Sunday, January 31, 2010

Quotable Sunday #22

Every February 2, the groundhog looks for his shadow, and when he sees his shadow "People"(not Phil) predict six more weeks of winter.
When he does not see his shadow, an early spring is then predicted.

I think it's interesting to note that of these 112 predictions on record so far, Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring 14 times.

As to his accuracy, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, he is 100% accurate.... However, according to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, Phil's predictions have been correct just 39% of the time.
The odds for coin tossing in comparison are about 51% to the person doing the tossing, and 49% to the other guy! Hmmm?

This year I plan on just embracing whatever comes.
Hope you enjoy my quotes this week on winter.
Between you and me,
I'm still hoping Phil does not see his shadow this year.

1. "The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears." ~Bill Vaughn

2. "To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring." ~W.J. Vogel

3. "The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it." ~Patrick Young

4. "Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while." ~Kin Hubbard

5. "Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours." ~Robert Byrne

6. "I was just thinking, if it is really religion with these nudist colonies, they sure must turn atheists in the wintertime." ~Will Rogers

7. "There's one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor's." ~Clyde Moore

8. "Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me".
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

9. "One kind word can warm three winter months."
Japanese proverb

10. "When you live in Texas, every single time you see snow it’s magical."
Pamela Ribon

11. “There are only two seasons -- winter and Baseball.”
Bill Veeck

12. “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”
Victor Hugo

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  1. Good Morning Peggy!

    Good old Phil! Great topic for the day. I'm living in the present and totally forgot about Groundhogs Day. Living in FL the past 6 winters it has much less meaning!

    The weather will be what it will be, and I am so happy to be back in PA with family, that I will not and do not complain about the cold. I might comment on it... but it's not a complaint from me!

    I love this quote!
    "One kind word can warm three winter months."
    Japanese proverb

  2. Martha;

    I agree, I plan on not complaining about the cold this year. I might say Brrrrrrr , but I am embarcing what is a natural part of living in the Midwest and Northeast. I lived in California for three years and I choose to come back east!
    Our resaon for moving back here was for family and friends also. We are not sorry. I'm so glad that you came back home and that you are embracing it all!
    A toast to us, one coffee cup to another!
    Have a great week Martha, I always enjoy your comments and look forward to reading them !

  3. I just love Will Rogers. :)

    Doesn't matter what ol' Phil says: weather in the south can go through all 4 seasons in one week. :)

    At least we have our friends to keep us laughing and warm.

  4. Hope;

    Friends keep us warm and happy inside and that's really all that matters!
    I'll just sign in here on Tuesday and receive all the sunshine that I need in any given day!
    Thanks Hope for reminding me.
    Hope you're feeling better, I think am!
    Have a happy Monday thisweek!

  5. Fun choices :D I love #5, #7 and #12.
    Have a great day!

  6. Thank you;

    You have a great evening as well!

  7. I love this one...

    "When you live in Texas, every single time you see snow it’s magical."
    Pamela Ribon

    I live in Louisiana and find that this is SOOOOOOOO true!

    xoxo Peggy I hope you have a great week!!!

  8. Joshlin;

    We were in Hilton Head one winter and it snowed like crazy. Magical is the only word to discribe it!
    Have a great evening!

  9. I liked #5, #7 and #11! At least its February and the sun is staying with us a little bit longer each day! Have a wonderful week!

  10. fun quotes, I always forget about phil until I see it on the news...

  11. Great quotes, Peggy. Once February arrives, I begin to see signs of spring, real or imagined!

  12. Cheryl;

    The sun is shining and no matter who sees their shadow tomorrow, Spring is on the way !
    have a great week!

    Lin Floyd;

    Me too, it always creeps up and then theirs Phil on TV mad that we woke him up!
    Thanks Lin, have a good evening!

  13. Jean;

    We've already seen signs here, it might be a few weeks but I can wait!


    Thanks you, glad you enjoyed!

  14. Wonderful quotes My fave is the Victor Hugo one Living here in Florida we really only have two seasons,and the weather is usually only Rainy and HOT , lol

  15. I wish I could send you some of our warmth. Granted, you wouldn't think it was warm to see my mother bundled up in a down blanket because it was about 65 degrees this morning.

  16. tanya;

    We all have weather that we get sick of.
    Nice to know that even in Florida it's like that!
    Have a great week Tanya

  17. #5's my favourite -- funny and true!

    I think this year we should let poor Phil just sleep in: pleeeease don't let him see his shadow!

  18. Kay;

    Me too...send it here! All the warm weather you can't use!


    Well they pulled that cute little groundhog out of his cage and darn it he saw his shadow.
    That's ok, I choose not to believe!


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