41 thoughts on “Happy Groundhog Day!

  1. The Eclectic Contrarian February 2, 2021 / 10:34 am

    Everyone is getting snow…… but me.

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  2. Renee🌻 February 2, 2021 / 10:43 am

    Happy Groundhog Day! This was my late stepmom’s birthday. What a unique birthday, right? 😄

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  3. hatrack4 February 2, 2021 / 2:28 pm

    Happy groundhog day to you too, from the far side of Pittsburgh from where Phil lives. We have our own groundhogs, but they make less of a fuss.

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  4. ibikenyc February 3, 2021 / 8:38 am

    We were (DUH) right in the path of that Nor’easter. I do love snow — it’s SO pretty! — but I could REALLY do without the cold >:-(

    Seventy-seven?! SIGH. If only the desert weren’t so far from the ocean. . .

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      • ibikenyc February 3, 2021 / 12:17 pm

        Awwww ❤

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    • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 3, 2021 / 12:05 pm

      I just checked our thermometer and it’s 75 degrees outside right now. But tomorrow it’s only supposed to get up to 48, with a low of 25. That’s New Mexico weather for you — all over the place.

      I grew up in tornado alley and witnessed a lot of storms. But I have never seen such extreme weather, like we have here in NM. Super cell tornadoes, hail larger than baseballs, mesocyclones, weeks of 100+ heat waves, and the occasional cold spell with below zero temps that froze our pipes under the house. Blinding dust storms, monsoon floods, scary wild fires, and some years we get a tumbleweed invasion that literally buries homes and cars and entire neighborhoods.

      A little over 5 years ago we had 10′ snow drifts around our house from the Goliath blizzard. The roads were impassable for days.

      It’s never boring here!

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      • ibikenyc February 3, 2021 / 12:34 pm


        I’ve lived through my share of bilizzards, the annual Florida Love Bug plague (EWWWW!), and a bunch of hurricanes (inlcuding, most notably, both Andrew and Sandy).

        Also 100+ for months on end when we lived in Phoenix, but I don’t think that’s considered a “heat wave” there!

        Never any of those others. Storeys-high tumbleweed? Good grief. The very idea of a tornado gets me queasy and weak in the knees, like life-flashing-before-my-eyes terrified.

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        • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 3, 2021 / 1:12 pm

          Tornados freak me out, too. A few years ago the tornado warning sounded. I was rushing to get the dogs inside the house, when suddenly I felt like I was walking in zero gravity. That happens when the tornado is so close that it causes the barometric pressure to plummet. The mid morning sky was solid black in every direction. The tornado was directly overhead! I thought I was going to die that day. No sooner had I gotten the dogs inside the house, than the sky opened up and it sounded like a raging river and boulders were hitting the roof. The hail and rain were that bad! Thankfully, the new metal roof held up on the house, but my car was totalled.

          About the tumbleweeds, take a look at this YouTube video. We lived about 30 miles away from where this video was taken:

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          • ibikenyc February 4, 2021 / 1:10 pm

            WoWEEEE! I hesitate to say this, but now I’ve seen everything! I’d never even heard of this. What a thing!

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          • ibikenyc February 5, 2021 / 1:11 pm

            Oh, my! That video! I wanna move next door to that lovely woman (the neighbor?). She looks like a lot of fun!

            I’d been wondering if they have thorns on them, not that it isn’t bad enough even if not.

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            • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 5, 2021 / 1:55 pm

              Some tumbleweeds have thorns, some don’t. I use thick leather gloves and super strong trash bags when I have to deal with them.

              We haven’t had a lot of tumbleweeds since that massive invasion in 2014, although every year we do get some. I moved to New Mexico in 2003 and sometimes I feel like I have moved to another planet. You’ve heard of the Roswell UFO incident? If it really did happen, maybe the aliens came here because it reminded them of home. I mean, just look at White Sands National Park. It’s like a moonscape.

              I agree, that neighbor lady seems very cool. But not as cool as YOU. ❤

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              • ibikenyc February 8, 2021 / 2:05 pm

                Awwww. . . blushing hard and scuffin’ my shoes on the ground.

                Well. . . I’m not as cool as YOU!

                LOLOLOLOL! I LOVE your comment about the aliens! I bet you’re right! 😀

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          • ibikenyc February 5, 2021 / 1:14 pm

            That zero-gravity feeling. Wow. One of those things you never forget!


      • ibikenyc February 3, 2021 / 12:35 pm

        PS: Do you have to check your shoes for scorpions every morning?

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        • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 3, 2021 / 12:58 pm

          Yes, we get the toxic Arizona Bark Scorpions. Thanks for the reminder, it’s time to call the exterminator. Can’t have those around with our two dogs.

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          • ibikenyc February 4, 2021 / 1:07 pm

            Oh. Uh. Never thought about the dogs OR an exterminator. Gee.

            It also never occurred to me that there are types / species of them. Maybe I’ll keep sticking to the ocean; LOL! Worst pest-control issue I ever encountered in Florida was the nuclear-sized roaches they call Palmetto bugs.

            The reason I know about the shoe checking is that my grandma lived on a farm outside Phoenix way back when. Its (the farm’s) owners reminded her OBSESSIVELY about shaking out her shoes without fail before just shoving her feet back into them, like when first getting out of bed in the morning.

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  5. Anna Waldherr February 7, 2021 / 12:52 am

    “Groundhog Day” happens to be one of my favorite movies! ❤

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    • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 14, 2021 / 1:36 am

      Thank you! We are good, very grateful for our warm house. One week ago today it was in the 70s. Now, with this crazy bipolar vortex, our outside temperature hasn’t been above freezing since Thursday. It is currently 9 degrees Fahrenheit and expected to get down to -7 tonight. We live in eastern New Mexico, where the high desert and high plains converge. So you never know what’s coming next, weather wise.

      My husband hasn’t started his radiation treatment for his prostate cancer yet, because his oncologist wanted him to see his cardiologist first to make sure his heart is strong enough for the procedures he wants to do. So next week, my husband will be having a bunch of heart scans. He had three heart attacks, more than 20 years ago, which is why these tests are needed.

      I appreciate your prayers and concern very much. God bless you and your family.

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