I must have been 'otherwise engaged' on February 2nd this year. I was - that was opening day of the 2013 IRB Six-Nations Rugby Tournament. Being that I am Welsh, I'll immediately drop that subject!
What I did miss on that day was the escapades of Punxatawney Phil - the (in)famous groundhog said to be the official predictor of the ending of winter. At least there was some good news that day - Phil predicted an early end to winter; so no need to wait till March 20th. to shed the long-johns!
Ironically, the next day we received an unforecasted 4" snowfall. Crank up the BBQ; how do you want your groundhog cooked, mamma?
Don't forget, a week from today is Mardi Gras - time to cook up some pancakes! More on that later.