Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day and if Punxsutawney Phil happens to be in the neighbourhood and wants to venture out of his den, I am ready for his prediction.
The legend of the groundhog from Punxsutawney, Penn. is that if he ventures out and sees his shadow, we can expect another six weeks of winter. If, on the other hand, there is no shadow, it means spring is just around the corner.
For the past several days, we have been teased with the possibility that spring is close.
Those two squirrels that I wrote about a few weeks back seem to have started their spring house cleaning. From their nest in the hole of the tree, they have swept out the debris from the seeds that were stored there.
I followed their paw prints and although they are prepared to scamper on the ground in the cleared driveway, as soon as the paths end, they are not prepared to deal with the deep snow.
Instead, they climb the bushes and seek to go from tree to tree, or are choosing to run along the cable and television wires.
There are other signs of spring. Canadian Tire and other stores, for instance, are turning their attention to spring. The seed catalogues have arrived, and the hardware and grocery stores are now stocking seeds.
It may be a little early for seed germination for gardening, but the seeds are a welcome sight.
As well, the florists already are showing crocus and daffodil plants—another sign that spring is on the way.
But today, the news media’s focus will be on the groundhog from Punxsutawney. Will this break to milder temperatures continue? Will we drop back to more seasonably cold temperatures?
Punxsutawney Phil will provide the answers.
This little rodent has captured America’s attention since 1887, and the community of Punxsutawney has a whole festival of events leading up to the big day.
Ninety percent of the time Phil has not seen his shadow, and the people of Punxsutawney claim his prediction is almost always right.
Will we see our shadow and get ready for a second winter season—or will spring be just around the corner?

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