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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Not May Yet...

Photo by Salt Water New England
Getting ready for the now scary trip to the grocery store on this wet and chilly day.

18 comments:

  1. I haven't been to the grocery store for about a month thanks to Whole Foods delivery and online orders of dry goods. I plan to go to farmer's markets and ideally we'll still be able to pick our own strawberries and other fruit at the farmer's fields this year. Plus we'll have a little garden.

    I'm curious what grocery shopping is like where you (readers) are? Are people respectful of your space? Are you able to get paper products?

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    1. I've been going about once every week and a half. It's actually pretty comfortable.

      Sometimes, I have to wait about 10-15 minutes or so to get into the store. The store limits the number of people inside, so it never feels crowded. They provide a wiped down cart, plus hand wipes, which I appreciate.

      Once inside, the isles are one-way with ample signs pointing you in the right direction. Now, not everyone is good at following directions - there is always the occasional oddball going the wrong way down the one-way aisle, but most people are pretty mindful and it works reasonably well. Same for keeping 6-feet apart. Most people are careful to keep a distance, and everyone is wearing a mask and many with gloves. People are much less spontaneously talkative than normal, which, for introverts like me, is not such a bad thing. And, so far, no one has sneezed or coughed near me.

      Most products are available. I've not been able to get whole wheat flour and a couple of other items, but we certainly aren't going to starve. Truthfully, I haven't looked for toilet paper. When we first couldn't get TP, we ordered a case of commercial toilet paper. Of course, the large wheels wouldn't fit in our home dispenser, so I rigged a string through the giant roll and hung it off the towel rack. Looks odd and the dogs barked at it for a couple of days, but they now accept it and all is well.

      Checking out is regulated as well, with plenty of space between people in the line and one shopper checking out per cashier at a time.

      And, the staff is very helpful, everyone wearing masks and gloves, and remain cheerful. They are pretty brave in my judgement.

      Overall, it's fine. In fact, I didn't think it would be as comfortable as it is.

      Aiken

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    2. Aiken for some reason the vision of your dogs barking at the giant industrial TP on a string strikes me as hilarious. I needed to laugh, thank you.

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    3. Averyl,

      That's Windy and Asta, two fox terriers; one smooth hair, the other wire hair. They bring me lots of joy. I'm lucky to be their human and glad they made you smile.

      Aiken

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  2. Ha ha! I Was planning on cleaning my Barbour today and putting it in storage, until I ventured outside for 5 minutes. Will store the Filson Double Mackinaw jacket,but will hold off on the Barbour until it's a bit warmer. Hard to believe it's May tomorrow....stay safe.

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  3. I think it is important to take all the precautions that make you comfortable. Here in British Columbia people are staying at home and giving each other space in public. We have had just over 100 deaths and around 2,000 people infected in a province of over 4 million people. Social distancing works.

    Here almost all of the infections have spread through work places, air travel, cruise ships and and conventions. It seems there are few transmissions that happen when people pass by each other outdoors. Our grocery retailers are controlling entrance and limiting numbers in the stores. Sanitizing is done constantly.

    How safe do people feel in elevators?

    David J Cooper

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  4. If a “grocery” is a store that sells groceries, then why do many people add “store”? Just wondering. It’s almost May 1 when shelter in place ends here except for the fragile and us geezers. I must say that the employees at our Kroger have been just fantastic - friendly, upbeat and helpful while some of the customers, well.... My once a week trip Is a bit stressful but it is kinda nice to recognize friends and neighbors behind those masks and put mental check marks by the names of those who don’t wear masks.

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    1. Re: Grocery "Store" It drive me crazy when people put "up" after a verb. As in "cook up". I don't cook up or down. I mostly cook horizontally.

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    2. It's just awful the things one must up with put.

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  5. All the proper items, for the journey! Take care, and stsy safe. Thanks so very much!

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  6. It has been Barbour weather the past few days in the Mid-Atlantic. Though we sometimes use canvas totes, we have opted for cloth grocery bags from Trader Joe's, augmented by New York Times subscription giveaway bags, because we can throw them into the laundry after we return from food shopping.

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  7. We haven't been able to use our own bags for a month. My experience is very similar to Aiken's, apart from the industrial TP and the dog.

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  8. I've been ordering online once a week (thankfully I still have some bulk items I got when this horrible time started). I do have 2 masks that I rotate (they are washable and I use polypropylene inserts) oh well, better than nothing. I'm fortunate, I've only had to go into work once, the rest of the time I'm teleworking. I did get a cute madras pink face mask from Eliza B recently. I ordered some lovely sandals for Mother's Day (but asked for the mask for myself (Mom does have her own face masks)). ; )

    After the one time I went into work, I haven't been anywhere since, and that's been a month. (Unless starting up and driving my car up the street counts.)

    I hope you all are doing well.

    Stay safe, stay healthy.

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  9. Here at the Jersey Shore, the grocery store shelves are pretty well stocked and there are no shortages. Even multi-rolls of TP is available! The trouble we're having is the weather is getting nice -- too nice and there is a raging controversy over access to the parks and beaches. The parks open tomorrow (Sat 05/02) and social distancing is expected. I walk my dog everyday to keep cabin fever at bay and since I go mostly after dinner, I don't anticipate running into too many people. I do wear a mask and gloves. Just hope everyone behaves. Its like kindergarten, all we need is one person to misbehave and we all lose recess. Stay safe everyone!

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  10. For all shopping, I wear a KN95 protective mask and disposable ventile gloves. Home made masks, especially those made from cloth, do not give the necessary protection. All groceries are wiped thoroughly with anti-bacterial wipes before being put in the fridge, freezer or cupboards.

    I will not risk my skin touching an infected surface. When shopping, I therefore wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers (or pants as Americans call them) even when it's warm. Polo shirts and shorts are now restricted to my home and garden until this horrible virus is defeated totally.

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  11. Where can I buy Preppie Face Masks, Muffy?

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    1. There are some for sale on Etsy. Salut.

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  12. Try the Mont St. Michel website from France. They sell the traditional "marinière", French sailor tees, but they have already started selling cloth face masks in LIberty fabric. Just a few colours. There really isn't such a thing as a "preppy" face mask, but if you make your own from fabric that isn't too loud, that would be okay and you can wash and re-use them. Bien à vous.

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