My Memories Of Winters Past

I have always wanted to build a snowman, but I never did because we never had enough snow!
I have always wanted to build a snowman, but I never did because we never had enough snow! | Source
These trees remind me of my childhood.  We would see a lot of icycles , but very little snow.
These trees remind me of my childhood. We would see a lot of icycles , but very little snow. | Source
This old stove is very similar to the one my Mama used.  Mama kept biscuits in the top part to keep them nice and warm for me.
This old stove is very similar to the one my Mama used. Mama kept biscuits in the top part to keep them nice and warm for me. | Source
My Mother made many Afgans and Quilts to keep us warm on Winter nights.
My Mother made many Afgans and Quilts to keep us warm on Winter nights. | Source
This outhouse is so like the one I used grew up.
This outhouse is so like the one I used grew up. | Source
This is a hot water bottle.  You don't see these around anymore!
This is a hot water bottle. You don't see these around anymore! | Source
This old school house is very similar to the one I attended.  We had desks just like these.
This old school house is very similar to the one I attended. We had desks just like these. | Source

I Was Never Fond Of Winter.


I have to say up front, I've never been fond of Winter. I am like a plant: I need lots of sunshine and warmth to survive. I grew up in the hills of South Carolina. We got very little snow as I recall. My Daddy said it was too cold to snow where we lived. I never really understood that (I still don't). I never built a snowman.


I do remember waking in the mornings to see icicles hanging from the trees. It would rain during the night, and the rain would turn to icicles. When I went out before school in the dark to do my chores of feeding the animals, the first thing I did was to break up the ice in all their water buckets.


Our little two bedroom house in the country had no electricity until I was 12 years old, so my early memories of Winter are memories of just being cold! My Daddy got up long before my Mother and me, so the first thing he did was to build a fire in the fireplace. He used the logs we had cut for that purpose along with coal. Coal was cheap and plentiful.


Then he made a fire in Mama's wood stove in the kitchen. By the time I got out of bed, the house was nice and toasty. After I dressed in my long underwear and put on layers and layers of warm outer clothing, I was brave enough to go out and attend to my chores.


I walked two miles to school. I still remember my feet were numb by the time I got to school. Our little two room school had no heat either, except for the big pot bellied stove that was in front of our classroom. There would be a big fire started in that stove before we all arrived, thank goodness. I had the misfortune of having a teacher who was very much overweight. She would stand directly in front of the stove. I remember wishing I could ask her to step aside so we kids could get some heat.


I remember evenings in our little house. My Mother cooked a big supper for us every night. We always had meat that we raised ourselves. Oh, I can still taste the country cured ham from our pigs. We grew all our vegetables, so they were plentiful. I loved them all except for the collard greens. She always made either cornbread or her big tasty buttermilk biscuits. I can still remember enjoying her cakes and pies. Even without a thermostat in that wood stove, she turned out wonderful desserts.


Speaking of biscuits; one of my fondest memories was coming home from school and getting a biscuit she had left for me in the warmer of the wood stove. I would poke a hole in the side of the biscuit, and pour molasses right down in that hole! That would hold me over until suppertime.


After suppertime, we lit the kerosene lamps. I did my homework by that light. Later, I would climb into bed and Mother would come and tuck me in. She would have the hot water bottle ready for my back. I still remember her tucking the hot water bottle and quilts up tightly against my back. My constant companion and best friend was a beautiful while Collie named Chubby. Chubby would jump into bed and snuggle under the covers with me.

I would always hope I didn't have to get up during the night and have to walk to the outhouse in the cold. Daddy built one for us which was really very nice compared to our neighbor's. Every bed had a "slop jar" underneath in case you couldn't make it to the outhouse! This is not one of my one fondest memories of winter.


My childhood memories are wonderful. I was lucky to have caring parents who taught me to live by the Golden Rule, and that hard work and a little discomfort was good for the body and soul.


