“One swallow maketh not summer; nor one woodcock a winter.​”

We had a dusting of snow this morning. It was just enough to cover the walk and the car. I walked gingerly down the steps to the road to my paper. Luckily, I made it back to the house none the worse for wear. Yesterday I went across the street to get my mail and noticed big paw prints in the snow. I’m thinking coyote.

The swelling is almost gone from my wrist. It hurts when I bend it so I’m careful. My leg still doesn’t like going down stairs. I out-loud ouched my way on each step.

The other night I heard a loud noise on my deck. I went and got my flashlight and shined it at the window and saw me reflected in the glass. How silly that was. I gave going out to check a thought, but then I remembered all those B movies I’ve seen. The ones who went to check were always killed in gruesome ways with lots of blood. I waited until morning. I found nothing.

The weather in the Cape Cod Times took me aback. Today the high is listed as 74˚ with a low of 64˚. The whole week has similar prediction. I wish it were so. I went on line and found the actual temperature will be 35˚ with a low tonight of 13˚. I actually saw the sun for about 5 minutes a little while ago, but the clouds came back. Outside looks cold, almost brutal. From my window I can see the grey bark of the pine trees their limbs still coated with snow. The sky in contrast with the trees is a lighter grey. Even now and then a top branch moves but only a little. I am glad to be inside and warm.

It is B-movie day or even further down to M-movie day as the films I’ve watched are just awful. First I saw the giant crabs and now The Creeper. I recognized only one actor in either movie, the professor from Gilligan’s Island. Both movies have screaming women, scientists in lab coats, weird noises and characters hearing voices; of course, they do.

Today is Groundhog Day, and it was no surprise that Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. This tradition is 132 years old and is held every year at Gobbler’s Knob and is conducted by top hat-donning members of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. (I wonder if there is a secret handshake.) Anyway, the tradition is German in origin, but they used a badger; however, when German colonists arrive, there were no badgers in the East, so they drafted the groundhog aka the woodchuck to do the prognosticating.

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6 Comments on ““One swallow maketh not summer; nor one woodcock a winter.​””

  1. Bob Says:

    Why would anyone with at least half of brain and more than a fourth grade education trust a ground hog in Pennsylvania to predict the weather. The same folks who believe in Punxsutawney Phil’s powers of weather prognostication are the same people who believe global warming is a hoax and that the Russian government didn’t interfere in the 2016 Presidential election. 🙂 There are still people who believe the earth is flat and that the moon landings were staged at Area 51 in Nevada where alien spacemen are being held underground. The amount of stupidity in this country is amazing.

    Today was similar to yesterday, sunny with high temperature in the high fifties.

    • katry Says:

      I don’t think people really believe it. The whole event is just tradition. I found a wonderful web site with all sorts of information:

      I agree there are people who are just plain stupid or who are easily influenced. Look at Trump’s base. They believe he is the best president of all time and is the victim of fake news.

      Many Ghanaians don’t believe in the moon landing. Most of them including me, had to listen on the radio so we never saw it happen.

      It is downright cold!

  2. olof1 Says:

    We’ll have at least ten more days with winter here according to our weather services. No badgers outside this time of year and I wouldn’t trust a water vole at all 🙂 🙂

    We’ve gotten lots of snow here during the night so it will stay for at least ten days. I haven’t heard the plow go by yet but I’m not going anywhere until Monday. Just as I wrote that he just passed by 🙂 🙂

    I guess it’ll lots of napping in front of the tv today and that’s it 🙂 I might do some laundry today but it can wait. I’m glad that Your wrist is better and I hope the pain goes away soon!

    Take care!


    • katry Says:

      My leg still hurts and wakes me up at night until I find just the right spot where it won’t hurt.

      The sun is shining but it is cold. I am not going anywhere which is great as my car has snow on all the windows.

      Nothing much going on today. My laundry is still sitting waiting to be washed, but I have no ambition.

      Enjoy your nap!

  3. Mark Says:

    About that thump.
    I heard one out on the deck one day and opened the door and there was a bear looking at me from about two feet away. Wouldn’t have thought I could slam a door that fast.
    About the groundhog:
    You caused me to watch the movie (again!0 – but it was worth it. :))

    • katry Says:

      See. you don’t look to check the noise. You lock the door. In so many second rate horror movies they always open the door, and when they do, they always die a horrible death.

      I enjoy that movie.

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