An Unpleasant Day

Our days vary, from good to not so good, but it is extremely rare we have an Unpleasant Day as there is always something of worth every day, something or someone to make us smile.

We have had to change our shopping tactics and were up at 6.15 this morning ready to do battle with the latest craze of panic buying.
We do (or did) a main shop once a month, then weekly thereafter top up with what we’ve either used or run out of as a matter of course.
We thought we had it sussed with a late evening shop. This worked once locally.
We tried again with an evening shop in a main town some distance away. Again, this worked, once.
We discovered yesterday purely by chance that a little supermarket store closes at 6pm on a Sunday compared to 4pm for everywhere else. It wasn’t teeming with people and we were able to get some tinned stuff, just in case. We did not go mad, taking advantage of the 2 for £2 tinned pies, 15 eggs at 1.09 plus 6 for our neighbour and some corned beef at a reasonable price.
Today we thought we’d approach the issue from the other end and get in early.
The supermarkets open at 8am, so we were on the road at 7.15, armed with my list.
The roads were pretty quiet as it was too early for the school run, and when we arrived at our first supermarket of choice, there were no horrendous queues outside, and the car park was reasonably occupied for that time.
Inside was another matter.
Already at 8.15, queues were at the checkouts with customers trolleys loaded with multiple buys of practically anything they could get their hands on. One guy had ten trays of 15 eggs.
We made a beeline for the UHT milk, and there were just 13 left on the shelf with a note limiting five cartons per customer. Hubby put 5 in the trolley and as we’d promised to get some for our neighbour, I took a separate 5 up to the DIY checkout and out to the car. Each was 30 pence more than we usually pay.
Back into the shop, I went to the chiller for fresh milk, and that was almost stripped too. Toilet rolls were completely sold out, as were kitchen roll. I reckon there are going to be a lot of blocked toilets if you follow my line of thinking.
We got baked beans, 4 tins for £1 or 30p each separately, a tray of 5 chicken breasts for a fiver as the only pork left was belly pork and some bananas. Surprisingly, fresh produce was still pretty well stocked, but no SR flour or sultanas.

On to our second shop of choice.
The bread was almost all gone, but we got a large loaf, some tinned tomatoes (I don’t care if I have to ‘chop’ my own because only whole peeled tomatoes were left, god, we are a lazy bunch in the kitchen), the cheese we like (yeah, I picked up 2 as locally they’d sold out), our yogurts, again sold out locally, 2 packs of stock cubes, gravy granules, grapes and potatoes.  Again no SR flour or sultanas, but plenty of dried raisins (not good for my curries). No UHT milk.
One customer was stopped on his way out and told that his purchases had to be paid for, and thus escorted back to the till. He had a 16 pack of toilet rolls and six pack of lager.
I overheard another customer asking when their shelves would be restocked, and the guy said they had no problem with their stock, but the issue was with their delivery chain, which was currently running SEVEN HOURS LATE.

Our final supermarket was the worst.
The car park was packed, and people were getting angry. It was just after 9am. We nearly got rammed by an idiot backing out of one space as we made room for someone vacating another so that we could take it. Someone coming in the opposite direction tried to push the point, but Hubby stood his ground behind the wheel.
Most of the trolleys were gone from the stands, and inside was an absolute nightmare.
Fresh produce wasn’t bad, so I barged my way to the root veg section and picked up a stew pack, some onions and a four pack of baking potatoes as the ones I’d bought elsewhere were too small. We also got some mixed veg and fruit from the freezer section,  some plain flour (sauces don’t care), sultanas and another 2 packs of stock cubes.
There was no rice or pasta of any description anywhere, or UHT milk.

The only thing we didn’t get on my list was the pork medallions, and even if they had them, I was not paying the extra £2 hike from last week.
Coming home, the traffic making its way into the town was horrendous, and it wasn’t even 10 o’clock yet.

I have not known anything like it, not even when the supermarkets announced one year they were closing for Christmas Day AND Boxing Day. The country went into panic buy overdrive, but it was nothing like today.

I don’t know when we are going to try shopping again, certainly not for at least a week anyway.
With the Coronavirus figures going up and up daily (we now have 6 cases here in Lincolnshire) we will have to stay local and take our chances.

Now we have a problem with our NHS as all surgeries have told their patients that there will be no face to face appointments until further notice and if they have a problem, to ring the surgery and a doctor or nursing practitioner will consult on the telephone and triage.

If the virus doesn’t get you, it looks like our government strategy just might.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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26 Responses to An Unpleasant Day

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    Pretty much the same here. Lots and lots of closures and restrictions. My doctor is one of many doctors in a clinic and they now have just 2 doctors are on duty during the week, their after hours clinic is cancelled, all routine medicals are cancelled, they will not do prescription renewals in person — pharmacies have to fax requests in, etc. I plan to order some non-perishable staples tomorrow and hope I have better luck than the other day when I couldn’t get any of them. We are in for a long haul I’m afraid. Stay healthy!

    • I think you’re right about the long haul Fransi. Hubby is supposed to have an INR blood check next week and it looks like that’s cancelled, we’re waiting to hear. I should have a diabetes check in May and my mammogram is due in September some 170 miles away. We can only take each day as it comes, but it’s scary times.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        I think anything considered non-essential is being cancelled. For all kinds of reasons — especially your peace of mind, I hope that by September you will be able to have your mammogram. I have a friend who needs major back surgery and he has no idea when that might happen now. I feel awful for him because he is in agony. This will be his 4th spine surgery in 1 1/2 years. The rods they put in keep breaking. Apparently they are not fusing completely. And you are so right — all we can do is take it one day at a time but it’s not so easy. These are very scary times.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        You as well Di xx

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  2. blindzanygirl says:

    This is horrendous Di. Ni am so sorry you had to go through all that. I wonder if things will calm down a but un time? We have had terruble experiences too. Wecare usolating, and trued to have a Tesco delivery. It came at 8,30 this evening, with hardly anything. I am beside myself and crying because we have been tokd no ine should come in thebhouse, and we must not answer the door to anyine,cso what did comebhad to benleft on the doirstep outside. Hubby is notnmobile enough or well enough to get thungs into thenkitchen from the front door and he ran over everything in his wheelchair, breaking some things. I don’t jnow where all this is going to ebd Di and it is frightening. I didn’t jnow there were six cases in Lincoknshire now. Cwe discovered today that tge two cases un Nirth Kincoknshire are un iurnkicak hosoitak just five minutes away from us. I truly don’t know how we can avoid this thibg, and to have to isolate for four months just makes me feel hysterical. But it has to be done. I just pray that we all cime out ofbthis ubscathed. Better day tomirrow hooefully Di. Much love to you xxxx

    • I feel for you Lorraine. It’s a worry all round and we are concerned about our healthcare: ie. Hubby’s INR, my diabetes and also my mammogram later in the year. Everything is escalating. I wish there was some good news on the horizon.

      • blindzanygirl says:

        I do too Di. I get calm after reading something hopeful, then read something that panucs me again. Our nerves can hardly bear al this.

  3. It is a sad day for the world. I hAVE ALWAYS KEEP A SIX MONTHS SUPPLY FOR FOOD AT TIMES WE even had extra an ENGERY SOURCE.

    • We used to have about 6 months store when we were in the cottage because we were miles from a shop and in the country. Now we do it on a month to month basis, but it’s going to get tougher if the effects of this virus continue to cripple the country.

  4. It’s basically the same here. Our GPS are basically saying if it’s bug or virus or cough related stay at home and call 111 if it gets worse. Anything else phone the GP up and someone will assess if you are suitable for a telephone or physical appointment.

  5. Paula Light says:

    Same here. Absolute madness 😱

  6. scifihammy says:

    It is a nightmare! I’ve gotta think that all this nonsense at the shops and GP surgeries etc will cause more harm than the actual corona virus! After all, Most people won’t be that ill even if they Do catch it!
    We aren’t at your UK stage of panic buying yet – but it will get there I have no doubt. Reminds me of the nastiness when we had such water shortages in 2017.

  7. willowdot21 says:

    So depressing 💜

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