It's SNOWING again.
But Rich went shopping yesterday, and believe it or not, was able to find everything that was on the list. Including some TP and paper towels. With what we have already, and ruthless conservation, we should have enough to last for a while. Because we live so far away from everything, we usually keep a good stock of things, just in case, but every now and then, items need to be restocked.
For instance, I just opened my last bottle of bleach, so I had it on the list to get another 3-pack from Sam's. I told him when he left he probably wouldn't find bleach anywhere, but I still had the one gallon bottle, so it was OK. But no, there was a whole SHELF of bleach boxes when he got to Sam's. I guess people are buying up the wipes and sprays and stuff, not wanting to do the extra work to use bleach out of a bottle. I dunno, but anyway, my cow laundry (and now chicken laundry) will not suffer.
It wasn't all sunshine and roses, though, he did have to hit Sam's, two Walmarts, and two Safeways to get everything. But he's a shopping fool, he just powers through the aisles, gets what's on the list and nothing more, and wastes NO time. LOL! He doesn't like me to go shopping with him because I slow him down, always finding "something" I need to look at. That's OK, I don't do "people" well anymore, I'd rather stay home with my critters anyway.
The feed stores seemed to be operating normally, too, so we got alfalfa pellets and beet pulp shreds for the cows with no problem, as well as a big bag of sunflower seeds for chicken treats, and shavings for stall bedding and nest boxes. I'd heard that wood shavings were in short supply in some places.
Anyway, that's beside the point, the point is, not only did he get everything on the list, but he was home in record time! Only 7 hours from the time he left until he pulled back in the driveway. He said there was very little traffic on the highway, and the stores weren't all that crowded (although the people there were stressed and crazy). So, WHEW! Another monthly shopping trip completed. And before it snowed, too.
Hopefully, the snow will melt this afternoon, if it ever stops coming down. They said less than an inch, but there's more than that out there already. It's wet, though, which means it will soon be slush, and should melt pretty quick. This is one day I'd prefer NOT to have to milk a cow, though, because she'll be sleeping inside because of the snow. She will have BEEN outside, however, so she'll be covered in wet, then she'll lie down in a fresh plop of poo, and I'll have to clean that all up before I can milk. But that's part of the job. The "dirty" part, LOL!