Date: 4 December 2020. Thanksgiving
2020 and Shopping.
Thanksgiving for me is the start
of my favorite time of the year. I love turkey, especially the
stuffing. Now that I know how to make stuffing without the bird...
well, making a full turkey dinner has less appeal. However the day
before Thanksgiving I was feeling young, ambitious and full of
energy. A neighbor took me to
I do so like
shopping, versus buying. Fellows with a List that go into a store,
follow their written list without deviation, and then head for
checkout are the bane of my existence. I know... it is perhaps not a
totally rough life for me!
We arrived at Walmart about noontime. The store was packed. There
was a decided lack of one essential item:
Photo ↑ taken 24
November 2020, at the
Walmart store on Bay Pines in St. Petersburg,
I had hoped to purchase my Charmin, Ultra Gentle with Aloe. It was
unavailable though I did find this pseudo-TP.
The word "strong" in a discount toilet paper title generally means
"dang near sandpaper" and isn't for me. I do admit to being a toilet
paper snob. I like the good stuff. Specifically, that's Charmin
Ultra Gentle in the green packaging.
Note: Aboard Seaweed the bottom of my head was
just at the waterline. I considered this a safety hazard. Should a
hose come off theoretically water could come into the boat. Also, if
the head was just 6" higher she would be above the waterline.
Thus a box was
constructed by my friend Tom McArthur many years ago. It raises the
head those critical
six inches. Never one to let storage space go empty, that locker is
where I store my Charmin toilet paper.
I continue to be thankful for the little things that
turn out to be far more important
than anticipated at inception. This locker has been and continues to
be a real gem.
That Wednesday before Thanksgiving however I suspect that last
minute shoppers thought "as long as I'm here I might as well stock
up" while doing their normal purchasing. Although I had Charmin on
my list, there was none to be had.
article for details on how I keep track of needed and wanted items.
Recently I have become more adept at
utilizing my phone for communicating.
I sent the gent who drove me to the store a
picture of the Great Value (Walmart's house brand) TP via a
text message. He did
want the toilet paper, so I added it to my basket.
When shopping having the ability to
send a picture to a friend in another part of the store is a real
benefit. For instance, when in Winn Dixie (a southern United
States grocery store chain) I spotted spaghetti sauce at what I
considered a good price. I sent a picture to my friend who said
"yes, please" to the price. He and his partner wanted four, so is
now well stocked at a good price...
As has been my usual
practice since moving aboard Seaweed nearly 14 years ago, I begin
decorating for Christmas on Thanksgiving day. The first thing that
went up was a gift from last year's holiday Girls Luncheon. Cheryl
gave me a cool holiday dish towel. Details on our fun meal can be
found in the
Spinners restaurant in St. Pete (island chain)
One of my favorite gifts
was this turtle towel:
Cheryl knows I love Christmas.
She also remembered that I decorate for each season. My "decorating"
is the purchase of a new galley dish towel. The turtle towel is nifty.
That went up first. Thanks Cheryl!
Then I needed chocolate
coffee. That is a necessity this time of the year.
Miniature marshmallows take my beverage up a notch.
The marshmallows were intended for sweet potatoes.
My recipe for chocolate coffee can be found in the
As Winter Approaches
Once shopping was complete I came home, stored my groceries
then rested. I knew I would need to be refreshed for Thanksgiving
day activities. Plus there is that new Sage green paperwhite and
Gutenberg... be still my heart. I love to read, especially when
the weather turns chilly.
As for Turkey Day, a neighbor
had invited me to watch football and eat bird with some of
the men. I declined. Instead I invited him to come to Seaweed to
help put up my Christmas decorations. He opted for football. We both
did exactly what we wished. I know I had a great time.
The beginning ↑
of Christmas aboard Seaweed...
Of course I'm still not done
with the decorations. Not a single Christmas card written. None of
the holiday crafts I send to friends and family are started. Nothing
is done -- except I've finally got a new article up, so there is
you for reading. I appreciate that.
I'd love to hear what you did for Thanksgiving.
And, when do you normally decorate for Christmas?
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