Sunday, February 17, 2019

WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LIVE IN WISCONSIN IF YOU ARE NOT A NATIVE-ON WISCONSIN

When we got married and moved to
WISCONSIN (from Florida)
MyHero told me that there was 
NO PLACE QUITE LIKE WI!
Lord love us, he was right!
It is one of the few times in our 
married life when he was
(unquestionably) right.

ON WISCONSIN
is the state song...
that's good-

Here are a few WI facts for you.
I will start out on the positive-

Wisconsin does have
some pretty farms & great people
and we have Door County-
one of the prettiest places on earth-bar none-

BUT-
We also have Milwaukee.
Milwaukee's claim to fame is the 
highest number of alcoholics per capita 
of any city in the states.
Congratulations! Great Win!!
No- these are NOT relatives-
thanks for asking.

Where else (in a retail store) 
have you ever seen
a sign giving away
You have to wonder about the
dummies that took them~

And-
How 'bout those Packers?
You can throw that sentence
 out any time of year-
no need to wait for football season--
and the "discussion" is on!
Apparently, there is only ONE PACKER
everyone talks about.
If you know WHO he is you are 
IN FOR THE WIN
in the conversation.

Only in Wisconsin is a water fountain
called a "bubbler". 
It's true I am NOT making this up.
The first time someone asked me
where the bubbler was located 
I thought they were talking about the
kid down the street that blew
snot bubbles out his nose.

State Animal?
A badger! 
That's right- the meanest rodent
God ever put on earth and
Wisconsin claimed him as its own
to honor and adore.
The even named him-
Bucky Badger!
Why not a nice little rabbit
 or prairie dog?
Nope!  We gotta have a badger!

It is mid February and we still have
MONTHS OF SNOW AND COLD
ahead of us.
I can't tell you how excited I am about that!
We have tons of snow, it is snowing now,
and we have more snow coming this week.
I am as excited as I was the day
MyHero ran into the house with a forklift.
I can't tell you 
THAT STORY
or I will be history.....hmmm..
might be worth it....nah...

That being said-
Wisconsin is now home to me.
My kids, grandkids, hubby
and wonderful friends are here.
I work everyday at a job I love.
What else could a person ask for?
Oh...yeah...
Starbucks. 
I am going to go get one now.

Never mind-
I just looked out and there is a 
BLIZZARD happening here!
I am returning to my fireplace
and my book and dreaming about 
being somewhere else....
My body is in Wisconsin
but my heart is in Florida!

Have a wonderful week!


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75 comments:

Jettie said...

I have to say I would die of boredom stuck in the house, because us southern chicks do not drive in snow. That is why when that 4 letter word is mentioned below the Mason Dixon Line, all stores automatically run out of bread and milk.

Ann Thompson said...

Yep that blizzard would keep me inside dreaming of Sandy beaches.
I've lived all my life here in Pennsylvania. I can't say I always love it here because I hate winter but it's home

Deborah Montgomery said...

As a Michigander, I totally understand holing up inside in front of the fire. I've been doing it all winter, haha!

Just wanted to let you know I've prayed for your little granddaughter, I saw it on FB, but hadn't been over here for a visit. I'm so thankful she is home and recovering. xo Deborah

David Gascoigne said...

Only once did I ever travel through Wisconsin on the way back from a business trip to Minneapolis and I had to go to Chicago. I thought it was a delightful state based on my one time there. I stayed the night in a small town called Black River Falls. I would take Wisconsin over Florida in a heartbeat.

Mac n' Janet said...

I don't do winter so Wisconsin wouldn't be my first choice of places to live. Pretty though.

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Each state has its good and bad, thats for sure. I live in Tennessee and right now we are worried about flooding. Our house has been flooded twice before so I am a bit nervous. I do however like the 4 seasons we have and the mountains. I know you get cabin fever with all the snow as we do with all the rain, but we just have to 'ride' it out dont we?

Vee said...

I hear you except our state animal is the moose (we share him with Alaska) and we have no football teams and John only ran into the house once with a plow and not a forklift. Winter is far too long and feels longer the older I get. Hunker down as much as you can. This season will give way eventually.

Lorrie said...

I learned so many interesting things about your state - I'll be able to throw them into conversation and sound very knowledgeable - haha. We rarely get snow, but this week we've had LOTS of it. Three snow days off school, followed by two Pro-D (teacher development days) mean that I haven't taught a class in over a week. And tomorrow is a holiday! (Family Day) There's still snow on the ground, but it's melting fast because of all the gorgeous sunshine out there. Not quite Florida, but lovely. Hope you stay cozy and warm!