Of course we all have to grow up whether we like it or not: we have no choice, right? After I graduated high school, I left my little two bedroom house to go to the big city of Atlanta, Georgia. I attended college there, worked there, married and started a family there. So, I have Winter memories of living there. Some people think because Atlanta is in the South, it is warm there. It is not warm by any means.


There are many hills in Atlanta. These hills can be a real challenge to drive on when there is ice or sleet on the streets. It is hard to walk, too. After work late one night, I had to get to my car which was parked at the bottom of a very steep hill. When I would try to walk on the sidewalk, my feet would slip and I'd fall down! After many attempts to walk to my car, I remember sitting down and sliding down the hill on my behind!


One morning, I had to get to work. I went outside to start my car. The windshield was solid ice! Being the dumb blonde I was, I went back into the house and boiled a big pot of water. I took the water to the car and poured the hot water over the windshield. You can imagine what happened! I had to pay to have the windshield replaced.


Well time marched on. After my Hubby graduated from Veterinary School it was time to decide where we would live. I begged and pleaded: PLEASE TAKE US TO A WARM CLIMATE! Remember Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind"? She raised her arms to the sky and vowed she would never be hungry again? That is my exact sentiments: I never want to be cold again!

The first Winter I spent in Florida made me very happy. When I took my four children to our local beach on the first New Year's Day after we came, it was 82 degrees, and I was thankful. This is the place I have looked for all my life.







A Beautiful Sunrise In Sunny Florida

This is a beautiful sunrise over the beach where I live in sunny Florida.
This is a beautiful sunrise over the beach where I live in sunny Florida. | Source

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My dog, Chubby ran with me through the woods and swam with me in the creek. He never had a chance to play in the snow, but I'll bet he would have loved that!

© 2014 Mary Hyatt

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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

It's always interesting to read the perspective of other people about winter. I can't imagine living somewhere like Florida. I would grow tired of the nice weather very quickly, and believe me, I know how strange that sounds. LOL Thanks for sharing your memories with us.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

Very interesting hub Mary. I enjoyed reading about your winter memories. Some are similar to my own. You met the challenge well. Voted up.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, billybuc. See, I can't imagine living where you live! I think I would just die. Yesterday, we got down into the low 60's, and I had on two sweaters! I think the blood gets thinner as we age!

This was a fun challenge. I enjoyed yours, too.

Happy New Year, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Jodah. I'm glad you enjoyed my winter memories. Yes, you and I do have some memories that are very similar; I enjoyed reading your challenge, too.

Thanks for reading my challenge, and the vote, Mary


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annart 23 months ago from SW England

Interesting memories here; I love hearing about everyone's slant on winter and there are so many different memories.

I don't like the cold either. I don't mind lovely crisp sunny winter days as long as I'm wrapped up warm and we can walk or build snowmen. That happened quite a lot when I lived in the southeast of England; strangely we don't have as cold a climate in the south west - wetter though! I hate the grey wet days of winter.

Lovely to read your memories. This challenge is creating so many good hubs.

Ann


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South

Great memories Mary! Thank you for sharing them with us; I just knew they would be good. I have always loved your memories; as close to Laura Ingalls Wilder as I can get! lol

I am in NC and although I don't like to be cold it is for such a short time it is no problem for me. I do like to see a few flurries now and then but most winters you have to be lucky to get any good pictures of winter and believe me I try! I lived in SC just outside of Charleston for awhile and it was too hot there for me, Whew! We did have a record snowfall there the first winter I was there and my husband and kids built a snowman to have it stolen by the neighborhood kids overnight!

I do love St Augustine Fl and been there many times after I learned the best times to go!

Up, sharing and will add to the top of the list! Love this!


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WillStarr 23 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

That old cook stove sure brings back memories! My Uncle's farm had no electricity back then either, so when I went to visit my cousin in the winter, one of our chores was filling up the wood bin in the unheated mud room. By the time we were up, fires were already burning in the pot bellied stove and in my Aunt's cook stove. That was in Iowa.

