An Explanation of Why I was Unable to Publish my Anual Groundhog Day Post!
So it is 3 days past Ground Hog Day, and I missed it! I didn’t even see Punxsutawney Phil on TV. I had to google him to find out what he said. Here’s Phil’s official prediction from www.groundhog.org:
Phil Says Spring is Right Around the Corner!
Phil’s official forecast as read 2/2/07 at 7:28 a.m. at Gobbler’s Knob:
El Nino has caused high winds, heavy snow, ice and freezing temperatures in the west.
Here in the East with much mild winter weather we have been blessed.
Global warming has caused a great debate.
This mild winter makes it seem just great.
On this Groundhog Day we think of one thing.
Will we have winter or will we have spring?
On Gobbler’s Knob I see no shadow today.
I predict that early spring is on the way.
My Punxsutawny ancestors are certainly dismayed that I am so late to add my 2 cents of commentary to the hooplah that is Groundhog Day. My parents were both born in Punxsutawney, and I grew up about 20 miles north of there. For the last several years, I have posted some homage to the great rodent prognosticator on my blog. But, alas, this year, I was busy.
I was busy moving space heaters from place to place in my house to fend off the cold. Why, you might wonder was such an exercise necessary? Our furnace broke on Friday. On what was one of the coldest days of the winter so far. (Although today is probably colder.) We have a great house, but the circuits are easily thrown. So those little space heaters with their major amp-sucking motors can really give our circuit breaker a work out. I was up and down the basement stairs at least 8 times on Friday night and again on Saturday night while I tried to find some place that I could plug in those great little warmth boxes.
Ah, you may be wondering about the husband. Where was he during all this fun? He was in sunny northern California to speak at a church out there. So I held down the fort and the space heaters during his two-day absence. The repairman came out on Friday night, but the furnace required a part that couldn’t be obtained until today. The repairman didn’t make it back until tonight at about 7:30. But, we do finally have heat. I am so thankful that I live in the 21st century where central heat is just expected. It is awful when it is out of service, but losing it made me really appreciate it!