Hibiscus House said...

Wow, I just learned a whole lot about Wisconsin! You covered a lot in this one post! Loved it as I do all of your posts!!! Stay warm my friend...xoxo Dolly

Linda said...

I can’t even imagine! I’m chilly and it’s 52 degrees here in Texas! We are all sissy when it comes to white stuff and completely lose our mind if we try to drive in it. Y’all are made of tough stuff and I admire that about you!

Terra said...

Interesting post, as I grew up in Wisconsin and attended Beloit College and then a master's degree from University of Wisconsin Madison. I moved to California upon graduation and promptly met my husband so here we are in California. I laughed when you wrote about bubblers, when I got a job out here I asked where the bubbler is. They in no way had a clue what I meant. I eventually figured it out. LOL

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Wow, Diana...you really did make a huge change in life moving from Florida to Wisconsin...I can relate, having lived in Michigan, NH, and Maine, coming originally from Florida. Thank goodness we got smart and came back to Florida before it was too late. But I do love some snow now and then...just not in Florida. I think they call water fountains bubblers in New England somewhere...I know I heard it once and wondered... well, anyway, I'm glad you are happy there, but you are always welcome to come back to Florida!

LV said...

I have never lived anywhere but Texas and no desire to move elsewhere. I could not tolerate that kind of cold. No matter what the situation, you always make the best of it.

Kim said...

I've never been, but it sounds just lovely...in the summer! ;) I am not a fan of cold or snow and yet I too live in an area where snow banks hang around until April and spring doesn't show up until mid-May. Makes you wonder, but home is home, I guess. xo

Our Hopeful Home said...

I'm with you, Diana! Living in the midwest can be a challenge.....our chicago suburbs have had lots of snow (even as in right now), albeit never as much as you I suspect. I'm one of those people whose favorite season is fall (really, truly, always) with spring a close second. So I hear you. One of our kids almost committed to U. Wisconsin Madison for next year but changed her mind (maybe it was that Badger? lol)As for the current state of snow and ice outside I really can't complain -- since I'm recovering from hip replacement surgery all I'm expected to do is watch the winter wonderland from the window and recuperate. Oh yeah, and go to physical therapy (not my favorite). And like you, I await the first harbinger of spring with bated breath! xo Kathleen

Barbara said...

Enjoyed this newsy post about Wisconsin. My parents and sister moved to Chicago the year Beloved and I married in Colorado. After years in the Windy City and the death of my father, family members ended up in NW Illinois farm country, their house literally 2 blocks south of the Illinois-Wisconson state line. So in my visits to see them over the last nearly 50 years, I've been to the very southern-most parts of Wisconsin from time to time. I was aware of some of the facts your shared, but not all.

The Lord has obviously given you the grace to learn to love the place. You sense of humor continues to serve you very well and we all can learn from that!

Blessings!

Denise said...

MA girl here - best of both worlds as we are winter snow birds to FL! We also call water fountains “bubblahs”, and a car directional is a
“blinkah” (said in our dialect). Football talk is ONLY about The GOAT and on to #7!!
BTW thank you for allowing me to dine with you - can’t wait till the next time!

Terri D said...

After nearly 30 years in Florida, I can't say that my heart is in Ohio. This is home and where my heart is now. A fun post!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Wisconsin is one state I have always wanted to visit, Diana. I've been to most, but not the upper mid-west. Funny about 'bubbler' - we said that in Mass., too, when I was growing up. My brother-in-law and I started a photo journal of 'bubblers' from our travels ( he is still in Mass, but I am here in WA). I think you forgot one thing about Wisconsin - THE CHEESE! The best! xx Karen

nancy turner said...

i have lived in north west wi my whole life except for the few years we lived in ely mn now that's a place you would love[not]even the summers feel like early spring all summer long.guess i am just use to wi

Doris said...

PA is plenty North enough for me....not sure I could survive your never ending winters. I was to Milwaukee about 10 years ago or so for a work related training. I didn’t see any of those relatives of yours.....oh, excuse me, you said they weren’t related to you. My bad Hehe.
(You never cease to make me giggle!)
Take care. Be safe! And warm.

Junkchiccottage said...

Wisconsin is a great state and has a lot to offer. The hardest part is the living in Midwest's winters.
I am with you. My body is in Illinois but my head drifts to warm waters and beaches at this time of year.
Hug and Happy New Week.
Kris

jack69 said...

