As those of you who follow my blog (all 16 of you!) will know, Saturday morning is grocery shopping. Today I deemed it wise to set off early, which in my case was 8:30. But not early enough!
When I arrived at the store there was a lineup of 20-30 people all with their shopping carts at the ready. The store manager had deemed the store too full to accept any more customers. We could see through the windows huge lineups at the cashiers and people were streaming out with loaded buggies, and I mean loaded, obviously stockpiling in case the grocery stores were closed or ran out of essentials. After 20 minutes of waiting without the line moving I gave up and came home as I hadn`t had breakfast and was getting thoroughly chilled.
Time passed. I did a few chores, had lunch, had a nap, read my book. By 4:00 p.m. I deemed the rush to stockpile would be past so toddled off to the store again. Luckily it is fairly close. This time there was no lineup, there were even some buggies available so things were definitely looking up! The aisles were not too jammed for me to get around and, although some shelves were empty, almost everything on my list was still there. The only thing I couldn`t find was my preferred extra old cheddar cheese but there were other types still in plenty. It was a bizarre experience.
The best part was that the store had laid on extra cashiers so I was able to walk right up to the checkout and actually completed my shopping trip in record time. Only problem, I was half way through putting away the groceries before I remembered to WASH MY HANDS!
An update on yesterday: now the community centres and libraries are closed until at least April 6th. Any suggestions on how to fill my days till then?