Friday, February 1, 2013

Giveaway Winner and Groundhog Day Love

I'm likely the only one goofy enough in my immediate family to feel this way, but today and tomorrow, Groundhog Day, always seem like extra-special days designed for my family, as if  the first couple dates on the calendar this month are very much "ours."  My older brother's birthday is today ("Groundhog Eve"), and he, my dad, and I were all born in Punxsutawney, so we share the hometown of the celebrated groundhog, "Punxsy Phil."  It always feel both odd and somehow fitting for "our" family birthday and hometown to be celebrated and on the news over a national holiday every year.  (My family would all roll their eyes at this, as I said, but I myself love holidays, even strange ones that fete a rodent weather forecaster.) 

Have I mentioned here before that groundhogs are one of my favorite animals?  They can get so big and chubby, and their hind-ends waddle when they run (if they're chubby enough), and they just melt my heart.  'Love, love, love them.   
I worked at a dollar store off and on throughout college and a couple years after, and one of my customers mentioned once that she had found a groundhog cub in the woods behind her house, and after watching it for awhile and concluding that its mother must have died, she decided--illegally--to keep it as a pet.  The groundhog lived right in the house with her and her family for years, just as a cat or dog would, she told me--and although I wouldn't really keep one as a pet the way they did, I've been somewhat envious ever since.  A pet groundhog!  Be still, my heart! 

And as I just said to Terri from the lovely blog "Artful Affirmations," be still to her heart too because she's the winner of my first giveaway.  Congratulations again, Terri!  :)  And thank you all for your sweet comments and the stories you shared in the comments of the last post. Reading them and discovering new blogs and new people brightened an exhausting end-of-January, so thank you for everything.   

Happy birthday, Older Brother, congratulations again, Terri,  and a jubilant Groundhog Day weekend to you all.  ;)


Annabelle said...

I must confess my ignorance - never heard of groundhogs - must look them up! The lovely food gave me a sugar rush. Congrats to winner.

Anonymous said...

Wow - I love all the Groundhog trivia about your family - how fun!!! Congratulations to the winner!

Lisa said...

Congratulations to Terri!

Annabelle, another name for a groundhog is woodchuck - perhaps that's a more familiar name for them.

Terri said...

I watch Phil every year predict the weather. It is sweet that your family holds such a strong Groundhog Day connection.
Oh Yay! I am so thrilled I won your giveaway! Thank you so much!
sending you an e-mail

Lesa said...

I l-a-u-g-h-e-d!!!! I love your cookies, meatloaf and your entire festive spirit! Makes me to think of something, potentially silly, for tomorrow's celebration. YAY!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

congratulations to the winner and, sorry, Val, I don't share your fondness for groundhogs. they make too much of a messy hole and it's dangerous for my sheep, alpacas and horses. I've a friend who cans them for winter time eating...tasty!
wry smile

Nellie said...

Congratulations to Terri, Happy Birthday to your brother, and enjoy those groundhog cookies!

asmplelife said...

I love that you celebrate this holiday with such panache! Your cookies are so cute. I don't think I could eat them. Happy birthday to your brother and enjoy your special day!

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Hi Val,

I don't know groundhog either!

Congrats to the giveaway winner.

Enjoy the cookies

Happy weekend


Amy said...

I was kinda bummed to hear it was going to be an early end to 'winter'. I could use some more 'winter' down in my neck of the woods! (eesh....I am NOT looking forward to South Texas summer...)

Your meatloaf made me chuckle...I should totally do that for my family...

Val said...

Thank you all. :)