I haven't had to get up at 5:30 to get to school by 7:00 for two years or more importantly check the local stations for school closings due to snow, but this morning I was awake by 4:00 after waking every two hours to see if it was snowing. Imagine -- still excited about snow after all these years.
My daughter went to Trader Joe's last night with a short list of things and was met by absolute bedlam and mostly empty shelves. So since I was already awake, I decided to wait until the sun came up and try to get at the grocery store what she couldn't purchase last night. With snow predicted to start sometime in the afternoon, and schools all opening on time (with announced early closings), I thought I just might be able to breeze in and out. Armed with a short list, I headed to the store at 7:30 but met an almost full parking lot.
Although not really chaotic (yet), the store was busy; the lines at checkout, long. I was able to get almost everything on my list with the exception of milk, Eggbeaters, and Greek yogurt (is this bizarre or what?). I would have settled on regular, plain yogurt, but there wasn't a drop to be had. Also, I noticed there was no beef, nary a chicken wing, not a potato chip or a tortilla chip in the store, no white bread, and almost no frozen chopped spinach. People had also pretty much decimated fresh vegetables. What this says about America's eating habits, I'm not sure, but evidently hordes are having Super Bowl parties with interesting menus. The wings, beef, and chips I understand -- but plain yogurt and frozen spinach???
At 10:00 as I sat down to a breakfast of leftover Italian wedding soup (don't scoff until you've tried it), the snow predicted to start this afternoon, began to lightly fall. My husband had already filled the bird feeder (we're down to one -- the squirrels ate our 'squirrel proof' feeder) and the suet cages, and brought in enough wood to keep us toasty for the next few days. And now, at 11:34 a.m., I feel a nap coming on...
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three grand mother of four, and have been married to the same man for 48 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.