It's minus-2 here this morning with a day's high of 3 in the offing, minus-10 overnight --- but we were only glazed by the snow bullet, so that's a little good news (enough to cause the snow plows to rumble past a couple of times at 4:30 a.m., however).
I decided to check out the New Orleans forecast, since it's a big parade day down there as the Mardi Gras season rolls toward Fat Tuesday. It's 61 degrees there at the moment, high of 74 predicted. But wet, very wet.
According to the Times-Picayune, seven parades will be rolling around the city today --- Krewe du Monde, Krewe of Okeanos, Krewe of Mid-City, Krewe of Thoth, Krewe des Allemands, Corps de Napoleon and Krewe of Bacchus. Chances are, they'll all get rained on.
But it'll be dry inside and I'm remembering Cafe Du Monde in the French Market at dawn this morning --- coffee (with chicory) au lait and beignets, too. The last time I was there, only the original French Quarter version was in business; now, I see, there are eight outlets.
The closest you'll be able to come to Mardi Gras in Chariton, so far as I know, will be our pancake and sausage supper Tuesday at St. Andrew's Church --- 5 to 7 p.m., pancakes, sausage, juice, fruit and coffee, free-will donation. All proceeds to the Ministry Center Food Bank.
We'll be partnering with the Girl Scouts, and it's usually lots of fun.
The younger set was talking about decorating the parish hall with a little more enthusiasm this year --- not too flashy --- we're Episcopalian. But still.
And I said I wanted Zydeco --- blank stares all around. Imagine that: