The last of the Phils…well, almost. :(

Hey guys, it’s Fiona here!!  If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that every so often, one of us gals gets to go with Flo to meet up with Xyra from Tea Time With Melody Q out at the Coolspring Power Museum.  I was so thrilled that I was getting to go, I’ve been wanting to for a while.  On this trip, we were hoping to finish checking off the last of the Phantastic Phils in Punxsutawney.  We only had four left, so it didn’t seem like a difficult mission.  Or so we thought.  (If you’d like to read about our previous Phil searches, you can go here:  and here:  And here’s a link to the Tea Time with Melody Q post about this year (which also has links to our previous adventures):

It’s always a surprise as to who is going to come with Xyra, and this time I got to meet Grace!  Abby had met her before and said she was super fun, so I was excited to get to meet her too.  We quickly got into the car with them, and headed down the road to Punxsutawney.

The first Phil we found was called “Philled with Memories of Shannon”.  It was in memory of the daughter of the people who own the greenhouse where it was at.  It’s a very detailed Phil with photos reflecting on Shannon’s life.

Off to find another Phil.  Flo and Xyra had a pretty good idea of where this one was at, it was one that had been missing before because it was out for repaint.  So worth the return though.  It’s outside of a restaurant, and, well…just looking at it kind of makes you hungry!  It’s called “Breakfast Sounds Good”.  We loved that the guitar was made up of bacon, eggs and toast!

Plus it looks like we are standing on a mountain of pancakes, doesn’t it?!?  Makes me hungry just thinking about this one now.  (I’m trying not to drool on the keyboard.)

Then we were off to find another one at the nearby hospital.  It’s called “Healthy Phil”.

I thought his lab coat was pretty cool.  At this point Grace’s dog, Tris needed to stretch his legs.  Isn’t he a cutie?

Isn’t the hat I’m wearing cool too?  It was a gift from the Tea Time gang, and it was very nice to have on this day since it was kind of cool and breezy.  I also recently lent it to a friend of mine for a very special trip to the lake!  He did make sure it was returned too, but he said he was really glad to have it to help keep the sun out of his eyes.

So, we were supposed to find four Phil’s on this journey.  Believe me, we tried our best.  However, the last Phil we needed for our list to be complete is out for repairs/repaint! After driving around the IUP campus multiple times, we think we figured out where it was supposed to be.  Or used to be.  That’s the only problem, sometimes if you miss one, you won’t get to see it again, as these statues can be moved to different locations and painted with different themes when they are redone.  Oh well.  Maybe if Xyra and Flo wait a few years, there will be several new ones to check out!

I hope you enjoyed this almost final installment of the Phantastic Phil’s of Punxsutawney!  Check back in a couple of days, we have a fun post of Mini Isabelle checking out the Coolspring Power Museum with Mini Luci from Tea Time!

Coolspring Time Again!

Hey guys, Abby here!  I’m sure from the title, you can figure out what this post is about.  Yes, time to go to the Coolspring Power Museum to see Xyra, and this time Grace. I was super excited to get to go, especially since I wasn’t originally supposed to.  Marie-Grace already had dibs on going, but then she got a bad cold and sore throat, so Flo decided she should stay home and recover.  I couldn’t believe when she asked me if I would like to go, I couldn’t get “YES” out of my mouth fast enough!

We weren’t sure what to expect weatherwise, the forecast was all over the place.  We hit rain here and there, but once we got there, it cleared up and we didn’t see another drop.  Once we arrived, Flo texted Xyra, and before too long, she and Grace came to meet us.

It was so nice to meet her-and her dog BonBon too! He’s so cute!

There is so much to see at Coolspring! I thought the “Boneyard” looked pretty interesting though. These are parts of non-functioning engines so that people can see them. The fun part is that, unlike the ones that work, you can touch these. So we really checked them out!  (please remember that these are not safe for humans to climb on, only dolls!)



“Come on Abby, you can do it!  The view is great up here!”

“Sorry BonBon!”



“Hello down there!”


Flo said it wouldn’t be a lunch at Coolspring without some homemade ice cream.  It was so good!  Afterwards, we  checked out some more engines that were behind where we had been sitting while we ate.


Then it was time for us to go. I was so sad to leave, I had such a fun time hanging out with Xyra and Grace. Hopefully I’ll get to go again sometime.

Xyra sent us home with some fun goodies to share!
A cool hiking stick, awesome! This is going to come in handy the next few weeks to go walking in the woods with. Lots of pretty leaves to see.
A birdhouse. What colors should we paint it?
A Minion bank for Cassandra. She’s going to love this! I think the round things are stickers, I need to investigate further.
A travel journal, a flyer on rain forests and an American Girl Magazine! Awesome! We always need new reading material around here.
Oooooo! A cauldron that we can use for Halloween decorations or for someone to take trick or treating. And another similar item that will look fantastic with a light in it for the holiday season.
And this cute little doll. Xyra called it a “worry doll”. I don’t know why, it doesn’t look very worried to me!

Thanks again Xyra and Grace for being such great hosts at Coolspring! We had a great time.  Flo told me that she is already making some special plans with Xyra for the next time she goes in June.  I can’t wait to see what it is!

If you’d like to see what Grace and Xyra did when we weren’t there, you can check it out over at Tea Time with Melody Q. And if you’d like to learn more about the Coolspring Power Museum, you can check it out here: