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A dull report

November 11th, 2014 at 10:17 am

The quilts have come out from storage: high of 7 degrees C/44F today. One has some urine stains: ick! Dumped lotsa washing soda and some trickle of Woolite in the Delicate Soak cycle: hoping this will do the trick... I already regret not picking up OxiClean at Costco.

My kind of laundrette. Scooters and chamber musicians welcome!

Revisited the glove drawer to make sure I have matching pairs too. Even considering putting a "cold weather survival bundle" in the car: blankets, drinking water, flares, lightsticks, flashlight, matches, protein bars, whistle, hand warmers, kitty litter, window scraper, rag. No snow shovel: not in a severe weather area. For those of you between the Rockies and the Appalachians, north of 40, I feel for you. As my people would say, standing outdoors in their summer shorts: "A bit brisk, eh? Bit brisk."

Went to Costco for first time since... July? Easier to go in the evening! We didn't waste any time, stuck mostly to a rehearsed list, and paid $2.68/gallon for gas. It seems now we are always refuelling, and I am always buying vegetables. When we were fuelling every 10 days, I'd have a game with myself where I'd have to save at least a dollar on my spending when I went out. As I'd buy enough to warrant the size of the car this wasn't a problem. Now, I may have to try another game: the Use-It-Up or Pantry Challenge popular here.

Menu for the Week:
- Shepherd's Pie, tonight
- Bean Soup, with Kielbasa Wednesday
- Bean Soup Leftovers Thursday
- Either Red Lentil Curry or Quinoa-Kidney Bean Chili Friday
- Roast or Baked Chicken, yum or probably Bean Soup leftovers.

5 Responses to “A dull report”

  1. miz pat Says:

    Wow - you know I used to keep a hot weather emergency kit in the car. I should redo that.

    Mine was space blankets, first aid kit, swiss army knife, big thing of water, extra shoes and socks, flares, jackets (in case you were stuck at night and the temp went way down for us desert sissies).

    I never used any of it for myself, except suprisingly the jacket and socks, but used the water frequently for newbies to the area who had never checked coolant on their radiators. It gets to be an issue when it hits 110 degrees in the desert.

  2. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Oooh Space blankets! I should look for some. Extra shoes and socks would be cool too. I don't know why I didn't think of that on the wet days my child would have outdoor tram practice. How does anyone except the longtimers adjust to 110 degrees in the desert?

  3. snafu Says:


    Booster cables, 1st aid kit, Folding shovel , Windshield brush/scraper, Flashlight, Foil blanket, sleeping bag, Leatherman , Adj. wrench, Pocket knife , Winter , sandbag, HELP sign, Candles/matches, tuna tin, Cell ph, pwr cord, Tire gauge, Flares, Jug for water Cat litter/small carpet [gain traction when stuck in a snow bank.

    Most of these supplies are thrown into an old, wrecked back pack in the trunk. Getting stuck in a snowbank or sliding off the road in the mountains can be life threatening.

  4. snafu Says:

    wretched computer is dropping sentences...

    Winter , sandbag, HELP sign, Candles/matches, tuna tin, Cell ph, pwr cord,

  5. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Thanks, snafu! I knew you of all people would have an exhaustive if not canonical list of winter/snow emergency supplies. I still remember the Silicon Valley editor guy who got caught in snowstorm driving with his family - left the car on foot, and died :-( - so sad, and so needless.

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