WEEKEND POST 164
The custom of predicting the persistence of winter or an early spring by observing a groundhog at sunrise likely predates the first official Groundhog Day in 1887. The superstition is rooted in the ancient Christian holiday Candlemas, celebrated on 2 February — the midpoint between the winter solstice + the spring equinox:
“If Candlemas Day be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight;
But if it be dark with clouds and rain,
Winter is gone, and will not come again.”
In France, the 2nd of February is known as La Chandeleur or Jour des crêpes, when families eat crêpes. The French, in keeping with this tradition, also prognosticate with the buttery stacks. Bien sûr!
Since we had a cloudy, rainy morning that gave way to a clear sunny, albeit cold, afternoon, I called Groundhog Day a draw, and in lieu of crêpes. we ate Friday night pizza + pancakes this morning. And now, garden dreaming for 2018 commences! It’s never too early. How about you?
Have a most delightful, warm weekend, and sneak a quick look at the latest links + updates before you go stock up on gameday goodies. We’re making French onion soup with homemade baked Brick cheese + wonton wrapper “mozzarella sticks,” mmm!
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Some interesting, fun, delicious reads:
- February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. Pregnant women are especially susceptible to certain diseases and infections. Learn how best to protect yourself and your unborn baby.
- Nope. (Did I hint that these would be delicious links? Sorry.)
- Which of these birds are in your backyard?
- The two-list to-do list.
- If you think IPAs aren’t your thing, explore more.
- I could never successfully turban my bath towel.
- This week’s pinned words of wisdom.
Recently on HGN:
- Creamy White Winter Cauliflower Soup with Masala-Charred Florets (GF + vegetarian + dairy-free)
- Weekend Post 163
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