“Like Alexander the Great and Caesar, I’m out to conquer the world. But first I have to stop at Walmart and pick up some supplies.

Clean, warm and happy describes me perfectly. The sun is out, snow is dripping off the roof, and the ice will soon melt. I hear the blast of heat from my furnace, the sweetest of sounds.

The road was black ice when I went to get the paper this morning. It had rained last night then the rain froze. As luck would have it, my paper was under the car. I needed to get the broom so I could push the paper out from underneath so I had to go back inside the house, a scary venture given my history with ice, but both times, in and out, I took minced steps. The road was so slippery ice skates would have served me better. The last thing I wanted was another fall. I still have pain from the first.

Gracie has been out most of the morning. She is my weather barometer. Speaking of which, the paper mentioned that unless the government decides to replace aging weather satellites, our polar-orbiting satellites will not be accurate for forecasting weather by 2016. Sandy’s landfall and this storm were accurately tracked and predicted by the European center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts while the best model we have didn’t predict this as a really big storm. Soon enough I’ll have to rely on cranky knees and elbows for my forecasts. Oops, my back hurts, must be rain coming.

Today I step outside into the world, my first time since Friday. I suspect nothing has changed though, without TV or newspapers, I did miss some world-wide news. The Pope resigned and horse meat was taken off the grocery shelves. That news was still headlining yesterday’s paper. On the sports’ page, Red Sox spring updates have begun. Pitchers and catchers are already at spring training. Perhaps the Sox will do better than the cellar, their last occupied spot in the standings.

The local schools are not open again today. Even when I was a teacher, I loved snow days though today is more like a shelter day as the high school is still being used as one. Not everybody has electricity back. Thursday is the day being tossed about by NStar as to when all will be restored. If it were my house, I know they would find me sitting on the couch frozen and looking much like Jack Nicholson did in the maze at the end of the Shining.

I seem to have written far more than I expected for someone who has been living a sheltered life. Maybe tomorrow, after my jaunt outside, I will be bursting with news, jokes and commentaries about the world at large.

Did I mention I’m going to the dentist?

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19 Comments on ““Like Alexander the Great and Caesar, I’m out to conquer the world. But first I have to stop at Walmart and pick up some supplies.

  1. Hedley Says:

    It appears that paragraph four was plagiarized from KTCC – Detroit edition 🙂

    • katry Says:

      I admit it but only parts of it!

      • Hedley Says:

        KTCC – Detroit Edition 2 is in draft form pending certain global events, could be a month or so.

        I am happy to throw Birgit and im6 under the KTCC Detroit Edition bus as co-conspirators, and Christer offered encouragement.

        I ain’t no Neil Kinnock but I know a good plagiarize when I see it. (With apologies to Sparky Anderson for grammatical plagiarism)

      • katry Says:

        I’m glad no torture was used to have you name your co-conspirators. You were quite nice in freely offering the information.

        Is good plagiarism an oxymoron?

      • Hedley Says:

        Waterboarding wasn’t exactly necessary for me to give up Birgit and im6. Our movie version “KTCC Dark Snowy” would be mercifully short.

      • katry Says:

        As I said, you freely gave your co-conspirators. How generous!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Clean, warm and happy is wonderful.
    I missed the horse meat thing myself. I have eaten it but I wouldn’t like to be eating it if it was supposed to be beef.
    Rocky is at doggy play group today. It’s sunny and warm so I figured he could run off some energy. I can vacuum in peace. 🙂
    Enjoy the warm.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Add teeth to the list as I just had them cleaned-minty fresh they are!

      I read the horse meat controversy here on Coffee first then took to the paper. I could not eat horse meat or dog meat though I know there were dogs for sale in the market for food. Some meat is just taboo to me.

      A good run after the storm is what Gracie could use as well. Hope Rocky has a great time!

      • Caryn Says:

        I’ll try anything once but I do have to know what it is before I try it. It would really tick me off if someone told me it was something other than what it is.
        Rocky is sleeping soundly and will remain that way until 8 or 9 o’clock tomorrow morning. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I don’t tell a few of my friends what is in a dish. One won’t eat anything with mayonnaise, but he will if he doesn’t know it’s in the dish.

        Glad Rocky had such a great day!

