Today’s the day that ol’ Punxsutawney Phil will announce to the world his long-awaited prediction: Will spring arrive early or will winter continue for six more weeks? If you’re like us, your are hoping for spring. After a few months of cabin fever, it is nice to get outside to throw the frisbee, dine alfresco, and start those home organization projects that have started to pile up. Do you have any projects that you want to start working on this spring? We’d love to know. Share your thoughts by commenting in the “speak your mind” box below.
In honor of Groundhog’s Day, here is some Groundhog’s Day trivia for you to ponder. (according to the official Web site of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club)
- Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br’er Groundhog.
- The celebration of Groundhog Day began with the Germans, 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…” The settlers found that groundhogs were plentiful and were the most intelligent and sensible animal to carry on the legend of Candlemas Day.
- A groundhog can whistle when it is alarmed. Groundhogs also whistle in the spring when they begin courting.