Saturday, March 1, 2014

February Sunset in Wisconsin

These photos were taken February 26, just a few miles from our house. It's not exactly sunset, but close. What caught our attention was the great number of geese that were flying around above us. If you have really good eyesight, you might see those little black dots in the photo. It's not dirt on the windshield. Those dots are geese.

In the Bleak Midwinter

As you can see, we've had our fair share of snow. All of the photos above were taken through the windshield with my cellphone.

I'm so glad that March, our snowiest month, has finally arrived.  Don't you think we need more snow??

Me, during the last Ice Age.

This year is not the first time we've had such snow and cold!

I must have been freezing to death without a coat.

"But you know, we were happy in those days, though we were poor. 

Aye. BECAUSE we were poor. My old Dad used to say to me, 'Money doesn't buy you happiness.' 

'E was right. I was happier then and I had NOTHIN'. We used to live in this tiiiny old house, with greaaaaat big holes in the roof. 

House? You were lucky to have a HOUSE! We used to live in one room, all hundred and twenty-six of us, no furniture. Half the floor was missing; we were all huddled together in one corner for fear of FALLING! 

You were lucky to have a ROOM! *We* used to have to live in a corridor! 

Ohhhh we used to DREAM of livin' in a corridor! Woulda' been a palace to us. We used to live in an old water tank on a rubbish tip. We got woken up every morning by having a load of rotting fish dumped all over us! House!? Hmph. 

Well when I say 'house' it was only a hole in the ground covered by a piece of tarpolin, but it was a house to US. 

We were evicted from *our* hole in the ground; we had to go and live in a lake!
You were lucky to have a LAKE! There were a hundred and sixty of us living in a small shoebox in the middle of the road. 

 Cardboard box? 


You were lucky. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six o'clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down mill for fourteen hours a day week in-week out. When we got home, our Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt! 

Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at three o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of hot gravel, go to work at the mill every day for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would beat us around the head and neck with a broken bottle, if we were LUCKY! 

Well we had it tough. We used to have to get up out of the shoebox at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues. We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at the mill for fourpence every six years, and when we got home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife. 
Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed,  drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us, and dance about on our graves singing 'Hallelujah.'
But you try and tell the young people today that... and they won't believe ya'. 

Nope, nope.. "

(From The 4 Yorkshiremen )


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E. said...

gorgeous - what a view. i know you think bleak - but i think a winter wonderland. hope it will warm up soon. maybe??! maybe not??! fingers crossed for warm temps. ( :

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Pamela Gordon said...

Oh Judy, I love your sky pictures. The clouds are beautiful and the light is so wonderful in each one. Yes, you have snow, we have snow and we'll all get more snow in this new month of March. Love your photo of you as a little girl - it must have been a rare mild day. :) Now the conversation following had me guessing all the way through as to where it was from. I didn't peek until I finished and laughed at the absurdity of these characters trying to 'one up' each other. Too funny! Have a wonderful winter day!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Judy, beautiful colored sky, lovely pictures you took.......I adore the photo of you small,indeed a hole lot of snow. Blessings Francine.

Anonymous said...

What a precious photo of you. These snow photos are gorgeous. I do hope spring won't be too long visiting your neck of the woods! The geese are amazing.

Susie said...

Judy !!! I am laughing till I cried. thank you for that "one up manship story" So darn funny. I really enjoyed laughing that hard. I love your sunset photos too. Have agreat weekend, in your shoebox , hole , or lake. LOL. xoxoxo,Susie

Sandra said...

you sure got me.. i was over half way through the story thinking it was you telling it and thinking wow, what an interesting life...
from age 2 through 9 i lived in a chicken coop and that is the absolute truth, 4 of us in a big chicken coop in my dad's sisters back yard. and we were happy

NanaDiana said...

Judy- I just LOVE the excerpt at the end. It made me laugh.
Your landscape looks a lot like ours-no surprise there, huh? lol

Have a wonderful Saturday-lucky us get more snow tonight- xo Diana

Vee said...