Up until a few years ago we had only driven thru WI, but one of the most exciting trips was up thru Michigan across Upper and down into Park Falls. The trip was to meet sisters, bloggers from the North Woods. Some of the sweetest people on earth. Just seeing how they live and meeting their mama who is older than I and still hunts and brings home the meat for the table. Trappers and paper mill workers. Darla and Mel sweet ladies with wonderful attitudes and families. We will never forget Wisconsin!

Missy George said...

On Wisconsin, on Wisconsin ... I forget the rest of the words. You are hysterical, funny hysterical. Spring will be here soon so says you’re Pennsylvania ground hog..Puxatawny Phil... Word correct had a good time with that one. You seem to be the kind of person that makes the best of everything. Hope you had a good weekend. Big hugs

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Isn't Wisconsin famous for cheese too, or I am thinking of somewhere else?

Saimi said...

I feel like I'm living in Wisconsin as of now. It's still snowing here as well which is very unusual for February. We are getting two months of snow due to December and January taking winter off. Florida is looking really good!
Stay warm!!
Saimi

WILLIE........! =^..^= said...

I seem to remember Wisconsin being known as the
"America's Dairyland" because it is one of the
nation's leading dairy producers, particularly
famous for its cheese...
And of course landscape includes woods, lakes,
rivers, streams, rolling hills, and fertile valleys.
Wisconsin is an important agricultural state. ...
Oats and hay are important crops in the state because
they provide food for the dairy cows...
I've always had a big interest in the US of A..it's
history, way of life, and especially it's music.....
Starting back in the 60's with Motown..! 🎢🎢

HaHa! Badgers..I've eaten a few of them in me time...
Roasted badger hams..lovely..though, since the outbreak
of TB over here, some years ago, that source of meat
has now ended..shame! :(.

Silly Badger jokes...
What do you call an Badger with a carrot in each ear?
Anything you want as he can't hear you!

What did the grape say when the badger stood on it?
Nothing, it just let out a little wine!

Why did the badger cross the road?
To prove to the possum that it could be done!

When does a badger go "moo"?
When it is learning a new language!

Well..that's about it..Think l'll pop off and 'Badger'
someone else..
(⊙⊙)(☉_☉)(⊙⊙)

mxtodis123 said...

I have never been there, but would love to visit one day. Sometimes I just get tired of the city life and have to get away. I'll be honest, though, the only thing I know of Wisconsin at this moment is 'Wisconsin Cheese'.

Jeanie said...

I'll see you yours Wisconsin and I will raise you one Michigan! An equally rotten state rodent -- the Wolverine; the Detroit Lions and potholes the size of craters. I am ready to buy gravel and quickcrete and once the snow melts, fill the holes in our street. That or plant mini-gardens in all the holes. You think I'm joking. I'm not so sure.

But I'll give it to you on snow. We're getting it, have plenty. But you have us beat! (At least downstate -- I know up-north is lots more!)

I think about where I'd move, though and I can't come up with somewhere else. Too many earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, humidity. A dilemma!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It's hard to appreciate cold and snow anywhere this time of year. Every state does have its things to like, just like as does Wisconsin though. I've lived here in Ohio most all of my life, but even though I find it hard to like winter, it's here I stay. I'm thinking Spring...every day brings us one day closer !

Theresa said...

Florida to WI, yikes! The snow is beautiful but I am not sure I could live there:) Hope the fireplace keeps you warm thru these remaining Winter months. My Granddaughter's husband is a HUGE fan and has MANY GB jerseys:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Cindy - ClochesandLavender said...

Wisconsin has some brutal winters but the beauty of Door County is pretty cool. Yes you have Packers and you can be proud. We have NY Jets and Giants and we hang our heads in shame.

Stay by that fire.

Cindy

Benita Roberts said...

We have friends who live in Wisconsin. When they called to say hello the other day, they were ice fishing! Not me...now I love the snow but sitting on freezing ice all day waiting for a fish to nibble on the end of a line...not for me. I know nothing about the Packers, but in all fairness, I live in Dallas and know nothing about the Cowboys...blasphemy, I know. :-) I love all this knowledge about the state of Wisconsin, but I'm going to have to disagree with you on the number of alcoholics per capita in Milwaukee. Have you ever been to Cheyenne, Wyoming? The streets are something like this...liquor store, convenience store (that sells alcohol), bar, liquor store, convenience store, bar, etc. There is absolutely NOTHING to do in Cheyenne except drink...LOL Beautiful city, but dang...LOL Love and hugs sweet friend!

