Easy Ice Fishing in the Greenhouse

The Last Laugh column shares MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader submitted American humor. One winter, thinking he might have SAD (Sunlight Affect Deficiency), Ernold goes "open-fishing" inside his wife’s greenhouse and discovers easy ice fishing for the taking.


| February/March 2000



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How could I explain to a whole room full of flannel-shirted fishermen how I came to use my wife's catalog-ordered hothouse for my easy ice fishing shanty?


ILLUSTRATION: DAVID BRION

Last Laugh shares MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader submitted American humor with other readers. Ernold finds his wife's greenhouse becomes his easy ice fishing haven instead. 

Hey, Ernold, I noticed you hung curtains in your see-through shanty," my buddy Clutch called from the pool table.

They weren't curtains. They I were vertical blinds. But I was sure the distinction would escape all the Grotty's Tavern regulars. "Maybe you've got a La-Z-Boy in there, too," Clutch plowed on. "Some doilies on the end table -hmmm?"'

How could I explain to a whole room full of flannel-shirted fishermen how I came to use my wife's catalog-ordered hothouse for my easy ice fishing shanty?

It started one Saturday afternoon, my blue fingers trying to suck warmth and color from a bowl of steaming chili. The final score for a morning on the windswept ice in front of our home: Fish 0, Frostbite 20.

"Honeeey," my wife, Mudge (short for Magenta), called in her I've-got-a-project-for-you voice. "Where's the best place for my greenhouse to get the most sun?"





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