Monday, January 31, 2011

Bullseye!!

Another winter storm headed our way. For the whole nation. I was listening to the newscast this evening. The weather is the headliner here, as I am sure it is everywhere. But, what caught my attention was the meteorologist's unique way of summing up the local situation. He said that if the United States was a dartboard, mid Missouri is the bulls eye. Yikes! The snow should start at 7 am and we will get 2 inches per hour. Expect whiteout conditions.


He who would like to procrastinate had a doctor's appointment this morning, so I tagged along to pick up my prescription and some staples at WalMart. My car was covered in ice, but with some persuasion in the form of de-icer, we got in and warmed it up. The 20 minute trip took close to an hour and we saw 7 cars in various ditches and medians. I filled out the new patient forms (legibility and all that) and left him at the office while I trudged off on my mission. After all he is a grown man and I left him with a list of all his medications and questions I had for the doctor. He called when he got into the exam room and the doctor asked him why he was in. I forgot to put that in my notes to the doctor and had to tell them to draw blood. What would he do without me?


But, back to WalMart. I had my list at the ready and thought I should be able to get everything and be on my way. Not so much. The store wasn't crowded. The shelves were empty! No eggs. None. Not a one. Really, not even Eggland's Best. Okay. The entire cooling unit was empty, so I stroll along thinking that maybe their is some problem and they have moved the eggs to another temporary location. No, I went up and down each and every aisle in a demented egg hunt. I gave up. Next on my list was self-rising flour. I always get the store brand, it's flour, just plain flour. Imagine my surprise to find that shelf nearly empty. I grabbed the very last bag of Gold Medal. None of the Great Value. No all-purpose, no self-rising. So, now I am thinking that everyone hit the store yesterday anticipating the storm. Next thing I wanted was fish. Just a mild white fish. NO FISH. I kid you not! They had some catfish fillets that looked freezer burned and a lonely small chunk of salmon that smelled fishy. Thankfully they did have peanut butter and honey, and toilet tissue. No eggs, but we got toilet tissue. I mentioned the sorry state of the shelves as I was checking out and found that most of the employees had called in, so most of the items were in the stockroom. They were also waiting for some trucks that were late. I was glad to know that it was not some weird conspiracy targeted at me. Targeted ........Target ..........WalMart ...........Conspiracy. Bulls Eye????


Sometimes I just can't help myself.

18 comments:

jojo said...

hahaha!!! You are too funny...

Your weather was the headline on our news tonight so it must really be a bad storm a'comin'. Hope you stay warm and dry, don't run out of dog food, or get a hankering for some scrambled eggs and flour! take care...

Sunny said...

'They' are forecasting up to 2 feet of snow on top of the 3 feet we already have plus ice! Oh the joy of winter!
I had the same experience at WalMart today, there was a run on everything including toilet paper! I did get eggs somewhere else, LOL!
Be warm and safe.
☼ Sunny

SkippyMom said...

Everyone freaks out and it really isn't necessary - it is silly - we had a couple of feet last year [three times] and we never rushed out. We stay semi stocked, so it is all good.

Pooldad went to the store tonight for flowers! something special for dinner and some beverages.

He said it was a madhouse and everyone was shopping for the armageddon.

We MAY get ice [that would block us in for one day] or [really] a lot of rain...it is missing us.

I understand you have to stock the store kathy as a business but otherwise - it will get plowed and we will all survive.

Brian Miller said...

oy stay warm...and inside of course...sounds like you are in for a doozy...and does not surpise me at all about the stores...

ellen abbott said...

I hope you weather it OK. We're supposed to have a 40ยบ temperature drop tomorrow.

Mamma has spoken said...

The same thing happens here whenever there is the call for the white death. You go to the store and can't find the three main staples: milk, eggs and bread.

In the Heart of Happy said...

You're killing me!! I am not laughing at you, but with you.

I am praying you will be okay. Keep us posted!

luksky said...

lol...when we lived on the coast it sounds like what the stores were like when there was a hurricane forecasted. Stay warm!!!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

luckily, the local store i shopped at last night was not too crowded and the shelves were still pretty stocked. one of my friends lives in purcell, OK and they had totally bare bread shelves. amazing.

houndstooth said...

I stopped at Wal-Mart last night on my way home, even though I hate it, because it's closest to on my way. It was the same story here! Not a loaf of bread to be found! They're saying they don't think the supply trucks will be able to get in, either. Thank gosh for the little local IGA!

Rae said...

It must be a weather forecasting thing because our weather man told us we were the bull's eye on the old weather dart board. We are getting hit with 18 inches predicted and already have a thick layer of ice. We don't have an alternate heat or power source so I hope we don't lose electricity.

There was a run on Walmart here too. Hubby and I were some of the lucky ones and got our stock of supplies early yesterday morning.

Stay safe and warm!

Whitney Lee said...

Too bad your weather predictions are spot on. We keep getting missed. Not that I mind so much, but it would be nice for my daughter to get one really great snowfall to play in this year!

I'd much rather have toilet paper than eggs!!! Stay warm.

labbie1 said...

Hey doll! I have a bag of flour and one of sugar in my pantry in your office--help yourself. For the eggs--gotta come and get them! LOL

labbie1 said...

Oh--and let me know if you need something else--besides my cans of whipped cream--which you found this morning! Cappuccino with whipped cream! MMMMMMMM!!!!

Kathy G said...

I just read that I-70 is closed in your area. It must be very bad. My school was closed today, and I just learned I'll have another day off tomorrow.

I did end of the month shopping on Sunday, and things were already a bit crazy. I needed milk and eggs, but we had plenty of TP :-)

Lorenza said...

Sounds crazy!
I hope everything will be ok!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Pat said...

Hope you didn't get hit too bad! My family back in IL got 20 inches, with drifts up to 4-5 feet of snow! Everyone is laying low today! Nobody is on the roads - everyone is staying home!

Marla said...

I wish we were neighbors. We're getting over a dozen eggs a day from our hens and in the dead of winter to boot. I'd gladly share. :-)