Shari Burke said...

Water fountains are bubblers in New England, too :-) I'm not a southern kind of gal, myself, and don't do well in the heat, which makes me physically ill and extremely cranky, so I quite enjoy a good blizzard. ;-) Those are probably all in my past now, though. Good thing I love the rain--LOL Hope you're warm and cozy!

Sally said...

Such a cute post, Diana. Lots of good information if I ever go to WI which will be unlikely. :)

The only time we lived in snow (except in l989 when it snowed and iced over all the road bridges here in FL) was in Washington state when my oldest brother and I were kids. We loved living on the base. When we got off the school bus, we slid down on cardboard all the way (sometimes we'd pass our house). Fun, fun!!

xoxo

Petie said...

And you have my favorite quarterback of all time...Brett Farve. I also follow Pariessene Farmgirl who just moved to Door County.

happyone said...

Lots of interesting facts about WI and fun to read about them.
And here I thought it was all about cheese. :)

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

I enjoyed reading the interesting facts about Wisconsin. I too am looking forward to some warmer weather and spring. Hang in there and stay warm and cozy. :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Hey, all I ever hear is, "How bout *them* Packers." :-(. I think the bubbler issue is unique to the ESE part of Wisconsin. Unfortunately, the snow and cold is everywhere. But take heart, we can set out tomatoes in only 3 1/2 months!!! I hope you've got a long book and lots of firewood.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

From a fellow Floridian my heart is in Florida and North Carolina where my loves are. I love the seasons and the fact that there are no blizzards here! You make me laugh Diana!!

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Wow you went from Florida to Wisconson? Holy smokes lady!! We have months of winter ahead of us too....I'm curious, what gardening zone is Wisconson?

Adam said...

Look up the honey badger, makes the regular kind look like a cuddly cat.

Susie said...

Diana, You just crack me up, crazy girl. Oh I am sick to death of looking at snow, worrying about snow and bad roads. And ours are nothing compared to yours. LOL. I want dry warm sunny days...the sooner the better. 30 days till spring. Hooray !!! Oh I know it can snow much longer, rain and sleet...but knowing it's only a month away makes me smile. Stay sane...Oh I know that is a lot of pressure. LOL, but you can do it. Blessings to all, xoxo, love you, Susie

Red Rose Alley said...

I love to hear facts about different states, Diana. I've never heard of a bubbler as a water fountain before. My father-in-law's favorite team was the Green Bay Packers. I always think of him when I see the green. Thanks for sharing some of Wisconsin's history. I learned a few things. : )

~Sheri

Rose L said...

Never been there but if there is lots of snow...leave me out! I love where I live here in Oregon where we rarely get snow, and if we do, only a couple inches for a couple days. I love the tress and roses and scent and mountains and flower farms....I could go on!
Keep warm!!!!

Carla from The River said...

HA .. I love it.
More snow on the way for us!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Great post!!! We have more snow coming on Thursday!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Hugs,
Debbie

Patti said...

My family of 4 is moving to Sturgeon Bay in the next year. It's one of the few places in the US that my allergies (which are severe)are almost non-existent. We're also big fishing and boating fans and the waters are just gorgeous. I know I'll have to watch my waistline with cheese curds and North Water Bakery in Algoma......

BeachGypsy said...

I loved this post and it made me smile but goodness GRACIOUS Diana---is that really your window and is that what it is DOING THERE!!!??? ha ha LOL goodness I will pray for spring to get a move on and hurry to your neck of the woods!! Stay safe.....star warm!!

Melanie said...

Being pretty much your neighbor living only 15 min from the border of Wisconsin, I had to laugh at all of this. We honeymooned in Door County back in 1984. :-) And Milwaukee...we go there at least a few times a year! Great city. Didn't know about those alcoholic statistics though. That's sad. I also didn't know about water fountains being called a bubbler! Of course, I do know about the Packers. And we'll just leave that right there.

Love,
Melanie, a Chicago Bears fan :-)

Sue said...

OH! i so enjoyed reading about your Wisconsin, I did visit there in the summer and in the winter, I found the summer the best time of year. I also found that your state really keeps the roads cleaned in snow and saw folks driving like there was no snow! It truly is a beautiful state. Thank you for visiting me and for your sweet comment.
Blessings,
Sue

Wild Oak Designs said...

