Blizzard coming...Two days and counting...

Photos from a walk on the beach at the Indian Ocean in Kenya in 2013. For more photos, please click here.
With my cardiology appointment tomorrow morning, I'm beginning to wonder if it could possibly be canceled due to the upcoming snowstorm kicking off this evening. 

If that's the case, I will have to reschedule another appointment in Arizona where we'll be for almost seven weeks. We won't have enough time while we're in Nevada for only 12 days with so much to do while there.

Yesterday, I hadn't fully explained what I'd done as a volunteer at my grandkid's school. As it turned out Camille wasn't feeling well and was unable to attend so I went on her behalf on my own. I was there for 2¼ hours serving lunches to approximately half the charter school's students.

My "job" consisted of assisting staff in counting numbers of fruit cups, bagged vegetables, sandwiches, either peanut butter, and jelly or chicken subs and placing them into easy-access containers. 

Once the kids began to arrive to collect their lunches, I provided them with an open brown bag ready to fill with their choices, also including milk containers, plastic wear, and napkins. Often, it required my assisting them in filling the bags and encouraging them to take the little bag of veggies which many tried to avoid.

The kids appeared at the service area based at pre-set times based on their grade. The older the kids, the more time-consuming it became. The two lovely staff members who worked at my side did most of the heavy lifting which greatly helped.

In most cases, the kids were funny and friendly. But what thrilled me the most was the fact that my three grandchildren, Maisie, Miles, and Madighan (who'd brought lunch from home) each stopped by to give their grandma a big hug. That made the experience all the more special.

Afterward, I headed back to the house to finish the day's post, wrap a few gifts for the kids to open now (with their main gifts yet to arrive for Christmas), choose some clothing items out of my suitcase to bring to Goodwill, and take tags off casual clothing I'd purchased at TJ Maxx.

My original plan hadn't been to purchase clothing at TJ Maxx but as it turned out when we stopped to purchase the carry-on suitcase, I found a number of items that work perfectly for me, mostly comfy tops and activewear pants and leggings.

It will be cool in Nevada. When we arrive on Thursday, it will be raining (very unusual) with a high of 52F (11C) with a low of 39F (3.9C) definitely cool weather for the wardrobe I already had in my luggage.

When we arrive at Apache Junction a few weeks from now, the weather will be comparable to Nevada. However, both areas are known for sunny days all winter with a strong possibility of warmer temperatures.

Here's this morning's news story about the upcoming weather in Minnesota over the next few days:

"Minnesota Weather: November Snow Storm Could Be Biggest In Decade

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A winter storm warning will go into effect for the Twin Cities area and most of southern and central Minnesota starting Tuesday night in what meteorologists say could be the biggest November snowstorm in nine years.

WCCO’s Chris Shaffer says the warning centers mainly on the southern third of the state, including the entire Twin Cities metro area — which the storm is expected to reach by 10 p.m. Snowfall totals in the metro could reach between 5 and 10 inches.

The snow will not impact either the morning or evening commutes Tuesday, but Wednesday morning will be a very different story. The snow will stack up in the overnight hours, but the massive system will clear out by lunchtime.

Heavy winds will bring the possibility of blowing snow on Minnesota roads Wednesday.

The timing couldn’t be much worse, either. AAA expects the second-highest number of travelers in a decade on Wednesday, with 1.6 million more expected this year than in 2018.

Shaffer said that might not be the end of the snow this week, either. Another winter storm could develop after Thanksgiving into the weekend, but that storm could bring snow, rain, or a mix. Thanksgiving’s highs will hover just around the freezing mark.

A Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman said the agency has more than 800 snowplows ready to go, with plenty of salt on hand as well."

Tonight we're going out to dinner with Greg, Camille, and the three grandchildren. Hopefully, the snow situation isn't so awful that none of us can safely make it. We'll have to play it by ear.

Today at 12:30 pm, I am picking up my friend Chere at her house and we're driving to the Twin Cities Premium Outlet, located in Eagan, about a 35-minute drive. There's a Tommy Hilfiger store there where I'll purchase clothes for Tom. We've found the quality of this brand to last the longest over many other brands.

We'll be back tomorrow, most likely after the cardiology appointment, providing the appointment isn't canceled due to the weather conditions.

Thanks for stopping by.
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Photo from one year ago today, November 26, 2018:
Suckling lion cub as seen from the fence between Marloth Park and Kruger National Park. For more photos, please click here.

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