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Carla James
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Topsham, ME
USA
119 Posts

Posted - 01/30/2004 :  10:17:20 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
It gets no respect due to Valentines being just 2 weeks later. Stores are full of hearts and such. But I enjoy waiting for the reports on if he saw his shadow and I send cards to people. My kids think it is a fun day.

Some teachers do fun stuff. You can find activities to do with your kids at groundhog.org:
http://www.groundhog.org/activities/

Ray Sola
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Prescott, AZ
USA
3071 Posts

Posted - 01/30/2004 :  10:35:21 AM  Visit Ray Sola's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
I try and send out Groundhog Day postcards each year. I just checked and there are a few on our Postcard Server. Here is the one I picked to send out.

It is 68 degrees here and 6 more weeks of Winter is perfectly OK by me. For music I used "Let It Snow!"
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SandyMcMahan
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Tucson, AZ
USA
1760 Posts

Posted - 01/31/2004 :  01:16:04 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Cute Ray!

(there is snow in the Tucson forecast for Tuesday )

"Hug someone today, it will make them smile"
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LindaCulp
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Portland, Oregon
USA
2339 Posts

Posted - 01/31/2004 :  02:10:03 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Hey, Ray and Sandy,

Did either of you live in Tucson in 1967 when it rained so bad it flooded? I remember the water coming up to our front door (our front yard was sloped downward to the street). One of our neighbors rowed their boat down the street when the water was at its highest level. That was one of the weirdest experiences I've ever had with strange weather (especially in Tucson, of all places!).

Happily shopping the Portland, Oregon metro area!
~MSPA *Gold* Certified, 2003~
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SandyMcMahan
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Tucson, AZ
USA
1760 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2004 :  01:13:10 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Nope, I moved out here in 1990 from Michigan.

Wasn't there a huge flood here in Tucson in 1989 also?

Do you remember Ray?

"Hug someone today, it will make them smile"
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KarenSE
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Helen, GA
USA
333 Posts

Posted - 02/03/2005 :  07:38:44 AM  Visit KarenSE's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
In Georgia, ground hog is sausage, so I usually try to have a sausage and biscuit for breakfast on Ground Hog Day.

Karen
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Allyson Goldjay
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Elkton, MD
USA
426 Posts

Posted - 02/06/2005 :  5:58:49 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I am a preschool teacher and we have lots of fun on Groundhog's Day. We make groundhog puppets that pop up out of their holes (a cup). We do lots of shadow experiements. Lots of fun!

Allyson

MSPA GOLD CERTIFIED--Washington DC 2003
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Nora
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PA
USA
6341 Posts

Posted - 02/06/2005 :  8:05:27 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I loathe groundhogs;I think they are just mean,fat rats. Try having having a garden around these guys.
Karen, if you need groundhog for that sausage,come visit!
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StaceyPH888
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Port Orange, Florida
USA
197 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2006 :  4:56:10 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Since I was raised in Pennsylvania, I have to say that I had to celebrate Groundhog's day. If you ever heard of Punxsutawney Phil, you know what I'm talking about.
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Heather86
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Bourbonnais (S. of Chicago), IL
USA
2015 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2006 :  5:03:29 PM  Visit Heather86's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Usually with my preschoolers we do something fun with shadows, but this year Feb 2 is our 100th day of school. Bye Bye groundhog!
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Mimi
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USA
1691 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2006 :  5:41:43 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I have learned over the years from Nora and Natalie that ground hogs are the enemy!!! The poor girls plant their gardens every year only to have these pesky creatures eat all their veggies. My heart goes out to them.

Since I have never seen a ground hog, and the DAY means nothing to those of us who are usually sweating in Texas...we are all actually hoping for another six weeks of winter. However, I know my buddies up north have their hearts set on an early Spring...so I am always torn between the two.

Mimi
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JanB27
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OH
USA
4831 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2006 :  5:45:47 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Wow, never seen a groundhog! I guess I didn't know that they were regional varmints, being a Buckeye all of my life. They certainly aren't cute like prairie dogs are, but they aren't as bad as moles. Now there are some detestable creatures!

Jan
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Shel
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MI
USA
474 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2006 :  7:26:16 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I've been amazed to look out to my garden and see a sunflower getting lower and lower to the ground as a groundhog (or woodchuck??) was pulling it down for dinner. Nah, I wouldn't kill him but I can see why people hate them.
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Quinn
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Atlanta, GA
USA
50246 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2006 :  08:40:41 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Not really, other than to watch the coverage of it.
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JanJojo
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West Virginia
USA
42759 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2006 :  8:58:48 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
French Creek Freddie is the name of the groundhog that is used in the area that I live in. I have never celebrated Groundhog day.

Janette Johnson
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Maureen5360
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USA
268 Posts

Posted - 02/03/2006 :  05:04:20 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I watched Phil on the news yesterday. Actually a friend and I used to host a ground hog party each year when I was back home. Everyone dressed in brown, we ate brown foods (lots of chocolate and gingerbread there), drank brown beverages and sang brown songs. (Any song that had a color menitoned in it we substituted "brown") It was a hilarious bit of fun in mid-winter.
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MargeI
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Middletown, MD
USA
900 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2007 :  09:41:50 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Go Phil!! Early Spring!! YAAAAAAAAAY!
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JanJojo
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West Virginia
USA
42759 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2007 :  3:13:03 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Yeah!!!!!!! French Creek Freddie!!! Hope the Springtime gets
here really soon!!!

Janette Johnson
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g8r_Michelle
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Panama City, FL
USA
58 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2007 :  3:46:20 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Does anyone know how many times Phil hasn't seen his shadow? Up until this year I thought it would never happen.

Also, are groundhogs really as big as Phil? My gosh - he's HUGE!! Those things are probably the reason we have so many sink holes in Florida!!

Michelle
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JanJojo
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West Virginia
USA
42759 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2007 :  5:29:00 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Ground hog sausage is being sold at the Rock Cave,West
Virginia IGA store. It's actually " Ground Hog " as in
pig. Folks from all over came out today to check out
this special treat and over the past 12 years this is
the biggest day in meat sales.
This particular store is within a few miles of where
French Creek Freddie did not see his shadow today.

Janette Johnson
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Quinn
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Atlanta, GA
USA
50246 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2007 :  5:50:17 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Phil must sit around in his cage, eat a lot and not run around to much.
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