Monday, February 2, 2009

Groundhog Day!

I've noticed that my "followers" (readers of this blog) have been dwindling. Guess my posts are not that interesting ;)

It's February 2nd, which's Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil once again saw his shadow so this means 6 more weeks of winter.... oh how I wish that was true. Here in Sioux Falls, SD it's more like 14 more weeks until the end of winter :)

This week I've been pretty busy! Monday was my 2nd to last Chiropractor appointment - my back has improved pretty drastically over the last 2 months! Wednesday we had our friends Mel & Tim over for dinner, Thursday was my morning Bible Study (Isaiah) and later that evening was our home group. Friday I introduced two of my friends (Marie and Anna). Recently Marie moved into a house that is directly across the street from Anna! They both have little babies so I thought it would be good for them to meet. Saturday I spent about 3-4 hours with Gage's cousin Monique and her fiance Nick, taking engagement photos of them. I took over 600 photos and have now narrowed it down to about 300. My goal is to narrow it down to 200. Sunday after church we went to Cici's for lunch with Gage's family, then I went to Falls Park with them and took some photos of the family for them. The rest of the day I was home with Zoe :) I spent every spare moment I had editing & enchancing many of the photos. I'm hoping to have all of the photos ready by Thursday.

Here are some fun "facts" I found at! Reading this made me laugh. Such a silly holiday!

Looking for answers to your Groundhog Day questions? You've come to the right spot! Click the links to the left to learn about various aspects of the Groundhog Day holiday, and how we've been celebrating it in Punxsutawney since 1886.

Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the holiday:

. Yes! Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just impostors.

. How often is Phil's prediction correct? 100% of the time, of course!

. How many "Phils" have there been over the years? There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 120 years!

. Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking the "elixir of life," a secret recipe. Phil takes one sip every summer at the Groundhog Picnic and it magically gives him seven more years of life.

. On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter.

. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

. No! Phil's forecasts are not made in advance by the Inner Circle. After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2, he speaks to the Groundhog Club president in "Groundhogese"(a language only understood by the current president of the Inner Circle). His proclamation is then translated for the world.

. The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, "For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May..."

. Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler's Knob was made on February 2, 1887.

. So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br'er Groundhog.



  1. Sounds like a full and enjoyable week! I'm thinking we'll be doing well to only have six more weeks of winter too. ; )


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