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Groundhogs and Treehouses

I have a couple of fun & interesting trivia notes to mention today. Since this is Groundhog Day 2012, I’ll start with that.  Punxsutawney Phil, America’s most famous groundhog, made his “prediction” today from his home on Gobbler’s Knob, 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, PA. This video shows Phil’s performance from this morning.

Phil saw his shadow this, which (we’re told) guarantees that we will have six more weeks of winter. Hey, it can be argued that we haven’t had six weeks of winter yet, so maybe Phil’s prediction will bring some badly needed snow to the mountains.

BTW, did you know that Phil lives in a log cabin?

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This Treehouse is TREEmendous

Michael Garnier lives and works in rural Oregon building treehouses. In this video, he takes us for a tour of his “trees house” (he lives in this one) and explains how a home like his does less damage to the grove of trees than if he’d built a conventional house.

We can identify with Michel’s ec0-friendly stance and so do most of the major log home manufacturers. When you harvest standing dead trees and ‘recycle’ them to be used as thermal batteries in the walls of log homes, you’re building using ecologically friendly and self-sustaining green methods.  How cool is that?

 

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