Doing a runna

Guess what! I went out today!

To be honest, it wasn’t by choice; we’d run out of toilet paper so I had to go. Wearing a zipped up jacket and hood, glasses [fogged], a mask, and bright yellow kitchen gloves, I entered Woolworths soon after 7 am.

I had barely pushed my trolley inside when I was stopped by a security guard. What the…?

Apparently today is the day for pension card holders and others receiving special dispensation, so I had to show my pension card before I was allowed to shop. It felt a little creepy at the time, but then I realised how odd I must look. Perhaps the guard thought I was a profiteer attempting to game the system.

I had originally thought to run in, grab a pack of toilet paper and run out again, but when I saw how few people were wandering the aisles, I decided to see what else I could find. At this point I should probably explain that for about 3 weeks now, I’ve been doing all my shopping online and having it home delivered. This is a real boon for people who need to self isolate, but it is also a source of extreme anxiety.

For starters, the online catalogue doesn’t seem to have every product I’m used to buying. Or perhaps I’m not looking properly. Plus a huge number of items are almost always ‘out of stock’, such as gloves, flour, and tissues. Then there’s the added hurdle of delivery times, which can be 3, 4, or even 5 days after the day on which the order was placed. For example, I placed an order early Sunday morning. It included toilet paper, but the earliest delivery date is for this coming Thursday. Today is Tuesday.

And finally, there’s the issue of never knowing what I’ll actually get in that home delivery. You see, when there are perishables included in the order, the person who actually fulfils the order doesn’t do so until it’s ready to go out. Makes sense, right? The trouble is that things that were in stock Sunday morning may not be in stock by Thursday afternoon.

I know that many of my American friends shop online all the time, and enjoy a convenient, efficient delivery service. Sadly, Australia is not there yet, which may explain the whole toilet paper thing. When you don’t know when your next roll will arrive, it’s hard not to be anxious.

Anyway, my shopping adventure was a success, and I returned home safely with my treasures, which I then washed on the front verandah before taking them inside the house. Then I washed the steering wheel, door handles, my clothes and finally me. Now I can sit and enjoy some crusty bread, frankfurts, cracked pepper pate and a fresh cup of coffee. Oh, and the loo paper.

Life really is about the little things. πŸ™‚

Meeks

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30 responses to “Doing a runna

  • Matthew Wright

    I haven’t been out to the supermarket yet! Got one order delivered, last week, minus a lot of stuff which simply wasn’t available (including bread). No more home deliveries seem likely, the system is jammed full. Thanks in part to earthquake emergency stocks and a bit of pre-planning it’s been possible to stay at home so far but I expect a visit will be needed in the next week. It’s been interesting – managing the supplies has been a bit like an age-of-sail sea journey in which the fresh food goes first and then it’s on to the hard tack.

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    • acflory

      The only reason we’re getting home deliveries is because we’re both in the high risk category. I think I’d be a mumbling mess if I had to go out and scavenge for groceries every week.
      I’m leery of fresh produce that can’t be thoroughly washed – such as lettuce, basil etc – so I’m trying to grow my own. Not too much success at the moment as it’s possibly too late in the season, but worth a try.
      If/when you do go out, bundle up like a yeti! Better a few..okay a LOT of odd looks than this damn virus. The more I learn about it, the worse it looks.
      You may find this video interesting:

      looks at possible use of Invermectin & whether covid-19 attacks haemoglobin.

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  • dvberkom

    It is definitely the little things that count. Glad you were able to score some treats!

    Just got back from what a friend of mine calls “Hunger Games” shopping. Suited up with a Snoopy mask (made by another friend), slip-on shoes, nitrile gloves,and clothes that needed washing. Hit Costco, 2 grocery stores, and the post office. Came home, bleached hell out of everything (FYI, probably don’t do that to strawberries…lol), stripped out of my clothes, and showered and washed my hair. It occurred to me that folks with allergies are told to wash their hair before they go to bed as pollen can stick, so I figured the same was true for C-19. With my octogenarian parents living in our backyard, I am uber careful.

