No shadow? Early spring? We’ll take it!

Well, that chubby little cheeker pulled through for us this year, didn’t he? I was afraid one of these local farm boys was going to make a visit to Punxsutawney and have a chat with the beloved Phil. Unlike the farmers and ranchers with cattle to feed and pipes to thaw, I sit comfortably in my warm home. Because if one thing is for certain, it has been teeth-shaking cold the past few days. So cold, in fact, that the big dogs have been sleeping in the entryway. This means it’s really cold over here, because they are as messy and stir crazy as they are Labrador.

Are you excited for an early spring this year? I know we are out here …

South Dakota Pup
It’s been bitter cold, with our famous South Dakota winds making it about -40 last night.

South Dakota Pup

It was so cold, in fact, that sometime in the middle of the night when all the covers fell off the bed, I dreamed I was cold. No joke. My frosty toes and cold nose woke me up, scrambling for blankets. Then I did a mental recap to recall if the big dogs were inside or not, and if I left any pups outside. It checked out. Phew! I’m a good momma.

South Dakota Pup

We miss the sun, can't you tell?

So after a night like that, it’s easy to say we’re hoping that little hog knows what he’s talking about … because an early spring would be mighty welcomed.

South Dakota Pup

It's a cold one out there folks ... well, so I've heard.

For sure Milo thinks so.

South Dakota Pup

Early spring, pleeasseeeee.

And this weather suspicious-minded gal (typical South Dakotan) isn’t yet convinced that a hairy hermit knows anything about anything.

I’ll believe it when I see it, you cute thing you.

South Dakota Country Wife

P.S. I shoveled that deck again. Here’s to hoping it’s the last time this year! (Just call me the Constant Optimist).


33 thoughts on “No shadow? Early spring? We’ll take it!

  1. I hate it when I have dreams in which I am cold/hot/have to go to the bathroom/etc. as they are always so stressful. I guess my subconscious is just trying to make me aware of something that needs addressing pretty quickly, but still, they could be less anxiety provoking.

  2. It is snowing here in rural Ohio, even as I type. We’ve had a lot of ice too. The driveway, and front yard, and road in front of our house…all a solid sheet of ice. Skating anyone?
    At least it hasn’t gotten down to -40. It’s a wonder you guys aren’t Popsicles.

  3. Brrrrr….you got me freezing. We didn’t get any of the snow. Just the wind and some rain here in WV.

    Thinkin’ of all those that are snowed in.

    Cute post, btw.

  4. I just read another blog explaining this animal shadow thing determining the spring. Sounds rather strange to me. I would be glad to send you some of our hot weather. Take the continuous 40 degree days they are horrid here. I do hope your spring comes for you!!

  5. It’s mighty fine out here on the West coast! We even had a couple days of sunshine this week! Though it’s been cold (I think about +4- zero, Celsius). You can have the snow! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I have never known a dog who didn’t take his place in the sun if one was offered! Here’s hoping for a mild what’s left of winter and an easy breezy spring .. I’m ready for dresses & dainty shoes instead of black pants and boots with good tread. *Sigh*.

    Cheers! MJ

  7. I hear the phrase “-40 degrees” and realize I have no reason to complain about the weather. Ever.

    We were without power two days this week thanks to a fussy little ice storm. But that’s a walk in the park compared to your bitter South Dakota temps. Stay warm this weekend!

    • It definitely gets ugly around here some days! And then the animal lover in me starts to ask … “What about the cattle? Or the rabbits? Or the coyotes?” One of my “neighbors” (she’s about a good 20 miles from me), woke up one morning to find a coyote on her deck. It was mangy, therefore couldn’t keep warm with its loss of hair, so it snuggled up next to the house. Now that’s cold!

  8. Peanut the Dog has given up her rest place in the kitchen, too drafty in this old farmhouse and has ventured to full body in the livingroom entry, closer to the fire. Okay, I give in as long as I don’t find her shaggy ass on my couch. I can’t wait till spring! (except for the shedding, of course.) Hope you enjoy your Super Bowl.

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