Is there anything better on Groundhog Day than a visit from Punxsutawney Phyllis? Probably not and after our wonderful experience with her last May, we were happy to join in the February fun along with several other weather and groundhog loving friends. A complete list can be found on Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.
Ethan and I started the day by printing up and coloring the fabulous Phyllis action figure. Ethan decided to forgo the accessories that came with Phyllis, giving her a pair of blue glasses just like his instead. We then tucked in by the wood stove to read Punxsutawney Phyllis. Inspired by Phyllis's discoveries of signs of spring, Ethan and I bundled up to see if we could find any ourselves.
It was a sunny and brisk 16 degrees here yesterday morning. Yes, you heard that right. Sunny. A perfect winter day in Maine, but not so great for anyone hoping for groundhogs to predict an early spring.
|Eep! Here there be shadows!|
|Looking for signs of spring.|
But what did we hear as we approached the stream? The sweet burble of running water! Icy cold, but running freely. David and Ethan have made a plan to grab the water filter and go back to the stream to get water for "spring" tea today. (It's regular black tea, but we're calling it spring tea in honor of the unfrozen stream)
|Running water is music to their ears!|
|Feathered friends sharing a song.|
Well, according to the book Punxsutawney Phyllis we found two of the signs of spring Phyllis pointed out to her uncle (the brook and the birds), but were lacking the other two important signs (the Spring Zephyr and the earthy smell of warmer weather). We won't even mention the bold, dark shadows stretching across the snow.
Ethan and I decided that winter is still upon us and we embraced the cold with a crystal snowflake project. You just need borax, boiling water, a wide mouthed jar, pipe cleaners (it recommends using white, but we were all out), string and a pencil. Watching the crystals form as the water cooled was pretty amazing. We'll break out the magnifying glasses today to get a closer look.
|The finished snowflake.|