Friday, February 2, 2007

Groundhog Day 2007!!

What a great Groundhog Day!! It may sound silly--but Groundhog Day is a big deal in our household. Mainly just the mommy fun of it! We start off our day with Groundhog shaped pancakes with powdered sugar snow topping, and when we are finished we run outside to see if we can see our shadows!

Here is the OFFICIAL word from Gobbler's Knob:

Phil Says Spring is Right Around the Corner!
Phil's official forecast as read 2/2/07 at 7:28 a.m. at Gobbler's Knob:

El Nino has caused high winds, heavy snow, ice and freezing temperatures in the west.
Here in the East with much mild winter weather we have been blessed.

Global warming has caused a great debate. (Global Warming??? Oh PUH-LEASE!!)
This mild winter makes it seem just great.

On this Groundhog Day we think of one thing.
Will we have winter or will we have spring?

On Gobbler's Knob I see no shadow today.
I predict that early spring is on the way.

Now how many of you really know the ins and outs of Groundhog Day??

Just after sunrise on Groundhog Day, the 15 top-hat-and tuxedo-clad members of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club will do as they and their predecessors have done for more than 100 years: Pull Punxsutawney Phil from his burrow to check on his shadow.

If, as he usually does, the globe's most famous marmot sees his furry shadow, meaning winter should last six weeks longer, a mighty "Boo!" will rise up from the 20,000 freezing people expected to be present--a crowd more than three times larger than this Pennsylvania town's population.


How famous has Phil become? Last year the Department of Homeland Security included Phil's permanent homestead, the Groundhog Zoo, located in a nook in the town's library, as one of 77,069 sites in the National Asset Database of potential terror targets. (Chicago Tribune)

So you see--we aren't the only Groundhog Fans! The movie Groundhog Day was filmed in Woodstock, Illinois--apparently the real town of Punxsutawney didn't have the architectural or "town square" needs that the film wanted! I don't think we will ever make the pilgrimage to Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day--but it is certainly a fun family tradition!!