The Year without a Groundhog Day

Well, it’s Groundhog Day… again… and that must mean we’re up here at Gobbler’s Knob waiting for the forecast from the world’s most-famous groundhog weatherman, Punxsutawney Phil, who’s just about to tell us how much more winter we can expect.

This has been a strange year for my Groundhog festivities. The house is still very much under construction, with drywall dust and power tools and lumber scattered around the kitchen. Our family room is still bursting with odds and ends from different spots of the house as we wait to be able to put everything away at last. The result of all of that is that none of the groundhog decorations made it up this time around. There just wasn’t any safe place to put them, which was sad.

Add to that the fact that Omicron is still very much present in our community, and that means I wasn’t comfortable hosting my annual soiree, either. (The current plan is to have one later, when COVID has died down some. Maybe March?)

The coup de grace is that Tomas and I are headed into the Makerspace this evening to work, which means that we aren’t even really doing much of a celebration at home, making this year officially the worst year for groundhog festivities that I’ve had since my mission. (And I didn’t do anything for the day when I was on my mission, other than plan for ways to celebrate it properly when I got home.)

I did get up and livestream the ceremony in Punxsutawney, so it wasn’t a complete wash, and maybe I’ll try to make up some sort of sticker or Groundhog Day decoration of some sort at the Makerspace tonight. But it’s still been kind of a downer of a day. Here’s hoping next year works out better.

And in any case, Happy Groundhog Day!


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