Somewhat of a surprise………..

This is a good news and bad news post, so I’ll get the bad out of the way first.
Hubby’s INR is still out of range, so he will be back for another blood test on New Year’s Eve. Let us hope that will see the necessary reduction so that we can start 2021 on something positive.
Good news though was shopping.
Colour me surprised, if not blushing at my previously pessimism, but it was not bad……. not bad at all actually.

I parked literally right outside the door, there were no queues, or restriction in numbers.
Inside was a different matter, surreal, and a little unsettling as many people seemed to be in a trance. They dithered as they ambled, blocking access to shelves, selecting something, holding it and looking at other items, then putting held item in trolley but not moving on.  It was like everyone was in slow motion or set in custard.

The shelves were pretty well stocked, but actually getting close enough to pick something up was trying…………. one woman lost it with me as I picked up a pack of 6 eggs. I was nowhere near her as she was moving right, so I went behind her and she turned on me!
‘Is there a problem?’ I asked from behind my mask.
‘I wanted eggs!’ she said loudly. The fact that she was standing in front of an entire rack of different sized packs of eggs is purely coincidental.
I added them to our basket and moved on. Hubby was getting angrier by the minute, so we split up and I got some bits and pieces plus a few things for our neighbour.

I’ve treated myself to a bottle of poor man’s Baileys. It was less than £4 and attracts a total of 4 syns for a 25ml measure (5½ for 35ml). I will have to allow for it in my 15 syn allowance. Hubby also picked up a rather nice gammon joint which was just the right size for us. We’ll cook it in the pressure cooker on Christmas Eve.
We didn’t have to wait long in the self checkout line, and as we ran it across the scanner, it didn’t have a bar code, so we had to call for an assistant. She processed it as a 99 miscellaneous item, said all was OK and moved on to the next person. I checked my till receipt in case I’d misread it at the time, but it had come up as 99p! I’m not complaining, especially as the bacon rashers I bought last week have gone up from £1.25 to £1.49, so I didn’t buy any, and they’d been 99p at the end of November!

Apart from the Dreamland People, it was OK as we got everything on our list plus a couple of other things to nibble, so that’s it now as far as shopping is concerned.
If we haven’t got it, we can’t have it. With the recent turn of events and possibility of out of towners coming to their holiday homes here, we will be avoiding town and shops as much as possible. Saying that, we shall still have our walks, keeping socially distant from any friends we might meet, but getting out of the way of people we don’t know.
We WILL have a merry Christmas and I don’t intend to drink the entire ‘Baileys’ to do so!


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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14 Responses to Somewhat of a surprise………..

  1. blindzanygirl says:

    Lol Di. This made me giggle. I am in a dream myself right now!

  2. I had my most stressful shopping experience the other day. I’m used to people being extra polite and kind around Christmas. Not this year. I’m in the Dollar Store…one woman calling another a stupid c*nt for coughing IN HER MASK. A little sweet old lady came the “wrong way” down the isle and immediately apologized to me. “No problem,” I say, and moved aside for her to pass. In the meantime, another woman shouts at the top of her lungs, “YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!” Hurt my heart. If I were a confrontational person, I probably would have given that rude woman a piece of my mind. In the meantime, the cashiers are on the loud speaker, “SIX FEET, PEOPLE!” “NO, SIR, YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!!” What is this world coming to 😦

    • We’ve seen that too, and in the Summer our town was invaded by holiday makers who didn’t give a toss about residents, pushing the elderly out of the way, ignoring social distancing, and stripping the shelves of everything for them to stay inside their holiday chalets, campers or rental properties, leaving next to nothing for locals. Hubby lost it with one grockle, and stood his ground in the supermarket almost getting a round of applause for doing so.

  3. Carol anne says:

    So glad you got everything you needed Di! Shopping right now is a nightmare, I am staying away as much as I can! Its far too busy for me! 🙂

  4. willowdot21 says:

    Well done Di, isn’t it a great feeling when the shopping is done 💜💜

  5. murisopsis says:

    Today was my shopping day too – and we managed to get in and out without any problems. We had a church family with 5 children and the dad lost his job – we were able to buy them a ham and a turkey along with some Christmas treats for the kids…. it was all good. We did see some of the stupid people coming in as we were checking out but we were 30 ft away and we slipped out without having to get near the maskless.

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