Today is Thursday 21st May

I read yesterday that there are calls for all lockdown restrictions to be lifted, and one of the budget airlines is planning flights from the middle of next month. Worrying times.

It’s becoming difficult to know what to do with our days now as sitting around all day isn’t our way. Before, we would get in the car and go for a drive, sometimes to shop or just look around but the pleasure of that has been taken away now and that’s not all due to the lockdown.
Everything seems to be in increments of an hour, for example, it takes almost an hour to set my kit up and sorted out if I want to make cards, an hour to prepare lunch and an hour to do the housework, that is when we do more than hoover and tidy up.
It’s another glorious day so I stripped the bed today and everything is out on the line. There is something about to going to bed in clean linen that has been dried outside.

We had a mini panic when we realised we only had one glucosamine tablet left for Maggie. I thought I had another container, but we’d obviously used that. For £1.99, you get a tub of 50, so for her that’s 100 days as she has half a tablet every day in her breakfast.
The queue to get into Lidl where we usually buy them was the longest we’ve seen, plus the car park was almost completely full. This does not bode well at all with us because it is obvious they are not all locals and social distancing inside is difficult. On top of that, the value range basics are either completely sold out or not stocked at all now (trying to recover lost profits perhaps) so we have resigned ourselves to shopping further afield on a regular basis.

There was more traffic on the roads, but not so much as to cause tailbacks. However, we have become good at Spot The Grockle as they don’t know where they’re going in their camper vans and suddenly brake or veer off with little warning.
Saying that though, we were at our destination within 45 minutes. There was no queue, so I donned my mask and gloves and went straight in.
I knew what I wanted and where it was which is the beauty of using one shop and being familiar with the layout.  The glucosomine is still in tubs of 50, but has a brand new price tag of £2.49 now, so an increase of 25% which is a lot. I bought 2 tubs anyway so we’re OK for at least six months.

As we’d had a problem getting Maggie’s chews yesterday and there was a store here as well, Hubby did the business and was gone for over half an hour. He bought the last 6 packs on the shelf, so that’s 6 weeks as Maggie has one every day and we have ascertained that these along with 5 or 6 biscuits are an important part of her diet to keep her regular and ‘firm’. He also got some dried apricots which we have on our cereals, a lasagna TV dinner for him and a pack of 4 cornetto style ice creams for ‘breakfast’. Ah memories!
When we were camping, we’d go down to the town at 6.30am to get our fresh pasties hot from the oven and buy a cornetto for brekkie as the newsagent was the only place open.

We had one each and made for home, stopping at the picnic area for Maggie to have a potty and sniff break.
In passing, the queue outside our Lidl was still round the car park, and we’d been gone over two and a half hours.

Hubby enjoyed his lunch, and I made myself an egg and tomato salad as I’d boiled some eggs a couple of days ago for a sandwich. That’s yesterday’s prawn salad on the right.

On with the day then. It’s afternoon now, and it’s taken me almost an hour to write this post!

Have a good day and take care everyone.

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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33 Responses to Today is Thursday 21st May

  1. Liz says:

    Enjoy your day.
    As much as I need to use my local Aldi budget-wise, I shall avoid if possible after going in for the first time one evening.
    A majority shopping in there, were not respecting the 2 meter distance. I avoided it ever since Coronavirus shown, because this was what I expected and so finally, when I did go in, it proved me right what I witnessed. I reported it to the council, so someone from Environmental Health will be going back and seeing, advising.

    I have never had this issue with Sainsburys next door.

    • The Aldi we went into both yesterday and today have widened the aisles, whereas Lidl’s are still quite narrow. You try to abide by the 2m distance, but some idiot always pushes the point.

      • Liz says:

        Aldi at mine would need to lose a row to widen. When I gave my 2 meter distance to those in front and being aware of 2 distance for staff working on that aile, I had a few standing immediately next to me for some time, before they cut through.

      • I think they have removed an aisle in both Aldi as there is definitely space to move there…………. people permitting of course!

