What was that Phil?

Happy Groundhog’s Day!
If you haven’t heard by now, the most popular groundhog in the US has declared his forecast, on this second day of February …

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My faithful followers I clearly see,
a perfect clear shadow of me,
6 more weeks of Winter it shall be.

WINTER

That’s right – six more weeks of Winter if you believe the little guy. Although he’s been wrong before, and some folks are DONE with deep freeze this season. Some parts of the country are seeing the trees fill in with green leaves and daffodils popping up early. What do you think?

Here are some fun facts about the nation’s furry friend:

1. Yes, Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just imposters.

2. There has been only one Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking “groundhog punch” (a secret recipe). One sip, which is administered every summer at the Groundhog Picnic, gives him seven more years of life.

3. On February 2nd, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob, in front of thousands of faithful followers from all over the world, to predict the weather for the rest of the winter.

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4. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

5. No, Punxsutawney Phil’s forecasts are not made in advance by the Inner Circle. After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2nd, he speaks to the Groundhog Club President in Groundhogese. His proclamation is then translated for the world.

6. 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.

7. Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800’s. The first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob made on February 2nd, 1887.

8. So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br’er Groundhog.

We are prepped and ready for 6 more weeks of Winter here at Classic. Even if that six weeks turns into two and Spring comes in like the Lion she claims to be, we’re ready. Like we always say, off season is our season, so bring it on. Guess what our forecast is for tomorrow? Freezing, with a chance of ice and snow. Thanks Phil.

Photo Credits:
Menomonie High
Washington Post
CBS News
PBS

What was that Phil?

Uncover More Time Outdoors

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Increasingly becoming the number one design feature for backyards, fire pits are perfect for finding more time outdoors with family & friends. There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting out on a cool evening, hanging out next to a roaring fire.

Fire pits come in many sizes, shapes and designs and can even specialize in specific types of fuel.
We found this great resource from HGTV that lets you know which one would work best for your outdoor space.

Once you’ve learned all you can handle about fire pits and have made a choice, consider prolonging the life of your fire pit with a fire pit cover by Classic Accessories.
Uncover more time outdoors this Spring with a cover from Classic Accessories.

Visit our friends at Amazon and Walmart who are hosting our Keep it Clean For Spring Event on right now through April 30th!

 

Uncover More Time Outdoors

Found in between

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Only 6 more days until the official start of Spring!

From our neck of the woods, it feels like it – that’s for sure. Blue skies, birds chirping, and just a shower away from sitting on the patio in the afternoons. Yep, a Spring Shower away.
After having your BBQ and patio out of mind for months, it only takes a warm afternoon to start thinking of getting the lawn mowed, the planters planted and whatever else is on your to-do list for that space outside your back door. (yeah the one that’s seen winter’s wrath this year!) Just to have peace of mind that your patio is ready for that next get together because heck, THE SNOW IS GONE – let’s celebrate! With patio furniture covers it’s easy, whether it’s in between seasons or in between showers.

Celebrate is right, 6 more days friends… but hey, no one will RSVP “No” if it’s the first 70 degree day of the year following the Winter we’ve had if you decide this weekend is BBQ worthy!

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Fresh Ideas to Kick Patio Season Off Right

We’re officially in patio season, why not mix it up this year? Below are some fresh ideas from some of our favorite bloggers.

1. Sarah Le from I am Food Blog has a delightful take on a summer picnic salad. This Vietnamese and foodie inspired the salad uses fresh ingredients like: mint, cilantro and lime, and features quinoa, veggies and a little sriracha for spice. Check it out!

2. Kristin Jackson of the Hunted Interior, created a beautiful backyard oasis as part of a HomeDepot.com style challenge. We noticed her work last year when she stenciled her stained deck with a large graphic pattern making it a unique and bold space: here. Take some inspiration from her latest outdoor creation with a simple palette that pops, a creative wall of plates, and a fun bocce court.

Kristin-Jackson-Patio-Style-Challenge-83. Apartment Therapy has a great post to help you get started creating your outdoor dream space. Sounds pretty practical and fun! Once you go through the steps, you’ll have a clearer idea of what needs fixing, what you would like to incorporate, what supplies you have on hand, and what supplies you might need. Browse Apartment Therapy’s site if you’re looking for DIY inspiration, they have a ton of great ideas.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Fresh Ideas to Kick Patio Season Off Right

Make your patio your own – starting with the furniture

It’s that time of year when the days are longer and your inner entertainer is eager to get the patio ready for the first get-together. If it’s your first home or maybe you need to garage sale the set your in-laws passed down to you, picking the right furniture to entertain can be a little daunting. What kind is right for my space, the weather, the comfort? We’ve been trolling some sites and living vicariously through Pinterest, blogs and photos for inspiration and found a great video on Good Housekeeping to start off your season of outdoor entertaining. Check it out!

Create a cozy outdoor room with the right patio furniture

 http://www.bhg.com/videos/m/33743595/patio-furniture-the-ultimate-guide.htm

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Make your patio your own – starting with the furniture

Spring Yard Clean up!

It’s here and it came in like a lion!

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade”  – Charles Dickens
Spring Clean Up
There are a TON of tips out there on how to start thinking about sprucing up your outdoor space. Maybe it’s the longer nights, the BBQ specials at the store, or the mere fact we’ve been inside for such a harsh winter. So we thought we’d share our three favorite tips with you:
#1 Cover up your patio furniture.  Winter maybe done, but Mother Nature isn’t!
#2 Budget out the cost of your projects – most will prove to be more expensive than you may think. Especially with renting equipment.
#3 Check out Lowe’s Spring Tips here: http://lowes.tumblr.com/?crlt.pid=camp.9FE75G9VgAH3

 

Spring Yard Clean up!