Archive for February 2, 2009

Happy Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month

Posted in Culture on February 2, 2009 by gyma


I bet you didn’t know February was Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month, did you?  Why do I know this?  Because every month a different staff member runs the monthly staff meeting and one of those duties includes preparing a quiz of trivia related to that month.  February is my turn to run the meeting so I came across this important piece of information while preparing the quiz.

Apparently the reason for Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month is that every year 2 million carts disappear from stores.  At approximately $100 per cart, you’re talking $200 million dollars worth of wayward carts.

If you are guilty of stealing shopping carts, knock it off!


Happy Groundhog Day

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2009 by gyma

My grandmother was born 102 years ago today.   She lived to be nearly 98 years old and was descended from some hearty stock.  Her paternal grandparents were born in England and came to the United States about 1850 and made their way to Wisconsin.  The day before her grandparents were to be married, her grandfather walked several miles to town to ask the preacher to come to the house the next day to marry them.  It started snowing and blowing upon his return and the drifts were so high, all he could see of the 9 and 10 foot fences was the post tops.  He took cover behind a tree and began to get sleepy.  It was then he remembered a lesson from his youth where his teacher told the class the importance of movement when trapped in the cold.  Had he not remembered that lesson, he most likely would have frozen to death and I wouldn’t be writing this post.

Happy Birthday, grandma!


Mary Jane Pendleton