The Groundhog is 90

mother's 90th birthday 019 So many of you have sent such good thoughts and wishes concerning my mother that I thought you would like to know that she is up and celebrating her 90th birthday.

This is her with her cake and first ever wrist corsage.  We threw a party for her at the church’s fellowship hall and so many of her family, friends, neighbors, church members and acquaintances stopped in that we have determined she must certainly be well loved.

And once or twice she even forgot about having a walker and took off without it – both excting and scary.

She enjoyed herself and that made the days of working on the event – dragging new clothes to her house for her to try on there, ordering flowers and linens and food, sorting through photos for the memory table, agreeing and disagreeing with other family members over the details, working on invitations, making phone calls, cleaning and boxing and taking pictures – all worth the effort.

This happened yesterday on Groundhog Day, which is her actual birthday.  And for as long as I can remember she has been the recipient of every possible joke concerning the furry creature’s prediction for spring.

picture courtesy of wikipedia
picture courtesy of wikipedia

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Groundhog Day tradition, let me enlighten you.  On February 2, groundhogs around America crawl out of their burrows – how they know that it is February 2 is beyond me – and if they see their shadows, they will retreat back into their little nests to rest for six more weeks of winter.  If they do not see their shadow, then it will be an early spring and they will stay out to play.

This goes back to the ancient European traditions around Candlemas and the importance of marking the mid point of winter.  Believe it or not, the stately groundhog even has his own website which has some old rhymes there, such as:

According to an old English song:

If Candlemas be fair and bright,

Come, Winter, have another flight;

If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,

Go Winter, and come not again.

According to an old Scotch couplet:

If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, There’ll be twa (two) winters in the year.

Another variation of the Scottish rhyme:

If Candlemas day be dry and fair,

The half o’ winter to come and mair,

If Candlemas day be wet and foul,

The half of winter’s gone at Yule



  1. Happy Birthday to your lovely Mom,Renee!
    She looks like she is glowing in her picture and doesn’t have a care in the world. It has to be great for you to see her like this.

  2. Thanks for sharing your mom’s 90th with us. 🙂 She looks great! I’m so glad she was up to a celebration. Please wish her a happy belated birthday for me.

    1. I’m going to give everyone a few days to leave comments and then I’m going to print this off for her. She doesn’t ‘do’ computers. She doesn’t even ‘do’ vcr’s.

  3. Happy Birthday to your beautiful mother! Such a wonderful picture. Bravo to you and family for putting on such a memorable party for her. I’m sure she’ll be enjoying pictures flow in and will be smiling for weeks to come.

  4. Your mum looks shining and in good shape for a 90yo. You must be a happy family. And fancy wearing her first ever corsage – THAT is special.

    A beautiful post to share. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NANA! 🙂

    1. First ever ‘wrist’ corsage. She’s always had the kind that has to be pinned on the clothes, but I bought this new outfit for her and it is a knit so I didn’t want to ‘pick’ the fabric. Bless her heart, she banged that wrist corsage over everything and everybody. It definitely looked worn out by the end of the evening.

  5. Happy Birthday to your mom, and congratulations on seeing her through to this celebration after her / your scary December! I’m so glad you are able to celebrate with her, and to see her enjoy this time with so many family and friends! Blessings to all of you! ~ Sheila

  6. Happy Birthday greetings to your Mum. I love the photo. Your Mum looks so elegant with the wrist corsage.
    You must be exhausted after all the organizing and planning, but now that it was so successful (congratulations) I hope you’ll give yourself a little break now.

  7. You’re Mom is amazing. What a lovely and classy lady she is. Look at her smile, it warms my heart. I’m so thankful she’s doing so well. Thanks for sharing her celebration of life. You’re both true treasures. 🙂

  8. I’m so glad your Mother’s doing better and was able to celebrate her birthday. 90 is a milestone! I’m sure her party took a lot of planning.
    (As you know, Feb. 2 is my anniversary; it’s a very important date!)

  9. Hi thanks for liking my last post, How to cut vanilla beans, the smart way! Your mom is AMAZING! Congratulations and I wish you guys many more b-days to come!

    1. Thank you. I am coming back to your blog. It looks really interesting and I think you have a lot of tips that we can all use. Thanks for the good wishes for my mother.

  10. Wow! Your mom looks great. One would never guess all the cliffs she and her family have faced in recent months. Thanks for sharing this celebration with us!

  11. Your Mama looks gorgeous! Hard to believe she’s 90! I’m so glad she’s doing so much better. It looks and sounds like a marvelous celebration of this lovely woman!

  12. She does look like she was delighted and having a great time.
    My mom (and her brother) was born on April1 – so she too heard all those silly comments her whole life on her birthday
    Thanks for the groundhog phrases – hadn’t seen those before

    1. She did have a good time. I’m glad you liked the groundhog phrases and I can sympathize with your mom’s dilemma. It’s hard to be born on an odd holiday.

  13. Wishing your mother of the love, joy and great health on her Birthday and every day. Beautiful smile! Groundhog day is new to me and it’s amazing how mother nature predicts dates and time.

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