“The grocery store is the great equalizer where mankind comes to grips with the facts of life like toilet tissue”

Okay, I admit it: I didn’t go grocery shopping yesterday. I just couldn’t bring myself to go do that odious chore; however, today I have to go and have ample reasons why, the most pressing being I am just about out of toilet paper. I suppose after I finish here, I’ll put on a brave face and head out to Stop & Shop.

This morning I had a library board meeting. The day was overcast and cool when I left the house just before nine. Since then, the sun has poked out of the clouds a couple of times but hasn’t yet decided to stay. I don’t mind. I like today. I like the stillness of the air and the light grey of the sky, but most of all I like the way the colors of the flowers seem to pop out of their gardens against the backdrop of the grey sky.

June is such a peculiar month. Some days are so hot it seems more like deep August while days like today, in the low 60’s, are more like April when we see the first stirrings of spring. I’m wearing a sweatshirt, and the air from the open window is making the room feel cold; however, I haven’t resorted to shoes. Sandals are now my preferred footwear.

The deck needs a bit of sweeping again but only because of leaves. All the pollen is gone, and the tables and chairs are still clean. I was just out there while I was talking on the phone, and I watered plants and picked up leaves as I chatted. It was my sister with an update on the baby. He has been moved to the NICU because of issues with his pancreas. He is tubed and has his own nurse keeping watch. My poor niece, who is mostly bed-bound, has seen little of her baby and thinks he’ll feel like an orphan. That will never happen with my sister around. She’ll keep him company. Last night it was for an hour before he ate and fell asleep. The nurses say he is a little finicky and screams as soon as he needs a diaper change. The other babies in the NICU are preemies and a set of twins together weigh less than Declan. My niece has been assured that the baby be fine though he may not be ready to go home with her on Thursday. We’ll see what happens.

I wish I had so much more to say so I could delay finishing but sadly I don’t. Stop and Shop time is getting closer.

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13 Comments on ““The grocery store is the great equalizer where mankind comes to grips with the facts of life like toilet tissue””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Ah, toilet paper! One of the things I always forget when I need it the most 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Mostly cloudy here today and somewhat cool, but I don’t mind. Days like these are easier to work on during summer. June up here is either hot and dry or cool and wet like it is this year. Statistically if May is warm and dry June will get cool and wet. If June is cool and wet July will be hot and dry. Well that’s statistically, in the real world the entire summer can be nasty cold and rainy 🙂 I just hope that we didn’t have our summer in May 🙂

    The swedish team was so bad yesterday that we have a slim to nothing chance of getting to the quarter finals. But I can still hope for the danish and English teams to go on 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Hedley Says:

      Watching the Greeks take a terrible beating, a real morale booster for an already fragile psyche.
      We hope that Sweden is already depressed for Friday and Ibra is spending most of his time working on his pony tail and looking generally indignant
      Come on England

      • olof1 Says:

        Poor Greeks 🙂

        But England has always had problems beating Sweden in football and I think we’ll be tough to win over this time.

        🙂 🙂 🙂 You really got Ibra there 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’ve read he was furious after yesterdays match, not about the pony tail though 🙂 🙂 It will be a totally different team when we meet. But what ever happens I do hope England goes to the quarter finals, at least!

    • Kat Says:

      Toilet paper and cat food are usually what get me shopping. Today I needed both. I had a full trunk of groceries when I got home.

      It is 67° here now which is about the warmest of the day. There is a good breeze so it feels a bit cooler, but I like it. I was just out filling the birdbath and clearing off the walking stoned to the shower. Gracie has again dug a huge hole.

      Sorry about your Swedish team!

  2. Birgit Says:

    You don’t have to buy toilet paper:
    but I have to admit, I prefer the go-to-store-and-buy-it method 😉

    Hopefully the baby of your niece recovers soon.
    (Fortunately intensive care is available.)