Diana, I am sorry about the snow!
Come here for a visit! Our cold isn't like your cold and we still have greenery, in fact my garden is beginning to bloom!
Come for a visit! I have a guest room....
Nancy
wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Jenny said...

Girl I could handle the snow -- and just about all the rest -- if I never had to leave the fireside until it was 70 degrees outside! xoxo

Lowcarb team member said...

Thanks for this post.
I certainly learnt and know more about the state, where you live.

All the best Jan

Katie Isabella said...

I loved every word! EVERY word!!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Fun post! At least you didn't mention high taxes. That would be high on the list if I were to talk about New York state!

Phyllis Brandon said...

Ha Ha Ha! I love a good sense of humor. It will get you though a lot of tough times. Cute story. As much as I like winter, it would get old quick with my bones aching. If I was younger, that would be another story.

Bluebird49 said...

Our forecast here in SE Virginia hinted at a "chance of snow flurries before morning". They've already put salt down! Nuts! They're everywhere.πŸ˜’

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Wisconsin is sure a long way from Florida but you have made it a happy place for you and your family. Many beautiful places!

Happy your SweetCheeks is feeling better {heart}

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Girl my dream is to move south . . . and I grew up in the Midwest - Ohio, then Indiana and Illinois for over 20 years now. I've never liked it lol. LOVE Door County and yes, there are beautiful places for sure in WI. There are benefits to living here but the winters are just KILLER. But your post made me laugh!

Susie Swanson said...

Sounds and looks like my kind of place although I'm a true southerner. I don't think I could do the winters to good. You stay warm and take care up there. Thanks for the good laugh. :)

Nonnie said...

Now those are some very interesting facts you reported there. I did know about the bubbler since Jay’s kids’ grandparents lived up there. He was the house attorney for Pabst Blue Ribbon. Could that be partly why there are so many alcoholics there? Too much beer and too much snow? You always make living up there look wonderful! I think we went there once for a gyro copter show. Osh kosh? How is your granddaughter doing?

bill burke said...

Haven't seen or heard the word bubbler since I lived in New England. :)

Carole said...

It never snows here in auckland so a blizzard would be a real experience for me... but I'm not sure I could deal with extended periods of real cold..... Cheers from Carle's Chatter

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Diane love you sense of humor. You can tell some amazing tales. Thanks for the facts about your lovely state. Stay warm and cozy. xo

Estelle's said...

Wisconsin is a beautiful state and I have heard so much about Door County in the fall...would love to visit at some point! But that cold weather just lasts so long...have a great week Diana!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Diana, I feel for you and how cold you must be. We had another snow "storm" last night with more snow than I have seen for awhile and COLD! So I know you must be at least twice as cold as that!. But, I have seen enough pictures of Wisconsin to know that you have some beautiful spots there too. That light house is a great example..Happy Thursday..xxoJudy

Pam Jackson said...

Burr.....looks cold and snowy. Just rainy here. More rain then I want and more then we need. Its a mess. Yep, not thinking that WI is where I would want to live myself.

Jill said...

Ugh that snow makes me cold just looking at it, lol. Our weather still can't make up it's mind here, chilly then super warm.... lol. Hope all is going well and everyone is doing well! Been saying prayers for your family. Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,
Jill

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Diana, I know that I have already commented here but I think I was supposed to change something so now I am not getting notification of any comments in my inbox - only on the blog post itself. I can't get through to anyones e-mail either from their page. I think if I fool around with it for awhile, I might figure it out. Until then if you have some wonderful advice, would you please let me know. I can only return comments on my blog page as it stands now..Thanks, xxoJudy

Ronda@islandmother said...

Thanks for making me smile! I learned some new things about where you call home.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Diana,
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your well wishes...It was getting so hard for me to go to work so I guess it is a blessing that I am no longer working.... It will be much better for my knee as I can elevate it and pack it in ice, resting it until the surgery..... And I do believe that everything happens for a reason so this is what was supposed to happen...
Hugs,
Deb

Ricki Treleaven said...

I hear you, sister! My home is in Alabama, but the home of my heart is Arizona! ;P

Have I told you before that Trip worked in Green Bay for a couple of years?

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Hahaha. I know from experience you're not kidding! We thought we'd be safe seeing Door County in March...St Patricks Day to be exact. The snow was so bad we turned back after barely getting started! Maybe someday on the 4th of July we'll try again.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Well, there are some interesting things I've learned about Wisconsin! One of them is that I'll never move to Milwaukee. My DIL lives just outside and now I wonder if that's her problem!

Glad you love it so...enjoyed the post!