"The hoarders are coming! The hoarders are coming!" - Pauleesha Revere


I'm not trying to sound like a worry wart, but I'm seeing some signs that folks are going to start hoarding stuff again, and I don't like it!


If you haven't heard about the destruction that has been Hurricane Ida, the gale force winds have impacted transports originating in the Gulf Coast. This impact is resulting in delays in shipping out gasoline for cars, deliveries of other goods and produce. These delays will inevitably make their way across the country, affecting our neck of the woods here in the Pacific Northwest. I will also mention the fact that the weather's about to start getting cold and people are going to start stocking up on certain items because they want to make as few trips to the store as possible!


Here's a list of things I think people are about to start hoarding up on within the next two weeks:



Our gas prices are going to start creeping back up beyond what they are already doing because oil rigging companies have had to shut down due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Ida . We are going to be price-gouged out of our eyeballs at the gas pump if we aren't careful. You might want to fill up your tanks now while the price of a gallon is still rather low!

Dude Pumping Gas into His Car
Photo by Gabriel Côté on Unsplash



Just like we had with the summer heat wave, we're about to get a blistery cold fall and winter. At least, that's what the Farmer's Almanac predicts. My pre-arthritis bones predict the same thing too. Better get a heater now before the prices go up and before they go flying off the shelves. By then it will be too late!

Photo by Paul Minami on Unsplash



I noticed during the beginnings of the pandemic all the grocery stores ran out of yeast. I thought it was just the one grocer that I go to all the time, Safeway. Then I went to Rosauers and they were out of instant yeast. Then I went to Wray's Thriftway and THEY were out, too. It was sheer madness. Apparently, everybody and their great-grandma were at home trying to make homemade sourdough breads and banana breads and what not. I am predicting an instant yeast shortage is looming on the horizon, so you better stock up!

Instant Yeast
Photo by Monika Grabkowska on Unsplash



I think the last toilet paper shortage lead to an abundance of stores keeping them in reserves but you never know when the next TP Shortage is going to happen. The winter is coming so you might want to stock up on the TP now before you run out and get forced to use up all those Taco Bell napkins you've been stashing in your glove compartment.

Toilet Paper
Photo by Marc Schaefer on Unsplash
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We faced a heat wave during the summer of '21 and greedy grinches everywhere started hoarding up all the bottled water. I saw one of my neighbors coming home with two Costco-sized cases of bottled water the other day and I said, "AHA! SO NOW I KNOW WHERE TO GO WHEN I NEED ALL THE WATER BOTTLES!" I didn't call him a jerk to his face, but you can best believe it was on the tip of my tongue.

Man Selling Bottled Water
Photo by Huseyin Akuzum on Unsplash



A few other things to keep your eyes on for potential hoarding in the next couple of weeks include Seahawks fabric and fleece at Joann's, blue and green nail polish in the beauty aisles, beer, and Totino's Pizza Rolls, but that's just because football season is about to start. Ha!

Seattle Seahawks Lumen Field
Photo by Frantzou Fleurine on Unsplash

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6 Vicious Animals You Are Not Allowed to Own

 in Washington State

by Reesha Cosby
Photo by Xavi Cabrera on Unsplash

You are not allowed to own these five vicious animals in Washington state. Isn't that, WILD? Get it!


Wait, we don't HAVE any crocodiles in Washington state, right? Why is this banned? Who tried to sneak a crocodile across the state border? The only crocodile allowed in these parts is the concert venue in downtown Seattle on 2nd Avenue, The Crocodile.
There is only one (1) elephant left in Washington state, now that the others developed tuberculosis and passed away. Nobody else is allowed to own an elephant. You can see beautiful Suki the elephant in Tacoma at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. She is pretty dang old in elephant years. Years ago when the circus came to town, I was asked to ride out to the audience on an elephant. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget, but after I saw how the elephants were being treated behind the scenes, I vowed to NEVER ride them again or support any circuses that featured elephants. These elegant animals deserve better than humans profiting off of their entrapment.
Personally, I would be too afraid to own a lion in my back yard, even if it WAS legal. I would be scared that when the lion looks at me they see a giant steak icon, just like you see in cartoons. Walking steaks, that's what we look like to lions! They are extremely fast and love to chase and tackle down their prey. Their humongous teeth would pierce through your flesh faster than you can say RUN! Why would you want to put yourself and others in that kind of danger? There's a reason why they sang out, "Lions and tigers, and bears, OH MY!"
Disney via YouTube
Nice try, trying to keep a tiger as your personal pet. These magnificent (but vicious) creatures belong out in their natural wild habitat. Poachers, however, believe that tigers belong taxidermied up on their walls at home or as a rug in front of their fancy fireplaces. You are not allowed to own a tiger in Washington, but you can see some up close and in person at several regional zoos and sometimes at the Central Washington State Fair exhibits.
When my daughter, Willow, was a toddler, she would often tell me she wanted to be a cheetah when she grew up. I will be telling this adorable tale at her wedding, bet! Cheetahs are too fast and too hungry for human meat to be kept as pets, which is a great reason why they are banned to own in Washington. Another one is that they always eat up your Cheetos.
Elijah Kanous��via Youtube
I'm still ticked off a the hyenas in Lion King for trying to kill off Simba and Mufasa, and that was just FICTION! I actually thought Salacious B. Crumb (Jabba the Hut's sidekick) was a laughing hyena until I found out he was a "monkey lizard" from Planet Kowak.
Star Wars Explained via YouTube

Take a Pic of Yourself in Yakima at One of these 74 Mural Selfie Walls

Big cities have famous spots where we like to take sightseeing selfies, like the Gum Wall in Seattle's Pike Place Market, or the What Lifts You Wings mural in Nashville, and even artist Candice Taylor's brand new Crown Act Wall in Southeast Washington, D.C. You've no doubt taken quite a few selfies in front of popular landmarks and selfie wallls.

Did you know that the city of Yakima, Washington, has over seventy-four (74) murals that would make for a fantastic place to get your sightseeing selfie? The locations included in this gallery include one-of-a-kind murals found at:

  • Hamilton Park Mural Wall on Mead Ave (the cross street is S 24th Ave)
  • Churchill's Booklovers Haunt: 125 S 2nd St
  • Various Homes across from the MLK Jr. Park Splash Pad: S 8th St
  • United States Post Office: 112 S 3rd St
  • Cost Less Carpet of Yakima (on the back side of the store): 210 N 5th Ave
  • Dollar Stretcher (in the alley behind the store): 501 W Lincoln Ave
Keep your eyes out for one of our unique photo-op murals to add to your collection in your social media pics, and stop and take a memorable selfie of yourself in the heart of Yakima!

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Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

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