Little Victories Before The Storm

Real Estate Agent with Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living

Can you hear it? It's the buzz you hear when the weather people start predicting a winter storm event is heading your way.


red snow shovel

It's snow fever. 


Yes, I knew that snow fever had hit my family when my husband texted me that he had acquired 200 lbs of ice melt, but that the store was out of snow shovels. 

Really? Are we going there already? It's beautiful outside. The winter storm event isn't expected for days.

Luckily I did my grocery shopping Tuesday morning after the 3-day weekend. Everyone is freaking out because there is not food left at several local grocery stores. 


My Little Victory


Today I went out and stocked up on a few items that were on my grocery list. I also got some beer and wine.

On the way home, I stopped by the Home Depot to see if I could get a snow shovel. I watched people walking out with two or three shovels each and was starting to get nervous. Luckily I was able to get one of the last 8 snow shovels they had for sale. Yay! I was pretty excited. I picked up some other items and then realized they had sold their last shovel. I could tell because people were getting animated and were circling the area where the shovels had been. I was glad I went early. 

Then I noticed an employee who was watching the snow shovel area. There were a few people who were freaking out. I watched him pull an older man aside and tell him to meet him at the check out line. The salesman came out with two shovels and asked him which one he wanted. The customer's face lit up with a huge smile. After the customer made his selection, the employee took the other shovel in the back. 

As I left the store, I noticed the sales guy directing another disappointed customer to the checkout line. I guess he was rationing the shovels because some people had grabbed several at a time. He was definitely making the customers very happy.


I'm not sure if we will actually get any snow. I know my kids are flushing ice cubes down the toilet and wearing their PJs inside out in hopes of a snow day. All I can think about is what my clients might like to go and see if schools and companies shut down. 

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give me a call to get started. I'm at 202-271-5301. 

Posted by


Dana Hollish Hill
REALTOR * Broker * Coach 
JPAR Stellar Living
800 S Frederick Ave, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
office 301.944.9070  
cell  202.271.5301

Comments (8)

Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

Be safe and stay warm.  I hope the snow fall is enough to please the kids, but not enough to shut things down.  I think you all get more mega storms than we do.  We just seem to get an inch or two at a time.

Jan 20, 2016 07:56 AM
Dana Hollish Hill

We get big ones, but it melts right afterwards so nobody is used to driving in snow. I grew up in Northern Ohio and we'd get a little at a time, but it sat for months. Is it similar for you?

Jan 21, 2016 12:21 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Stay safe and warm. You definitely have a knack for writing. Hope you have plenty of batteries.

Jan 20, 2016 08:03 AM
Dana Hollish Hill

Thanks!  I think we are all set. We got one inch last night and a two hour delay this morning. Can't wait to see if we get the 2-4 feet they are predicting. 

Jan 21, 2016 12:20 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I sure hope the storm is not as bad as they have been predicting, Dana. Imagine everyone has enjoyed the milder winter thus far so this is a rude shock.

I remember going to HD one year before a storm back in the Boston area only to find out they were all gone, as were snow blowers and ice melt. THAT was rude!


Jan 20, 2016 09:46 AM
Dana Hollish Hill

They had so many employees greeting customers at the door, it was odd. They were loading cases of Duraflame logs into peoples' carts and the battery section was packed. They also seemed to have a run on space heaters. I'm not going anywhere near that store today. 

Jan 21, 2016 12:24 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Gee Dana Hollish Hill maybe I should Fed-X my shovels to you tonight and together we can make a killing on you selling them.

Jan 20, 2016 10:12 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dana. This is so funny. I really enjoyed your shovel experience too. Ice cubes down the toilet....explain please and be safe and enjoy the respite.

Jan 20, 2016 11:45 PM
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

Bob "RealMan" Timm - We could probably make some nice quick cash in the next few days. I remember years ago, a friend from Florida asked me to FedEx him some boxes of a particular type of screw used for boarding up a home before a huirricane. They were sold out everywhere and he needed some for himself and for profit.

Jan 21, 2016 12:15 AM
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

Sheila Anderson - I grew up in New Jersey and never heard of this back then, but in Maryland the teachers tell the kids that if they flush ice cubes down the toilet and wear their PJs inside out that it snows enough to get a day off of school. It is a weird tradition. My oldest doesn't do it anymore because she says there is no science behind it, but my younger daughter says it can't hurt. 

They did get a two hour delay this morning. 


Jan 21, 2016 12:18 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The storm has passed . . . . and life is good in Washington DC.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 02, 2016 11:41 AM