Today is April 1st

I hope none of you got caught out with jokes, tricks or pranks this morning.
The day started dull and chilly, but we did the washing anyway. Hubby will be taking it up to the launderette later.

I’m tired, mainly because I’ve had a bad night and got up early.
It didn’t help that Maggie rolled over and kept going, falling off the bed at 3am. She was surprised but not hurt, so she went and had a drink then came back to bed. The three battery PIRs on the floor lit the way for her.
At 4.35, she fell off the bottom of the bed, shook herself and then jumped back up to snuggle in against my shoulder and the heart-shaped pillow I was given after my surgery. I reckon she thought this would stop her falling off for a third time.
An hour later she wanted to go out, so I gave up on sleep, got up and let her out into the garden. We don’t have a back door,  so this is a case of donning joggers, shoes and a coat, and grabbing keys.

Hubby was awake by now, so I had my wash and got dressed, then put the washing on. We had breakfast and set off just after 7am to go shopping.
This was actually a field trip to
a) have a larger choice of supermarkets to get the things we couldn’t get locally and
b) get me out of the house before I started climbing the walls (dog walks aren’t doing it).

As expected, we saw no-one, either in a car or out of one, until we neared the ‘big city’.
We decided to top up the tank, especially as fuel prices have plummeted somewhat.
The last fuel we bought a month ago was £1.22 a litre, today it was £1.02 a litre, so that is quite a difference. We haven’t been using the car much anyway as we haven’t gone anywhere (see (b) above).

I had ‘The List’ and we’d added a few things that we didn’t really need but they could only be purchased at one of the supermarkets there.
We arrived just before opening time at 8am, the car park was filling up and the trolley queue starting.
It’s the first time I’ve been in a shop for a fortnight and today I was wearing a mask as well as gloves. I don’t like things on my face, but we weren’t taking any chances.
The social distancing rule is actually working very well, but there were some long faces. Me being me decided to try and raise a smile by saying I hadn’t been out for a while and suddenly had a lot of money to spend so I was going to…………. on chocolate.
It had the desired effect and soon people in the queue were chatty and we had a laugh or two.
Most stores have doormen now, with tickertape gizmos to ensure only a certain number of people are in the shop at any one time. People are admitted one at a time, even if you were a couple like us and sharing a trolley, but everyone understood and apart from a few individuals trying unintentionally to queue jump as we were snaking round the trolley station in a loop, it was all pretty good. I acted like a big kid once I was through the doors, as if I’d never been in a shop before, and it was like an Aladdin’s Cave.

We got our pasta, peanut butter, UHT milk (no restriction so we got some for our neighbour too as well as a loaf of bread), medallion pork chops 2 of which we had for dinner today,  fish to replace the pieces used this past fortnight, sultanas, dried apricots, tea bags, more grapes,  4 packs of Maggie’s dog chews, some toilet cleaner and multipurpose spray cleaner and 15 eggs for £1.18. We were out within 20 minutes.
We were going to go to Tesco next, but the queue was almost out of the car park by then so we went to another supermarket for instant mash, instant custard, desiccated coconut for my curries and two tins of pineapple. I also topped up my phone. They had a PCSO on the door directing ‘traffic’ as again numbers were limited and there were stickers all over the floor spaced for social distancing.

We needed a new loo brush (orange is SO not our colour), so it was a discount store that opened at 9 for that. We got there at a quarter to, so sat in the car. There were two other cars in the car park with single occupants doing the same. Hubby chatted to the checkout girl as she rang up his purchases, including 2 church candles and some batteries on special offer, and she said it was so terribly quiet, time simply dragged. Only 4 people went inside and one of them was Hubby.

We were unable to get face masks and rubber gloves today. The outlets we normally use have been stripped of all PPE supplies to send to the NHS frontline.

All in all, it has been a positive day, we have replaced everything used last week and got a couple of things in reserve. We should be OK as we’re keeping our distance from everyone.

