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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Wintry Wisconsin Wackiness

Was I a little too obvious?  Yes, I am a fan of alliteration.  I'm currently re-watching the Harry Potter movies and I can't help but think of alliteration when it comes to J.K. Rowling.  She's a little better at it than I am.

Bill commented that he wanted some pictures of our bad weather weekend here so I'm obliging.  You'd think that people would know how to drive on snowy roads around here.  All the drivers in the above picture were under 25, and out of their cars standing in the middle of the road on their cell phones.  None of them were wearing coats on this day when the wind chill is 12 degrees Farenheit and one was wearing shorts.  Honestly, I'm starting to think we're breeding them stupid out here on purpose.

Wayne took me out this morning for his "usual" drive to check on the progress of the ice on Lake Elizabeth. He can't wait to get his shack out on the lake for some ice fishing.  He grabbed a coffee at the gas station, I grabbed my camera and we hopped into the truck for a leisurely wintry drive.

There were a few brave souls out on the ice but it's not thick enough to drive on yet.

Most of the other drivers were going too fast for conditions, we saw a lot of sliding around.  Where are they off too in such a hurry on a late Sunday morning?

We stopped at the Christmas tree farm on our way home for a quick look-see.  Our pre-lit tree is on the fritz and I don't want to buy a cheap artificial tree because they treat most of them with lead.  Yuck!  All the trees I've seen at Target, Home Depot and other places were made in China which means toxic.  But live trees are coated in pollen and mold, not to mention too big for our small living room.  We're going back to the tree farm with measurements tomorrow, and if we go with a real tree we'll hit it with the leaf blower and gently wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove most of the allergens before I decorate it.  If it won't work our current tree will have three electrical cords to keep all sections lit.

I know I've said this before, but it sucks being picky.  Facts about toxins and allergens and anything else, really, are comforting but sometimes make my life complicated.  It's worth it to breathe comfortably and not have itchy eyes and headaches though!

Well, I have a belly full of ham, gouda and pear sandwich and I think I'll pop "The Goblet of Fire" into the DVD player until I decide it's time to hit the driveway with the shovel.  Maybe it's time to bring my frog in out of the garden.  He's got a shovel, maybe I'll put him to work instead.  Now, where's my magic wand?


  1. Brr! It sure looks cold up there.

  2. Nice winter scenes. Around here if we even get a dusting of snow, people freak out, cause wrecks, and clog the freeways. No one knows how to drive in snow. But I never have any problems. Growing up in South Dakota has it's advantages! (very few, but some) It's been cold here too - down to 12 degrees last night. I know that's probably considered balmy where you live but everyone here thinks it's absolutely frigid! I spent the day in the Gorge taking photos of frozen waterfalls. Very cool!

  3. Crazy weather just about everywhere. (except maybe select parts of Florida) And crazier drivers! I swear, it's more of a danger to be on the road with those clowns that the conditions themselves. Oy!

  4. Those are neat looking winter photos by the lake. No, you don't have a corner on the market of breeding stupid. It is a nationwide epidemic. It is a rare below freezing morning here in the North Bay of California. I told my wife I was going to the flea market if for no other reason than to see how many there would be there in shorts. Score = 3 and one of those was wearing flip-flops. But he did have on a down vest. Must look hip you know.

  5. Although I wasn't happy about it at the time, I am very grateful to have had my driving lessons in the winter.

  6. We have a lot of stupid drivers where I live too.

    What kind of fish does Wayne like to ice fish for? We ice fish for bluegill, crappie and perch.

    It's snowing by us tonight, which means all the idiots will be out tomorrow. LOL.

  7. This looks like real winter at your place.

  8. Great winter wonderland pictures! Don't think we'll be seeing anything like that here in sunny, southern Arizona.

  9. Jings! It looks like winter is well and truely here over there (wet and windy here - yeuch). It makes great pictures. There's no wrong weather only wrong clothes as they say, still it's always good to get back into the warm - I'm sure it adds to the pleasure of watching a few films inside knowing it's so cold out.