I finally made it to the grocery store for a decent sized shop. DS and I went to Whole Foods since today was his day off. It really isn't as expensive as some people think. Like all stores it depends on what you buy. For organic, it can beat some of the other stores and some of their prices were lower than for regular produce or gluten free items in regular stores. I never find moldy produce there which is beginning to be more and more of a problem at one store I shop at. And it has more selection than say Trader Joe's, which I haven't been in in at least 9 months, because they were so draconian in their Covid practices.
I mean, the employees at TJ's were always rude, like shoving their way in front of you to stock something instead of waiting until you moved out of the way or rolling their eyes when the store layout had changed and you asked them were something was now, or when they discontinued an item that you bought a month before but they would lie and say that was discontinued months ago or a year ago. I've had a couple of them knock me off balance because they just run into you.
But their Covid practices were what really pushed it over they line. They were like 8 steps beyond what every other grocery store was doing. I swear I expected to end up in the disinfection scene from New Earth on Doctor Who or something.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htkUa_fVwCA But they were inconsistent on enforcing it between registers. And I got one too many rude cashiers when I asked why the other cashiers allowed you to stand in front of the plexiglass instead of making you wait 8 feet from the place where you could watch your prices ring up or start bagging your food, I was done. They were just snarling and one even swore at me and I swear I was polite. I've worked in the service industry, so I don't ever talk disrespectfully to employees even if they are being donkey hats as it gets you nowhere (and I never talked to customers that way either, no matter how exhausted I was). If you have rules, everyone should follow them, not just one sole cashier. There is nothing they have that I cannot get elsewhere anymore. Plus their parking is, pardon my English, utter crap. I was willing to put up with it when they were the only game in town, but they haven't been that for a long time.
Anyway, here is what I bought at Whole Foods:
2 uncured sliced meat selections (think chorizo, cappicola, etc.)
1 organic watermelon
2 jars of soy free Hoison sauce (first time I've found this)
2 whole organic rotisserie chickens
5 organic nectarines
1 2 lb bag organic French fries
1 box Lundberg's organic Spanish rice
4 boxes Jovial gluten free brown rice penne pasta
1 box almond flour crackers (gluten free)
1 jar organic dill pickle spears
1 box Vital Farms pasture raised butter (cheaper than Kerrygold)
1 box gluten free pancake mix
1 box gluten free organic cereal Cheetah Chomps (like Fruit Loops in concept, but healthy)
1 box of strawberry applesauce (4 shelf stable pouches)
1 small box organic baby spinach
8 Siggi's skyr yogurt (various flavors)
1 pint organic grape jelly
10 pouches organic baby food
1 box Annie's gluten free white cheddar and shells pasta
1 box Annie's gluten free cheddar and rice pasta
1 half gallon bottle of organic lemonade and iced tea (mixed)
1 bag with 7 colored bell peppers
1 head of cauliflower
1 lb sugar snap peas (which they rang up as a serrano, I see, which is a lot cheaper)
1 bunch green onions
1 6 inch piece daikon
2 heads of broccoli
1 large bok choy
3 lbs of dark red cherries
I spent $211.95 and that grocery cart was full. I didn't buy much meat because we have a ton in the freezer. I will have to go to one more store to buy milk, bread, gluten and soy free bread, uncured hot dogs, and then Whole Foods was sold out of ginger and black plums so I'd like to get those, too. I shouldn't have to buy much else during the next two weeks, depending on how the fruit lasts. It seems to not last as long with days in the 80's and 90's like right now. The garden is producing lettuce, raspberries, zucchini, patty pan squash, and cucumbers now and it looks like I will have a lot ready by next week.
Oh, and the organic baby food pouches are because my daughter's gastropaeresis is acting up again, which makes it very hard for her to digest fiber. This allows her to have some fruits and vegetables in a pureed form. And since it is all organic, it really isn't that much cheaper to do it myself. The convenience factor is worth it, though I will still puree any food I cook for her that can be pureed. Right now having a soft food diet gives her digestive system a chance to rest without sacrificing nutrition. It is very easy for her to become malnourished and I don't always have the stamina or freedom from pain to do it all myself anymore. That particular yogurt was also for her.
I did order a shade cloth from Amazon last night for the strawberries. It cost $30.46. It's 10 x 13 and the two beds together are 12 x 4. They are hooped so while I probably only needed 8 feet instead of 10 for the sides, this was what was available. The strawberries are really struggling in this unrelenting heat and they are in the garden bed that gets the most sun during the day. Watering well just has not been enough and I don't want to lose them. I will move them next spring to a bed that gets shade during the hottest part of the day, assuming those beds do get built in late August and September as planned. I know at least one will, but I don't know if all four will. The potatoes and tomatoes are thriving, but I don't know what is going on with my peppers this year. They are stunted. I need to fertilize with fish emulsion.
There is the sweetest young cat coming by. I think she is descended from Mrs. Norris, a stray cat that was pregnant a couple of years ago, because it looks just like her. This is the most beautiful tabby in the traditional grey and black stripes. I think it is about five or six months old. It is just shy of the lanky teenage cat stage. It looks healthy and like it is eating, and I saw it with a mouse once, but there is no collar and when you pet the friendly little thing it has a lot of flea poop that comes off its fur, so it is infested.
It is what I call friendly/wary, which makes me think it has been recently dumped or got loose, but was raised among humans until then. I am putting out fresh water for it, but mostly the neighbor is looking out for it. It'll wind around my legs and loves to be pet, but it will not let me pick it up. I do wash with soap anywhere it touches me, though, as soon as I go in. I'm not getting flea bites or taking fleas into the house. Any clothes it touches go straight into the washer.
I wish I wasn't allergic to cats and DS wasn't. I haven't had one since the cat I got when I was ten died when I was 26 and I do like my ability to breathe. But this cat just makes me want to adopt it. It is beautiful and sweet and has such lovely eyes. I'm afraid I might fall in love with it. It is hard to be the cat person you are when it makes you miserable to have one in your home. The neighbor is looking out for it and will probably adopt it or at least bring it in for the worst part of the winter. She's a soft touch and all of her cats for the last 3 decades have found her, not the other way around. I might buy a flea comb if it gets really comfy with me and see if I can't help it. And maybe a flea collar. Do they make break away flea collars these days?