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Hi Gene, we had a beautiful Albertson's in Des Moines but it didn't stay long (maybe a year) then a box store moved in. Most think they're pricey. But you're right, just another omen. What are the gas prices there. Here in the Ozarks we were as low as $1.39 just a week ago, now $1.69. But the food prices are really high. Strawberries $4 a quart, etc. I hope you like the soup and have a great day. Zil
Gas prices were down to $1.67 at our corner Chevron the other day, but back up to $1.79.
Food prices have gone and some items are coming down. Here Albertson's is reasonable compared to the Safeway, Thriftway and Haggens and it is only about 100 yards from where we live. ☺
Since we grow a lot of strawberries here in Oregon, we'll wait until spring when the are fresh picked. Yesterday they had chicken breast tenders at $1.99/lb and I picked up a 3 lb bottom round roast for $1.99/lb. Fresh produce has been high this winter since the weather has on occasion isolated us from California.
Today, the interstate to Seattle is closed due to heavy flooding at Chehalis. Railroads to Seattle are closed due to mud slides and closed from Seattle to Spokane due to snow. I don't know if the rail line from Portland to Spokane is open or not. When heavy storms roll in off of the Gulf of Alaska, it can lock us down. Air traffic is open from PDX so there is one way to get into and out of town.
We are enjoying the soup. I forgot how tasty barley was. We used to raise barley on the ranch for hammered cattle feed and I can remember the taste of the green heads when we would check to see when we could reap the grain.