Friday, February 19, 2010


Cliff and I hardly ever begin a day without checking the weather, but today we wanted to get on the road and get to the Western Farm Show.  We were on I-70, only ten minutes away from our destination, when it started snowing a lot... huge snowflakes.  The temperature outside, according to our car, was 38.  If it didn't get colder, we'd be fine; but our Mercury is terrible on snow and ice, and we were scared.
"Let's see if we can hear the weather forecast on the radio," I said.
I never listen to regular radio, but it was almost the top of the hour; and back in the days when I listened to radios, they always gave weather near the top of the hour.
I guess that isn't true any more; we heard ten solid minutes of advertising and then twenty solid minutes of classic country music.  While we were waiting to hear the weather, Cliff turned back toward home.
"I'm not risking it," he said.
We got as far as Blue Springs and saw no snow falling.  "Oh look, it's stopped," I said.

"So, do you want me to turn back around?"
"Let's try it."
And we drove right back into a blizzard.
I know, I know.  We should have been able to figure out what would have happened.  I guess we'll just hit the show tomorrow or Sunday.  I'll bet we take the pickup, though.  Just in case of inclement weather.
So on our way home (the second time) we stopped to buy groceries and other necessities at the nearest little Walmart.  My list was small, and our purchases barely covered the bottom of the cart.
And the cost?  $76.
All right, so Cliff's hearing aid batteries were $13; and that giant package of toilet paper was $14.
Am I the only person who can't tell the difference between "extra soft" TP and "extra strong"?  None of it seems very strong to me.
While I'm ranting:  We've always bought Crest toothpaste.  Why can't we just walk in and pick up a tube of Crest without having to look over twenty varieties with different tastes and consistencies and strong points?  It's the same with Tide detergent; you have to spend ten minutes trying to figure out which one is right for you.  How many kinds of Tide are really necessary?  I'm sure when Cliff retires I'll be going back to store-brand detergent, but I really can tell a difference with Tide.  So for now, we'll fork out the big bucks for it.   
Seventy-six dollars indeed.  Hmph.


Lucy said...

I could not agree with you more on everything you said. It might be our age or it might be our way of life but you hit the nail on the head about everything as far as I am concerned.

Leilani Lee said...

We went to Wally World yesterday and came home without buying 6 items because they no longer carry it or the shelf was empty. Sam Walton would be spinning in his grave if he could see what they are doing to his vision. Getting more and more irritating to walk into that store -- either having too many choices (as you point our) or not getting any choice at all for others.

Hyperblogal said...

I've given up on commercial radio. Nothing but commercials interrupted by the same 5 songs. When the musical selection over the speaker at Price Chopper is better than any station there's something seriously wrong.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What a day you all had, driving around and around. I agree about the groceries and the tp. Things cost way to much to suit my budget. Retirement is going to really make me look at the cost of things and I know I'll probably go to using all the store brands to save.

Anita said...

Big LOL when you mentioned the Crest toothpaste. It's the brand we use. In the past, I'd just take a guess and pick up any tube. Now that my daughters are older and have their own toothpaste, each one wants a different flavor, consistancy, etc. I'd stand at the shelf 5 minutes looking for blue mint, cavity whatever, blah, blah, blah. Now I tell them to write the full 10 word description on the grocery list if they expect to get what they want. Fortunately, with everyone having their own tube, it lasts for months...I think.

Lindie said...

And have you noticed the difference in TP? The height of it I mean? They might have kept it the same length (maybe) but they save by making the height shorter! I agree about Tide and Crest too! My teeth have changed so I always have to find one for sensitivity.

Remo said...

I was with ya until you got to buttwipe. Cottonelle Ultra. It's the bomb. Remo gives it two wipes up.

Midlife Mom said...

I am so with you on the Crest! I used to just throw a tube in at the grocery store but now it's hunt and hunt for the plain ole' kind that I like. And toilet paper. Good grief why do we need so many choices for that?! Although I will admit it is better then the Sears Roebuck catalog that used to be in the outhouse back home before we got indoor plumbing! :o)

Ms Martyr said...

I remember a friend complaining about all the options in washing machines. She said so much variety gave her a headache and wished there were only two or three models to choose from. My husband can't get over the giant front loaders nowadays and doesn't understand why I covet one. Obviously he doesn't do the laundry around here.
Do you have a Costco or Sam's Club nearby? They carry Tide (usually) and I use the Kirkland brand of detergent with good results.

Lori said...

I have always used Tide too, just plain old, unscented Tide. A couple weeks ago I started making my own laundry powder using Borax and baking soda. I have to say that so far it seems to be working as well as Tide and for less money too. And whites are VERY white! I also use vinegar in my rinse water. I always used it because it seems to really get ALL of the detergent out of your clothes, and I like the fresh smell (not vinegary at all) of the clothes when they come out. I am still using vinegar in my rinse water, even with the home made detergent. I got the detergent recipe from Kelli in So. Cal. I don't know if you read her blog or not, but I think you might.

Debbie said...

I agree with you. After years of using bargain soaps, I tried Tide and it really does a better job that anything I've used.