How an open day became a busy day

As I was sipping coffee on my back porch this morning I thought to myself: today is wide open with nothing crucial going on. I could spend all day writing, reading, napping, relaxing.

That didn’t happen.

It occurred to me just now that between yesterday and today I shopped at four different stores.

And none of them were food stores.

Can I just say UGH ? (I hate shopping…)

Yesterday wasn’t bad. We went to a garden center which also had accessories and outdoor furniture and knicknacks and a little clothing section with Made-in-Italy dresses and…

I bought one. This one:

The blue colour will make me feel cool and refreshed on a hot day.

Now I just need an occasion to wear it. Kind of hard to find one when we’re still in phase 1 and, I don’t know, extended emergency conditions or whatever. 😐

But my daughter and her grandmother found their stuff and we all bought a few flowers and herbs and…

…it appears we’re still in the apocalypse. The usual ample flower and vegetable variety was sorely reduced which, for a gardening enthusiast like me, is a little disheartening.

But I made do, as I always do, and feel relatively content that I have at least a bit of colour surrounding me at home in my teeny tiny backyard.

The girl child started a cacti collection and grandma supplied her with decorative accessories so now she’s got a new hobby.

Preparing her garden solarium at grandma’s.

Today we went to a different nursery and realized there was very little choice, again. Sigh. But we came home with a few more flowers and herbs anyway. They did have Rosemary which I couldn’t find at the other place yesterday, but they limited each customers to only two herbs.

Good thing I have some already, including perennial ones (3 thymes, 2 sages, the oregano, tarragon and lemon balm also came back. The chive barely survived but mom has plenty and said she’ll dig out some for me.)

I bought a Rue, never having had one before, mainly because it looks pretty.

Rue, the herb.

Next door was a Dollar Store. My crafty kid is keeping them in business with all the supplies she is constantly replenishing.

OMG the stuff she needs from Dollarama…

When we were done there, we went to the health food store and picked up various items, all the while still wearing masks and getting a little fed up. We finally left the last store after an hour and a half of shopping (in total) and breathed a sigh of relief. Without the masks.

Note: most stores don’t mandate the masks. Not all stores offer sanitizer. Mostly, customers are trusted to use common sense and obey the protocols clearly outlined at the store entrances. (This is in SW Etobicoke (part of Toronto); you’ll have to ask other blogging Canadians what the procedures are like in their region, or whether they come across many covidits.) We’ve been lucky, it hasn’t been bad in my ‘hood despite some bad press in public parks. But the mask thing…it only just recently started getting summery hot here, I can’t imagine what it’ll be like when the humidity hits.

Anyway. We were done shopping and I was fantasizing about a Tex Mex dinner.

I’m driving along, listening to Freddy belting out Another one bites the dust, when suddenly my tween girl says:

“Mom, most of my clothes don’t fit me anymore.”

I guess I gotta go clothes shopping with her tomorrow. 😐

39 thoughts on “How an open day became a busy day

  1. With the great confinement of the century the garden center will be very visited. The gardens receive more attention and we are connecting more with nature. A positive side of the great lockdown.
    Greeting

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  2. We’ve encountered the same thing in our garden centers. Either we were late to the game or their supply was lower than usual. Could be a combination of both but we weren’t that much later than we typically go. Do write about Rue. I’m curious.

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  3. Masks are mandated here until the end of June and it’s hard when it’s so hot. Inside a store, without A/C is not easy. I stopped wearing mine on hiking trails when it hit 90. We’re outside and I try to stay more than 6 feet away.

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    1. Yes, I understand. I’m not against masks and always carry mine. I make the kids use it too. But like you, out in the park walking a dog not surrounded by people, in the hot sunshine…to me, the mask at that point doesn’t do what it’s intended to do. So I have it with me but not on me.

      What a world we live in. 😶

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      1. I lost my good mask by having it in my pocket on the trail 2 weeks ago so I decided to not even carry it this week after wearing a very hot one last week. I have 2 new lightweight masks now so I’m fine for indoors

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  4. Part of me wants to be a b!tch and tell you that it’s not hot in Toronto. It’s not even hot here in texas, and we were in the 90s Fahrenheit today. Now, come August, when its 112F in the shade with high humidity, that’s hot. However, I couldn’t survive your winters so I’ll send you (((hugs))) and commiserate, because even though 90 isn’t hot to me it’s still miserable with a mask on

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  5. Sorry your nurseries aren’t fully stocked. That’s one place we still have a full selection thank God. I need my blooming pretties. Not familiar with rue…. unless it’s rueing the day I stopped dieting, because now I fear I’ll never start again.
    Pretty dress!

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      1. When I think of Rue, I’m thinking about “street” in French. Also, the homophone of Roux … which I make whenever I prepare sauces.

        I never enjoyed the Golden Girls except for the actor in drag that played Dorothy.

        What was his name?

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      2. I proofread my post at least twice before I publish. As the comments come in I may re-read the published version again. It pains me that I pretty much always find at least two typos.

        In this post I found two. 😐

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  6. They’re opening things up. I’m not sure we’re ready. I’m not ready. I’ll continue with the mask, and limiting shopping to needed groceries. My garden is nearly all in, in any event. I figure we should wait a few weeks, and watch the numbers.

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  7. Some of us have solved the clothing dilemma by simply wearing less while this whole pandemic thing works itself out.

    Interesting that your garden centers are sorely lacking in plants. I can’t say that’s been the same here; plenty of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme south of the border. At least in my little corner of the country!

    I hope your Friday is a little more relaxing at least.

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