My new friend.

I guess I've been staying in and around my house too much these days. I don't go grocery shopping unless I've got a list of items to get. And I'm quite specific about what I will buy, except for the occasional treat(s) for myself.

Not quite 2 weeks ago I decided to go to Trader Joe's. And it was so crowded there! I literally thought...what is going on here? The shelves were mostly empty. I was mostly confused. I was thinking "I've lost my mind" or maybe "I was having a dream!"

And then I put 2+2 together...and I came up with the new REALITY! Everybody was buying everything...because nobody wanted to run out of anything! I just stood in an aisle and watched the crowds around me.

OH....it's the virus. And we're all on a staycation.  And I left TJs.

But there are more people than ever because the kids are at home! No more school. It's homeschooling, Zoom, online classes for littlest ones, too.

Now I'm much wiser. I shop at Dan's Produce, Safeway, TJ's, Encinal Market, and Chestnut/Encinal Market. And I attempt to do it when there are fewer folks around. Oh, and I heard a friend say she shops at Grocery Outlet (Bargain Market).

Keeping the Bargain Market in mind, I went over there about 4 weeks ago, and checked it out. And I got a huge package of toilet paper, a huge package of paper towels, along with some frozen food, fresh fruit and veggies. Fairly productive, I thought.

Our city halls, offices, schools, theatres, restaurants, etc. are closed, (except for call-in orders that you can pay for, grab, and go or have delivered to you, OR if there's an emergency you can call the police or fire departments.), It's a new way of living.

But a highlight for me was Lorena. She works at the newer Safeway on the west end. I noticed she was at the deli counter, immediately to my right, as I walked in. There was a guy who was having her ring up his non-deli items. Keep that in mind, Miss Marilyn.

I found what I wanted easily..but the lines were horrendous. I sauntered over to the deli. Lorena was alone. I started to ask her if...and then she waved to me ...."bring your stuff here!"

We had a lovely chat together, and I introduced myself to her. She said I could pay for anything that I needed whenever she was there. We talked about the craziness that seems to be encircling the world. We left each other with a hug.

You're right....it's not the way we play, now. We need to keep it '6 feet social distancing.' Oh well. Carry on.

live richly, marilyn


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