Cassie Gibbs

So far, this winter hasn’t been crazy wintry. Not to me, at least.

I’ve enjoyed the cold snaps. It means I can wear cuter clothes.

Also, I just tend to sleep better when it’s cold, especially when it’s frigid cold.

Overall, I just enjoy it when there’s a bit of a nip in the air. What I have a problem with is the constant ups and downs that can happen with the temperature during this wintry season. It’s even worse when those temperature fluctuations bring along their friends rain and clouds.

The dropping to what feels like -46 degrees one day to being 67 another day is getting to be quite old. If it’s going to be cold, can the weather just be consistently cold? Also, can it not be rainy and cold?

I promise this column is not just going to be me complaining about the rain and the cold. I’m actually mentioning the cold because of the Great American Holiday that will be coming up soon: Groundhog Day.

This is the day where an animal that is apparently scared of its own shadow tells us, using its infinite wisdom what kind of weather we might be able to expect in the future.

It’s on this day that we learn whether we have six more weeks of winter or spring weather.

Just for your information, Punxsutawney Phil, the wise animal in question, has been correct 65 percent of the time about the weather over the past 117 years, according to an article from pennlive.com.

So, a crowd of people, including representatives of news conglomerates and men wearing funny hats to preserve the historical relevance, will come together on Saturday, Feb. 2, in a town in Pennsylvania to watch an animal look at its shadow.

If we get spring weather a little earlier this year, get prepared for the return of sniffles and colds.

Just in general, make sure to take care of your health because this flu season has been particularly nasty, so wash your hands, cover your cough, don’t kiss sick people, etc.

Maybe drink some extra orange juice while you’re at it.

So, to prepare for the predictions of Punxsutawney Phil, here are my suggestions for life.

Put the heavy jackets up and break out the sweaters or cardigans, something that isn’t as heavy but will keep you warm during early-hour cooler weather.

Start planning beach time, if you’re into that sort of thing. Beach season will get here sooner than you think. Plus, this may just be a beacon of light for some (many) of you to make it through those last days of the cold.

Finally, make cozy memories with family and friends. Have a hot cocoa party, and watch movies while curling up with a blanket.

Those are my suggestions on how to deal with the predictions of the groundhog.

May the next six (or eight weeks) be ever in your favor.

Cassie Gibbs is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are her own and not the opinion of the paper. She can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at cgibbs@southeastsun.com.

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