Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Is it Spring Yet?

A couple of weeks ago, several North American groundhogs tried to tunnel up from their lairs to let us know if spring was near. Don't get me started ranting about a society that relies on weather forecasts from rodents.

We on The Rock have experienced high winds, torrential rainfall and generally warmer weather the past few days. Enough of the piled-up snow melted, allowing the boy to scour the back garden in search of dog sausages (armed with a long-handled shovel, several garbage bags and a military grade hazmat suit).

The warm weather has also roasted rousted me from my hibernation. A little bird informed me that my number is up...actually, me letter is up. I am the featured studmuffin friend today as part of Cathy Webster's Letter From a Friend series. You can read my submitted letter to Cathy and her humourous lead-in commenting on my writing, my chapeau du jour and my general 'hotness.' All That, and more, may be found at her blog Life on the Muskoka River.

Cathy did say some sweet things about me. And she made up a bunch of stuff too. So when my overall embarrassment subsides I will crawl back into my burrow and wrap myself up in my 'tablecloth' until spring. Environment Canada has gotten the forecasts so messed up recently that I've taken to consulting a Ouija board prior to leaving the house. Also, Naked Pete (shown below) said that Spring will arrive promptly on April 1...can a blind, hairless rat be wrong?

Just noticed that Pete's got teats...what's up with THAT?


13 comments:

Gigi said...

Ugh! Thanks for that! I can't "un-see" it now!

The reason we rely on rodents to foretell our weather forecasts is because the humans we pay to do so can't seem to get it right!

It's been very warm here (for winter) too (with no complaints from me) and I hope it continues right until spring!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

OK, seriously Alan? That rodent is REVOLTING! And, like Gigi said, I think it is now burned into my poor wee brain. Is that thing alive or dead?

Sue H said...

Curious about that bald rodent?! :-0

Poor thing must be feeling the cold - I'd knit it something if I could work out how to create a rodent-jumpsuit!
(and half yer fun trying to get it to wear it! ;-p)

abrokenlaptop.com said...

I'm with Sue! I want to put a sweet little sweater on poor Naked Pete. Petrea. Whoever he/she needs to be.

The hummingbirds are out, the trees are blossoming, and then we had a cold spell that is freezing all of Vegas and confusing the tourists.

Hi, Alan! It's been a while since I stopped by! :D

-Mercedes

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

We have been well above normal temps here in Saskatchewan all winter - fine by me!

I'm with Gigi, I can't un-see that now! Yech!

Murr Brewster said...

I was just going to point out that Pete has some serious dugs on 'im, but you noticed already. I do have a science background, and I'll just submit that naked mole rats can only predict the weather for the next couple days.

Katey said...

Yeah if I could knit, I'd totally knit Pete a sweater. Or Petra. Poor thing!

It's been quite the mildest winter ever here in Virginia... but y'all would think all our winters mild. We're weak like that. :D

Jerry said...

Your creature needs a coat.

I enjoyed your letter to Cathy. It is wonderful that two bloggers can meet and form as friendship as you two have.

David Barber said...

Argghhh!!! What the hell is that?? Long time-no speak, my friend. I'm (hopefully) going to be getting round the blogs a bit more. Apologies for not stopping by!

Hope all is well!

Entre Nous said...

I'm with Gigi, just can't seem to "un-see" IT :}

rosaria said...

Ah, your Pete would scare me into hibernation for another few months.

John Wiswell said...

Do you really take umbrage with people who look for rodent shadows for weather patterns, Alan? I admit to preferring your Ouija board.

Alan W. Davidson said...

Many thanks for the comments, all...

Wow! Has it really been three weeks since I posted that. Apologies for posting the wee naked guy (the mole rat). Hope that he didn't put anyone off their supper.