    This trip will hold the 4 of us through 2 weeks, when I get to do the whole dance all over again. Maybe I’ll get online and see if I can find a disposable hazmat suit…

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    • acflory

      Ah, DV…-massive hugs- I laughed at the strawberries – I’ve stopped buying anything fresh that can’t survive soap and water – but boy did I empathise with everything else. And yes, I washed my hair too. And my glasses. Luckily the soles of my shoes were washed in all the soapy water that splashed out of the bucket!
      Is there any way you can get food home delivered, at least some of the time? The groceries still have to be washed but it’s still miles safer.
      Btw, if you find that hazmat suit, let me know.
      Stay well. πŸ™‚

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  • marianallen

    I placed an online grocery order yesterday. The store doesn’t have delivery or shipping, only curbside pickup. The next slot available was a week from yesterday. A week!

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  • Candy Korman

    Welcome to my world! The strangest thing is how days blend together. I have to tell myself that today is Tuesday and remind myself that I went to the Whole Food (big grocery/health food store) on Saturday morning and the Farmer’s Market yesterday. Each day is stranger and stranger…

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    • acflory

      Yes, my days have been oozing together as well. I think that’s one reason I’ve been blogging so much – every post is a…connection to the outside world.
      But now YOU have got me worried. Do you have to go outside so often? Are you covering up? Please take care. -huge hugs-

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  • DawnGillDesigns

    my mum has, for years refused to give anyone her email address, or switch on her mobile unless she wants to make a call – there’s not even any signal from the carrier she uses now. She is quite possibly the most stubborn person I’ve met. Any way, she and my step dad live in a small village (the one I grew up in, and left as soon as I could to somewhere with – gasp – buses) and as they are both over 70, and he has been classed as ‘extremely vulnerable’ are now – finally- self isolating. She has, for the past week been trying to get onto a list for home deliveries from a supermarket. That’s coz all the slots have been prebooked for the entire month of April.
    Unfortunately, she has always been impatient, and won’t hold for more than 30 mins on the phone, so never gets to the top of the queue to give her details. Trying to do it all remotely myself (I’m only 10 miles away, but we aren’t supposed to drive, and she won’t have me do her shopping for her) is proving borderline impossible.
    She is smart, and her preferred IT habits haven’t changed since she first got a pc in her mid 60’s – doesn’t show any signs of age, but refuses to keep more than one application open on the pc, can’t remember or make a note of passwords, can’t access anything via text and gets very frustrated.
    I’ve resorted to sending her basic instructions and suggesting she prints them off, to hold to one side – or rings me and I’ll talk her through, (which we have done a lot in the past) but so far she’s insisting on trying to work it all out herself.
    Of course, she *could* use the one community, not for profit, excellently stocked village shop, or the local farm shop, where all the meat, veg and diary is sourced from her community, but complains they don’t have the brands to which she is accustomed and / or they are more expensive.
    My point that as she’s not able to go out and spend any money, perhaps sucking up the extra (totally justifiable) cost of shopping hyper local is both necessary and helpful at the moment didn’t go down well!
    Sorry minor rant there. Thanks for listening!! x
    Delighted you were able to go and get some supplies and some luxury treats, wish you had taken a photo of yourself in your plague kit.
    And – for info our supermarkets usually have an option to allow or reject substitutions – which means you might get 2 x 2 pints of milk in place of a 4 pint bottle, if your specific item isn’t available, so you might want to check that option next time you have a go. Some allow it as an overreaching rule , and some per item.
    Good luck, and HUGS. lots of hugs. x

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    • acflory

      Ugh, I can only imagine your level of frustration. And worry. I wonder…could you set your Mum up with a second email address that she could use just for the home deliveries? Or have you tried that without success? Another possibility might be to send her groceries via a taxi? Uber? If she’s careful with money, she’ll hate having money wasted like that and may unbend a little.
      My mother was incredibly stubborn too so I do know what you’re going through. Feel free to vent as often as necessary! I suspect we’ve all either been there, or are going through it too and understand…completely. -huge hugs-
      oh, and yes! I discovered the substitutions just this weekend. lol Not feeling like an IT professional at all. πŸ™‚

