Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groundhog's Rock!

...when they aren't attacking little dogs or running in front my my car or hissing at me when I run...

Ok, for real, they totally, 100% rock on February 2nd in Punxsutawney, PA, when the sun isn't shining because without the sun, there's no shadow to be seen and you know what that means!! Spring is a'comin baby!


I'm a happy gal down here in Virginia, but I'm willing to bet that all the lovely and totally awesome northerners that I hold dear to my heart are much happy with that little ugly, I mean Oh so cute, guy's prediction! For heaven sakes, they have been eternally shoveling their cars out this winter and they need a break!

Dearest Winter Storms,

The little school children love you dearly, but the mamas and papas need a break. Money needs to be made, bedtimes need to be met and houses need to be cleaned. You were swell this year and we do love you, but your sister, Miss Spring, needs some lovin too! Stop stealing the lime light! Sheesh, I always knew winter was a boy. :)

Your Ever-Loving-Snow-Frolicking-Betty

The streets of Philadelphia

In honor of my hometown's great state and the home of Phil, here's a little Groundhog Day Trivia! P.S. Groundhog day was a BIG deal as a kid! We made brown paper groundhogs, had groundhog cookies, heck we had school parties (when parties were allowed in school and we even ate candy!) It was pretty sweet! Is this just a PA thing? Do you think I'm weird?

Ok, here's some Trivia (just guess if you don't know the answer, don't google)

1. When was the first Groundhog Day celebrated (year)?
2. What is Phil's full name (heck, what is part of his name aside from Phil)?
Hint: it's a LONG name! The more creative, the better!
3. Where does Phil live? (not the town)
4. What year did the movie Groundhog Day come out?

And what would this post be without a little history lesson!?!?!

An early American reference to Groundhog Day can be found in a diary entry, dated February 5, 1841, of Berks County, Pennsylvania, storekeeper James Morris:

Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.

In Scotland the tradition may also derive from an English poem:

As the light grows longer
The cold grows stronger
If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight
If Candlemas be cloud and rain
Winter will be gone and not come again
A farmer should on Candlemas day
Have half his corn and half his hay
On Candlemas day if thorns hang a drop
You can be sure of a good pea crop

Thank you Wiki for that little educational experience!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Much love.

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