“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”

This morning has been a delight. I had to drive to Bourne to have my car serviced, but they didn’t charge me though the two years of free maintenance has passed. It didn’t take very long. I decided to go down cape to do a bit of shopping, and while I was on the highway, my car hit the 10,000 mark. I wished I had a few balloons and some champagne. I took Route 151 to Mashpee Commons to do my shopping. I don’t often get on that side of the cape so I figured I’d take full advantage. Yellow and red leaves filled the trees along the roadside. Houses had pumpkins and Halloween decorations in the fronts of their houses. It was a fun ride.

To continue my good luck, I found a parking space right across from the store, Williams Sonoma, where I wanted to shop. We always thank the God of Parking when we find the perfect space so I did. That spot was a good thing as the filled shopping bag was a bit heavy. I had planned on that being my only stop, but I decided to stop at the Organic Market as I needed bread. I should know by now that I never just buy a single thing. I bought bagels, green salsa, chicken, bananas, palm oil, coconut peanut butter, two kinds of rice and a half dozen eggs, two of which broke on the way home, my only bad luck of the day. I loaded up the car and went home a different way: Route 149 off of 28. It is a small road, one lane on each side, houses back off the road, old cemeteries and towering trees, now filled with color. I was a bit sorry when I finally reached the highway.

I have a lead foot when it comes to highway driving. Today I was going 70 when someone came up behind me so I pulled over into the inside lane and slowed down to keep pace with the traffic. I looked in my rear view mirror and saw blinking blue lights, a state trooper’s car in obvious pursuit. I thought I was doomed. I kept looking and then I saw a car about three behind me pull over followed by the police car right behind him. I had escaped.

Today is cloudy but warm. The sun looks as if it is ready to make an appearance. I have had a great morning, and I didn’t need the sun.

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14 Comments on ““The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Tonight, the Family KTCC can settle in to Monday Night Football and watch The Prince’s Uncle, Eric Fisher, and his friends on the Kansas City Chiefs. Eric is not too difficult to spot – at 6″ 8″ tall his Number 72 is rather large. He is the left tackle.

    It is fair to say that our household will be tuned in and have little interest in the exploits of the Chiefs opponent and their University of Michigan Quarterback.

    Enjoy the game tonight Kat, and only a few more days until your Detroit Tigers start their next post season adventure.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I will be watching that game and will hope Eric has a good one, but you know where my allegiance lies. I hope Eric’s good game will not be at the expense of my boys and their University of Michigan Quarterback.

      Yup, my Detroit Tigers will have my full attention. They are now my team!

  2. olof1 Says:

    I picked home my car from the garage today and I’ll go back there tomorrow before the annual vehicle inspection since the engine light that now has been turned off so many times still insists on shining like a little star 🙂

    I’m pretty sure it will continue to shine through the inspection and if I have a little bit of luck they won’t bother about it. It turns out that they don’t care if it shines if the car is made until a certain year, they, at the garage, couldn’t remember if my car belonged to those though and I guess I’ll know tomorrow 🙂

    Pretty nice weather here too today, just enough warm to leave the sweater at home while walking with the dogs.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I had read you were using a loaner while your car was being fixed. My sister had a car with the engine light on and was refused her inspection sticker. She had to ride around with a rejected sticker. She took all back roads until she could get the car fixed. Here they don’t care if the car is brand new. The light will always mean rejection.

      I’ve got both doors opened and the window in my bedroom; however, that isn’t going to last long as it will start to get seasonably cold later in the week.

      Have a great evening!

      • olof1 Says:

        I’m afraid I’ll get the same problem. I wouldn’t mind if there actually was a problem we could fix 🙂 If it doesn’t pass I’ll have one month to get it fixed and if it still shines after that I’m not allowed to drive either. There must be some way to fix this I hope.

      • katry Says:

        Christer,
        My sister’s got fixed, but I don’t know how. I read your blog already today, haven’t commented yet, and I see all the problems the inspectors found. It seems the light is a small one. Can the light be turned off manually so it never shines?

  3. Birgit Says:

    Happy 10,000 red car! My last car, a small Renault, reached ~135,000 km (~ 85,000 miles) when too much rust forced me to dump it. Our cars have to pass a safety inspection every 2 years. No car since then. It was fun and life is sometimes easier with a car but I don’t really need one.
    Your food list looks delicious. The advantage or disadvantage of shopping by bike is that I usually don’t bring home more food than needed. I hate shopping and I certainly won’t ride twice.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I gave my sister my last car which happened to have 85,000 miles on it. She has had it for 2 years. I had one car which made it to 135,000 miles, my old Toyota Tercel.

      We have an annual inspection. My cars have all passed over the years.

      I hate shopping too and have my groceries delivered after I shop on line, but this store had so many different things it wasn’t like regular shopping. The chicken wings were pre-cut which is great for making my chicken appetizer and they had boned and skinned chicken thighs which many of my recipes call for.

      The number of dog and cat food cans I buy would never make it if I were riding a bicycle. The litter alone is i a 40 pound bag.

      I’m looking forward to trying some of the food I bought today.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I don’t get out of the grocery store with one item ever. There’s always something that comes to mind while I’m in there. I’ve taken to using the little carry basket on the theory that I will have to stop when it gets too heavy to lug.

    I do love it when I think that the police are after me but pull some other deserving offender over instead. 🙂

    At the moment I’m typing with one hand. I’ve got a dog under each elbow and both are demanding scratches.

    Enjoy the evening. It sounds like the day was almost perfect.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Neither do I. Sometimes I remember things I need while other times I see things I want. Today was seeing things I want more than need.

      I laughed at your second paragraph. That’s exactly how I feel. I love it even more when it is a car which sped passed me and got caught further up. That’s worth an out loud laugh.

      Gracie is in her crate but often lies against me so I have to pat her with one hand. I know what you’re going through.

      Thanks! The day was wonderful. I even took a nap in the early afternoon.

      Have a great evening!

      • Caryn Says:

        The driver that gets bagged after rudely blowing by me is an occasion for the victory fist and an emphatic YES! followed by an evil laugh. 😀

      • katry Says:

        Caryn,
        I’m with you on the fist and the YES! The laugh is critically important!

  5. Aimee Says:

    Kat, I now go in to the grocery store with a list and attempt to stay focused. Today ice cream sandwiches came home so sadly I was tempted. My next trip this week I’ll bike for sure …watching MNF also tonight but flipping over to The Voice when allowed ! Have a nice evening.

    • katry Says:

      Aimee,
      I keep a list of what I’m out of and then I have my usuals. I order Peapod delivery so I tend to buy only what I need. The trouble starts when I go to the local gourmet store which sells amazing items including exotic cheese, crackers, meat and already made meals. I never leave without filling at least one bag. Not going is the only safe choice.

      I am watching the Patriots lose quite badly so I’ll be looking to change the channel.

      Enjoy the rest of your evening!


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