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2/6/11 7:05 A

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emoticon I'm not particularly computer-friendly so I just changed my page color to RED in honor of heart and month! Enjoy! emoticon

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2/4/11 4:48 A

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Done 'n' dusted. It's definitely in the key of Valentine, lol - I do reserve the right to change a pic or two if I find anything particularly (ahem) hearty that speaks to me, tho--!
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2/3/11 11:00 P

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I changed my background to pink with tiny hearts. Hope that qualifies.

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2/3/11 4:22 A

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All right, peeps, it's Chinese New Year - wishing you health, wealth, and happiness in this Year of the Rabbit--!
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2/2/11 4:16 A

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Groundhog's Day, done 'n' dusted... Tomorrow (Thursday, 3 Feb) starts Chinese New Year... Valentine's Day is on the back burner, lol!

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2/2/11 12:58 A

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*grin* I thought they are all awesome and gorgeous and they all make me smile..........:)

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I'm through checking out the first round of Sparkpages - and so far I can't tell a better one - so I am about to give goodies to all who did them!!
Thank you for all the info on Groundhog day - I.m just off toi check that page too!!

Remember the challenge runs until the end of the week - so there is lots of tinme for you to jump in and get a goodie by doing your page if you haven't already!!

I've lots of points so there are enough for all Goodies I need to award - no-one will miss out!!
You need to tell me here that your page is done, please, or it won't get looked at!!

Edited by: EMMABE1 at: 2/1/2011 (17:12)
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2/1/11 9:04 A

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I always thought Groundhog Day was silly because 6 weeks from Feb. 2 it's the 1st day of Spring anyway, whether he sees his shadow or not!


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sounds good

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1/31/11 6:55 A

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When in doubt, I always check out Wikipedia, lol:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day

They're right on the money, to my eye. They mention Punxsutawney without making it sound as tho that's the 'only' place where Groundhog's Day is celebrated, and they even list the history that I've always heard, i.e., the connection with Candlemas Day. What they don't mention is that the Germans (who of course were the ancestors of the Pennsylvania Dutch) had an old tradition pre-dating their conversion to Christianity in which the marmot (an animal very similar in size and habits - such as hibernation - to the groundhog) was supposedly a predictor of the approach of spring. Rather than the Christian holy day of 'Candlemas,' it was based on the pagan 'cross-quarter day,' in this case the day between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox - roughly between mid-winter and mid-spring.

Another good link I found that describes and explains the well-known connection to Punxsutawney Phil is on About.com:

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And if you ever get a chance to see the movie with Bill Murray, it certainly has its moments!

Please tell me this isn't more than you wanted to know about groundhogs and their special day, lol...
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Thank you Dawn - strange ideas that you have in USA!! LOL!! Does it actually tell the correct weather - but this year I guess the poor thing will freeze!!
Doesn't look like much to decorate a page on though - however since its the 2nd Feb - I'll have to check out KASEYCOFF's page and see how its done!!


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1/30/11 8:08 P

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Ground Hog Day is a celebration in the US on Feb 2nd. They make a big deal about it.. I'll see if I can find some info for you on it Ann. If the ground hog sees his shadow then he runs back to his hole & there is supposedly 6 more weeks of winter. If he does NOT see his shadow, then winter is supposed to be cut short.

Here's a link all about it:

www.groundhog.org/

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1/30/11 3:21 P

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my page is done as well..*grin* *woooohooo!!* *I may never change it back ....now since next there is St. Patrick's day in March, Easter in April and then there is Mother's day in May.....oh, and my birthday..*grin*

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When is Groundhog Day? and what is it??
Is it a recognised thing? What sort of decoration would that mean??


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My page is done too!

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1/30/11 11:57 A

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My page is done!! Thank you!!!!!

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1/30/11 10:26 A

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Oh! And Groundhog's Day! I always do a Groundhog's Day 'theme.'
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1/30/11 12:29 A

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MY PAGE IS COMPLETE.

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1/29/11 8:18 P

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I do have a Valentines page that my son created for me that I really do like. It does not meet the criteria for this challenge...or I would join. Sorry.....It sounds like fun. Have a joy filled day, Karen

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I am looking into it. Not very computer literate..

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1/29/11 5:57 P

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I am in and will let you know when my page is done....thanks!! emoticon

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1/29/11 3:40 P

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Our wonderful Ann helped me with my question last night and I actually did it--it wasn't hard. So, I now want to thank both of you for replying to my question as I really appreciate that. Now, I know it's fun and easy!!

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1/29/11 3:23 P

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I usually just use pictures as I did with the rainbow and the butterflies, but now I am using pictures that I got from free sites .....which allows me to use them....if I give them credit. There are lot of sites with valentine backgrounds that will allow you to use them if you give them credit...just right click and save them onto your computer storage where you will remember where they are.....I keep all mine in Joan's graphics and then further compartmentalize them, such as valentine graphics and Christmas graphics and clipart, etc

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OK I will give it a try!.

Mine is done too! woo hoo

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1/29/11 12:43 P

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hmm, have to think about this one... not sure if I want to change over my background just yet....*grin* :)

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1/29/11 4:01 A

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3rd February starts Chinese New Year. They do like a two-week celebration. That's where my page is going, at least for a while...
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1/28/11 8:16 P

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How do people have pretty hearts, oceans & trees, etc. as a background instead of a solid color? Do they use pictures of these items? There pages are so pretty or scenic, etc. Thank you.

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To change the background on your SparkPage

First find suitable pictures - I use "google" and search - free clipart valentines day"
Then I download (right mouse click - select - save this picture as.. , make sure its saving to the folder I want then click, Save ) select any I like (that are free) to a folder on my computer so I know where I put them!!
Then to get them into my Sparkpage background :

go to "Edit my SparkPage". Then at the top click either "upload a background color" or else "Upload a background image" if you want a photo in the background. Have the photo already on your computer where you can find it. I usually make my photo smaller first so it will upload faster. After I get my background chosen, then I click on "Select a page background color" and chose one that goes well with the overall background.

After that, I might put photos in my gallery (in this case it will be some Valentines or something appropriate). Then I change the some of the photos on my page to be something for Valentines.(or the theme I have chosen) I will likely change my profile photo as well.

I hope this helps some who have not experimented much with changing their page. Feel free to ask questions on this thread and anyone can answer as perhaps someone might explain it better than I did


Edited by: EMMABE1 at: 1/28/2011 (20:34)
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1/28/11 7:32 P

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The challenge for this week is a fun one!!
I want you to decorate your Sparkpage background in one of two possible themes!!
1)– Valentines Day – not to include food
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2)– To promote healthy eating with a Valentines theme!!
If you wish to participate – please let me know when your page is ready so that I can see it.
I will give a Daily Goodie for the best each day (in my opinion!!) starting 1st Feb and continuing until 6th Feb. but if you don’t let me know you won’t be judged!!
Have fun!!


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