Anna apple blossom

The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears~Bill Vaughn

 Funny, isn’t it, how, with all of the radar, satellites and other sophisticated weather tracking devices that we have, we still rely on a rodent, also known as a woodchuck, whistle-pig or land-beaver, to give us the lowdown? Isn’t that just a little bit like relying on a refrigerator repairman to tell us which fashion jeans to buy? Groundhog Day


Spring looks like it’s begun to sprung!  Thanks to our mild winter, the fruit trees are blooming a might early, if you ask me.   Let’s hope we don’t have a cold snap; otherwise, it will be a poor fruit year and a poor fruit year means not much to “Put Up” come summer.  Heck, maybe I  can take a vacation this year.  Kidding!

The mild winter has been somewhat of a blessings for us humans. We didn’t even make a dent in the wood pile.  With no rain, new garden projects are being tackled that would have otherwise been pushed to spring.

The ol’ groundhog has predicted 6 more weeks of winter.  Mr. Punxsutawney,  maybe you don’t know this, but winter has never even really arrived!  Are you really saying that you are not giving up hope…yet? Or, do you know something we humans don’t?  At this rate, spring is just around the corner!

Rain, Rain Please Stay

We are in trouble!    Deep trouble.   You know it’s going to be a “bad year” when we are in high fire alert in January!    Last week’s rain was a blessing indeed but now is a mere memory as temperatures have jumped back up into the 80’s and there’s a dry wind blowing.   It’s too darn dry!   Unfortunately, they are saying with the high pressure  parked on top of us, it is highly unlikely we will make it up to normal annual rainfall.  That’s grim news.

I know many of ya’ll in other states (like Texas)  are in a drought too and we join you in your prayers for rain relief.

Word has it that it’s been a mild winter across the country.  How are things looking where you are?



  1. Melina says:

    It’s disturbingly dry here in Southeaster Colorado. I’m not a huge snow fan, but we do need it for the watershed. Also, it’s been warm enough that I’m afraid the local fruit crop will blossom and then freeze later. I checked under the straw cover yesterday and the strawberries never have gone dormant. And the scientists still debate global warming. I hope they quit politicizing the issue and start to work on do-able solutions.

  2. Sharon says:

    We live in the mountains, just east of San Diego (4200 ft) and even though we had snow (nothing that stuck) and rain since mid-October, it pretty much came to a halt in December. Bits and fits of rain since Christmas and East winds that keep cropping up.

    Some shrubs and trees are budding out and the greatest hint of Spring is in all the fur the cat is leaving around! If Mother Nature thinks it’s time for Tommy cat to lighten up, who am I to argue? I’m just hoping that either the groundhog is right, or it’s a very moist Spring; otherwise, we may be evacuating for fires by the 4th of July 🙁

    PS Really wishing we’d been able to get rain barrels hooked up in the fall…

  3. girlinthepinkdress says:

    Yeah, it’s mild here in Canada too. NO snow as of today. We had one snowstorm, and it melted in 2 days. The rest of the time has been a couple light dusting, but not much else. Rain, wet, and a little too warm for my peace of mind. I can’t help but imagine the bug horrors that may happen this summer as a result. Usually by now we are shoveling snow that is up to ours waists…

  4. darby says:

    We here in the Vegas valley haven’t seen freezing temperatures since the week of Thanksgiving, and our daily temps have been flirting with 70. When Southern California doesn’t get any rain… the chances of us seeing it are even more slim. That means it’s rained VERY briefly twice all winter. We’ve been well below average rainfall for several years now, and it’s only getting drier out there. If it doesn’t get any better, I’m afraid my precious little seedlings will have to stay indoors. My tomatoes burned off last year due to the scorching sun… :'( And let’s not even discuss the terrible winds!!

  5. Natalie, the Chickenblogger says:

    Oh, yes, the Groundhog’s prediction feels like mockery, here in California. Winter? What winter? Dear, Whistle-Pig, please have a word with Mother Nature, and send us more of that lovely rain.

  6. The Weekend Homesteader says:

    In GA, we are supposed to hit 73 today. Outrageous. I noticed small buds on my blueberry bushes, and I’m scared to look at my peach tree. In the case of frost, I could cover the blueberry bushes, but not the peach tree.

  7. Lori in PA says:

    The warm weather most of this winter here has been downright creepy, especially following on the heels of the blizzard last October.

    But that won’t stop our family from our annual celebration of watching the movie Groundhog Day during family time tonight. There are some wonderful spiritual insights in that film, such as:

    *growing in awareness of the needs of those all around us, some of which may be staring us in the face although we may not realize it at the moment

    *being glad, in retrospect, that we didn’t always get exactly what we wanted at the moment, because we got something better later

    *learning to regard the poor as extended family and treating them with love and respect

    *Growing in awareness of a Higher Power that intends our greatest good and may use ironic means to help us achieve it

    *Realizing that instead of killing time we could be learning a complex new skill and using it to improve the lives of everyone around us

    *Allowing the more difficult experiences of life to polish and soften our rough edges, rather than making us tough and bitter

    Happy Groundhog Day!


