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.