That’s Right WoodChuck Chuckers…


Groundhog Day was always one of those days that you acknowledged but didn’t make much of a fuss about, (unless winter has been an especially cold and snowy one…) until the movie “Groundhog Day” came out.

I fell in love with the movie immediately. We even had a VHS version, then a Blue Ray version of the movie in our library. If the movie wasn’t on TV on February 2, then I would pop the movie in and watch the video version with my family.

My children were small when the movie came out but as they got older, it began to be a tradition to watch it in our house. It wasn’t just that the movie was funny. It was philosophical and theological. What would you do if you relived the same day over and over? Is there a Supreme Being reliving days over and over and that’s how they know everything? I am sure Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis were thinking more along the lines of poking fun at the day when they wrote the script, but the movie became so much more that I am sure they intended. It was done so well and it really makes you ponder life as you are being entertained.

The lines in the movie are classic. How can you ever look at a groundhog and not think “don’t drive angry?” That line was so hilarious in that setting. And my special favorite was Bill Murray when he’s on the phone “What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today!” OMG, that made me laugh. I am sure many of us sitting at desk job have thought that very thing.

The music, too. As soon as the opening theme comes on the TV, it doesn’t matter where you are in the house, you know what movie is coming on. It’s as distinctive as the James Bond themes.

If you are working from home today, the movie is on repeat on the AMC channel.


Groundhog Day sketch done in a Hahnemuhle sketchbook using Arteza brush pens and a Lamy safari with Carbon ink.  Hand lettered.  Groundhog looks like he could pass on the whole day.
It’s Groundhog Day!

Carve December – Day 31

Yeah, today is the final day! Here is today’s stamp, which is inspired by my three flowering aloes. I never knew Aloes got flowers and mine must be pretty frisky because they keep flowering multiple times a year!

I also took a photo of all of the stamps (all 31 of them!) and it’s nice to see all of them together. There are 31 stamps that I created for me to use in other projects. I already used some for patterns and Christmas tags. I am really excited about them and adding them to last year’s collection!

This is also my final post for 2022. Happy New Year’s Eve!

Carve December Day 29

I am really excited about today’s stamp. I just randomly drew the design based on my roses. I was thinking “rose hips” and voila! Here’s my design!

I am also really excited that I only have two more stamps to carve, too! It was a tough month compounded by the additional twist of getting sick, but alls well that ends well.

Carve December Day 28

It was surprisingly nice enough outside today where I could sit and work in the open air, instead of from inside the house. It’s nice to sit outside again, it looks so pretty with all of our poinsettias back out. They were in the shed for a couple of days to protect them from the cold. We weren’t taking any chances that “garden” poinsettias would perish and the orchids were just starting to bloom so all were sheltered until the temps warmed.

Last night only got down to the low 50’s so it was ok for them all to be out. We’ll be warming up to the 60’s as overnight temps for a bit so the plants can stay out. It does get cold here in January so they might get moved again. I would bring them into the house but I don’t feel like chasing the lizards around that live in my plants. One lizard has dibs on our outdoor wicker chair and he hides in the cushion. He was originally at our Lake Placid (Florida, not NY) house and hid in the chair, so now he lives with us in Jensen Beach.

Today, I decided to carve a holiday candle. It sort of fit with sitting out here with the plants. I might trim this one. We’ll see.

Carve December Day 27

This one surprisingly came out as I had hoped. I originally wanted to cut the shape out but I wanted to get today’s stamp finished with minimal mishaps. I decided to carve the line and I am pretty happy that it has the delicate shape that I was hoping for.


Merry Christmas!

Carve December Day 25 is a nod to Tom Hegg’s poem “A Cup of Christmas Tea.” YouTube has several versions of the author reading his poem. I recommended reading it and/or listening to it.

I hope you all get the chance to have that cup of tea, (coffee, cocoa or whatever your warm beverage is) with loved ones today.

Merry Christmas!

Carve December Day 24

It’s Christmas Eve and I feel much better than yesterday. I am also more coherent. 😂

I didn’t get my holiday baking done because I was sick on the days that I reserved for my baking, although I did bake a pie today so that we would have something for dessert.

We staggered out the 7 fishes throughout the day and we just have the lobster tails left to eat. The Eagles game is on and I can’t watch. Too stressful. I have Love Actually on in my studio. Mack, also recovering from his illness, has been antsy the past few days because he knows it’s Christmas. We have to be careful he doesn’t unwrap gifts. The doggie gifts are in a bag where he can’t reach them and he’s been sniffing around the bag.

We have Christmas bells on the back door that Mack is using to ring to ask to be let out. It’s really cute. But annoying because now that he’s learned that he can get a response, he’s ringing them all the time now.😂

When he goes out he likes to chase all the bunnies that have inexplicably been all over the place even though it is cold here. The cold brought them out for some reason. We put all of our plants in the shed until the temps moderate. We finally got the poinsettias blooming and they look so pretty and now they are in the shed. We didn’t bring them in because lizards live in them.

Here’s a nod to Mack with a Christmas Bells stamp….enjoy!