I too lived in South Carolina (near Williston in Aiken County), and how different Christmas was there! It was bone-chilling cold as you said, bu no snow. And Christmas meant setting off firecrackers! That was an unexpected but delightful surprise for a little boy!

This is a fine Hub, Mary!


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Ericdierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Excellent hub and makes me want to go back to simpler times. I miss the cold winters but we just had below freezing so at least we have an early morning reminder.


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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

Thanks, your winter hub brings back lovely memories, i wish malaysia has winter season


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Perspycacious 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

We are what we were, modified only slightly by what we become. This is a nice recounting of your childood. Enjoyable.


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lambservant 23 months ago from Pacific Northwest

I loved this. I love your Daddy. So thoughtful to warm the house for you. I am with Billybuc, I do not like nice weather year round. I lived in CA for many years and got sick and tired of 80 degree Christmas's. So I live in the Pacific NW. Winters aren't too harsh, but not too soft either.

I love your storied of growing up on a farm. It must have been hard work, but it was good. Blessings.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida

Mary, I'm with you about the cold. Right now it's 70 degrees and cloudy. I'm wearing sweats from neck to toes. I don't like being cold.

I remember having to start my car 20 minutes before I'd leave for work when I lived 'up North', as we say here in Florida. One year my car's heater didn't work. I had to wrap myself in a blanket during the winter in order to stop shaking from the cold.

I love that you sat on your bottom and scooted your way to your car. I would have done the same thing!

I don't miss those bitter winters in the least. It gets cold enough for me here. Of course, the heat is just as extreme lately. Is there any happy medium?


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Bob Bamberg 23 months ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

Hi Mary, fun hub! I grew up in the 50's in a suburb of Boston. We had indoor plumbing and central heat so I have no memories of hardship. The house was steam heat using oil, so I remember the sound of the radiators clanking, and drying mittens and gloves on top of the radiators.

I also remember the frost build-up on the inside of the bedroom windows. The house probably had little or no insulation. My sisters and I would scrape the frost off and eat it...even though we knew it tasted bad. The window was probably covered by a blend of Glass Wax (I'll bet the under 30's have no idea what that is) and grime.

I loved it when there was no school. I'd do our shoveling, then my friends and I would roam the town shoveling walks and driveways to earn money. I think we got 75 cents for a normal 2-car driveway unless it was a wet,heavy snowfall or unusually deep...over 18 inches or so.

Another vivid memory I have is of the muffled clang of tire chains on the snow-covered roads. You don't hear that anymore. I used to hate winter and it seemed to last forever. Now, it flies by so fast, I hardly notice it anymore. I hope you have a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!!


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Hi Mary,

Thank you for sharing your wonderful winter memories here in your response to Jackie's Winter Memories Challenge! Your memories are so interesting and I felt as though I was right there with you. I know well, the cold of Atlanta, Georgia, and it has ice storms, as you know, but many would not think that to be the case. The ice is what scares me most, especially black ice as you do not see it coming, and then it is too late.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

You were blessed with such a wonderful mom and dad in this life. We lived in Tampa, Florida for four years when we were first married, and were so used to the nice weather all year.

Happy New Year, dear Mary.


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Lastheart 23 months ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

Blessings Mary! It was nice to live each one of your winter experiences. You have shared it with such positive voice that I smiled until I finished reading it all.


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tobusiness 23 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Mary, an interesting hub, beautifully written and an enjoyable read. When I'm living in a hot climate I yearn for the cold, and vice versa. But what I miss the most when I'm residing in sunnier climes is the changing of the seasons. I love snow at Christmas, but I've had some wonderful Christmas' in the sun. Great hub, thank you for sharing your winter memories. I'm hoping to post my contribution tomorrow.


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craftdrawer 23 months ago

What great memories I can just picture it. I enjoyed reading your Hub!!!


