Under threat of ice and snow and wind and cold, it seems the longstanding recipe for making it through a winter storm involves milk, eggs, bread and bacon.
"But that's not what they were buying," Greencastle Kroger cashier Thelma Souders noted Wednesday as Putnam County remained under a blizzard warning.
The Greencastle Kroger store was scheduled to reopen following the Christmas holiday at 7 a.m. Wednesday but unlocked its doors at least 30 minutes early because of the number of customers already waiting outside.
The blizzard of early business, however, wasn't as much about the staples of bread and milk as it was the joys of snack foods and party drinks.
Beer, pop, snacks and cigarettes were among the most popular items in Kroger carts early Wednesday as cashiers reported being "very, very busy."
Customers reportedly even tried to buy wine when the store opened at 6:30 a.m., but alcohol cannot legally be sold until 7 a.m.
By 10:30, the major morning rush had ended. Milk was still plentiful. Bread was still available. And not even all the doughnuts had been gobbled up.
Reinforcements were on the way as well. A perishables truck, presumably loaded with milk and eggs and the like, was due by Thursday morning from Shelbyville. That was assuming trucks could make their way out of Shelbyville, reportedly one of the hardest-hit areas in the path of the Blizzard of 2012.
Meanwhile, back at the Kroger checkout line, Mark White and Phillip Rumley of Cloverdale, dressed in matching camo jackets, nonetheless stood out in the queue with several bottles of whole milk among their prey.
Cashier Shelby Sanders cheerfully rang them up as Sharon Elmore bagged the milk and snacks, along with requisite wintry-day food staples.
"I didn't prepare for the storm," Gilbert sighed as the cashier rang up cans of tomato juice, Mountain Dew and a couple boxes of doughnuts among other goodies.
But as a zumba fitness instructor, Gilbert said she canceled her classes for the day, taking advantage of the time off Wednesday morning to head to the grocery store to stock up for a day to huddle up at home.
"You can't be snowed in and not have any food," Gilbert assured.