Keep safe and well everybody.


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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17 Responses to Today is April 1st

  1. It’s a struggle everywhere. But I’m glad you got all the stuff that you wanted. Stay safe and take care, Di.

  2. murisopsis says:

    We had son#1 bring the much desired bananas over when he left work (at a grocery). The rest of the shopping will occur tomorrow at 7 am. Sparky tried to prank me by getting up at 6:10 AM and saying we had to get up for shopping… but that’s tomorrow. Didn’t work. I slept in until 7:30 AM and will wait to see what other pranks he has up his sleeve…

  3. fransiweinstein says:

    I’ve had a better day groceries wise too. Was finally able to find a store who would deliver — and they’re coming tomorrow to boot! Can hardly believe it. Like you, I got a few extra things so I am good now for 2 weeks, maybe even 3. And someone I know is sewing cotton masks, so I ordered 2. They are washable so that will do me. I have surgical gloves, but didn’t have any masks and that was why I’ve been so uncomfortable about going for my own groceries. But now I’ll be fine to do that. Our stores are the same as yours. Someone at the door, only 1 at a time let in, floors marked with tape so you know where to stand. And here most chains are reserving 7 am – 8 am for seniors. We were all caught off guard, but it does seem like things are becoming more organized. We will get through this if we all do as we’re told and stay home. Stay safe.

    • We were impressed with how things went today, and made the guys on the doors smile. Hubby was in security and it’s a thankless task. Glad you’ve got some groceries sorted Fransi. We have home deliveries here but aren’t signed up with anyone, besides, there are no free slots until almost the end of April. We are lucky in that we can get out and do our own though. We should be set for at least a fortnight, but hope to replenish the stock weekly so that we are always on top of it.
      Keep safe.

  4. I have to say that besides enjoying your adventures I love reading your writing and the small differences between English and English (lol!). I went out yesterday, also with mask and gloves, but was only one of maybe five who did the same. Do you all have Walmart or is that strictly US? Blogging is really increasing my knowledge database!!!!

    • Hi Christine,
      I believe your Walmart is the equivalent of our Asda. We don’t have a large store for about 35 miles, but get our fuel from a small outlet 20 miles away when we shop in this particular town. More and more people are wearing masks now, but I hate anything on my face as I’m afraid of being smothered or choked, but I did today because I wanted to go shopping myself instead of Hubby doing it all. It is interesting the differences in US English and UK English

      • Liz says:

        You are correct there with the Asda.

      • We do have some things in common! I never have anything on my face and even at night I think I might suffocate in my sleep if I have the blanket to close to my mouth. Funny how these little nuances come out in “normal” conversation.

      • I hate working in sleeves too, and was forever pushing up those on cardigans or jumpers. In the office, I always wore tee shirts or tops with short sleeves.

  5. willowdot21 says:

    Another fun packed morning 💜😀

  6. Sadje says:

    You too take care and stay safe.

  7. I see (from a judicious distance in my car) the same sorts of lines and people gathering at the local stores. I’m going to limit myself to shopping once a week (as long as my money holds out anyway). I went last Thursday and ended up spending a LOT for only a few items. I guess the prices have begun to jump now. 😮 I hope Ms. Maggie stops rolling off the bed, I’m glad she’s fine and all, but it’s still a bit of a scare, isn’t it? Pudge has fallen off once recently, he was very deeply asleep and rolled … a bit too far. Woke us all up, but he seemed content to stay down on the floor and didn’t even wake up properly. I may have to move his bed/pad into the room and put him on it to sleep. I’m glad you were able to find all the items you needed plus some for your neighbor! That’s the sort of thoughtfulness that tells much about a person’s character. Take care! You stay safe too!

    • We intend to shop every five days or so now to keep on top of what we use. We had a good shop today and got Maggie’s chews….. nowhere else sells them and alternatives are either too hard or give her the trots. My payday today so it was nice to spend some!

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