      • Liz says:

        Our Aldi had a makeover this year, before Coronavirus. But although it looks better and things changed around, aisles are same size.

      • Ah, Lidl invested in a whole new rank of freezers, so they’re unlikely to move them out.

      • Liz says:

        No, I doubt they do that.

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    Your lunches look delicious. So lucky you were able to get what you need for Maggie. So gross that even those prices have been jacked up. Shameful really.

    • They work for her, so we’ll stick with them. A hundred days meds for £2.49 is good though. Prices might fall or we might find an alternative outlet, but for now she”s sussed and that;s the most important thing.
      I enjoyed my salads, but mustn’t have too many as I retain the water so put weight on. Grrrrrr!!

  3. Shae says:

    Looks so yummy!! Glad you got what you needed, crazy days

  4. Carol anne says:

    must be something about lidle, as the cue at our local one was long too this morning. I didnt have to cue though so thankful for that small blessing. I am glad you got everything you needed. xoxo

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    • It’s our main supermarket though we have a
      Co-Op (expensive) and Heron Foods too. The tourists flock to Lidl because it’s the biggest. We are avoiding it because most times they haven’t got what we want anyway.

  5. Sadje says:

    It’s that uncertain time, when we don’t know what to do. Go out or stay in and safe.

  6. I heard from one of my siblings yesterday (he often calls when he’s driving some fair distance, as talking to someone keeps him awake! – no joke. he used to terrify me as a teenager when my mother would have him drive us back from some destination or other…one time he ran into a ditch and messed up the left side of the car near the headlight because he dosed off. He’s still a fairly bad driver (IMHO). ANYWAY he often goes to cities far enough away that he’s required to stay overnight. With most flights being cancelled (and he won’t fly anyway right now because he really loves his grand-daughter who turned a year last month and her mother won’t bring her to see him if mom feels he’s been exposed too much – he works in hospitals as a profession, so he’s fairly high risk anyway to me)..he drives to many of his jobs. Because it’s a long distance, he usually ends up staying a day or two (at least) at a hotel. His company gives him a rebate on the cost, and a rebate for meals. He said it was a big drag because with C-19, no restaurants (or darned few) are open for restaurant dining. So he has to either get fast food drive through or room service. He doesn’t like either, says going to the restaurant for a good meal at the end of the day is one perk of his job. Here they have a meal delivery service called ‘Grub Hub” where you can call the restaurant and get a take out order without having to go get it – “Grub Hub” brings the food to you. Like a delivery service which serves all kinds of restaurants instead of just one. He ordered from a steak house (didn’t get steak though) and said the price was shocking. It was at least 30% higher than normal. I’ve seen that in the local grocer’s and have had to cut my shopping down to twice monthly (at most) because I can’t afford it more often. I was going every week. I’m glad Miss Maggie has her meds and her ‘treats’ to keep her regular. You guys are great parents!! ❤

    • Hi Melanie, glad you’ve heard from your brother. Hope he can stay safe.
      We’re noticing little hikes on a few things, though 25% on the glucosomine was a bit rich!!! Still, we have enough in to tide us over the bank holiday and hopefully should not have to go anywhere near a shop for at least a week!
      Take care.

  7. murisopsis says:

    So glad you were able to find Maggie’s supplies. I haven’t had to wait in any lines but the grocery just did away with the special “senior” hours so it is anyone’s game now. We are still going to go at 6:30 AM as there are so few people and the store is really clean… The salads look refreshing!

    • Our supermarket here opens at 8 (no 24 hour opening anyway) and closes at 10. Because it;s the only one cheaper that the co-op, it is always busy, especially now with delays going in and restricting numbers. Where we shop 20 miles away, the hours are the same, but no queues, or if there are, they’re not that long, plus the shops have been redesigned and there is more space between the aisles.

  8. willowdot21 says:

    It’s amazing how you described your lick down day as incremental of hours, I find your days so interesting, I love the way you and hubby work together 👍💜💜💜

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