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Bracing For The Big One.....

I received the final "proofs" via FedEx yesterday from our publisher for the cookbook that Lovina and I have coming out this fall.  I'm going through the book line by line and making sure everything is accurate.  I think the publisher's design team did a dynamite job with the look of the book and that the final product is going to be quite captivating.  I need to have this book read by the weekend and shipped back to them so it can be sent to the printing house and then on to bookstores!  Problem is it is hard for me to focus on reading right now.  Because.....we have a MAJOR snowstorm bearing down on us here in southern Ohio.

I've lamented before about how I was out of the country during the Blizzard of `78 and all I've ever heard since then was how bad it was....well....I don't know whether to be elated or nervous now that it is a almost a reality, but some forecasters are now calling for a "blizzard" here for Friday and Saturday..possibly our worst Buckeye snowstorm in 30 years. Wow!  Check out some of the postings at Accuweather.com and Skyeyeweather for Cincinnati-specific stuff.


Re: Bracing For The Big One.....

When we were married in 1956, our grocery budget was $8 a week.  Hard to do it on that, but we couldn't even raise it to 10 for quite awhile.  CS

Re: Bracing For The Big One.....

I have to say I've had enough of the snow too.  Today as the students were leaving, most were chanting "no snow, no snow, no snow!!!"  Usually I like the unschedule day off but I'm agreeing with the kids. The forcasters are saying it will be a two day event with anywhere from 3-10 inches of snowFrown  On the bright side, I had my son bring in fire wood so I can have a roaring fire while it's snowing outside.  Don't care what anyone says, an old fashion wood fire is very comforting to me.

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Yes, BK, I've stacked all our remaining firewood close to our front door.  A roaring fire sounds awesome.  Did you go out to a grocery store to "stock up?"  The Kroger here in Middletown was pure pandemonium......people were grabbing bread, milk.....two ladies were playing tug-o-war with the last loaf of Wonder.....it wasn't a pretty scene!

Re: Snow days

Kevin,  Without having a phone or tv, how does Lovina find out that school is cancelled and/or delayed? 

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 Well today (Friday) we are getting out two hours early!  Hopefully this will be before the storm hits but from what Channel 9 says I don't think so Frown  Forcasting 8 inches of snow by the time it ends!!!!! One thing is for sure, the kids will be 'wired' due to the change of weather and schedule.  I'll be needing this web-site as a deversion from the day Smile

Re: Snow days

Well, Lovina sometimes "cheats":)  A nice, non-Amish neighbor will sometimes come over and tell her when the local school system is closed.  Other times, though, the Eicher kids just have to wait for the bus....and if it comes, school is in session...if it doesn't come, then there is a snow day....the hour delays are trickier...they can't let down their guard waiting for the bus for an hour...

Re: Bracing For The Big One.....

Nope, I'm not much for the'running to the store and stocking up' thing.  Say what you want about Northern Kentucky but we just don't get 'snowed in' like we use to in the 'old-days.'  Our county road department is great with snow removal!  

 Last 'storm' we had I went to the Krogers on Mall Road and had a good laugh.  Of all the things to be sold out of it was 2 liter sodas!  Though I watch tonight's news on two of the channels (5 and 9).  One says not a problem until the late afternoon the other says morning.  One says slushy mix the other says wintery mix in my area.   

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Re: Bracing For The Big One.....

"A mind is like a parachute. It doesnt work if it's not open."- Frank Zappa

Speaking of stocking up reminded me of something... when 9/11 happened, Matt and I had only been married and out on our own for 3 months.  It was definitely a scary time, no doubt.  Well, he calls me while I am at school, and tells me he is going to go get some groceries and stock up after work.  When he gets home, he had sooo much food.  I think he spent around $400 in that one trip to Hy Vee!!  I spent the rest of the evening packing ziplock bags with single portons of all the bulk meat, etc he decided we must get.  I still have the cash register receipt from the day, as a rememberance, and it is QUITE long. 

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$400 that is on the low end of the scale for groceries for us! Were done with the super cold and snow here. I noticed that some of the trees are beginning to bud, the daffodils are a foot tall with buds ready to pop and the tulips are not far behind.  That doesn't mean that we'll have a shirtsleeve day for Easter though, we'll probably just need raincoats!    

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"A mind is like a parachute. It doesnt work if it's not open."- Frank Zappa

 Cold weather... haven't we had ENOUGH of it by now??  Well, I suppose if you are going to be stuck inside, admiring the final fruits of your labor isn't too bad of a job.  I remember that feeling of printing the final copy of a huge case study, stapling it very neatly, and feeling the weight of 40-50 pages of COMPLETED work in my hands.  Ahhhh.  I can only imagine how invigoriating it must be to have a beautiful, hardbound book as a final product.  Once you turn in those proofs, do you know how long it will take for it to start hitting the stores?

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