Grocery shopping amid the Pandemic

 

Today I ventured out of the house for the first time in 2 weeks. I feel like I won the “get-out-of-jail-free” card (Monopoly), even if the only place I could go was to the grocery store.  If you read my blog last week you’ll remember that we have been self-isolating since our return from Florida and while we have been fortunate to have family and friends drop off the essentials we needed to re-stock the freezer and pantry.

Hunger or Boredom?

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I’m not sure if it’s boredom, hunger or if now that I am working from home that I notice, but WOW can my kids eat, alot! This week alone they have polished off a 30 pack of eggs, 5 bags of milk and 4 loaves of bread. This was almost enough for me to consider getting some backyard chickens, a cow and making my own bread….almost! One thing I will say about being cooped up at home with limited food – it’s amazing what you find at the bottom of your deep freeze. For example, my husband told me we have enough frozen fruit to make smoothies everyday for a month, however, that butter supply he made fun of me for – well it turns out that we were on our last one.

 

To market, to market 

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This past week has been filled with me asking friends and family what it was really like out there in the grocery stores. I felt like I needed to be prepared for what to expect going in so that I could ease my anxiety a little. I got some great advice and as it turns out, for once social media has also been pretty accurate on what to expect at certain stores, for example – leave your reusable bags at home or in your trunk, line ups, etc. So this morning my husband and I left the house early to head out to Costco before they opened and get enough food to hopefully last our family more than a week. We got there early as I had been warned about the long lineup to get into the store, we got in line, respected the 6-foot rule, had our hand sanitizer, etc. and soon enough we made our way into the store. I must say I was impressed at how well Costco has looked after keeping its staff and customers safe. I think my worry about going to get groceries amid the Pandemic stems from the fact that my daughter returns to work tomorrow at a supermarket. Having a large family (including a wee babe in the house), I worry about what she may be exposed to and bring back into the house. I worry that there are people out there who have also returned recently from travel and ignored the 14-day mandatory self -isolation rule. I am still hearing every day that people are ignoring the social distancing measures that have been put in place by our government and are risking the health of themselves and others.

Home Again, Home Again

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We left Costco with a cart full to the the brim and now it was time to head home and unpack our groceries. How many of you you have seen the video about washing your groceries when you get home, everything from your fruit and vegetables to pizza boxes? To be honest, up until now I had only watched a few minutes as all the information seemed overwhelming. Have you also had a chance to read this article disputing some of the original “tips”? I read the article before finishing watching the whole video and quite honestly a lot of his fact-finding made a whole lot of sense. 

I already remove the packaging from my fruit and vegetables and put them into Tupperware, the same with the Club size packs of meat. I am not a fan of Lysol, I find the smell overwhelming and nauseating and did you know when using Lysol wipes to disinfect that the surface must remain wet for 10 minutes? (Lysol.com)  I prefer to wash my hands regularly, especially when handling food and use soap and water to clean the outside of any plastic or cardboard surfaces. I realize this is a hot topic right now and one with varied opinions, how are you shopping amid the Pandemic? Are you sanitizing your groceries when you get them home? 

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2 thoughts on “Grocery shopping amid the Pandemic

  1. Great post! It’s definitely a different world out there. The line up, the 6 feet apart and the hand sanitizer i expected. The thing I didn’t expect that bothered me terribly was the lack of eye contact and friendly smiles from other shoppers. The vibe is completely off and I felt it. I had a bit of a cry session in my car after so the next grocery run will be done by my partner. Stay healthy and safe… and we will get through this!

    • Hi Emma,
      Yes that was weird. My husband went to hold the door open for someone and was put off at first went she said no thanks. Then he remembered she was waiting for him to go in, as to keep the 6’ distance.
      I tried to be friendly with the cashiers and thanked them, as I would hope one would do for my daughter. I am going to say it was likely the stress but they seemed soured. I am lucky to work from home, while my job is rarely public facing I can’t image the stress I would face everyday going out to work if it was.

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