As always, I'm keeping my eyes peeled for links to Scotland in everything. Groundhog's Day is no different.
"In Scotland the tradition may also derive from an English poem:
As the light grows longer
The cold grows stronger
If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight
If Candlemas be cloud and rain
Winter will be gone and not come again
A farmer should on Candlemas day
Have half his corn and half his hay
On Candlemas day if thorns hang a drop
You can be sure of a good pea crop
This tradition also stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and Groundhog Day. Candlemas, also known as the Purification of the Virgin or the Presentation, coincides with the pagan observance Imbolc."
Today is Imbolc for all my fellow Pagans out there. Out with the old, and in with the new. I think I've got my head back on straight, after two months of confusion and emotional hijacking, and can resume my daily writing routine. No longer will I let the judgements and criticisms of others dictate my worth or ability.
Yesterday I got my taxes filed (finally!) only to find out the IRS won't be processing them until Valentine's day due to certain laws getting passed too late last year. I still say they should pay us interest. The one time I owed taxes, I had to pay 6%, IIRC. But then again, our government sucks at finances so they'd probably screw it up anyway.
In more narcissistic news, I've bought myself two pair of shoes [pics below] that will surely brighten my view of the world after such a grey blah winter. Especially since both were on sale. The boots are due to arrive today, beautiful burgundy leather riding boots. Another week and my Chuck Taylor-esque red velvet sneakers will be here. Retail therapy really does ease the soul.
Dolce Vita Women's Donner Boot (Amazon.com)
Maroon Velvet Sneakers (J.Jill)
Also, please visit This Website to learn more about the Old 280 Boogie, and how you can support it, whether you're from the area or not. This is an area very close to where I grew up. I've already made my donation and put in vacation time to attend this year. So, go make yours. Thanks!