Saturday, September 12, 2009


After I finally managed to pull myself away from the computer and put it on pause, which is a nifty invention, I walked the poor dog, who had been so patient, and when I came back I made my grocery list. It is basically the same one I always make, give or take a few items, but I still have to make it, because I'm forgetful and will walk out of the store having forgotten something. As it is, I double check my list when I am done shopping.

I made sure my wallet with my money and my bankcard were in my purse and I grabbed my big shopping bag and got my bike outside. Then I very merrily rode it to the store where the parking lot was filled with cars and the bike rack was filled with bikes, but I did find a spot to park mine. I got the dog's food first and his Bonzo bones and when I walked out of the aisle I saw that Wieckse Witte was on sale. That's the pale beer that I like to drink so much. Without giving it a second thought I grabbed a six pack and put it in my basket.

Then it was on to the rest of the groceries. I squeezed my way past other shoppers to get everything I needed and also bought ten liters of milk, which should last me five days. I bought two liters of fresh juice and two pieces of Brie amongst other things.

The good thing is that there are always a lot of check out stands open and there rarely are long lines there. I had only two people ahead of me, so I was done there quickly. The fun part is stowing all the groceries in my bicycle bags and my shopping bag. Somehow I make it all fit, but the bike is heavy when I'm done and I'm always more insecure about riding it with the heavy shopping bag on my handlebar.

I had to stop at the tobacco shop and also buy a lighter, because mine had died and I had been using matches that weren't working very well, causing me much frustration. The man in the shop had my tobacco on the counter before I could even say what I wanted. So I'm a preferred customer, I guess. He does have to special order my tobacco. And now I've got a decent lighter.

When I got home, Jesker was behind the door waiting for me. He was very curious about the shopping and wanted some food right away, which he chowed down while growling at the cats who came too close. I unloaded all the bags and then poured myself a beer and put the rest in the refrigerator. I've had one beer now and I think that is enough. It tasted nice and that is what that was all about. There's no need to make a beer fest out of it.

I am financially just going to make it until payday, which is the 20th. I thought I was going to have to borrow money, but I won't have to, so that's a big relief. I had some extra expenses and I was worried about not making it this month, but I am. I've nickled and dimed everything to death, that's why I bought the beer, to celebrate.

I just ate some Brie and it was delicious. I have forgotten how expensive Brie tastes, but this cheap stuff is alright. You can't go wrong for 85 cents.

All I have left to do now is walk the dog and clean up the kitchen a bit. I'm looking forward to putting on my pajamas and my bathrobe and laying down on the sofa. I want to hunker down. Do some cocooning. All cozy in my own space.

Oh, I've got to water the plants, Mustn't forget that.

Have a good night, be cozy and safe.



Friend of the Bear said...

Two posts in one day = a double treat!

Glad the supermarket went OK. It's usually not as bad as you think it will be. Although saying that I got caught in a very long queue myself yesterday with only one person on the checkout ...

It's an achievement to make ends meet so you deserve a beer!

Hope you have a good night,
Bearfriend xx

Maggie May said...

I have read your last two posts after being out all day at a kite festival.
The Exfactor is very kind & generous. You water colour pad will be very useful. Why are you calling yourself Nora again?
I like the idea of having a shower & putting on pyjamas early. That is what I intend to do. Very cosy.
Enjoy what is left of the evening. X

Frances said...

Yay you. I read both the last two posts together and may have commented on this one on the other, who knows?
Anyway, sounding good and glad you have some nice beer.

VioletSky said...

Hey, Nora
glad you enjoyed this 'chore' of grocery shopping that you weren't looking forward to in the previous post! Beer and Brie... I might have to head out to do some grocery shopping myself, now.
And croquettes - I miss those, though I still have mayonnaise with my fries, always.

Babaloo said...

Kudos to you, for managing to get 10 liters of milk, plus beer, plus all the other stuff home safely on your bike. That sounds like a heavy load indeed.

Now you can relax and enjoy the weekend!

Gail said...

...and it was a good day!

Wisewebwoman said...

Your name does pop up on the images surrounding your blog, maybe you should check that out.
I'm always amazed at your bicycle skills.
PS I just borrowed my first Elizabeth George on your recommendation! Not started yet.