Our local Safeway opened from 6:00 to 9:00 am for seniors only. I went at 5:45, hoping to be first in line. There was already a line of about 20, half of which were NOT seniors.
At long last when the door opened, they all made a beeline ... practically running ... to the toilet paper aisle. I circumvented their route and went for eggs. AND I FOUND THEM!!! I have to say, Safeway has fallen short in these trying times. They only get four trucks a week from their distribution center, wherever that is, and they have not kept up at all. Almost every aisle was empty due to hoarding and apparent short supply.
They did have toilet paper however and were finally limiting people to just one package. I got my eggs, one bag of cookies for pie crust and one bag of rice (there were only two bags on the shelf). My plan is to donate the rice to the food bank if I don't truly need it.
Back home, I called Miss Patty to give her the bad news about Safeway. She said let's go to Fry's. Okie doke! We were off on another adventure, without any protective gear, face masks or gallons of disinfectant. Living on the edge in true buccaneer style.
What should my eyes see when we walked in the door at 8:30? GROCERIES!!! Who knew!! For whatever reason this grocery store is chock full of everything. They have been in overdrive keeping up with the demand fairly easily.
Although they were short on paper towels (what are people using all those for?), toilet paper and disinfectant wipes, they had every shelf well stocked. I did pick up some macaroni just in case, along with yeast, sugar and one whole chicken. The extent of MY hoarding consisted of a total of 3 dozen eggs and two bags of sugar. Between Patty and I, we didn't even fill one basket.
What an adventure THAT was. Either Fry's really has their act together (which they do) or the hoarding has subsided. Here's the OTHER thing ... Fry's has extended their "senior hours" to every day between 6 and 7 am. I think just that little change has allowed people to relax knowing they can get back to the store every day if needed.
In an effort to clean out my freezer, I finally finished off the last of the fish. Doesn't it look lovely on the package? This stuff sucks, but I ate it anyway. Crispy outside, yes, but inside, half the thickness you see in the picture, including all the brown flesh that tastes terrible. BUT I ATE IT!!!
The weirdest part of the day was when I realized at 10:00 in the morning, that was it. My big adventure was over in a flash and I had nothing left to do FOR THE ENTIRE DAY!!
I did discover four limes in the fridge that needed to be used up, so I made that no-bake cheesecake, running the mixer for a full five minutes until my arm felt like it would fall off. If nothing else, I will have a nice tasty desert to go with whatever horrible concoction I fix for dinner.
Into the freezer it goes in my springform pan. I did want to mention one thing I whipped up and have been eating for the last week. I cooked up onions and mushrooms in butter (can't go wrong there), added in cooked chicken from the store, then when almost done I drizzled in some cream with a teaspoon of dijon mustard. I'm not a mustard fan, but this came out delicious!!! Who knew dijon was so good?
I wandered around the house like a zombie the rest of the day, looking for something to do. I better come up with something soon, because opening that fridge door every few minutes is going to make my electric bill skyrocket.
Things are definitely slowing down in Arizona. I'm hoping the travel ban will be lifted and we can all get back to some shade of normal very soon and maybe the spring breakers can go have fun at last.
Remember folks, we are all in this together. Be kind to your fellow humans.