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: https://sayhellotomylittlefriends.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/a-trip-to-punxsutawney/  and here: https://sayhellotomylittlefriends.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/in-search-of-more-phils/.  And here’s a link to the Tea Time with Melody Q post about this year (which also has links to our previous adventures): https://teatimewithmelodyq.blogspot.com/2019/06/coolspring-june-2019-day-3.html

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!

In search of more Phil’s!

Hello blog readers!  It’s Zara here, and I’m so excited to get to do my very own post here on the blog.  Some of you may remember that back in June, Sophia went with Flo to meet up with Lea and Xyra from over at Tea Time With Melody Q for a trip to Punxsutawney.  If you didn’t get a chance to read that post, you can check it out here.  Punxsutawney is the home of renowned weather predicting ground hog, Punxsutawney Phil.  All over town there are statues made in Phil’s likeness and in June they managed to find a lot of them.  They didn’t find them all though, so we were off on a mission to see how many of the missed ones we could find.

Flo and I met up with Xyra and Kaya in Coolspring at the General Store before we headed out on our journey.  Kaya and I hit it off immediately over our shared love of horses and all things 80’s!  She’s such a sweetheart, I hope someday that maybe we can go horseback riding together.

Sometimes finding Phil statues can be a bit tricky, especially when looking for ones on the outskirts of town.  Luckily we were equipped with a map, but it didn’t take us long to realize that the scale wasn’t all that great.  Eventually we started finding them though, and we covered a lot of ground!  This particular Phil is called “You Can Bank With Phil” since it’s in the yard of a bank.

We found another Phil in a really cool little park.  Not only was there a Phil statue there, but a playground too!

This Phil statue was called “It’s A WonderPhil World”.  I love how the statues all have names!  We also found this cool memorial stone that told us who the park was named after.

The playground was a lot of fun!  We climbed on the monkey bars…

Climbed on this spinning pole…(I was kind of dizzy after I came down.)

And then we had a little mishap.  I thought the end of the slide looked like a cool place to stand.  I didn’t realize that Kaya had gone to the top and was coming down.  She called to me, but by the time I heard her it was a little too late.

    

And…crash!!!

Neither of us was hurt thank heavens.  I just felt kind of stupid.  Oh well.  I didn’t let it ruin our fun!

This one is called “Hope Phil”.  It’s one of the new ones this year, it’s really pretty!  I thought it was very cool that we got to see it in October too since that’s officially Breast Cancer Awareness month!

Next up was one near the post office that was appropriately called “Philatelic”.  It was really unique!  Be sure to check out Xyra and Kaya’s photos over at their blog because there is another very cool photo with this particular Phil.

There were several Phil’s near the different schools.  This one is called Mary A. Philson Undercover and was near the elementary school.  (This is one of the few named after a person)

And this one was near the middle school.  It was called Start To Finish.

With all of the ones they found the last time and the ones we found this time, you would think we had found them all.  But we didn’t!!! There are at least 4, maybe 5 still to be seen.  2 that we missed, one that was brand new that we didn’t know existed (and unfortunately wasn’t on the map we had) and one that was out for maintenance.  There was also one that we couldn’t find at the location it was supposed to be at, we’re not sure if it was out for repairs or had been repainted and turned into a different theme.  Perhaps whoever goes in the spring will get the last few.  Maybe there will even be a new one by then too.

After all of that trekking around Punxsutawney, we decided to go check out the official store!

(Yes, that’s me, peering through the plant.  Not the best place for it to be if you want a good picture!)

The shop is super cool with just about anything you can imagine in it with a groundhog day theme.  I thought this t-shirt was hilarious.  Unfortunately it didn’t come in my size. 😦

Kaya and I had fun hanging out with these stuffed Phil’s too.  They were so soft!!  I would have loved to bring one home, but my gosh, they were almost as big as me!  I don’t think we’d both fit in my bed.

I had a great time meeting up with Xyra and Kaya.  The girls from Tea Time are all so much fun, everyone looks forward to our get-togethers.

Oh, and I did manage to pick up a little something while we were at the souvenir shop…

Yep, I got my very own Phil puppet!!!! Isn’t he cool!  He’s a bit smaller than the ones Kaya and I were hanging out with.  And guess what…we got a second one just so we could do a giveaway here on the blog!! That’s right, you could win your very own Punxsutawney Phil puppet!!!!  We decided to throw in a pin as well so you can be well prepared for when February 2nd rolls around and you want to celebrate!

To enter, just tell us in the comments your name, and which of all of the Phil statues is your favorite.  It can be from any of the posts, either ours or the ones from Tea Time With Melody Q and either now or from June.  You can see their posts here and here.  Our other post is here.

The winner will be drawn on November 9th, so make sure you enter!  And if you’d like to check out other items from the souvenir shop, you can check it out at http://www.groundhogstuff.com/

If you’d like more information on the “Phantastic Phils” click on this link: http://www.punxsutawney.com/phantastic-phils  There are photos of the different Phil statues and if you click on each individual one, you can get some of the background story behind the different themes.  There are a couple missing though from this site, it needs updating.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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