Thursday, January 17, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Milk, bread and beer?
• I’m blatantly stealing my headline from Milton’s column. As soon as the bad weather started I began to wonder if we had enough bread and milk to get through the night.
I will have to admit, until I saw Milton’s column it never occurred to me to wonder if we had enough beer. Since I don’t like beer, I don’t care if we have any.
We go through milk like crazy at our house. Beth Breithaupt, a co-worker here at the office, and her family go through milk like we do. When her two sons are home from college, they go through more!
I was worried for a while about news from some farm bill during the fiscal cliff “episode” recently. Seems like if something happened (or didn’t happen) that the price of milk was going to sky-rocket to over $5-$6 a gallon.
I’d have gone broke just buying milk. Gas prices are bad enough.
Thankfully, milk prices didn’t go sky-high, so we can still almost afford to go through a gallon of milk a day at my house.
• It’s almost noon on Tuesday as I’m writing this and we’re anxiously waiting on the predicted icy weather. At Carlisle’s and other grocery stores, I’m sure the folks are rubbing their hands together in anticipation.
I’m wringing my hands. I am terrified of driving (in my case sliding) on ice. Highway 310 is probably one of the first roads to ice and the last to thaw. I slip and slide all the way from Highway 7 to my house. Once I get there though, I don’t go out again!
Snow is OK to drive on, but ice -- well, I’m sitting here shuddering just thinking about it.
• When I get home and daughter Dana gets home, we have a quilting party going on in my sewing room. We took a class a couple weeks ago and the joy of quilting just clicked on in her head and we’re having a blast.
She decided to start with something easy and fun, so she picked a log cabin block to make an expecting friend a baby quilt.
If you know about quilting and log cabin blocks, you’re rolling in the floor laughing at the thought that’s an easy block. It requires precise cutting and precise stitching and nerves of steel.
But, Dana is doing pretty good with those blocks.
She’s the very proud owner of her great-grandmother’s sewing machine, a Singer about 75 years old. It has a shuttle bobbin, which I’d never seen before and she’s already figured it out.
Dana quilting makes me very happy, as I watched her great-grandmother make Dana quilts on that sewing machine.
Stay warm and stay off the streets after you get your milk and bread!
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