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Iris Draak 23 months ago from Boise, Idaho

You have some of the most interesting memories and experiences of any I've read. I can certainly see why the "slop pot" doesn't rate as a favorite memory. :) I am glad to know you are snuggly warm all the time now.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, ann. I don't know if I could survive in the "cold, wet days" you mentioned. I have never been to England, but from what I have heard and read I think I need more warmth and sun than you have there. But you had the chance to build snowmen, which I never did.

Thanks so much for the lovely compliment on my winter memories.

I just noticed one of your Hubs is related to mine; I'm on my way to read it.

Thanks again, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Jackie. See, I always keep my promises! I kept telling you I would write about my winter memories, didn't I? My children have told me my stories remind them of The Little House on the Prairie! This just gives you an idea of just how old I am, right?

I was born in Asheville, N.C. and was there a year or so ago; it has grown SO much.

I can't believe someone stole your snowman!! That was terrible..

Thanks for reading, and for the inspiration to tell of my winter memories.

Thanks for the vote and the share, Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Will, what a wonderful compliment coming from a great writer like you! I was looking through a home decorating magazine recently, and I saw where you can buy a replica of those of wood stoves. I'd sure like to have one. Course they are electrified now.

Thanks again, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Ericdierker Oh, I'd sure like to go back to the simpler times my self! We did have such a wonderful like back then; hardly any stress like we live in today.

So, you miss the cold?? Not me; today it got up into the high 70's and I took my doggie to the beach. What a life!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, peachpurple. I've wondered where Mother Earth is; now I know. I know nothing about Malaysia, I'm afraid. I imagine it as tropical, though. I would like that.

Thanks, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Good evening, Perspycacious Thanks for reading my winter memories. I think it's a good exercise for my old brain to try and recapture memories while I still can recall them!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, lambservant Oh, dear.....how can you tire of 80 degree weather?? Yes, my Daddy was a wonderful man. He was the dearest, sweetest man in the whole world.

Yes, it was hard growing up like I did, but I didn't know any better!! I thought everyone in the world lived the same way.

I don't think I could tolerate living where you live. Sounds like you and Billybuc are neighbors!! My daughter lived in Seattle for a while and I almost froze when I visited her. Never again.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, bravewarrior You are a gal after my own heart! Aren't we lucky to live in Florida? You get a little cooler where you are, I think. I'm in S. Florida and it's never too hot for me here!

I remember when one of my daughters went to college in Orlando, and worked at Disney. She was a character in the parade. We went there on Thanksgiving to see her perform, and I thought I would die from the cold wind!!

Thanks for reading, my best, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, there, Bob Bamberg. I think you should write a winter memories Hub, too. I'll bet you have some great memories to share!

I never saw a house with radiators but I've seen photos of them. What fun to stay home from school and shove snow. See, I never shoveled snow in my life; no snow to shovel!

I'll bet you folks in Mass. get some horrific winters. Think of me down here in sunny Florida.

Always good to see you, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Dear Faith, Yes, I was truly blessed to have wonderful parents, and I'm thankful for that. Thanks for your lovely compliment on my Winter Memories. I have a daughter who lives in Tampa and loves it.

Yes, it is almost impossible to drive (or walk) on ice.

Thanks for the votes and the shares, I appreciate that so much,

I hope you had a blessed Christmas, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Lastheart Oh, I'm so happy my Winter Memories made you smile! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. My best, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, tobusiness Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my Winter Memories Hub. I'll look forward to reading yours!

It was fun going down memory lane. Once you think of one memory, another one just pops up in your mind.

Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, craftdrawer Oh, yes, I have wonderful memories of my childhood. My children tell me I should write a book, ha, ha.

