Well, apparently, the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow this morning on Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania. This means 6 more weeks of winter coming our way. I had not realized that February 2nd is half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is also known as Candlesma Day, a European tradition that signified the midpoint of winter. Folklore has it that if the weather was fair, than we would be in for six more weeks of cold stormy weather.

In the early 1700's the Delaware Indians first settled the town now referred to as Punxsutawney, which means Town of the Sandflies. The Delaware believed that their forbearers originally began life as animals in "Mother Earth" and emerged centuries later to hunt and live as men according to the Stormfax weather almanac.

Therefore ground hogs or woodchucks were considered sacred animals, or ancestral grandfathers.
Woodchucks or ground hogs are members of the squirrel family.

Pretty cool stuff, yes?

looking out the upstairs window of Michele's Cabin.

 Anyway, I have been spending huge amounts of time this winter out in Michele's Cabin with Mot. I put all the stuff I need, my camera, journal, provisions, etc in a large canvas bag and head out. I lose track of time until I get a call from Wayne, who has taken over the living room as his studio while he recoups from his broken wrist. "Where are you?" he barks! "I was just on my way in" says I....

Mots favorite spot.

so cozy inside, while looking out.

Mot is fully acclimated, both upstairs and down.

contemplation of the old life.

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