It’s hard to believe that yesterday was Groundhog Day 2012. Â Sir Walter Wally, Raleigh’s groundhog, predicted six more weeks of winter for us. Â Really, Wally? Here in Raleigh in the winter of 2011-2012, I don’t think we’ve had six weeks of winter-like weather yet. Our snow total for the entire season sits at 0.0 inches, the thermometer hit 70 more than once in the last week, my heating bill actually makes me smile, and it’s starting to look like spring everywhere. Â Daffodils and forsythia are in full bloom, trees are budding and flowering, the air is sweetly fragrant, some insects are back, and so are the birds. Â There was even a flock of robins checking out my garden today. Â On the down side, my yard is starting to look like I need to pull out the mower already. Â Nah, it’d be a shame to mow down those Â buttercups that are out there.
I’ll gladly take six more weeks of this kind of winter.
That’s Life in Raleigh.