I don’t live where I can get groceries delivered. I probably never will unless someone decides to start delivering to this area because, as I’ve said over and over, and probably say all night during my sleep . . I am never moving again!
When COVID first got bad, Vince and I didn’t go out at all. We did grocery pickup three times in 2-1/2 months. Milk was about the only thing we really needed during that time. Then . . either things got better or Vince got less concerned, and he began going to the grocery store. I’ve never gone out much. When Vince was in MO, we went out to eat a few times but I don’t go out much at all when he isn’t here. I still haven’t had a hair cut since February . . and it’s pretty obvious!
Here in MO, I needed so many things, and I needed things I want to look at I went to Walmart a few times. In the beginning they checked customers at the door and everyone had to wear a mask, though some took them off inside and no one said anything. Now, half the people have them on and half don’t.
Thursday morning I was in Walmart, had just made it inside the door and someone behind me was coughing like they were about to die. It was some woman, she walked right by me, within a couple of feet of me, still coughing and not wearing a mask. I don’t even know what to believe and I think it’s pretty obvious from “experts” that no one is even 100% sure masks will guarantee that you are not spreading the disease. Take into account that one time use masks are being worn over and over for months, people are making masks out of materials that were never intended to be used as protective gear and I don’t even know what I think but I do know I am not going out again if I can help it. But . . I wear a mask and would prefer the other people I’m around wear masks. Of course, I’m saying all this and Chad, Nicole and Addie go everywhere and never wear masks unless they’re required to do so (school for Addie) so my biggest exposure probably comes from them.
I’ve had friends whose doctors have told them that they truly expect it to get worse. It seems like the numbers being reported in our area of Texas are improving a lot but here in MO, it’s just awful. The county where we live has some of the highest numbers aside from cities like St. Louis, Springfield and Kansas City.
So, I’m back to ordering my groceries online and picking them up. I told Vince this morning that he can continue to go to the stores if he wants to but for the rest of my days, I’m doing pick up! It is so very easy and I’ve never been unhappy with anything.
I start making an order usually the same day I pick up one order. I got home from picking up my order this morning and a reader left a comment about a scone recipe using cinnamon chips so I added that to my next pickup order. I see a recipe I want to make and if I don’t have all the ingredients, I add what I need to my list and save the recipe.
This morning my pickup time was between 9 and 10. I “checked in” before leaving the house at about 8:45, drove the 5.1 miles to Walmart, got there at 9:00 on the dot, started calling to let them know and the guy walked out with my groceries. I put my window down a little, he asked my name, I asked how he knew it was me — I hadn’t even called in yet and he said “You’re the only person who has checked in for this time slot.” He put the groceries in the back of the car and I was driving away at 9:01. You just can’t beat that. It took about 25 minutes from the time I drove there, got my groceries and drove back and it took that long because almost the entire way, the speed limit is 35 mph.
I ordered two whole chickens, three 1 pound packages of ground beef and a chuck roast and asked that they all be frozen if possible (because I was just going to stick them in the freezer) and they were all frozen.
I saw today in an email I received from Aldi that some of their stores have curbside pickup available but the store here doesn’t so . . it’s Walmart for me til Aldi offers curbside pickup.