My local fruit and vegetable hole-in-the-wall shop where EVERYONE in my ‘hood gets their produce has closed.
It raises questions:
Is that family who runs the store sick? There is no sign, no explanation, no nothing. I would find it hard to believe they went out of business as they continued to have a steady stream of customers since lock-down started in mid March…
I drove by there yesterday since I also needed stuff from the drug store next door and saw it barricaded.
Now I have to go to a ‘store store’ for produce, where covidiots go… (hopefully not too many)
Gonna send the husband with a list. He’s a big guy, and has an aversion to germs even under normal circumstances, so he is an expert at avoiding corona-cooties and those who spread them. He also doesn’t take any crap from anyone (who doesn’t live in his house – hah) so ya, I decided, gonna send him. 🙄
(I asked first, I’m not that demanding, and he said yes. Boo.) 😉
I did venture into the drug store though.
That store wasn’t completely out of stuff, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many bare shelves. There were trolleys with boxes that were still unpacked, mostly in the baby aisle, perhaps they simply hadn’t had time to unpack the products yet? Or are there staff issues? Maybe the supply chain is beginning to get impacted by this coronavirus.
I don’t know what to think.
The empty shelves that jumped out at me was the hair colour (not surprising), deodorants (?), baby wipes (also not surprising), and some of the food products (junk food is either running out or overpriced which impacts me only because teenagers).
But let’s focus on the good stuff. Some happy things did happen yesterday, besides my moaning about inconsequential stuff this morning.
They still had coffee packages in the drug store. ☕ My brand was sold out and the other brands were not on sale so I didn’t get any because we still have a whole and a half pack at home. But I could have gotten some. 😄
Yesterday was a sunny, relatively warm day, warm enough for Nugget and Oreo, the resident rodents, to be placed in their outdoor cage for a while, and for me to hang laundry outside. 🌞 Sunshine and warmth always makes me happier.
My teen son said yes immediately when I asked him if he wanted to visit his grandparents with me and his sister. They were so happy to see him and fed them both pie and ice cream and, as we were leaving, handed us 3 bags of kettle chips. (son+chips=bliss)
I have been in prime writing mode. Finding a place in this house to write without interruption continues to be a challenge but I’m getting better at two things: ignoring them, and getting through to them to please not interrupt me when I’m writing in the bedroom with the door closed.
This closed door thing is a phenomenon: cats and dogs do not like closed doors (at least all the ones I’ve had in my life) and will scratch and whine outside until I let them in. Toddlers too…ever tried to go to the bathroom or have a shower with toddlers around and no second supervising adult in the house? Maddening.
But that was a lifetime ago.
Apparently, teenagers and husbands don’t like closed doors either…to this day they come in for any number of non-essential activities and interrupt my train of thought. (The She Shed is still a highly sought-after dream of mine).
But, as I said, I’m slowly adapting to these interruptions and even more slowly getting through to them to leave me alone. In fact, one of them has taken to texting me, which is an acceptable way of communicating when I’m writing. I keep my phone close but the notification sound off and only periodically check when I want to/feel like it, not when it chimes.
It’s not perfect but it’s better than having them parade into the room with their incessant, inconsequential questions like “do we have any butter/eggs/bacon” or “where’s the chips/chocolate” of “what do you want to do for dinner”.
And so continues the ongoing life in lock-down in Toronto. They officially stated that publicly funded school will remain closed until at least May 31, and provincial and city parks/diamonds/playgrounds as well. With the weather getting nicer, this is going to be a tremendous challenge for many people, including us. But we’ll manage. We have, so far…
Stay safe and healthy, wherever you are in the world.