Punxsutawney Phil 2011: Did The Groundhog See His Shadow?


So Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today. Which means the world’s most famous groundhog is predicting an early spring.

The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on February 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early.

I must say, as I sit here looking at an icy backyard and temperatures that are well below zero, I’m a little bummed. Yeah, you heard me right. Bummed. See, with the cold weather I have the perfect excuse to stay inside laying on my couch. Anyone who has ever been nine months pregnant knows this is the only way one really wants to spend one’s last few days incubating a child.

When it’s terribly cold outside, like it is now, I don’t even feel guilty for not walking the dogs. But if it warms up, I’ll have to drag all 181 pounds of me outside and lumber around the streets with a stroller and two frisky Black Labradors.

So, thanks a lot Phil. Now I have to rise and shine and act productive when all I really want to do is hide under the covers and sleep.