    • Kat Says:

      OH my God, Birgit,
      I’ll go shopping a heartbeat before I’d make toilet paper. Here I was complaining about a trip to the grocery store and some poor souls had figured out a way to make toilet paper. Well, it’s not for me!

      When I was in Africa and I’d visit some guy friends who lived about 100 miles from me, I’d go into their bathroom and they offered Readers Digest as toilet paper. I learned to bring my own!

      I even bought travel toilet paper when I went back last summer. In the old days I never left home without it so I figured I might need it. I did!

  3. Zoey & Me Says:

    It’s amazing what technology has provided to save babies and newborns. My prayers are with you and hope he gets home soon. We being empty nesters have developed the one stop shop syndrome. What’s needed gets called in and I pick it up on the way home. I probably hit the different stores (depending upon where I am on the island) four times a week. So our Saturday ritual of big shopping is gone. But it’s just us, so if coffee or sugar runs low, I stop on the way and buy it. Yesterday it was ice cream.

    • Kat Says:

      Thanks, Z&Me,
      Prayers won’t hurt!

      I usually buy just what I need at a small, delightful store near Stop & Shop. It is more expensive, but it is wonderful. Inside are several counters which are small shops.There is a pizza/Mexican place which delivers, a fish market, butcher shop, cheese counter and deli, a pastry shop, a prepared food shop, a liquor store and a small grocery store with just about everything you’d need. If they don’t have it, you tell them, and it is there when you go again. I love shopping there!

      • Zoey & Me Says:

        We have one! Petty’s Meat Market just north of a major cross over to Satelite beach north of Pineda. It’s a hike for us to get down there but like your international flavor, it’s worth the drive for special dinners. If we sold out here we’d move closer to a town called Viera which is just a few miles from Petty’s. I’d love that.

  4. Bob Says:

    Thank goodness for toilet paper. The Reader’s Digest’s pages seem too small for use as toilet paper to my way of thinking, but I guess in a pinch it would have to work. Our grandparents didn’t have the luxury of rolled, soft tissue paper. They had to struggle in an outdoor facility, during rain and cold nights with dried corn cobs, ‘Ouch’ or pages from the Sears mail order catalog. In those days the Sears book was not printed on glossy paper but on nice soft paper similar to newsprint. They would read the catalog wish list while seated and they tear off the page before leaving.

    Things like soccer games pale in comparison to the health and well-being of your niece’s baby. I wish both of them to get well soon.

    • Kat Says:

      I think the guys figured it was fine, but I hated using the magazine. I never visited them without bringing my own paper, but that was usual. We always traveled with TP in Ghana.

      It’s funny-I have no idea about my grandparents as children living in the city. They probably did have outhouses but it wasn’t anything I ever thought to ask.

      Thank you!!!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Sending positive thoughts to Declan that he gets well and can go home as soon as possible.
    Modern toilet paper is definitely one of the boons of science. As long as it’s not the cheap stuff. Government toilet paper used to be of the cheap variety. It looked like the old math paper we got in school. It even had wood chips still in it. It could cut delicate skin and very often did.
    Grocery shopping is evil. I complain about it frequently and am usually told that there is always Peapod. I won’t use Peapod yet. I figure that is admitting defeat. 🙂
    Raining and dismal up here. So far I have vacuumed the house AND the porch, done the dishes and some laundry. I don’t know what’s gotten in to me. Could be I’m avoiding grocery shopping. 😀
    Enjoy the day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Thanks for the positive thoughts for Declan. He actually drank milk yesterday for the first time. He did not know how to suck at first so they had to feed him from an eye dropper. He figured it out and is on his way!

      I never buy cheap toilet paper. That is something on which I would never skimp. I want softness, not coarse tissue paper!

      Like you I have given PePod some thought, but I wouldn’t consider it a defeat but rather a far better use of my time than traipsing up and down aisles.

      Raining and dismal here too. The room is dark save for the light from my computer. I’m even considering a nap already.

      My nephew is taking me out to dinner tonight so I have doe nothing but shower-would hate to overtax myself!

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