Dixie Peach: Friday Shuffle - Happy at Home Edition

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Friday Shuffle - Happy at Home Edition

As far as I'm concerned, once Christmas is over, we can speed right along into spring. I don't like winter. I don't like cold weather. I like to watch snow falling but hate it once it has landed. The only thing winter related that I like is my birthday and I'd even settle putting off its celebration until warm weather, a la Queen Elizabeth, if it meant that I could avoid even one drop of freezing rain.

I worked eleven years for an electric utility and was married to a transmission lineman to boot, and I spent those years having bad weather control my life. While snow and ice would bring a day off for many people it meant for me coming in to work no matter what and don't be late and by the way, plan on working overtime. I didn't do the standard freak-out of hearing that snow was forecast and rushing to the store to stock up on milk, bread and toilet paper because I wasn't going to be home to use the milk, bread and toilet paper anyway and neither was my now ex-husband. I instead heard such forecasts and considered whether to bring to work a change of clothes or just hope that they'd let me go after a sixteen hour shift so as to not to have to pay me double-time.

One of the things I like about Germany is that people here don't seem to wet their pants over impending bad weather. It's Germany - snow and ice are gonna come. Sure, they warn you for slippery driving but there's no prediction for how many centimeters will get dumped on us and the forecasts aren't given with a sense of doom. There's no panic buying in the grocery stores that I've ever noticed - perhaps because in Germany you can buy H-Milch (for you not familiar with H-Milch it's milk that's super heated to kill bacteria and then it can be stored, unopened, at room temperature for a couple months) and you can't swing a dead cat around this country without hitting a bakery. It could snow up to your ears and you'd still be able to crawl to a bakery and get a loaf of fresh bread.

Still, when I know that snowy, icy weather is on the way, I like to be prepared. I like to make sure that I have my grocery shopping finished. No panic shopping and stocking up - just my regular weekly marketing finished and enough supplies to make meals for a week. I could still get out and shop when it's snowing but I simply don't want to. I want to stay at home and keep warm and dry. I get all homey feeling when it's lousy weather so I like to have baking supplies on hand because nothing makes you forget freezing rain faster than cookies warm from the oven. I like to have lots of movies to watch and books to read and, of course, a knitting project on needles. I get such a feeling of contentment being at home, warm and safe and dry with lots of things to keep me entertained, and knowing I don't have to set one foot outside if I don't want to.

We're supposed to get freezing rain tomorrow and I'm ready for it. And when I see the streets glazed over I'm going to snuggle on the sofa with a good book and have the memory of every time I got stuck working overtime when we'd get bad weather fade a bit more.

Bixente the iPod will be there to entertain me as well. Time to shuffle.
  1. Livin' In The Future - Bruce Springsteen
  2. Shambala - Three Dog Night
  3. Back In Baby's Arms - Patsy Cline
  4. Ballroom Blitz - Sweet
  5. Big Casino - Jimmy Eat World
  6. Cold As Ice - Foreigner (Bixente, you're such a comedian)
  7. Our House - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Okay, I get the idea)
  8. I Should Have Been True - The Mavericks
  9. Home - Foo Fighters (Bixente, now you're just being a smart aleck)
  10. On The Moon - Peter Cincotti
Happy weekend, everyone.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

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1:19 AM  
Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Whoo-hoo! Ballroom Blitz. I can not NOT crank up the radio when that comes on!

2:21 AM  
Blogger TroyBoy said...

Seriously, no Roll Out The Barrel or polkas?

4:04 AM  
Blogger UmmFarouq said...

Swing a dead cat! Ha!
It's the same here; we drink UHT milk with a super long shelf life, and bakeries abound.

We always laughed at the folks in Alabama (self included) running out to get milk and bread. There's nothing like a good milk sandwich, is there?

9:08 AM  
Blogger traveller one said...

I agree with Mr Fabulous!! That song ROCKS! Great picks this week Bixente!

10:07 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

Patsy Cline! Thanks for that one, Bixente.
I lived in an area where an inch or two of snow would strand us for a week. The rush to the store would only last a couple of days with my teen-agers. I've hated snow ever after.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Marsha said...

It got down to 20 degrees here the last couple of nights. The news people totally cracked me, like we are all going to die from the cold.

3:11 PM  
Blogger JEANNETTE said...

The joys of northern Germany. :-) I just got back from shopping for comfort food (and more importantly, cat food!) and am also ready to settle in for the weekend in my PJs. Let the cold weather come, I say!

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

good music picks.
hope you feel confortable with all that snow.
is a storm comming?

11:22 PM  
Blogger hexe said...

I agree with you about snow making you feel all homey and the need to bake becomes imperative. Enjoy it for me as this is winter number 11 in Florida and there is never snow in the forecast

11:57 PM  
Blogger الشريف / جمال طة said...

فضيحــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــة بالسعـــــــودية

مــــــــن المجتمــــــــــــــع الدولــــــــــــــــــــى

الـــــــى الملك / عبدالله بن عبد العزيز (خادم الحرمين ) بابا الفاتيكان بيسلم عليك ويقولك عيب رجعوا للمسلم حقه

وملكــة بريطانيا بتقولك عيب خلوا عندكم شوية ديمقراطيـــة وحقوق انســـــــــان مش انتم بتقولوا انكم مسلمين أعطوا المسلم حقه

أما الرئيس الأمريكى بوش بيسلم عليك وبيقول لك خلص المشكله ديه ورجع للمصرى جميع حقوقه وهو مش عايز يتكلم فى الموضوع ده تانى

أما الكونجرس ألأمريكى يقول لك احنا متابعين قضية المواطن المصرى ولن نتخلى عنه حتى يأخذ جميع حقوقه

أما ألأمين العام للمنظمة الدوليه لحقوق الانسان يقول لك الشكاوى منكم يوم عن يوم بتزيد وسوف نضطر لرفع ألأمر الى ألأمم المتحده ومجلس ألأمن للنظر فى فرض عقوبات اقتصادية عليكم قد تصل الى تجميد أرصدتكم فى خارج السعودية بعد خصم جميع حقوق المواطن المصرى وخاصة انه بيقول انه مسلم زيكم

برجاء الاطــــلاع وشكرا

12:14 PM  
Blogger Brooklyn Belle said...

I neever understood the rush to get milk and bread before a storm.
If I'm gonna be stuck in the house during a blizzard, I don't want milk and bread, I WANT PIZZA AND BEER!!!

3:19 PM  
Blogger jane said...

ballroom blitz, wow, what a great song and it brings back all sorts of memories. good selection!


3:21 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

Wow. That was a lot of Arabic to write to a person who gets a headache reading German.

Know what? We didn't get any really bad weather after all. To the north and west of us they had freezing rain but we were okay. See? This is why one should not panic buy!

Milk sandwich. Heh.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

I never understood the whole rush to the grocery store, either. But then again, they don't sell alcohol at the grocery stores here, and like Brooklyn Belle, I am more concerned that I have enough wine. Other than that, I'll eat what's in my fridge and pantry for a couple of days.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Katya said...

I'm in total agreement with you about the cold. I'm going to Philadelphia on Thursday and it makes me freeze just thinking about it! I've been down here so long, my blood is too thin for these cold places.

3:08 AM  
Blogger The Lone Beader said...

Just stoppin by to say Happy New Year! And, I am not a Bruce Springsteen fan... LOL.

11:04 PM  

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