Saturday, March 02, 2019
Over three days, we received snow up to two feet, and even deeper where high winds blew falling snow and created drifts. Outside, a person found plenty to do, like snow-blowing, removing snow from buried vehicles, and checking outside structures for damages from snow and ice. By the fifth snowy day, I began noticing feelings of being trapped. That actually, I wasn’t trapped didn’t curb my anxiety.
I trusted my discomforts were from feeling trapped “inside the house” and not something more like “inside myself”. But why care? My slightly on edge feelings were urging me to climb into my car and get away, to find someplace else, talk with people and see anything but snow. My first inclination was Home Depot with people, sights, and talking. Besides, it’s fun to see what’s new and gather ideas for projects and home improvements.
So, guess where I went. How about Costco! It has everything, people, food, furnishings, tools. Besides, it’s sort of a second home since I’m a part-time worker there. If what seemed most pressing was a need to talk with others, my buddy co-workers would be there.
So, I wandered around, saying hello to servers, talking about the weather, our dogs, and of course, customers and samples. I left there with a giant box of bird feed and an oversize bird feeder, and felt happy about being able to accommodate more birds. In these snowy days, the littlest–Juncos and house finches–are clustering at the feeders.
Best of all, the edgy feelings that drove me out into the larger world had disappeared. Now, I happily filled my new feeder, brought the dogs inside, and watched television. Good old Costco.
Last year, I wondered if Amazon could continue beating the socks off most brick and mortar retailers. Costco seemed to have fallen behind, but the store has begun catching up. It is increasing varieties of merchandise, beefing up internet sales, and of course, keeping it super easy to return unwanted merchandise.
Roaming aisles and eating free samples dissipates cabin fever as online stores can’t. At least partly, maybe that’s why Amazon is planning to start opening new food stores throughout the country.
Dear Readers, Hoping you don’t feel uncomfortably snowed-in! Diana