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February 2: Since Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow we can expect an early spring (had he seen his shadow we would expect six more weeks of winter). This in weather that wind chill makes 10 degrees F. Just a note: there was a tremendous response to my Groundhog Day post, which gave the top three days of post views in the history of my blog.
Speaking of its history, I received a comment from WordPress on Groundhog Day::
You registered on WordPress.com 5 years ago! Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
January is now history. I enjoyed hibernating—which offered an opportunity to catch up on cleaning, writing, and rest following the holidays. It also allows me to limit contact with the virulent flu bugs.
I made several batches of soup and froze them for busy days.
Since I didn’t get my tree up until Christmas morning, I left it up to enjoy—redecorated with snowmen and Valentines—until February 15.
I plan to continue decluttering—at last what I’m doing is showing progress now.
Something strange happened in January: Monte was hit with a solid case of poison ivy/oak. He’d had a rash that continued to get worse, and of course, it being January and cold we never considered poison ivy. However, one Sunday he was driving west of Ligonier (PA) and just over the crest of a hill he came across a tree stretched across the road. He backtracked, pulled to the side of the road, and exited the car. Just as he walked to the tree another car pulled up, and then a state trooper, who turned on the flashing lights on his vehicle. The three of them managed to remove the tree. Monte was at the top of the tree, and remembers wilted growth there. He wore no gloves because the day was warm. Anyway, he was miserable for several weeks.
The news is redundant—a new female entered our family at the end of December—the third year in a row where we have added a new member to our family. Watch for the coming post on the new adoptee.
I want to focus your attention on a political issue—opening adoption records for adult adoptees, enabling them to obtain their original birth certificates. Please pass these links on to anyone you know, send them to people on your email list, and/or post them on your FaceBook pages.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!