A Frigid Groundhog Day

“Punxsutawney Phil”

Did you know that there are two groundhogs? Mark and I had a culture clash discussing this hibernating animal the other day.

“Do you guys celebrate Groundhog Day?” – Mark

“Yep.” – Lauren

“Do you know where the groundhog lives?” – Mark proudly asks.

“Somewhere in Pennsylvania.” – Lauren

“What?? No, he lives in Wiarton, Ontario.” – Mark

“Wiarton Willie”

Thus, we both have learned that there is a Wiarton Willie in Wiarton, Ontario and Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, PA, United States.

Our flagpole.

Anyways, we have had a mini-unwanted vacation this week haha. Due to the frigid temperatures, wind chill, ice, and rolling brownouts, we have been without work for four days now – since the majority of schools that have been closed. Please keep everyone here in your prayers as they are without electricity, jobs, or required to drive on slick roads.

Amazingly enough, this past weekend felt like it was almost summer-time. We enjoyed working outside in tank tops and flip flops, and both of us even got sunburns! Such a contrast to the weather now, in the 20s with -4*F windchill.

More exciting things have and are happening this week. Lauren is celebrating her 20th birthday this Saturday, Feb. 5th, and tonight my amazing husband baked me a birthday cake! It’s the first cake he has ever baked and it is one of my favorites – carrot cake. I am married to such a wonderfully thoughtful man 🙂

Our former fish, Bob & Elbert.

Mark and I also went to a pet shop last week and both purchased beautiful fish. I chose a goofy balloon belly molly, whom Mark named Bob. Mark picked out a beautiful sunburst wag, whom I named Elbert. Well…Bob passed away Sunday night due to a swim bladder problem. He enjoyed gulping air at the water’s surface, and faced an embarrassing fate. We think Elbert is lonely, and he has been very still and floaty lately, so we are not sure how much longer he will be with us. So much to say, we will probably make a return trip to the pet shop with pictures of belly-up fish and a receipt.


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