Tag Archive: groundhog’s Day

Image by Wallyir

We have had a strange winter this year. There has been one bad snow storm, a few days of cold temperatures, a little wind, and that’s it.

There have been fog and grey days that can make a person feel incredibly sad. I have to make sure I have something to do that gives me satisfaction with a sign of completion. Otherwise, I grow very sad without the sunlight.



Another thing I do is keep indoor plants going. I cannot do this at home as the boys have a way of destroying plants and other things in the house. But I have a  Philodendron in the office living quite nicely. Just this week I noticed beautiful glossy leaves and loved their bright appearance.

My goal with this plant is to water it on a regular basis and dust it every so often so that the plant’s pores do not get blocked.





My Front Garden

One has to wonder what this warm weather is doing to our plants. I know the bulbs will be ok because they miscalculate and still have wonderful flowers. My garden looks pretty dreary right now.

The green you see is our christmas tree that is place there for the birds who come to our feeders everyday. I request this so the birds have someplace to go when  they come in for a snack.


Some plants weather the cold better than others. Pansies, which some of us plant in the fall come back nicely. This year the warmer weather have kept my pansies from going totally dormant. I had flowers on some of my plants. But look at the picture, this plant is starting from scratch. If the weather keeps up being so nice, I will have new flowers soon.


The surprise in my garden this week were the mums. In the past I have had a hard time getting hardy mums to come back. The one particular plant is near my front stairs and benefits from air warming without the sun signing on it right away. I have been told that helps the plant by not getting sunlight on it right away.

While this plant is hardier than most, I do worry what might happen if we get a snowstorm or another big freeze. However, the groundhog did see his shadow and that means six more weeks of winter. 

Good thing I still have my gloves in tact.


Going Whole Hog

Family Movie Night

This is the first week of February, the first week of hope that winter is almost over despite the blizzard that is hitting my neck of the woods right now.

Already, the sun is brighter. Already, it stays up longer.

We are awaiting the results of the groundhog and wondering. Will he see his shadow, will he not? Does it really matter?

 In giving us something to celebrate after dealing with cold feet and cold hands, Groundhog’s Day really matters. We need this bit of hope.

Because of this special day, I was thinking of the movie of the same name with Bill Murray.

Andie McDowell and Bill Murray in "Groundhog's Day';Picture from IMDb.com

 Similar to A Christmas Carol, a cold and callous man learns to love life after having to suffering the same day over and over again. We see Murray, as the weatherman who hates Groundhog’s Day, try to find a way out of the day but fate will not allow that.

 Instead he learns to enjoy life, to open his eyes and see what is around him all of the time. That includes falling in love with Andie McDowell, his new producer. This movie will be better for teens and adults as the context of the movie is better suited for adults.

What makes me laugh are some of the scenes that Murray shares with the groundhog. Such as when Murray steals the wood chuck and they go for a ride into a quarry. These are fun goofy little scenes that remind me of another movie with Murray and a furry puppet.

 CaddyShack has been called one of the funniest movies ever made. Murray stars as the groundskeeper, Carl, who has been given the job of getting rid of the gopher tunneling through the golf course.

Caddyshack poster; Image from IMDb.com

 There are grand plans and simple plans and the simple joy of knowing he can get rid of his ultimate nemesis. I might be talking about the stoner grounds keeper, I might be talking about the gopher.

 I love this movie for taking pot-shots, for being crass and crude at times, for being able to watching comedians get their teeth into good material and work it. I even love the one scene that Murray and Chevy Chase share that was totally improvisational.

 It is a movie that is meant for older teens and adults; leave the grade school children out of the room while watching this movie. Another benefit is the setting of the story at a golf course. A golf course is green and therefore the weather must be warm. Who wouldn’t want to watch one of the best comedies ever that is set in warm weather while we are actually in the middle of winter?

G-Force; Picture from IMDb.com

Now I know some of you out there are going “This post is about ‘Family Movies.’ Neither of these movies are ‘Family Movies’.”  If you want a movie with some cute cuddly creatures in an action/adventure type of setting, why not G-Force which features four cuter-than-cute guinea pigs who are the only hope in the world?

I like parts of this movie but, really, it is fine if the kids just want to watch it by themselves. It might just be too cute for some of the older members of the family unless it is the scenes that Penelope Cruz gives voice to the lone female pig. 

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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