Thanks so much, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Iris Draak Why, thank you very much! I'm happy you found my Winter memories interesting. I forgot to mention in my Hub that the "slop jars" would be used to hold flowers after they got holes in them and could no longer serve their purpose!!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Sunshine625 23 months ago from Orlando, FL

Do you wanna build a snowman? It doesn't have to be a snowman. (From the movie Frozen, which I'm sure you already knew.) Awesome memories, well except for the slop jar...I can not imagine. Ewww. The Sunshine State winters are so much nicer than northern winters :)


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Sunshine625 (Linda), glad you see you survived another Christmas! Aren't we lucky we live in a state where we can wear flip flops all year long?? I never want to be cold again.

Best wishes and HubLove for 2015. Mary


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa

Beautiful and precious memories, Mary! I dare not talk about cold, as ours is by far not as bad as yours.


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Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

Hi mary, what memories! I did smile at your slop pot, we called them chamber pots! and yes, I still use a hot water bottle sometimes! it's a shame you never got to build a snow man, there is something magical in wading through snow, throwing snow balls at people, making the snow man and then indoors for hot chocolate! great memories mary! nell


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, MartieCoetser. Thanks so much for reading about my Winter memories. We have wonderful Winters here in Florida. I wear my flip flops year round. I wonder how cold it gets in S. Africa? I'll have to Google and find out.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Nell. So good to see you! We called slop jars chamber pots, too. We planted them with potted plants after they started to leak! They were always placed on the front porch for everyone to see and enjoy.

I'll let you enjoy your snowmen and snowballs; not for me. I just went to the beach today, and it was warm and beautiful.

I hope you had a great Christmas, and will have a wonderful 2015. Mary


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BlossomSB 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Thank you for sharing your memories of winter, they were interesting and I loved the photos, especially the one of the Afghan - so beautifully done.


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teaches12345 23 months ago

What a blessing it must have been to enjoy food right from your own farm. I would have loved to have one of your mother's bisquits with molassses. Thanks for sharing your wonderful winter memories.


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Joyfulcrown 23 months ago

Thank you for sharing you winter memories. I am not a fan of winter too. I grew up in Georgia just a little bit south of Savannah.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, BlossomSB, I'm so happy you found my Winter memories interesting, and I'm glad you liked the photos, too.

Many thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi teaches12345 Oh, yes I really had a wonderful childhood, even though I was cold!!

Thank you for sharing my Winter memories with me.

Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Joyfulcrown. Thanks so much for reading about my Winter memories. I have a daughter who lives in Savananah and my Mother was born there. I visited my daughter one Winter, and I froze to death!

Good to see you here, Mary


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Vellur 23 months ago from Dubai

Enjoyed reading your lovely memories. It must have been great to come home from school and munch on the delicious biscuits your mom made, she must have been an awesome cook.


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MelRootsNWrites 23 months ago from California

I can see why you're not a big fan of winter. What cold winters you grew up with! It doesn't get that cold where I live. We will have frost sometimes, but never snow. Still, I am more of a spring person. Thanks for sharing your memories!


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Phyllis Doyle 23 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Hi Mary. Wow, what an interesting memory you have of living in the little cabin with no heat. Your parents sure knew how to cope with the cold. Bet you were so thankful to have Chubby in bed with you at night. That dogs and cats in the snow video is the cutest one I have seen in a long time.

Glad you are happy in a nice warm climate now. Thanks for sharing these memories with us.


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ladyguitarpicker 23 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Hi Mary, I enjoyed your hub and all your memories. I am like you I do not like the cold and get enough winter right here in Fl. Great Hub. Like the part about the frozen water, I remember that one. Happy New Year


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phoenix2327 23 months ago from United Kingdom

Well, if you're going to end up on your butt anyway, you might as well put it to good use. Too funny. Great hub; I really love your memories.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi Vellur, I'll never understand how my Mama could turn out such wonderful biscuits, pies and cakes on that old wood stove with no thermostat! I don't cook that well with a new modern range!

Thanks for reading my Winter memories, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, MelRootsNWrites, I see you are from CA. I was in San Francisco once during the Winter, walking on the wharf, and I thought I would die from the cold air.

