Groundhog Day.

Today is Groundhog Day. It’s almost over, but better a nearly late blog post than never a blog post, right?

It reached a high of 35 and a low of 31 degrees here today. Not to shabby, really, considering the sun was out for part of the day and there were snowflakes in the air but not one to be found on the ground. It’s been warmer the last few days and it’s supposed to stay the same for the next few. We about two and half feet behind on our snow totals and the low temperature for today is 11 degrees above average.

So it doesn’t really bother me that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today and predicted six more weeks of winter. If this winter, bring it on.

In a moment of boredom today, though, I looked up Groundhog Day … on Wikipedia, of course. Did you know that it’s based on the Celtic pagan festival known as Imbolc? No? Neither did it, but it’s true. Imbolc is, among other things, the day when serpents or badgers would poke their heads out from hibernation to check the state of the world and see how much longer they needed to sleep for.

Interesting, isn’t it?

See? You can learn something new every day.

Happy Groundhog Day!

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