    • Trish says:

      Lori, thank you for this wonderful post! We will be watching it as well, and now we have a new perspective, thanks to you.

    • Stacy~Creativemuse says:

      That is Great. I love your annual Tradition! Super

  8. Trish says:

    Alarmingly warm and somewhat humid here on Long Island. We were buried in snow this time last year, yet this winter has given us barely a dusting! Continued prayers for rain for our country. 🙂

  9. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, Nebraska joins the club with unseasonably warm temperatures. A record breaking 69 degrees on Monday. I happen to be outside work in a T-shirt and totally forgot about sun screen. Who thinks about putting on sun screen in Nebraska in January. Luckily I didn’t get sun burned. Tuesday was 58 and today was 56 degrees. The average high temperature for January is 34 degrees. Moisture is down by about an inch already for just this year. We’ve only had one snow at the beginning of December. The ground is not frozen. The top 3 inches is not frozen then about 3 to 4 inches of frost is in the ground under that. Usually the ground in frozen to a depth of two feet by this time. I haven’t really checked the trees or bushes for spring signs but it wouldn’t surprise me if they were getting ready to pop. These are all bad things for gardening in Nebraska.

    Have a great enjoyable weather day while you can.

  10. brian says:

    Today it topped out at 75 here in GA. It was a beautiful day to work in the yard but rather a let down. Here in the southeast it is cool for such a short period of time each year, and some years, like this one, it never does get cool. The dafodils have even begun to bloom! Just another sign that it will most likely be a sweltering, dry summer again. The nearby lake has not even recovered from the drought last year. Hopefully mother nature will get back on track very soon.

  11. Jill Pittman says:

    It’s been warm here in N. Fla., too. The pear trees are starting to bloom and the blueberries have flower buds on them. I’m hoping that we don’t have a bad frost to nip everything back, or it’s going to be a fruitless summer.

  12. Canadian Jane says:

    Southwestern Ontario needs precipitation too…freezing temperatures and snow would be a blessing. I, too, should have set up the rainwater collection barrels long ago!

  13. Leigh Anne says:

    Too much rain here in Western Louisiana, but I’m not complaining! It has rained nonstop for about three weeks, with just a few sunny moments to tease us in between. It’s time to plant potatoes, but I’m afraid all the rain will make them rot. Hopefully, things will be dry enough to plant by next week.

  14. Mich says:

    It is cold here the ground is frozen; I live in Oxfordshire UK…. -8c last night possibly colder tonight 🙁 with maybe snow over the weekend. Eek.

  15. Chiara says:

    I agree with everyone else about how the (admittedly nice) weather we’ve been having lately is disturbing. I’m in Chicago, and a lot of our trees are ALREADY blooming! We’ve been getting some precipitation, but only in the form of morning drizzles and light snow. No full-fledged rain in sight.

  16. Rodney7777 says:

    I found your site from a Sharron Astyk link. (I think) 🙂

    Absolutely amazing. I have been thinking about all those projects. Wow. Congratulations on your 10 years of sticking to your idea. I read many of your postings starting at 2001 or so.

    I build my own solar panels and so far the panels power one of my two electric vehicles. I started gardening three years ago and am now interested in aquaponics, which should work great in your set up.

    I live in a 24 unit apartment building, here near Rochester, Mn, which I own.

    I will, for sure, be reading more of your postings. Very inspiring. 🙂

  17. V Schoenwald says:

    Just had a baby snow storm here over Friday and Sat morning. Nothing to write home over, but we did get 11 inches of wet snow, which I will take.
    It’s weird weather here also. During a lull in the snow, about 30 blackbirds were gathered in my neighbor’s tree…we never see blackbirds until it starts warming up maybe around the end of March or beginning of April? Not sure about that. We are also getting Sandhill Cranes now and we usually don’t start hearing and seeing them until the end of February, first part of March? Try to figure that out.
    Please take care, Anais, and I will pray for rain and a few other things that are important. I am canning broths today to get it done and out of the way. I need room in the frig.

  18. Nicki - the Netherlands - Europe says:

    Winter didn’t arrive in the Netherlands until last week. We’ve had extreme mild weather all winter long, people walking without their coats on, in november I was walking in my t-shirt.
    But the last few days it is freezing. And it has been freezing very hard. minus 22 degrees C (freezing point is at 0 degrees C) it hasn’t been this cold in over 20 years.

  19. Josie says:

    I live south of Oklahoma City and yes, it is disturbingly mild here. The bulbs are all much tall than they should be and I am starting to see some trees budding. We too have been working on new beds and projects, but I am worried I am going to be watching hard work parch and wither this summer if we have the dry very hot temps we did last year. Here is hoping the worm turns and we get some wet cool changes!

  20. Christine says:

    In midcoast Maine we had the freaky big snowfall in October then, with the exception of 2 normal cold spells, it has been WAY too warm all winter. We are concerned about frost heaves, early budding, insect cycles, etc. Our plants and trees need the cold each year; for example, maple sap won’t flow without the cold nights/warmer days cycle. I won’t be surprised to see garlic and chives starting to show any day now. And it is mid February! Yikes.

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