My Huge Shout Out To Truckers On The Road
This is my huge shout out to truckers on the road today! I wrote a post a few days ago about how we should all be prepared for a disaster or an unforeseen emergency in our neighborhoods. I was so glad I received a heart-warming comment from a reader by the name of JoEllen and I quote: What you say is very accurate. Just within the last week, there was a snow/ice storm in the Portland, OR area. While in Utah they are worse, here we aren’t really prepared for such weather events. I-84 was closed eastbound from Troutdale, OR to Hood River, OR and a few miles east it was closed again for “blizzard conditions.” The trucks were parked in Troutdale waiting to be able to continue. I can only imagine what the grocery store shelves looked like with their bare-bones inventory system! Whether your goal is to prepare for a winter weather event or the end of the world as we know it, PREPARE! My husband and I were homebound for 3 weeks due to snow. We were warm, had power and ate just as nothing was amiss. That is a major stress reliever!” End of quote. Thank you JoEllen, for this awesome comment.
I’m going to compare this story to a conversation I had with one of my daughters a few years ago. She mentioned how much she loves being a mother, but how hard it is some days. I told her I wish every mother could have a “nanny” to carpool kids, a housekeeper, a cook and someone to do the laundry. Of course, that’s not going to happen, in most families. I told her to smile every time she folds the laundry. I mentioned that kids are not usually going to say “hey mom, thanks for doing the laundry” or “wow that’s awesome you made my dentist appointment” or “thanks for planning our meals and cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.” Of course, the kids will say “please” and “thank-you” for other things that happen during the day. My point is this, sometimes we take things for granted. Our kids or significant other may occasionally take us for granted. Sometimes, I want a wife…….yes I do.
Shout Out To Truckers:
I have a blogger friend named Wanda Ann over at Memories By The Mile, she and her husband are both truck drivers. We used to go to lunch at least once a month, but then our lives got busy writing and she was trucking with her husband all over the states. I sometimes would call her to see if she was driving where the weather was bad. She would call me back when she stopped at a truck stop or she would pick up if she was parked. I still think of she and her husband driving in bad weather. I think of them when I see a driver in a car on the highway not let a trucker change lanes. I get nervous when I see a car cut off a truck, you know a HUGE semi-truck. No one can be in that big of a hurry that they can’t have some manners or be courteous to our truckers.
I’m getting ready to drive up north to see my kids and I’m watching the weather to see which day would be good for me to make the trip. Our truckers drive in rain, snow, sleet, windstorms and icy roads. Yes, they stop and park when the weather is unsafe, but they have deadlines to get the animals, supplies, milk, groceries, gasoline or whatever to their destination. I am so thankful for the truckers who really need a shout out for doing their job. Without them our grocery stores would be empty, we would not have gasoline for our cars, we depend on those awesome drivers who never get a day off. Well, maybe Christmas. Wanda Ann told me she was having Thanksgiving at a truck stop last year.
So, the next time you see one of those huge semi-trucks go driving down the highway, I hope you have a smile on your face knowing they are the ones helping us every day of the year, come rain or come shine. Literally. Let’s show other drivers how WE can be courteous to the truckers driving by slowing down and letting them in a lane that they need to switch over to. When following or passing a semi- truck give enough space so the trucker can stop if he had to stop. Can you imagine trying to stop one of those babies with all the weight they carry?
Please stay clear of the tires as well, I have seen them shred all over the highway. Stay far enough back, that you or the truckers can stop or safely move out of the way to safety. I just had to post this picture below because I know we have truckers driving in these bad weather conditions and sometimes even worse weather. May God bless our truckers who we all depend on to survive, one way or another.
May God bless our truckers who we all depend on to survive one way or another. We sometimes take you for granted, thank you for all you do for our country!
Comments from readers:
Susan: I can chime in with JoEllen as we live across the Columbia River from Portland and we were also snowed in. I have not been to the grocery store yet this month. The two weeks of snow kept us tucked in and we decided to extend it and not shop. So far so good. We have had to get creative but this was a good test to see how we would do if we truly had to stay put. I’m missing the produce. I wish the garden was producing! But we have enough of everything else. Being prepared is a wonderful feeling. Thanks for all you do. I’m making your whole wheat bread as I type! Thanks, Sue
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Agreed. Truckers and Railroad workers keep this country going. While I do think we have made a mistake not having things made locally, I am grateful that we do have them.
Hi Janet, darn, I should have mentioned the railroads! I wish I could buy more food locally but I live in a such a small town, it’s so frustrating. We do have a farmers market for a few months and I go to those every summer. I do have a good garden and produce as much as I can for Mark and I. I try to teach other people to grow a garden but most people are not interested. There is an organic nursery in a town called LaVerkin, Utah that I’m going to go visit that I just heard about. I’m really excited that I learned about her nursery. It’s just a few miles from my home. Happy Sunday my friend, Linda
Happy Sunday to you also. I don’t know why more people don’t have gardens. There is nothing as nice as going out and picking your dinner. Plus, they really save money. Just thinking about a fresh tomato has my mouth watering.
Oh Janet, my mouth is watering for those fresh tomatoes, I can hardly wait!!! Linda
I can chime in with JoEllen as we live across the Columbia River from Portland and we were also snowed in. I have not been to the grocery store yet this month. The two weeks of snow kept us tucked in and we decided to extend it and not shop. So far so good. We have had to get creative but this was a good test to see how we would do if we truly had to stay put. I’m missing the produce. I wish the garden was producing! But we have enough of everything else. Being prepared is a wonderful feeling. Thanks for all you do. I’m making your whole wheat bread as I type! Thanks, Sue
Hi Susan, I’m adding your comment to my post. This is a critical situation that people must be prepared for whether they realize it or not. I love sharing real stories on how people who survived because they were prepared and didn’t expect the government to take care of them. I congratulate your family for being prepared and tucked inside your home for an extended period of time. Two weeks of snow and zero grocery shopping for a month was truly a test of not leaving your home. You are heroes in my book! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your story. Hugs to all of you, Linda
Would you post pictures of your garden this year. Would you also list what you plant, and why you chose vegetables. Does your small yard have room for orchard trees? If so, what kind did you plant and why? My husband and I live in n apartment in our son’s home. They plant a garden every year, have chickens, and a small orchard of mini apple and pears trees. AND we get to share the bounty! We are so lucky. I love your posts–keep up the good work! Joanne
Oh, Joanne, you are so kind. Yes, I will post pictures of my 4 foot by 4 foot raised garden beds. Our yard is too small for any fruit trees. My lot is only .19 acres, I believe, I really wish I had more property. You really are lucky to share in the bounty. My grandson thinks we should buy a mini-farm, I would really like too!! But the timing isn’t right yet. I love hearing you are living by your son. I think it is critical to have our family close by as we get older. Hugs, Linda