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Groundhog Predicts an Early Spring
Hard to believe that an early Spring is anywhere in our future based on the effects of the polar vortex over the past week. But according to Punxsutawney Phil, we should be enjoying Spring early.
Well, we'll see about that. Here's the full live report from CNN Travel, straight from Punxsutawney, PA, where the famous groundhog himself did his magic!
Groundhog predicts an early spring. Don't get too excited, he's usually wrong. read more
And just for a fun, here is a reprint of my blog on Groundhog Day from 2017!
(Reprint from February 2, 2017)
What's the Deal With Punxsutawney, PA
Today, we find out what the verdict as to whether Spring will arrive early or not.
According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then the spring season will arrive early, some time before the vernal equinox; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its den, and winter weather will persist for six more weeks.
There is an official site for both this annual day and event, tourist information about the area and anything and everything you may be wondering about Groundhog Day.
At Groundhog.org you can find the answers to all of your Groundhog Day questions.
WHO IS THE INFAMOUS GROUNDHOG?
Punxsutawney Phil is preparing for the annual Groundhog Day prediction.
While we wait to hear if he sees his shadow or not, here is everything you might want to know know about the famous groundhog.
He is groundhog known by many names.
His full name is Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary.
But Phil wasn't even his original name. In the early years of Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney referred to him as Br'er Groundhog. The club says he was later named after King Phillip.
According to Pennlive.com, "Phil weighs 20 pounds and is 22 inches long, while most groundhogs are about 15 pounds and 20 inches long.
In addition, most groundhogs live about seven years. The Groundhog Club members give Phil a "magical punch" every summer to prolong his life by seven more years. They say there has only been one Phil since Punxsutawney began celebrating the holiday 131 years ago.
That magical elixir, however, doesn't appear to work on humans.
"We've tried, it just makes them fat and bald," co-handler Ron Ploucha told PennLive. "If you saw some of our Inner Circle members you can tell the ones that tried."
So, what's the story with Punxsutawney, PA and why did I add it to my return drive from Chicago?
Well, considering that it's considered the weather capital of the world, I decided that we should absolutely make this a stop for us gals and see the grounds and the sights:
The Groundhog Day ceremonial grounds, and the groundhog's ceremonial stump. A quiet place 364 days a year.
Gobbler's Knob Trail
The trail is almost a half of a mile in length with lots of flora and fauna. Throughout the trail, there is signage that gives the history of Groundhog Day, the Inner Circle, Punxsutawney Phil and groundhog facts, and more. These signs include smart phone technology to enhance the visitors’ experience.
The Groundhog Club Headquarters
The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club has on display historical and rare Groundhog Club and Punxsutawney Phil items.
Click Here to find out what memorabilia is on display!
Back to today - well, I've got a fun morning planned with the girls. After dropping off laundry and making a quick stop to the Vitamin Shoppe, we'll be headed for a Saturday morning brunch. We'll be venturing to a restaurant in Westbury, which we have yet to ever eat. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow on the blog!
I know I told you yesterday that I would chat about shopping - afterall, today is Shopping Saturday on T.C.. But, I'm going to have to hold that off till tomorrow since I've appeared to run out of time to upload some of my latest purchases!
So, tomorrow - be on the lookout for my blog entitled "Brunch & Boots"
Have a great one!!
Pizza and skiing around the world
Good day peeps!
It's a wet one here in SoCal. It's gonna be a wet few days. I missed the massive amount of rain they experienced here in the southland while I was travelin' and bopping around Europe and Africa a few weeks ago.
But obviously I'm here for it's return and I'm already luvin' it!!
Sorry to have missed you guys yesterday. It was definitely a Foodie Friday over in these parts and by that I mean my house. LOL
All the shopping, planning and prep for tonight's make-your-own pizza night and for tomorrow's Super Bowl Sunday FEAST!
We were in and out of store after store, gathering the perfect ingredients. I'm so not the type of gal who settles for mediocre ingredients just out of convenience. And then you guys wonder why I run around so much and am so freakin' busy.
Afterward, I was busy slaving away in the kitchen making over 11 pounds of fresh home-made pizza dough and enough home-made DELISH pizza sauce to cover about a dozen pies. Mmm
Not to mention that I of course had to make dinner, which I opted to make a Buckwheat Soba Noodle Salad - sorry no pics.
Now to focus on TODAY - Groundhog Day.
The first thing that comes to mind is the very funny Bill Murray movie - Groundhog Day.
If you haven't seen it, rent it, watch it and laugh!
Yup that's my prescription.
As far as good ol' Punxsutawney Phil not seeing his shadow and spring coming early. Well I'm hoping as tradition usually goes...where he is WRONG holds true. Because I still have ski trips planned (Tahoe, Arizona - yes Arizona has snow and skiing, and Utah) and I hate spring skiing.
Speaking of skiing, I came across this article a couple of days ago that I wanted to share How Skiing in Europe and North America Are Different.
Unless you are a skiing enthusiast and have skied both then you probably wouldn't realize that there would be noticeable differences.
And although the article lists the differences into 5 categories
Size -Vertical - Food and Drink - Resort Management -Trains
Another major difference is PRICE. Lift tickets in North America - are simply OUTRAGEOUS especially the major resorts in the states.
With that being said...would anyone like to sponsor me?? lol
Here are some of our ski pics from around the world:
Hope that inspires you to get out there and play in the snow. I know that I can't wait for our first ski trip of the season - 20 days to go!
Alrighty, my time is up. Ciao 4 now,