We went shopping today and got what we're hoping will last the better part of March. Of course we'll buy things as necessary, but hopefully nothing that's a life or death type of thing. Other than shopping, our activities included filling the van's gas tank with gas for $1.75 per gallon. More expensive than the prices I saw in Springfield last week, but I think it was less than the ones in Buffalo yesterday. Don't quote me on that though, thanks. We also went to Steak 'N' Shake for lunch. It was delicious as always, and cost us only $40 for the four of us. The 'big ticket' item we got today was a replacement coffee maker for approximately $40, by Mr. Coffee that's programmable so I can have coffee made before I wake/get up in the morning. Just have to remember to prepare it before bed, and remember not to unplug it lest the time and timer have to be reset. An added bonus was that the cats get a new box to sleep and/or play in. Needed to replace the old one because it just stopped working without warning a few days ago. When Rain reminded me of it's age (10 years old) I was surprised, yet impressed it lasted so long. The only maintenance I ever had to do on it was run vinegar through it every so often to get the lime coating out of wherever the water went through before it got to the filter then carafe. Anyway, after we got home and unpacked, we ran an 8 cup 'test' pot and it was delish, as always. Rain had been making my morning brew with 2 scoops of coffee to 1 scoop of sugar, but I did this one in a 2:2 ratio because I decided the old way wasn't sweet enough. I also decided that extra scoop wasn't as detrimental to my health as I was thinking. Yes, just my opinion, not based on scientific reasoning what so ever.