I've been busy most of the morning with cooking the books - sorting through the paperwork of the last month. Fun! I gradually became aware that it had been very quiet out in the house for some time. Peeking outside my door, I called out a hello, to be answered by a great big nothing. Silence. Utter and complete. Creeping out into the kitchen, expecting at any moment to see signs of an alien invasion (nothing else could explain the silence), I saw propped against the coffee pot a note, telling me they had gone to get some groceries.
It was written on a grocery list.