Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Bad News

In case you're not aware — today is a holiday. Yes, lovely readers today is Groundhog Day and just a bit ago I heard the news from……

……and the news is not good! Seems old Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and tradition tells us that this means we have SIX more weeks of Winter.

This old beach gal is cryin' in her mojitos. People, I can't take it any more, I want the blue skies and sunshine that is typical in Florida at this time of year. While our temps are nowhere near where they were weeks ago, when we were hitting 29 degrees and my lovely tropical plants were dying around me, we are still not having beach weather. I had a fire while I watched television last night and then slept under the electric blanket all night. Now granted it was 62 degrees, nowhere near what you're dealing with, but my subconscious is telling me I'm supposed to be at the beach, looking for seashells or taking a dip in the Gulf of Mexico, so anything below 80 degrees is sending my mind into a tailspin. No, everyday is gray and cloudy, rain falls most days and the beach might as well be 1000 miles away. This is not good people, this is just not good. Phil is no friend of mine and I say he needs to be made into a hearty stew to help me get through the next six weeks! It is not a good day at The Tiki Hut!

The photo above is from VotePrimes photostream on Flickr from last year and if you want to see the crowds this event draws, you should drop in and see him. He has pics of people in groundhog hats and wearing groundhog t-shirts and buttons. There's even a pic of a big bonfire that is a tradition and I think it would be a good place to "roast" Phil.

Want to know more about this holiday and Phil's predictions of the past? Drop in and see Kat @ High Tide Low Style. She writes, "Groundhog day was my father's absolute favorite holiday!  He even held his retirement party on Groundhog Day back in 1989!" Her post is funny and informative, so drop in and say hello.

How do you feel about Phil's prediction?

Disclaimer: No groundhogs were hurt in the writing of this post.

20 Thoughtful Comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

If I weren't so busy laughing, I would be crying over Phil and his darn shadow! An electric blanket at 65 degrees?? You have to toughen up woman!!! I turn my heat down to 65 at night. Today it's snowing, which is a good thing since it usually has to be at least in the 20's to snow.

You WILL see your beach and I will see my crocus...all in good time. It's not so much Phil as it is Mother Nature, and you don't mess with her!

I do feel for you though... ;-)


Lori E said...

"Disclaimer: No groundhogs were hurt in the writing of this post."

You would never make it in B.C. girl. We say that we don't tan we rust.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh honey, all is not lost! Read my blog later --- probably after lunch, lol...
Staten Island Chuck, NY's answer to Phil, has a different opinion as to the onset of spring!

The Fajdich Times said...

I wish I lived in Florida like you. Today here in Chicago it might get up to 25 or 30. We had snow last night............Mojitos on the beach sound real good right about now:)

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Sorry about that....I hit post twice:(

Loui♥ said...

Hi Shell..
my electric blanket stays on the bed until June..
I have not used Air conditioning AT ALL since moving into this house 4 yrs ago..
There is hot water baseboard heat which keeps the house fairly toasty..along with wearing sweats any time at home..
from June until October..Denver weather is wonderful..ceiling fans do the trick..
Purpose of this comment?
FLORIDA is supposed to be sunny and warm..
not cold, gray, rainy and BLAH!
warm hugs,laughing smiles..

Low Tide High Style said...

Hi Shellbelle! Great post and thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Kat :)

Anonymous said...

Well Rhonda, I don't need a groundhog to tell me that winter is not over here, lol! What with the frigid ocean wind, I wonder if it'll ever be warm again! BAH!

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I think Phil has taken a bribe from a snowplow company...I say an investigation is warranted:)

Kristen said...

So bummed... but I don't have a beach nearby and I'm used to the cold... so I suppose, what's 6 more weeks? Wish the little bugger wouldn't have seen his shadow though...
Today reminds me of the Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day." I love that movie!!!

Terri Smith said...

I have laughed myself silly over this post! Girl, I'm still running the air conditioning on days when I'm hot-flashing. You'd need an overcoat, hat and gloves, plus that infamous electric blanket to visit my neck of the woods. Ha ha ha

Hey, I love that movie, "Groundhog Day!" I'll think of you when I watch it again..you are TOO funny!

Blessings, joy and sunshine, Terri from Dimples & Dragonflies.

Anny said...

Oh bollocks, I am so over winter!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

You're still so much luckier than me, ha! Me here up in RI!!

Anonymous said...

Hi hut! Tonight's weather = 4 to 7 inches of snow by morning.

= (

I am mad at Phil.

gayle said...

I hope Phil is wrong this time!

Sue said...

This has been our coldest winter in 20 some years. I hate it. But, when you live in Illinois...you know that no matter what Phil says...we will have 6 more weeks (at least) of winter.


Lillian Robinson said...

That's why I love Ohio... we have all four seasons alternating year 'round!

bunny, The Paris House Designs said...

I am sending you warm sunny thoughts Shellbelle, I know how much you love the sun and beach. We woke up under a blanket of white snow, its beautiful! But when you are in Florida that cold weather is just not expected so I know how you feel. By March 1st I start to really miss Spring. I hope to get to someplace warm soon!!!
Your post is so adorable!! Stay Warm my friend
ps, I haven't been to dart night in a couple weeks, but as soon as I get there I'll be wearing my new 'Townie' Tshirt and doing a post on it...I can't wait , I miss seeing the boys.

Sierra said...

I need warmth and sunshine too, please come quickly!!

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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