  3. Bob Says:

    Tonight the President makes his State of the Union address and budget issues will probably be high on the agenda. Should we spend the money to replace an aging weather satellite when our friends across the pond have one in perfect working order? Can we trust them to share their information in the future? They have not done very well preventing horse meat to get into the human food supply so why should we trust that they will share accurate weather information with us 🙂

    Glad to hear that you didn’t have another ice disaster. Yesterday was the third anniversary of our last big snowstorm here in the Dallas area. I think we got more than a couple of inches of the white stuff. I try to put the thought of snowfall measured in feet out of my mind.

    Spring training makes any winter day better. On opening day everyone is in first place 🙂

    • katry Says:

      The up to date weather we have now for extraordinary events is already coming from Europe. Yes, I do believe we need our own weather satellites regardless of the generosity of our neighbors. I doubt they’ll be tracking smaller events like tornadoes in the mid-west. According to the article, the Sandy information would have been far closer to the event and caused even more damage and death if not for the European Satellites.

      Read this article “Europe’s Horsemeat Scandal Casts Light on Food Taboo”


      for the countries where it is quite popular food, not the taboo it is in England and here. The food was sold as beef so unless every bit of meat is tested at sale, we’d not know. That happened here with fish which had been totally mislabeled and no one was the wiser for the longest time.

      I will not be eating meat if i ever go to Sardinia where donkey is popular!

  4. olof1 Says:

    Personally I have nothing against horse meat and most at work didn’t have anything against it either. It tastes actually real good. But if it says anything else on the package it shouldn’t be horse meat.

    A few years ago however Sweden was a huge importer of kangaroo meat but it could never be found in the stores, it turned out that it was sold as different kinds of beef and only a few noticed the difference 🙂 🙂 🙂 So in a way I’m not surprised that Findus had horse meat in the lasagna 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Still cold here and ot’s snowing too but the flakes are tiny so I doubt we’ll see any big difference tomorrow morning. And when it comes to the Pope, let the man retire I say and leave him alone. He’s after all 86 years old ! But then again I’m not a catholic.

    Have a great day!

    • Hedley Says:

      Totally agree with your comment, the product should be as described on the package. I saw yesterday that Tesco’s spagetti bolognese contained a heavy component of horse. It will be interesting to see how widespread the problem runs.

      Our Church, St John Fisher Chapel in Auburn Hills Michigan is Catholic. A generous commmunity that accepts my Protestant background. My wife and children are Catholic. We are waiting anxiously to understand the selection and the direction from Rome.

    • katry Says:

      Here we mostly see horses as almost like pets. You know like National Velvet and Black Beauty so eating them is just wrong. In Ghana they eat dog. I could never do that. It goes against every grain of my being.

      They sold fish here labeled as expensive fish when it was really a cheaper kind and people didn’t notice.

      Really nice day today with everything melting, the sky blue and the sun shining.

      I agree-let the guy retire!

      Enjoy the evening!

  5. Beto Says:

    I retooled my poem to fit the circumstances…

    Falling snow ‘neath the old street light
    Wonders dancing on a winter’s night
    Jack frost in the corner panes
    Crystal paint in glassy frames

    It could please stop snowing now
    Twenty inches, holy cow!
    Yikes the door is frozen too!
    Even mice have fled the zoo

    Oh good grief the power is out
    Snow too deep to hear my shouts
    Better dress in something warm
    And nice too so I wont look too bad when they find me.

    • katry Says:

      I love the images in the first stanza of your poem. They are beautiful. The last stanza, though, gave me a really good laugh!

      I would, of course, want to look spiffy when they find me!

  6. Mark Anderson Says:


    I got a new kind of snow shovel just before the storm. It is superb; an ergonomic wonder! But this old guy is plotting various ways to get grandchildren to spend the night when there are such dire forecasts!

    Glad you are warm and safe. Just think how much strength of character you gained in the recent difficulties!


    • katry Says:

      It’s is true. I was freezing, but I was still hanging in as best I could. It was the two cats who worried me the most. I was about to take them to the cat one at a time in the carrier when the heat came on at long last. Gracie and I fared better.

      I have someone who plows and shovels for me, but my nephews came and did it for me. I couldn’t have been happier. I won’t buy a new shovel in case it jinxes me and I have to use it!

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