Somebody Shoot the Groundhog

The last I heard, the groundhog predicted an early spring. On February 2, 2007, Punxsutawney Phil, our fine, furry, fuzzy, weather prognosticator friend failed to see his shadow and promptly declared the pending demise of old man winter. He even wrote a poem about it.

That was six weeks ago today.

Since then we have had the third coldest February on record in the contiguous United States. And now, five days away from spring, New England (where I live) gets hit with a snow storm.

Please don’t anyone really shoot the groundhog. Although I may have poked some fun at PETA with one of my very first posts, you can see from my personal profile page that I am an animal lover at heart. I’m just a little grumpy from shoveling snow. (Perhaps we could all pitch in and buy poor Phil some glasses so next time he can see his shadow okay.)

“Winter, slumbering in the open air, wears on its smiling face a dream . . . of spring.” (Phil Connors/Bill Murray, “Groundhog Day”)

Shovel Snow 1

Working hard.                    

Shovel Snow 2

Hardly working.                    

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  1. Timothy Michalak says:

    It’s alright Pastor Ray, this gives us time to stay inside and post and comment on blogs!

    I don’t see any problem with shoveling one foot of snow. But please, give my bests to your wife, tell her I said “Hace mucho(emphasize that word) calor.” =) Thanks!

    Either way, I’m chilling out in my short sleeves and shorts, after all, snow is white, and white is the color of purity! See you Sunday!


  2. Barrie Sobczak says:

    Hey Pastor,

    Don’t let the winter get you too badly. Sorry about that snow shoveling. I was out watering my back yard this evening and went into my shed and picked out my putter and 9 iron and walked in my t shirt and shorts over to the golf course in back of my home to do a bit of practice. I had to wait until this evening because it was very warm here today. Remind me of this post in the dog days of August when its a bit like a place that none of us wants to visit for eternity.


  3. Ray Fowler says:


    I like your attitude! Thanks for all your good comments on this blog. P.S. Don’t you mean – “Hace mucho frio?” 🙂


    Thanks for the encouraging words. Although talking about shorts and t-shirts should not be allowed during the winter! Have fun with your golf! 🙂

  4. Barrie Sobczak says:

    Pastor Ray,

    I do sympathize with you about the weather. It was not that long ago that I was working in Lexington doing construction work in the winter time. Anyway, I will refrain in talking about tee shirts and shorts as a sign of respect for your plight. I hope it clears up soon. I was watching some of the golfers today and they seem to be enjoying our weather here in South Florida. Take care.


  5. Eileen Hufnael says:

    Hi Ray and Rose, I was up in NY this past weekend. It has been so long since I saw snow coming down. I got in Thurs evening and we had a women’s conference on Sat. We didn’t get that much snow, but boy the ice sure did come down. It was a novelty for me ( I didn’t shovel) but my poor brother-in-law got stuck with the job of shoveling and getting the car out of its ice casing. Anyway, back home now and I can appreciate what you are going through. Hang in there. Leon says hi too!

  6. Rachael says:

    Hi Pastor Ray,

    Maybe that was the problem. Dear Phil was wearing Sunglasses so he couldn’t see the snow! =)
    “Never trust a ground hog!”


  7. Ray Fowler says:

    Hi Eileen,

    Nice to hear from you. You picked quite the weekend to come up north! We are hanging on for spring – any day now! Give Leon my best.


    So that’s it. Phil was wearing sunglasses. Mystery solved. And you definitely can’t shoot a groundhog wearing glasses.

    Pastor Ray

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