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If there had been cream in our bags it should have turned into butter.

01 Mar

 This evening after work my husband and I went on a service call to a town about two hours away. We both love to drink coffee while we drive but it is a nearly impossible task in our flatbed truck even with covers on our cups.

We try to talk as we travel but we find ourselves constantly bracing for the next bump in the road and leave sentences half-finished which is okay because we’ve been married long enough that we each know how the other would finish the sentence if they could get the words out between bumps.

Each expansion joint in the road is felt as you pass over it along with every pothole. In Minnesota you can tell that spring is just around the corner with the appearance of little orange flags to mark particularly bad spots in the roads.

Some spots contain signs like “Dip” to let you know that a bump larger than usual is ahead. Some spots haven’t been marked yet and you find them as you fly over them with your usual speed and the bump sends you up towards the truck ceiling and anything not anchored down in the cab goes flying.

Tonight was a bad night for bumpy roads. The back roads are worse than the highways but some of those are just as bad. After a week of traveling in the car all we wanted to do this evening was sit in our comfortable chairs with our feet up to relax. We were instead treated to four hours of a makeshift roller coaster ride.

Before we started our two-hour trip home we stopped at the local grocery store. We decided to pick up a few things we needed since our grocery store is out of commission for a couple of months. We put the four bags of groceries in the back seat of the car we were hauling so we wouldn’t have to have them in the cab of the truck with us.

When we got back to the shop to drop off the truck we went to retrieve our grocery bags only to find the contents scattered over the backseat of the vehicle. Thankfully nothing spilled or broke. I was happy I had bought some eggs last evening instead of tonight.

I told my husband that if we would have had cream in our bags tonight  it should have turned to butter.

Maybe next time just for an experiment…

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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Business Matters, Humor, Life Happens

 

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21 responses to “If there had been cream in our bags it should have turned into butter.

  1. Thomas Stazyk

    March 1, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Know what you mean about potholes in spring. Once in Cleveland there was a giant hole in the road outside our office. All day long you heard a bang as a car hit it and then the sound of a hub cap rolling away.

     
    • flyinggma

      March 1, 2011 at 7:58 am

      Makes you wonder if some mechanic was out there over night enlarging the hole to perhaps increase his repair business or someone sitting with a hidden camera to catch the hards hits.

       
  2. sunshineinlondon

    March 1, 2011 at 6:08 am

    That sounded like a bumpy ride! You could make a milkshake mix and let the bumps do the work for you!
    Sunshine xx

     
    • flyinggma

      March 1, 2011 at 7:59 am

      Exactly the type of thoughts I was having last evening.

       
  3. Artswebshow

    March 1, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Lol, crazy times.
    Although the makeshift roller coaster ride sounds fun the demolished groceries don’t

     
    • flyinggma

      March 1, 2011 at 9:03 am

      The groceries survived but were scattered. If I hadn’t been so tired last evening I may enjoyed the ride.

       
  4. 36x37

    March 1, 2011 at 8:51 am

    You’re such a delightful story teller, Jeanne. I hope your trip to FL was lovely.

     
    • flyinggma

      March 1, 2011 at 9:06 am

      Thanks Maura. The trip was wonderful. I thought of you on Thursday evening hoping you would get your flight in.

      Loved your post about learning how to play chess. I used to spend Sunday afternoons mult-tasking with Dad. We would play chess and try to watch the football game at same time. It was the only time I ever won at chess because he was obviously distracted by the football game.

       
  5. nrhatch

    March 1, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Even better than butter . . . churn ice cream as you drive!

    Hope your grocery store is back in commission soon. 🙂

     
    • flyinggma

      March 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

      Ice cream sounds better yet. Can’t beat the taste of homemade ice cream. Looks like our grocery store is out of commission until Memorial Day weekend. I’m hoping for sooner

       
  6. writerwoman61

    March 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

    You’re lucky they mark the bumps for you! Our pothole season has started about a month early…they don’t mark them very often!

    I like your friend’s ice cream idea!

    Wendy

     
    • flyinggma

      March 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

      They only mark the worst ones which helps but it’s hard to slow down for all of them.

       
  7. Booksphotographsandartwork

    March 1, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I seem to hit every pothole thats out there even when I am trying to be careful. There is one road in town that thankfully I don’t normally use anymore as it is nothing but potholes and it’s a long long road. Would be interesting to see butter churned by a car ride.

     
  8. flyinggma

    March 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Potholes are hard on cars and drivers for sure. I definitely like the idea of making ice cream while driving. No need to stop for DQ.

     
  9. pearlsandprose

    March 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Your grocery store is out of commission for two months? Are they renovating? I hope you don’t have to drive too far. It sounds like you’re out in the country.

     
    • flyinggma

      March 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      The roof of the grocery store collapsed under the weight of the 15 inches of fresh snow last weekend while we were in Florida. They will have to remove the entire roof and replace it because the rafters broke.

      They have spent the last week emptying it of groceries and are now working on demolition. We are 25 miles from the nearest grocery store so I will have to do some meal planning for a change. I usually just wing it and pick up what I need for supper after work but not for the next two months.

       
  10. planejaner

    March 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Jeanne–
    sweet post…I love the quiet love you portray between you and your husband, sharing the road, the journey…

    🙂
    I love butter…so–I, for one, don’t think that’s a bad idea to try, next time.
    butter blessings
    jane

     
    • flyinggma

      March 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      We are best friends forever as the younger crowd puts it – BFF. I’m still learning their lingo.

      I’m with you on the butter. Today we came home for lunch and our daughter had fresh popovers waiting for us and of course plenty of soft butter to go with the popovers. Blessings!

       
  11. Carol Ann Hoel

    March 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    The roads up north where I grew up often developed huge potholes after the punishment of harsh winter cold and heavy snows. Springtime driving was hazardous. Motorists falling into a fresh pothole might not be seen for a week. (This could be a slight exaggeration.) 🙂 Your country life sounds very appealing, in spite of long drives to other towns on bumpy roads. Blessings to you, Jeanne…

     
  12. flyinggma

    March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks Carol. I know I complain some days but it is truly a beautiful place to live, work and raise our children inspite of the bumpy roads.

     
  13. Todd Pack

    March 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Sorry to hear your only grocery store is out of commission! It’s so much easier to pick up a few things for dinner than to actually plan a week’s worth of meals. Hang in there.

     

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