Yesterday Vince insisted we go to town again. Really . . it was to get Rita’s meds because the pharmacy didn’t have them all when we went Wednesday so we had to go back yesterday to get the others they ordered. But . . that was a trip to the pharmacy, not a trip to Walmart AND Aldi!
I did not want to go . . Friday before Thanksgiving. I didn’t need a thing. If I could have stayed home, I would have finished a knitting project.
We went to Walmart . . pretty uneventful. We went to Aldi. Oh, my goodness! It was packed in there. Every Aldi I’ve been in, the workers are stocking the shelves and it’s often hard to even get down the aisles. Add Grandma in her cart/buggy . . whatever you call the thing that she drives, or attempts to drive, and half the county in there shopping and it was gridlock.
We couldn’t go in and get just what we needed and get out because we didn’t need a darned thing. We were just parading up and down the aisles, looking at everything. Vince picks up about every third item and says “Don’t we need this?” My response, always the same “Nope! We don’t need anything!”
Grandma in her cart was not a very good driver. She’d go from the left side of the aisle to the right side of the aisle . . diagonally and stop halfway in between so there was no getting around her til she decided to move. And she was barking orders at her son or whoever that patient guy was with her. “Get me a bag of chocolate chips! NO! Not that kind, the other kind! Get me two. No . . get me one!” Secretly, I wanted to hand her Vince’s phone number and tell her she could call him any time and he would LOVE to take her shopping.
Same aisle . . just a little farther down, there were two old guys. Thinking back, they were probably about our age. They had parked their cart right in the middle of the aisle and walked back to look at something. Couldn’t get around them on either side. I hate grabbing someone else’s cart with all their stuff in it and shoving it out of my way. I was looking at their cart, trying to decide if I just bumped it with my front right wheel, would it move enough to where I could get by? The guys saw me and cheerfully came to move the cart. I said “You know, if you had thought about and planned just a bit better, you could have parked that cart smack dab in the middle of the aisle so no one could get by!”, which was, in fact, what they had done without even planning it.
They laughed, thinking I was joking. I kinda was . . they were having a good time shopping. I mostly was not joking or having a good time shopping!
Vince was behind me saying “I can’t believe you just said that! You’re going to get us thrown out of Aldi.” I turned around to face him, raised my eyebrows like I was thinking . . If that’s all it takes, there’s more where that came from!
Last night I was looking at a recipe and I said “I have everything to make this except pimiento.” Vince said “I can go back to the store one day this week and you can stay home!” What did he just say? I can stay home!
I’m thinking he’s realizing that I have spent too many days shopping and the crowds are more than I can handle and I may really embarrass him if he drags me to one more store. If only I had known that was all it takes!
That’s really funny…lost your “right”! Good for you.
It was AWFUL in the Sierra Vista Walmart. I had ordered my groceries and we picked up that order early yesterday morning. Was looking for the Cowboy some new jeans–I’ve had a terrible time finding the ones he likes, that fit–they have to be made in Mexico. I ordered from Wrangler the same exact jeans and they were made in Nicaragua or somewhere–the fit was just awful, so back they went. The frugal Cowboy thought maybe Walmart might have them–obviously the man does NOT get out often!! So, I went in Walmart and oh my goodness–there were two kids throwing fits before they ever got in the door and it went downhill from there. And of COURSE Walmart does NOT stock cowboy type Wranglers!! I came out of Walmart and Michael was sitting in the pickup with Emmi–he had the pistol right beside him. He said the folks coming out of that Walmart were dang scary–and he sent me in there!!! MEN!! I told him to not ever think of sending me in Walmart for cowboy cut Wranglers ever again or he would be wearing those dang ugly skinny jeans guys wear these days! ??
Dar in NC says
ROFLOL!!!!! The visual on the pickup cab scene… too funny!!!
I’m with you-I don’t like grocery shopping and especially right now for the next 2 months! Love your couple stories. mary
I don’t like to shop on any holiday or the first of the month … People are rude and nasty.. So its like either very late at night or very early.
Nelle Coursey says
Now that is funny! Pat has decided he needs to go shopping with me every time I go. I have a list, he stops and looks at everything, I have a mission! He picks things up and looks at them then says maybe we can get this sometime. I just tell him to put it in the cart! He doesn’t always do that. Sometimes he says “why don’t we buy this kind of whatever” and I have to remind him we tried that once and he didn’t like it!
Sherry in NC says
I am so glad that I just retired from working at the grocery store! The next two months would have been way to stressful. Now I can enjoy the holidays in peace for a change.
Susan Nixon says
I used to love shopping at the 24-hour Kroger at 5 am. I had to get my son to work for several months, and I would shop every week on the way home. NO ONE was there! LOL
Judy H says
In a pinch you can use regular roasted red bell peppers for pimentos.
I was at our grocery store at 6:00 am yesterday to avoid the crowds. I kept putting it off because it’s been packed all week, and when I woke up early yesterday I decided to just get up and go. I was there ten minutes after they opened and there were already about 8 cars in the lot. Shopping was a breeze and I was home before my husband got out of bed! Maybe you should try beating Vince up and out the door in the morning so that you can shop alone! LOL