Phyllis’ First Decade


Spring visit in Colorado – we both love anemones!

On February 2nd, Groundhog Day 2015, Susanna is having a party in celebration of Phyllis’s 10th Anniversary, the official Phyllis’s Birthday Bonanza HERE. Phyllis wants would like to hear sweet words of adoration (10 yr old girl? Yep, that’s about when it starts!), and who am I not to oblige (with a little inspiration from Will)?

Phyllis in her birthday suit, checking for black raspberry flowers.

Phyllis in her birthday suit, checking for black raspberry flowers.

Shall I compare thee to a winter storm?

Thou art more lively and more boisterous.

Rough winds do shake the feeble boughs of gray,

And winter’s lease hath all too long a date.

Sometimes (not enough!) the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his pale complexion dimmed;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or sudden changing course, is trimmed;

But thy wearisome winter will not fade,

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,

Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade (Ha! What shade?),

When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.

     So long as men can’t breathe, and noses drip,

     So long lives this, and this gives life to quip.

I know, Phyllis – better keep my day job! Happy 10th!

Haven’t read Phyllis’s books? Click on the images below to go direct to the source!

Punxsutawney Phyllis – at it again!



Just once I would appreciate

No fans that stand around and wait

while I decide the season’s fate.

It’s not the crowd, the peeps are great.

It’s just that I anticipate

a bit of gas from what I ate.

It’s that time of year again, and Catherine, my word and art slinging partner, and I have come together to remind groundhog fans to go read one of our favorite holiday books:

If you are interested in purchasing this book, or APRIL FOOL, PHYLLIS, please consider a purchase that will help a big-hearted bookseller in dire need, Scott Meyer – read all about this extraordinary man and his story, and how you can help HERE. If you’re in a rush today – go directly to his site:

Phyllis is a globe trotter – check out her world tour HERE

Don’t forget to check out the pics from her visit right here in Fort Collins!

Groundhog Day!


Sunny and 37 in Fort Collins, Colorado this morning – don’t tell Uncle Phil!

Sad excuse for a photo, but I’m in a rush – dance party tonight! In case you are not familiar, this is my friend Phyllis who visited us last year on her World Tour. 

These are her fabulous books, written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler – visit Susanna’s blog for more fun today!

Howdy Phyllis!

RED CARPET WELCOME for Punxsutawney Phyllis! Back in Colorado, she has come to see why so many find Fort Collins is a great place to live. According to  a friend who measures snow for a living (those guys in atmospheric research sure do some funny things!), we have a plethora of groovy cloud formations! Weather: partly cloudy, 66F. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph.

Children’s book author Susanna Leonard Hill has sent her book APRIL FOOL, PHYLLIS!, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler, to circumnavigate the globe! Finding out that Phyllis planned a stop here is what got me out of my comfort zone and into the blogging world.


Punxsatawney Phyllis has caught wind of winter’s last joke:  a blizzard on April Fool’s Day. She hails from a long line of pranksters, and they are not falling for it when Phyllis wants to cancel the groundhog’s annual Treasure Hunt. Her prediction proves her right, but she uses her smarts to avoid the worst and safely steers everyone back home .

There are plenty of practical jokes and scavenger riddles for young readers to solve themselves, and the last page includes useful tidbits: April Fool’s Day origins and traditions celebrated around the world. Ebbeler’s richly textured illustrations express a great deal of joy and chaos – and plenty of extra jokes hidden in plain sight! Perfect for this holiday at winter’s end, as well as Groundhog Day, and an appealing addition to weather-related themes in the classroom.

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After a kaffee-klatsch with friends in our favorite non-profit coffee house, Everyday Joe's (she shared a hot chocolate with my son Aaron - with whipped cream of course!),

Phyllis wanted to try on colorful party-fare at Life of the Party.

And ask Kelly what's playing at the Lyric Cinema and Cafe - too bad we just missed the free matinee for kids!

It took a bit of coaxing but Phyllis did share her slice of chocolate cake with orange butter cream frosting with almonds at Little Bird Bakeshop, where she was even allowed to get a closer look at all the goodies!

Phyllis really enjoyed bumping into a friend in Old Town, where any passer by can tickle the keys of one of many Pianos about Town, part of the city's Art in Public Places project.

Olivia and I took Phyllis to view Horsetooth Rock, our famous local landmark. She wasn't up for hiking to the top as she seems to suffer from altitude sickness (almost a mile above sea level in town.

We got 'caught' by the freight train that runs right through town, but Phyllis loved watching all the wagons go by!

She was also thrilled to see her 'place' in our library.

And who would of thought Phyllis likes to climb trees too!

Take a chance on Phyllis – I’m sure glad we did!