Good news, bad news …


When I went outside this morning, I was reminded of the old John Denver tune which begins “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy ….”

Yes, indeed – there was sunshine on my shoulders and also glinting off my eyeglasses. Even the snow was sparkling.  And, that’s all good, right?

Yesterday we were blessed with sunshine as well, and, it was wonderful, even though I was bundled up to the hilt and hefting another couple of inches of snow.

We sure deserved to see some of the sun’s rays because we only had two days of sunshine the entire month of January.

But, as the title of this blog post proclaims: “Good news, bad news …” so, now for the bad news.

Today is Groundhog Day and Philadelphia’s Punxsutawney Phil waddled out of his burrow at Gobbler’s Knot and saw his shadow, which, as you probably know, means Winter weather will continue another six weeks.

Whether you believe in this folklore or not, face the facts … we are in the heart of the Winter season and Winter weather is not exiting soon.

This is disheartening news to those, like me, who aren’t Winter sports enthusiasts, or, are Winter wienies about driving around in the white stuff. This morning, once again, I left the house in lug-soled boots, not walking shoes, due to black ice conditions, so, it’s back to the exercise bike to tide me over to the next walk, whenever that might be.

Of course, all the meteorologists like to laugh off the whole business of Groundhog Day and the furry rodent’s annual prediction.

Well, they might laugh at ol’ Phil’s record (with just 39% accuracy), but, they should not pooh-pooh Michigan’s own furry weather prognosticator, Woody the Woodchuck, who lives in the Howell Nature Center, and has a considerably more accurate record as to wintry weather predictions than does Phil. That fact might bruise Phil’s ego because Woody is actually a “she” – so there!  Phil, a rather grouchy varmint, gets all the notoriety, and, is quite the media sensation, along with his handler, (who always dons a top hat and tails for the occasion).  I’ll bet this duo garners a bigger audience than T.V.’s Dr. Phil.

This year Woody concurred with Phil, so we doubly assured Winter is here for the long haul.

Whether you get your weather info from a groundhog, woodchuck, Click on Detroit or The Weather Channel, it’s a fairly good bet that we have not seen the last of Winter’s characteristic snow, ice and cold temps.

Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.   ~ John Boswell

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to Good news, bad news …

  1. Majorie Aubin says:

    Not just one but both of them. Wow! Not liking this prediction at all.


    • lindasschaub says:

      Yup, and looking ahead at a forecast by Paul Gross shows a snow storm and bitter cold if storm tracks like he is seeing today … I’m sorry I whined about the rain and fog now Marge!


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………..I do like the ending part of Mr. John Boswell’s quote: “enjoy every idle hour.” I’m working on a puzzle and the time is flying by………………..almost like I want to stay up to work on it some more before i go to bed……………………


  3. lindasschaub says:

    You deserve to enjoy every idle hour Ann Marie – you lead a busy life, even though you are retired! I am guessing you mean a jigsaw puzzle, which reminds me right away of my mom. She loved doing jigsaw puzzles. Since it is a small house, and there were no other tables she could work the puzzle on, but at the kitchen table, she had a huge styrofoam board which she could push to the side, or lift off the kitchen table when we had to eat there. She couldn’t go any bigger than a 1,000 piece puzzle size – too big for the table. It was a challenge finding puzzles she had not done before and we found a few places where we ordered them to keep her enjoying this hobby. “Bits and Pieces” and “White Mountain Puzzles” had nice catalogs to pick from.


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