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The picture above is of that Northern groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.   My southern son so graciously contributed his time and talent so Southern Lady could show you how relaxed and happy those Northern groundhogs are during February.  This guy has enjoyed the life of Riley since 1887,  working one day a year, and tricking those Northerners into thinking he can predict the weather!  Phil is supposedly the only true weather forecasting groundhog.   How naive can you people up North be anyway?  Letting a groundhog  fool you into believing him for 120 years!!  Those Northerners give this groundhog some kind of punch every year (at the annual Groundhog Picnic) and think this gives him 7 more years of life!!  This rodent even has his own website.   If this Phil is 120 years old, (the average life span is 6 to 8 years) he is lying in his groundhog hole gasping and wheezing.  He doesn’t give a damned about the weather and all he cares about is fooling these people into giving him more food, water, and attention.

Now, let Southern Lady tell you about our groundhogs down here in the South.   We call them Whistle Pigs.  If surprised, they emit a loud, shrill whistle and dive into a burrow; hence the name.   Southerners know they are a member of the squirrel family and we have killed squirrels for food since Daniel Boone’s day.  Whistle Pigs rank 4th in game pursued and have provided many a tasty meal in days gone by to hungry farmers.

Let me introduce you to some of our Southern groundhogs.  That is  Colonel Willy Makeit,

in the picture   his friend, Colonel Betty Wont   Our Southern groundhogs work for a living.  They have a pair of large front teeth that destroy our Southern vegetable gardens and fruit trees.  Southern groundhogs create holes that are dangerous to livestock, farm equipment and humans.   Have you ever stepped into a groundhog hole?   If you ever do prepare to have a broken foot or ankle.

Don’t think for one minute that we apply cruel and unusual punishment for the little fellers.   We just load up a high- powered rifle, jump into an old pickup truck, pack a  few beers,  turn some country music on the radio and cruise around the back roads eliminating them from our farms.  Sometimes, we have groundhog day several times a week down here in the South.

Southern Lady remembers one time many years ago when my twins were about four years old.  The old black screen door slammed on our farmhouse as they rushed into the kitchen to tell me what a neighbor told them.  “Momma, Momma”, they yelled!  “my friend said groundhog tastes just like “tucky” fried chicken”!   I have to admit I did taste it one time at a “varmit cookin” but don’t remember if that statement was true.

We don’t really care if Colonel Willy Makeit sees his shadow or not.  A true Southerner knows there is not a groundhog in the South that is going to predict the weather and likely as not we will have six more weeks of bad weather after February 2.

This post was not meant to offend anyone, not Phil, not the Colonels, and not the Northerners. We Southerners just seem to have to tell it like it is down here.

Have a happy Groundhog Day wherever you are!!!!!!!!

P.S. I wrote this several years back on another blog.  I wanted to share it with my friends on The Southern Lady Cooks and Facebook!

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  1. Tommajean says:

    I actually live about an hour and a half from this little rodent. I remember when I was about 5, a fellow hunting out behind our place gave my brother a fresh shot groundhog early one morning. He was six, and so proud of it. My Mother was in bed, pregnant with our younger brother, and my brother carried this dripping freshly gutted carcass in the back door, through the kitchen, living room, play room, up the stairs and into my parents bedroom. Then he asked her to cook it for lunch! Not one of her better days!! I really enjoy your site, your recipes are so good, and your stories add so much to my day. Thank you!

  2. Enjoyed your post. As a southerner who now lives in New England, I can tell you that I don’t care for ground hogs. If they could predict the weather accurately everyday, I still wouldn’t like them. They can wipe out a garden in one day.

  3. I don’t know what our groundhog thought. We don’t actually have groundhogs per se here in Texas. Anyway on the actual day it was foggy in many parts of the metroplex in the morning, and then the sun came out and then it got cloudy for a while before clearing off again. It is enough to make a groundhog weep. I’m betting if our varmints read your blog they will opt to stay here. Oh..our squirrel has figured out how to hang on the bottom of the bird feeder and get the seeds. My husband is starting to look like the coyote in the roadrunner cartoons. I’m expecting a box from Acme Co. any day now.

  4. Funny story! Another reason to enjoy your blog! Patsy…a Georgia girl.