We went out shopping to both the Super Wal-Mart and Freddies today -- and got a lot of food for us, the cats, the birds and the squirrels. So we should be good to go.
What we forgot was BATTERIES for our flashlights, so we just had to dash to Walgrens to get them...
Because we're slated for both SNOW and FREEZING RAIN tomorrow, which means we might lose power -- and really need those flashlights in order to get around the house when it's dark. Downstairs that can be an issue, even in the daytime, considering there isn't that much natural light down there. And we've blocked off a couple of the windows with solid barriers to help keep out the cold, so it's even worse now.
We heard a report on the local news that people have been BUYING OUT tons of basic groceries from stores. One woman went to get a gallon of milk and had to buy it in PINTS, because all the gallons and half gallons were sold out. Bread has sold out, too. Merchants were reporting that the crowds were the largest of the year -- far bigger than before Thanksgiving (which is unheard of).
They're saying we'll get snow early, then freezing rain on top of that and more snow on top of the rain. Freezing rain is far worse than any snow. I dread it -- and so does everyone else, clearly. Portland is currently at 22° (brr).
Portland Public Schools have already announced that they'll be closed tomorrow. Again, it's amazing any time they announce the night before!
I don't mind the nasty weather that much as long as we have ELECTRICITY, but it would be bad without it. It's so cold it would be difficult to stay warm. I don't know what would happen with our pipes. The cats are already complaining (in their own way) about the cold. And I've already discussed the issues with keeping birds (especially the hummingbirds) and squirrels fed...
We also had an issue here today with bomb threats at several schools over in Washington, by the way. I don't know if made national news or not, but it was big news here. They don't have the automated method to contact parents, so that was also news -- and there were some angry people complaining. Here in Portland they have the automated system in place, as sister Sue got the calls about schools being closed for her granddaughter Nicole. That's a great use of technology, I think!
In photos I thought I'd share, I'm going way back to our festival Auction in October. I finally downloaded the photos I took of the set of bowls I bid on and won. I'd been bidding on them and wasn't sure whether or not to continue -- then Chairman Arthur's husband William encouraged me. He knew the artist and said he and Arthur had a number of pieces she'd done. And he told me they'd make great 'pasta bowls.' (smile) As you can see here, I took that seriously!
This is one of a set of four bowls called 'Tribal Cats' that
I purchased at our Auction this year (back in October).
Chairman Arthur's husband talked me into bidding on buying
the set -- and told me I could use them as 'pasta bowls.'
Here's the same bowl -- full of pasta!
We actually use them to eat any number of foods, although they're more plate-like than bowl-like (the sides aren't high enough for foods that need a real bowl). I can't say how much I adore this set -- nor how happy I am I won them! I was hovering in front of them telling people there was 'nothing behind me' when it came time for that silent auction to close...
I hope to eventually have some winter weather photos to share. I didn't get all that many during the last snow, because we didn't get all that much snow here, to tell the truth. I'm hopeful there will be VERY LITTLE freezing rain to photograph, however!
For now, the water is dripping loudly in my bathroom (which is right near our office) and in the kitchen, the news is on the TV and Marilyn mistressmarilyn is playing Zuma next to me. So it's all good!
(I'll think I'll skip mentioning the IT-related emergency from today, frankly. I never heard the outcome, anyway.)