Never Doubt The Groundhog

Exactly a week ago, Punxsutawney Phil poked his head out of his burrow and was frightened by his own shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter.   We smiled at the news, wished everyone a “Happy Groundhog Day” and went about our business not thinking anymore of it.  After all,  Groundhog Day is just one of those silly traditions that we learn about in grade school.

It seemed as though Phil was mistaken this year.  Yesterday was such a glorious day that KT decided that it must be spring.  She happily dug out the capris she had stowed away last fall and tried her best to convince me to help her plant the garden.  She pointed that it was fifty degrees out and that our bulbs were already sending shoots out of the ground. 

I managed to distract her by taking her shopping for a jacket she needed for her FBLA conference this week.   I was ready to go just as soon as we found the conservative attire that KT needed.  She, on the other hand, wanted to try on a few more things.  Namely a lovely yellow spring jacket that she had fallen in love with. 


Somehow she managed to convince me to buy it for her (Yes, I know it’s a lame picture, but it’s the only one I have.  I was just playing around while waiting for her.  I hate shopping….)  and KT was just floating on air.  I couldn’t help but grin at her joy over this lovely new spring coat. 

This morning I woke up to KT’s wails of dismay.  She announced that it had snowed last night and that there was still school.  I was still more than half asleep and couldn’t quite understand why she was so upset about the snow. 

It took about half a cup of coffee for it to finally dawn on me that it wasn’t going to be another warm spring-like day.  It simply wouldn’t do to wear a thin jacket out on such a blustery day. 


Poor KT.  Although it wasn’t as though she wasn’t warned.  Despite the wonderful week we just had, Phil did tell us that Spring wouldn’t be here for six more weeks…

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21 Responses to Never Doubt The Groundhog

  1. Tylor says:

    Send her to Iowa. It’s warm and rainy here.

  2. Welcome to the phenomena known as false spring. It will break her heart many times over the years, until she learns to see it as the brief but enjoyable respite it is.

  3. Peggy says:

    There is hard frozen ground with loads of snow here, but I don’t think that groundhog predictions travel to the UK. I am ready for this winter to be over.

  4. Beckie says:

    That is a fabulous yellow jacket!

  5. Kathy Ariano says:

    I know for certain of so few things–but for sure, winter is not over, yet!

  6. Heather G. says:

    Hey that looks like my street.

  7. Heather G. says:

    Hey is that my street?

  8. Cheryl says:

    I was wearing my flip-flops yesterday. So nice! It was in the 50’s today. It’s but a tease. It’s February, a very cruel month.

  9. Carol says:

    Hmmmm… looks vaguely familiar! (I now officially hate snow… have for the past, oh, month or so!)


  10. Hilary says:

    Snow in February.. hate it when that happens. 😉

  11. Patsy Ann says:

    Well, I can say one thing! If that was your brand new jacket and you were around six you would have worn that jacket to school no matter how cold and snowy it was! I speak from the experience of knowing you at that age and remembering a certain poncho!

  12. Karmyn R says:

    The same thing happened here too! I thought for sure the groundhog was wrong and we woke up with a dusting.

  13. Jay says:

    Phil the Groundhog has a reputation to protect and he will not be mocked!

  14. amanda d says:

    We had a beautiful day Saturday… sunny and 60’s, and like you (since we’re only three hours or so south) it is snowy today. The kids are thrilled though, they’ve never gone to the bus stop so easily!

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  16. Pamela says:

    I’d like to grind the ground hog.

  17. lynne says:

    On Groundhog Day our little hibernating one couldn’t even make his way out the hole he’s made under our decking, let alone see his shadow! We had hard frozen snow at that time. Now it’s melting fast. I expect to see him poke his head out soon …

    Love that color yellow … like daffodils!

  18. tommie says:

    That is an adorable jacket. I get all antsy when the spring stuff starts coming out…..but then we get another round of icky weather.

    Did she get her bag packed with the essentials??

  19. Frances says:

    I remember donning a fabulous “spring outfit” one day many moons ago.
    I was 19 and going a date with “Mr. Wonderful” – we sat in the back of a restaurant talking far into the night.
    When we exited there was three inches of snow.
    I was quite the site walking along the streets in white and pale grey basket weave flats.
    The jacket is lovely – I love yellow in spring.
    Take care

  20. Jocelyn says:

    I’m at the point where I’m screaming at the sky to please dump more snow.

    Yea, I’m perverse like that. But I LOVES me winter, and it’s been rainy/icy here…I want more soft fluffies.

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