You are such a cutie pie in that last ice age. Bet you'd look pretty cute in a similar outfit next to the snowbank today! Oh my. Those photos. What a long, long, cold-looking road. Yes, March can be one of our snowiest months, too. (April, too, but let's not discuss it.) I liked the story you shared...very amusing...and very similar to a few I've heard around here. Universal truths!

NanaDiana said...

Oh- AND those are GREAT pictures! Crazy geese!!!!!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, you are cute! and the light in the skies is hopeful for spring...

Judy S. said...

So, were those geese coming back or leaving? We drove up to our mts. yesterday evening to see some snow and the sunset. Very pretty, but it was good to get back where there are signs of spring. Hope you have an unusually mild March as you all deserve it!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Your photos are beautiful! You have way more snow than we do down here in SW Minnesota.
That is a darling picture of you!
Lets hope spring comes soon!

sweetbriardreams said...

One of my favourite Monty Python sketches - one that I laugh so hard at due to my hubby being a Yorkshire man!! I hope the snow treats you kindly xx

Ruth Kelly said...

My oh my, it looks so cold there. I remember the coldest winter when the snow was about 5 feet deep in Idaho around 1949. It must have taken turns, one year the west coast and one year the east coast.

20 North Ora said...

Beautiful photos!!


Muffy's Marks said...

Lots of winter going on. I think I'll stay here until you tell me the 'coast is clear'!!!!!

Terri D said...

You were a little cutie, and don't look cold at all!!

Love the photos - and that's the only way I like to see snow.

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Lovely photos. And yes that is quite bit of snow!
Good news though, we saw a robin yesterday afternoon!! Not sure if he was lost or if spring is really coming......

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

You might be tired of snow, but it creates the most amazing light at sunset!

Junkchiccottage said...

Tooo funny. Thanks for the LOL.

Tammie Lee said...

you are in a snowy realm as well.
March is your snowiest month? wow, it usually tapers off around now for us. but we got 4" last night and still falling....
lovely sunset images.

Gert said...

Love your photos...they are so pretty and the sun setting is makes them so Godly! Gorgeous! The story was funny!


Art and Sand said...

I heard that Monty Python bit years ago and have always wanted to hear it again.

Thanks so much for sharing it.

My Little Home and Garden said...

I feel as if I'd been on that road and watched the sunset. It's a beautiful place.

Good old Monty Python; they knew how to deliver some fantastically funny lines!


Sandra said...

Thank you for your visit to my place! I dropped into yours and found snow and more snow and we seem to have been 'snowless' the whole winter through! It's been a strange winter all over it seems to me.
Sweet picture of you when you were little!

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

What a great dose of medicine you've offered with that hilarious selection - laughing out loud here! I thought it some wee bit 'o the blarney for st pat's =)

Great photos! looking much the same as here on Canadain prairies. I posted a wintry dawn this week at -33C .

Thanks for sharing -
HapPy Weekending...!

EG CameraGirl said...

Sadly, winter isn't over yet but thank you for making me laugh about it.

You were a cute little girl. I don't think kids feel the cold like adults do, plus it may have been a mild, winter day.

carol l mckenna said...

Judy ~ Gorgeous wintry photography ~ thanks, xxx

artmusedog and carol

Unknown said...

Beautiful pictures and the poor geese that are trying to get back home with all this snow and cold air they are going to freeze. Coming over from Sunlit Sunday.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I have TEARS in my eyes! I had to send my husband a link to your blog I laughed so hard! Now he's reading he's laughing! Sure sound familiar though because we were so poor that I remember ......hahahahaha! Sweet hugs!!!!

Denise said...

You were such a cutie.

Anonymous said...

The light looks promising.
What a little cutie you were!

Donna said...


Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Gorgeous photos.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Love the photos including you in the last ice age! :)


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