Monday, February 1, 2010

A Hog Holiday

Groundhog, that is.

Yes, that's right, folks, tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2nd, is Groundhog Day.

(Incidentally, it's also the anniversary of my having eaten pizza that a dog licked at my friend Lori's birthday party when we were in, like, third or fourth grade. I always thought she was SO lucky to share her birthday with the Hog's Special Day. Anyhow, I left the room to use the bathroom or something, the dog licked my pizza while I was out of the room, and then my friends let me eat it like everything was fine. They told me when my pizza was gone. Some friends.)

For those of you who don't remember or DIDN'T know of Zoe at this time last year (GASP!!!), it was this exact time last year that I went to stay in a cabin in the woods a few miles from our house for a little Winter Retreat.

Let's take a walk down Memory Lane:

A "Snow Zoe" that I built in honor of the World's Best Rabbit

My Cabin, "Hildegard"

Me, relaxed, on retreat, in my Kitten Hat (with Hildie behind me)

Due to my weird work schedule this week, in which I worked Sunday and next Saturday like bookends, I have two days off in the middle of the week. With the addition of what should be a Federal Holiday, Groundhog Day, I have three days off and decided to inquire about the availability of my cabin. Hildegard was available, and so I am going Into the Woods.

It's practically Shakespearian.

Sadly, I cannot take Miss Zoe on my trip. Nor will I take Toby the Mini Cat, Miss Lilly the Great, The Wild and Crazy Miss Emmie, or F. Scott Fitzgerald, Famous Cat Writer. They will stay happily at home with the Chick in the Lilypad.

This year, I will do the same thing I did last year. I will take the writing I am currently working on and write, write, write!!! It will be funner than fun. Though I will miss my animals like CRAZY!!!!

Therefore, unless Zoe decides to write a blog on Wednesday, you will not hear from us for a couple of days. When I come back, we will share exclusive footage of my exciting stay in my Little House in the Big Woods.

Now it's positively Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Stay tuned for the excitement.

Last year, I saw this Woodpecker:

Will he be back?
"Ummmmm.....yeah. Who cares?"

Stay tuned to find out...

Oh, and HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY in the meantime.


Kavindra said...

Color me jealous! Have a great trip. Tho I must say ... poor Zoe. A movie star ought to get away sometimes herself, away from all the flash of papparazi and fans asking for paw-tographs.

Emma said...

Have a wonderful time!

We'll try not to get too rowdy here while you're gone...

Debra She Who Seeks said...

How positively Henry David Thoreau of you! As you know, he wrote in a cabin in the woods too. Although he represented himself in Walden as having lived the isolated, introverted life of a writer, in reality he lived just outside the Concorde town limits and his Mom and sister brought him meals and did his laundry. And he was always over at the Emersons, cadging a free supper. (Typical guy, eh?)

Enjoy your genuine solitude and writing time!

Linnea said...

*Swoons with envy*

Still, I hope you have a wonderful time on your Walden-esque journey!

Sarah said...

Oh oh oh oh I am so excited for you! I used to be able to do this now and again..just go off for a few days...ALONE!! Not so much of late..but someday again I hope! Enjoy your sweet retreat and breathe some sweet wooded air for me!
Love the bunny...too cute..I for one hope he is back!
Hugs and Namaste, Sarah

StorytellERdoc said...

Have a great time! I just hope you write a page or two this time! LOL See you when you get home.

Bella Foxglove said...

Have a wonderful trip!

I just got back from vacation myself, so I have a lot of organizing and stuff to do before I write about it.

I cant wait to hear of your adventure!

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Jeanne Klaver said...

Lucky, lucky you! Enjoy and write on!

Anonymous said...


LOVE that hat!

Enjoy your writing retreat :-)

belladawn said...

As you are writing in the Big House in the Hundred Acre Wood, ponder the wise words of Christopher Robin to Pooh.

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

I take it none of those girls are your friends now. Wouldn't they be jealous if they saw you now? The ability to take time off and live in the woods. Good for you!