very good at all :-) Be kind to your own resident rodents today in honor of the lowly groundhog.
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Speaking of rodents, is everything ok at your home? You mentioned a few days ago that there might be a mouse...
I have found no indication of a mouse, so I think we're OK for now. Good for the mice, good for us :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
If the local news station is any indication (they are holding their own version of groundhog day), Phil is right and it's gonna be bad 'cause from the live site to the station is only a couple of miles, and they keep dropping the feed. :/
If they're like our groundhogs, they must actually sedate them because the ones here have teeth so sharp and are so mean that that one ripped the tendons in my dog's leg right in two once. We were able to repair it and she killed every groundhog she saw from then unitl she died years later.
They can be mean, like any wild animal that gets cornered. On the news this morning I heard that a few years ago the governor of - I think it was New York - ended up getting his finger bitten off by the groundhog he was displaying on Feb 2nd. Come to think of it, since it was a politician, maybe the groundhog voted for the opposite political party?

- Erulisse (one L)
Then the groundhog and I are not that different right now :-) (Love your squirrel userpic.)

- Erulisse (one L)
Good morning, my dear. Love your queenly user pic this foggy day. Have a fabulously amazing day!

- Erulisse (one L)
So if they switched the reasoning around about the groundhog seeing its shadow then it would be right 60% of the time. I wonder why it has never happened. Poor little groundhog looks so grumpy!
It would make more sense to do it backwards, wouldn't it? LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)