Woke up to a heat wave of sorts, 28 degrees on the kitchen window, what a break, it might be above freezing today. A welcome to a new follower BARNEYGIRL, I couldn't find a blog on her listing so if you have one share it with us, I hope you enjoy reading about the goings on here at the Weeb Ranch in Dardenne Prairie MO.
After coffee with Donna and then her heading to work I just laid around for a couple hours, watching a steam train movie, I just feel like something is sneaking up on me, but about 10:00AM I went to Shop & Save for some groceries, I always like going the day after a storm as the shelves have been refilled and nobody is shopping because they went before the storm.
Got fresh ground beef, it really looked good, so when I got home I took 2 1/2 lbs of it and my big mixing bowl, and some eggs and breadcrumbs, onions, seasonings, parmesan cheese and I mixed up a big bowl of Grandma Genett meatballs, Have you ever noticed how cold hamburger is and how fast your hands get cold mixing it up.
That was my Grandmother from Italy, and I have been told I have the best meatballs like hers. That equates to about 24 nice sized meatballs, after cooling I put them in about 2 gallons of sauce, to simmer at the lowest setting just a couple of bubbles at a time, for the rest of the afternoon. You can't beat the smell of a kitchen with freshly fried meatballs and then the sauce simmering away. The poor dogs must be in sensory overload as they are just lying on the rug in the kitchen with big smiles. Oh yeah and some French bread to heat in the oven with the spaghetti tonight, Maybe if I can find a candle I can set a place for Rigg's and Sadie like in Lady & the Tramp. How romantic.
Speaking of grocery stores, since a lot of you are traveling, and I kind of went over this in my pizza post, do you guys notice the big difference in stock and prices from one area to another. Here in the StLouis/StCharles MO. area the big names are Dierberg's, (Highest end), Schnucks, Shop & Save, Aldies, And of course Wal Mart at the super centers. We generally shop at either Schnucks or Shop & Save as they are about the same in price but have a little different selections. I used to joke with friends that when you start seeing the Winn Dixie tracks you know you are in the south, I think they have them now as far north as KY. Meijer is popular in OH. Price Chopper out east, Shop-Rite I know was popular in New Jersey.Piggly Wiggly comes to mind in NE. I guess we have shopped in a lot of them. Just curious how your shopping habits change as you travel.
Remember when your choices for fuel, were Gulf, Esso, & Sunoco, Now you haven't a clue what is going into your vehicle, just hopefully it will burn.
Here is a picture for my buddy Don, K&DINTHERV, he is retired from CNRR and here is a picture of one of their brand new locomotives, don't know what model it is but it is fresh from the GMD factory in London Ontario. The picture was taken over on the east side in Illinois on IC tracks. CN owns IC now.
You could smell the fresh paint still.
The crew said it was brand new on it's first trip but I suspect from the lack of road dirt it was assembled in London and painted in LaGrange Il. Then it made it's first trip south, that would explain the fresh paint and only hours of travel on it. Still a real beauty, it won't stay that way long.In the winter no railroad washes it's power much, in summer the BNSF has a washer in Chicago IL. & one in Richmond Ca. on the transcon route, and they keep their fleet fairly clean, UP does it just the opposite and has a big wash rack at North Platte NE. in the middle of their system and they seem to get a lot of units washed, again that's in warm weather only, this time of the year they grind back and forth and stay dirty dirty.
Not much else going on , be safe out there. Sam & Donna.