I am definitely a Spring person, got to have that sunshine!

So nice to meet you here today, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Phyllis Doyle Thanks for reading my Winter memories. I had a wonderful childhood even though I was cold most of the Winter! I'm glad you enjoyed that video of the dogs playing in the snow. My little dog, Baby, has never seen snow. I can't imagine her playing in the snow like these dogs.

Happy New Year, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

ladyguitarpicker, hi there. I live in S. Florida and if it gets below 70 degrees, I complain!

I'm happy you enjoyed my Winter memories.

Happy New Year to you and yours, too. Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, phoenix2327 I'll never forget sliding down that hill on my rearend! Thanks for reading and commenting on my Winter memories, I did have wonderful memories, but I never want to repeat those times.

Thanks for your nice compliment on my Hub, Mary


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RachaelOhalloran 23 months ago from United States

I was born and raised in New York City and cold winters there are like none I've seen since. Having lived in Michigan, Massachusetts, and California mountains, I remember frozen water too. But NYC has the cold beat hands down. I've had it with the freezing cold winters. I live in Florida now and if I never see another frigid winter, it won't be too soon.

Our satellite was out for 6 days and we just got it back early this morning. No internet, no radio signal, no television, but we had electricity, water and food. Then the second day, the temps went down from the high 70's into the low 40's and the cold here in Florida is not the cold of the NE. 40's here is similar to 20's in NE. You would think I'd never experienced a cold winter in my life, it was that cold. Add in rainstorms coming in from the islands and those 40's were like 20's!

Reading your memories was touching and homespun, and your Daddy makes me think of Michael Landon on Little House. Thank you for sharing your winter memories. Happy New Year!


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Peggy W 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

I loved reading about your memories of living with old man winter when you were a child at home and after getting married and living in Atlanta. I enjoyed living in Wisconsin as a child but for the 4 years my hubby and I lived up there and had to drive on snow and ice, the allure wore thin. Our dogs did seem to enjoy playing in the snow.

I am happy to now be living in the south although it is cold in Houston today. The fireplace will be welcomed tonight! Up votes and sharing, tweeting, pinning, etc.


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Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

Hope you have a wonderful New Year Mary!


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, RachaelOhalloran. My Hubby took me to meet his parents in New York back in the 60's. There was a heavy snowfall during the night, and I remember the next morning when we looked out the window I could hardly see our car! Terrible. Never again.

My children and grands tell me my life growing up reminds them of the Little House On the Prairie, too.

I'm so thankful I live in S. Florida. I love that sunshine!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Peggy W. I have enjoyed reading about your life growing up in Wisconsin. As I said I grew up with lots of ice, but no snow. I thought your climate in Houston was similar to ours here in Florida, but you do seem to get more cold weather. I feel bad for you having cold temp. now!

Thanks for much for reading, commenting, the votes and the shares.

Why don't you consider writing a Hub to share some of your Winter memories?

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIEND, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, there my good friend, Nell Rose! How sweet to come just to wish me a Happy New Year.

I hope you have the best year ever!

See you around next year, Mary


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prasetio30 23 months ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful hub, Mary. Winter and snow are great combination. My biggest dream in my life beside get married is touch the snow through my hands. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

Prasetio


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi prasetio30 From what I have read, your part of the world stays warm year round, am I right? I hope someday you will get your dream: find a nice lady to marry, and feel the snow through your hands. Frankly, I never want to touch the snow; it's too cold for me!

I hope you have a wonderful and happy 2015

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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ChitrangadaSharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

Wonderful winter memories and I thoroughly enjoyed going through your hub. You met the challenge in an excellent way.

There is extensive snowfall during winters in the Northern part of India because of the Himalayan mountain ranges. And since New Delhi is quite close, it is very cold here but no snowfall. I love the sight of snowfall but I do understand that regular life becomes difficult in such weather conditions.

Wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year!


