What Does a Groundhog Say? This Doesn’t Look Like Spring!

Our local groundhog, General Beauregard Lee, predicted an early spring when he waddled out of his Southern “mansion” a few weeks ago. Today, however, I am sitting in the house watching what is being described as a “catastrophic” and “historic” ice storm take shape outside my window.

Ice storms are the scary part of living in the South. Widespread power outages are pretty much a given as the ice builds up on trees and power lines. The weight of the ice on the power lines themselves can snap them right in half, and if the power lines escape the icing, the tree branches won’t. As ice builds up on tree branches, they snap off and break the power lines.

Most people have shown common sense and stayed home and off the roads today – which is good news. Schools and businesses have closed, although automated emergency messages from many employers (like my husband’s) clearly informed employees that, “if they have the ability to work from home, they are expected to do so” (gotta be practical).


We have our bathtubs filled (in case power outages affect water treatment plants), water bottles filled, batteries in all of the flashlights, bread, non-perishable foods, blankets, candles, lighters and all of our electronic devices are charged.

(I must say, that it has been a while since I’ve experienced a Southern ice storm like this, and charging electronic devices was a new item on my checklist – my how times have changed.)

I’m not looking forward to the possibility of being without power for days, but if it happens, we are as ready as we can be.

I hope all of my readers in the path of the ice storm stay safe and warm. For those in other parts of the country, I hope mother nature is kind to you this week.


  1. says

    I hope you don’t lose power. I am also in the South. We wondered if we would wake up to snow today, but alas we did not. It will be interesting to see if it does end up snowing this afternoon.

  2. says

    Yes the south has been hit really hard! Glad you are prepared and hope this storm passes quickly and with minimal damage. Didn’t Phil the main ground hog see his shadow and say 6 more months of winter? Sounds like he was right and your local groundhog was wrong.

  3. says

    I moved from the desert to Idaho a few years ago and experienced major snow and ice last year. Luckily we never lost power during the storm. And this year has been tolerable, other than the gloomy, gray skies! It looks like you have taken all the steps you can to be prepared for whatever comes your way, hope you stay safe and warm! I am soooo ready for winter to be over this year! Stopping by from #SITSBlogging.

  4. says

    Not fun at all – I hope you all stayed safe! We had an ice storm last spring in South Dakota that was really bad. Then we moved to Texas over summer and got hit with an ice storm here in early December! Twice in one year in two different states! Thankfully neither one effected either of our personal property, but in both cases the neighborhoods we live(d) in had a lot of visible damage.
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