Today is Friday 23rd July

Late accessing my blog today because we stupidly decided to go shopping!
No, we were not joining those who panic buy, but having read that 1 in 3 petrol stations were having problems with delivery and due to have an extended trip one day next week as we are taking a neighbour to hospital for an eye operation, we decided to top up our tank and do part of our monthly shop for August.
Well, we thought it made sense!

Traffic was bad so we were glad of our local knowledge. Inching our way towards the roundabout, we struck up a conversation with a guy walking his GSD, a beautiful dog which I offered to take off his hands. As we alternately passed each other, it was interesting to see who would reach the roundabout first. This turned out to be him and we parted company with a cheery wave.

Getting fuel wasn’t too bad,  neither was going into our first shop, though fresh produce was ropy so I was glad we knew what we wanted and where to find it.
Our BIG MISTAKE was aiming for the High Street.
Again, local knowledge came into its own and we found a parking space at the top end of town. It was like running the gauntlet. Maskless people were oozing everywhere, including out of their shorts, and no-one gave an inch. By the time Hubby caught up with me, having an equally bad fight and needing both sticks today, I’d been in and out of the shop I needed for my glucosamine and ready to head back. As we were that end of town, we went into the arcade and another discount store, this time for the 3 pack of small tins of baked beans which are ideal for Hubby.
Getting out of the shop was horrendous, and I asked one very large lady if she would mind getting out of the doorway and talking to her equally large friend elsewhere.

From there it was the other discount supermarket for our long life milk. We always buy a month’s supply at a time and probably the most bulky item we purchase now. The car park here was jammed, but we found a slot recently vacated and I went to get a trolley (cart for my American readers) but had to get a family one which made our shopping look lost and forlorn. Anyway, most people seemed to be bulk buying bottled water. Not just 2 or 3 packs, but 8, 10, and even full trolley loads!! We could not wait to get out of the shop and picked the queue that had one person being served and two waiting. MISTAKE No 2.
The guy ahead of the people in front of us was returning something, and there was a problem with his receipt. Nowhere to turn or back up as the other 4 open checkouts had five or six customers waiting. Ten minutes later we were served. Not the cashier’s fault and he was very apologetic for the delay.

Coming home, we stopped at the bakers for a reward of a custard slice plus steak bakes for dinner. Hubby had beans and mash with his, I had salad.

It’s been a long day and I want to go back to bed, but it’s only 4pm.
Good news is the washing we put out before we left has dried. Every silver lining has a cloud……………………………

Take care and keep safe 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! We have recently lost our beloved dog 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, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. 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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7 Responses to Today is Friday 23rd July

  1. scifihammy says:

    hahaha I love your line “Maskless people were oozing everywhere, including out of their shorts!” Made ma laugh!! 😀
    But I sympathise with your shopping ordeals! Really horrible. 😦
    Our problem over here in SA is that we often can’t get stuff – and it’s just got that much worse since Covid and travel restrictions etc
    I have had to say goodbye to many UK items I used to buy, but hope it won’t be forever!
    Have a great weekend. 😀

  2. Paula Light says:

    Traffic is horrendous here too. Seems worse than in “before” times…

    • It’s holiday time and we should know better actually, especially now the schools have broken up, Change of strategy and we will now shop late in the evening for the big stuff and just hope there’s some left!!

  3. murisopsis says:

    I was at the grocery today too. Fortunately I was able to get everything in short order and no big wait at the checkout. Sadly I was not able to use my buy one get one free coupon for canned sardines or canned mackerel fillets. The shelves were bare!! This is of course a first. Last week there were zero ramen noodles (so it is hit or miss on some items)!

    • It’s crazy sometimes. Last week the shelves were stripped of bottled water here because the water had been turned off due to burst mains, but today was surreal as it was a different town!!

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