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      • DawnGillDesigns

        I can’t imagine trying to explain 2 email accounts to her without losing what’s left of my mind, but that’s a good idea, as is the taxi threat. I’m going to try setting up her loyalty card for another supermarket with all her details and my email address and then get her to do the ordering whilst I monitor it from here. Thank you for helping come up with solutions. It’s really kind of you. I have said I’ll do the shop and drive out to deliver it if necessary, we could even speak on the phone whilst I tell her what isn’t on the shelf (!) but I do sometimes think that she actually enjoys creating problems where there aren’t any. She never has a solution to an issue, there’s always just another problem. Hugs,

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  • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    Sounds like if any of them got on you, they didn’t survive. Good job.

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  • bone&silver

    Crazy crazy times indeed. I’m glad you’re dressing up and staying safe; I would chuckle to see you in those yellow washing up gloves at the supermarket! I can’t believe the world has come to this… x

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  • robertawrites235681907

    We are also forced to go out once a week to shop. My dad is going (aged 70). He can shop during pensioner hours and there are very few people. My hubby doesn’t want me to go as I still have a cough following my chest infection 4 weeks ago and I can’t hold my breath for 10 seconds without coughing (I only get to about 4 seconds). This is his likelihood to survive Coronavirus test and I fail miserably. We are also having to wash all the packaging and then my Dad showers, ect. He also wears gloves and glasses and a mask. It is very weird.

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  • anne54

    i did a quick run into the fruit and veggie shop. It is one of those lovely Italian ones that sells meat and deli things, so I was able to stock up with all my fresh produce. When I got home I took off the outer layer of clothes ~ into the wash ~ washed my hands and face, wiped down all the packets of things with bleach and washed all the produce. I even carefully took the meat out of the plastic bags. Then I wiped down other things I had touched. Who cares if it is over the top? I want us to stay safe.
    I am glad that you were able to get what you wanted too, Meeks, especially the crusty bread!

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    • acflory

      -hugs- no such thing as ‘over the top’. πŸ˜€

      Btw, I buy unsliced bread – like a vienna – turn the oven on to 200 C. Put bread straight onto oven rack and blast for about 2 minutes. It tastes as if it just came out of the baker’s oven and all possible nasties are gone. Win-win. The only thing is that it won’t last long so either use asap or put in freezer for emergencies. πŸ™‚

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  • daleleelife101.blog

    The G.O. is entitled to Woolies Priority, however they don’t deliver out here, nor offer pick up because it was being bombarded by some trying to jump the TP queue. So I did a similar run yesterday morning. With some trepidation, after a restless night because a neighbour had reported her Saturday shopping expedition as chaotic and disorganised. I was attired similar to you but slightly toned down, long sleeved shirt and jeans that needed to go in the wash anyway, work boots that stay outside, baseball cap, glasses cos I need to be able to see, neck scarf aka face mask if necessary, disposable gloves. I felt comfortable, and that the gloves were insurance. At 8.15 am there were a few people wearing masks… of all kinds… but by the time I left just before 9 am, no-one was wearing them. The store was uncrowded, clean, orderly, fairly well stocked except for the usual TP, flour, sugar, wipes, gel… not much was on sale and some prices had crept up but not as much as the local IGA where the G.O. does a weekly shop for his mum. My aunt however, who lives in a different but local area reports complete success and satisfaction with her Priority home delivery. I know one of the pickers; they really are doing their best efforts. Congrats on the TP.

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    • acflory

      -grin- Great minds really do think alike. I know the pickers do their best, but the catalogue simply doesn’t have the brands I usually buy. It’s weird. Like the pate. Last week I bought the only kind on the catalogue. It was…-makes pukey face- Today I found the real one without any issues. Maybe the central ‘store’ doesn’t have the same stuff as the local Eltham one. -shrug-
      Loved getting what I wanted but not going out again for a while. Hopefully things will settle down & personal shopping won’t be necessary.

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  • cagedunn

    Life is always about the little things.
    When I lived in the country (outdoor dunnies, bucket showers, tank water), I swore that every house in my future would have indoor plumbing.

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