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi ChitrangadaSharan. Sounds like your climate is like the one I grew up in. Very cold, but no snow! The Northern part of India would not be good for me at all!

Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub; I'm glad you enjoyed reading my Winter memories.

I sincerely hope 2015 will be a happy and prosperous year for you, too. Mary


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida

I agree with living in the warm now, Mary. I have lived probably more in the cold than in the warm but I prefer the warm.

When I was a young girl in Virginia we went to a four room school house and each room had a pot bellied stove and it heated the room so nicely. After recess we were allowed to huddle around it for a bit ...as we were snowy and cold. Our teachers shared the heat nicely with us.

Wishing you a blessed New Year Mary..

Many Angels are once again winging their way to you ps


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, pstraubie48, You sound like you grew up kind of like I did with the little school! You were lucky if your teacher shared the heat with you.

You have been on my mind and in my thoughts and prayers; just wanted you to know that.

I hope you and yours have a blessed 2015, too.


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aesta1 23 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Hi Mary. I enjoyed reading about your home and school. It's like reading one of my favourite novels. I understand how you feel though about the cold. I lived in Ottawa, Canada for some time and the memory still holds. We go away every winter now.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Good morning, aesta1, I'm happy you enjoyed reading about my Winter memories. I had a wonderful life growing up in the country, but I never want to be that cold again. I complained yesterday because it was windy and chilly here in S. Fl. with temp down in the lower 70's!

I could never survive in Canada!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

Comforting memories of winter (except that slop bucket). The marvels of indoor plumbing and all that we have to be thankful for!


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, FlourishAnyway I was telling one of my grandchildren about the use of the slop jars we used, and she could not believe it. I told her after they would get a hole in them, we would plant a flower in it and put it on the front porch! They love hearing my stories, and are thankful for indoor plumbing!


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ignugent17 22 months ago

Thanks for sharing your winter memories. I will try to write about my first winter too. :-) Voter up and more.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, ignugent17 It was fun remembering my winter memories; I'll look forward to reading about yours, too. Thanks for reading, commenting, and the votes, Mary


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colorfulone 22 months ago from Minnesota

I enjoyed reading about your winter memories, Mary. I cannot imagine not having snow to shovel, but the older I get, the better that sounds.

BTW, that sunrise photo is awesome!


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, colorfulone From what I've read you have had a lot of snow to shovel lately!! I just don't think I would survive in your kind of weather! I'm glad you liked my photo. We have some beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the ocean where I live. Thanks for reading my Winter memories, Mary


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Au fait 17 months ago from North Texas

I didn't know anyone so much younger than my parents and uncles and ants had lived so close to the way you did. They are all deceased now except for 3 aunts, 2 by marriage. I know they had to walk long distances to school, etc.

It was pretty simple when I was young growing up on a farm too. We had a wood stove that had to be started first thing in the morning everyday too, and in Wisconsin winters can get pretty cold. We didn't have running water inside until I was 4. We did have a pitcher pump just outside the kitchen door and we had electricity. Even once we had water coming into the house we still had to heat the water on the stove to wash dishes, clothes, and bath out of a porcelain wash dish.

Love the photos of snow especially. It's 97 F. in north Texas today and working it's way to 100 or above. Should be 100 Monday if the weather person is correct. It's been upper 90s for a few weeks now and getting hotter. Should start cooling off again by late October. Never gets chilly here like in Wisconsin though, and even a blizzard would be welcome today so far as I'm concerned.

Voting this up and interesting, pinning to Awesome HubPages, and sharing with followers.


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mary615 17 months ago from Florida Author

Au fait, good morning from S. Florida where our weather is HOT! I tried to work in the yard yesterday; just too hot! We did have running water, because my Dad piped water into the house that came from a spring.

Thanks so much for reading my memories. I could have written many more memories, but that would have made the Hub much too long, I think. I had a wonderful childhood. We were poor, but we didn't realize it!

Thanks so much for the votes, and the shares.

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