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Jan 31, 2020

Groundhog Day: How to Cope with Either Weather Prediction

Groundhog Day is upon us and while we’re all really hoping that Punxsutawney Phil - the little weatherman (weatherodent?) rascal who will determine our fate for the next six weeks - will be evaded by his shadow this year and bring us an early spring, there is always the distinct possibility that he will see his shadow and bring us another six weeks of winter weather.

Whether blue skies and sunshine are in our future or we’re in for another month and a half of ice and snow, here’s how to cope with whatever weather old Phil serves up for us this February.

If he doesn’t see his shadow:

If the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, legend tells us spring will arrive shortly! While we’re always eager for warmer weather, there is a lot of prep that goes into readying your home, vehicle and family for spring when you live in a cold climate. Here are some things to consider should spring be shortly on its way:

  • Prepare for spring cleaning: Stock up on cleaning supplies and make a to-do list for the areas of your life that need sprucing up. Don’t limit cleaning to your home. Clean your desk at work and spruce up your vehicle, cleaning it both inside and out. Being prepared will make cleaning more efficient once the warmer weather rolls around.
  • Make a to-do list: What things would you like to accomplish this spring and summer? Maybe you’ve been wanting to get some rooms painted or have been dreaming of fencing in your yard. Write down what you hope to get done during the warmer months and commit!
  • Order summer-flowering bulbs and seeds: If you enjoy gardening, use this time to order the bulbs and seeds you’ll want to plant this spring. If you’re interested in taking up gardening but have never done so before, use this time to draw out where you’d like to create your garden and do some research into what you would like to plant.
  • Go through your wardrobe: With the new season comes a change in wardrobe. Before unpacking all of your warm-weather clothing from the attic, go through your winter clothes. Were there any items that you didn’t wear at all during the colder months? Bag up the gently-used items that you no longer wear and donate them to charity.

If he does see his shadow:

Unfortunately, there is the very real possibility that the groundhog may see his shadow, in which case it is predicted that we’ll have another six weeks of winter weather on our hands. Since we’re in the throes of winter already, you have probably checked off a lot of preparation to-dos already. But by February, winter can start to feel very old. Here are some ways you can cope with the long, cold season and - perhaps - keep up on some simple maintenance:

  • Get active: Being active (even in cold weather) is one of the simplest ways to boost your mood. Exercise releases endorphins in your brain which makes you feel happier, and spending time outside has been shown to foster a sense of peace. Click here to read about some of our favorite outdoor winter activities for families.
  • Get cozy: While no one really enjoys scraping ice off of their car or driving in the snow, there are some enjoyable aspects of winter that are often forgotten. One of which is getting the opportunity to spend time indoors and creating a cozy environment. Make your space extra cozy (or as the Danish say, “hygge”) by stocking up on warm beverages and blankets. Try new recipes in the oven and slow cooker to warm up your home and make it smell inviting. Plan movie nights in with your loved ones or invite your friends over to play board games.
  • Make plans for your tires: Did you get snow tires this year? If so, you get to enjoy them for a few more weeks! But you’ll want to look into scheduling time to take them off so that you don’t wear them down on the warm pavement once the weather turns.
  • Top your car off with windshield washer fluid: It looks like you’ll be using winterized washer fluid for another few weeks. Buy a bottle and top your car off so you’re prepared for the weeks ahead.
  • Stock up on fuel: Depending on how you heat your home, you may need to stock up on more firewood, pellets or oil to keep your place warm for the rest of the winter. Check your fuel levels and act accordingly.

Whether Phil sees his shadow or not, we know that spring will eventually be on the horizon. Click on the button below to learn more about preparing your home for the season ahead.

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