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The Land of Plenty? Not at the Moment.

I know many of us are sick of hearing about the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Unfortunately, this is our reality for a while. We must all be cognizant of our health and lifestyles right now. There’s a lot of fear and anxiety rippling through the world.

I thought it would be fun to focus on a side-effect of all this: how our grocery shopping has changed. I was inspired by a request from my husband that I go buy some kitty litter today. I was slightly irked because I hadn’t planned to go anywhere, but I agreed since he was painting the living room.

I’d hoped to avoid crowds as I walked into the store on such a cold, rainy day. The parking lot didn’t look too bad. I was able to snag a close parking space and felt cautiously optimistic.

While I didn’t want to go to the store at all, I’m no fool. I took advantage of being there and bought groceries. Well, I bought what I could. Many of the shelves were bare or low on merchandise. Kitty litter was one of those items that was in high demand, but I managed to obtain a 20 pound jug of a brand I’ve never used. My hubby wasn’t happy with the brand, but I was thrilled to find any at all.

Inspired by my shopping excursion, I turned to social media, asking my friends what products they’ve had difficulty finding. Toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and Lysol Spray are the ones most difficult to find, as I suspected. I was surprised by the rest.

Flour and yeast rated highly on my list of difficult items to find. I can attest to the flour. I bought the last bag of flour from a big box store a couple weeks ago. They had a few packets of yeast at that time, and I bought one three-packet strip. It appears my timing was perfect.

I was surprised to hear that pasta, pasta sauce, pizza crust mix, pizza sauce, dried beans, milk, eggs, and rubbing alcohol were in short supply and nonexistent in some areas.

We are accustomed to finding what we need on grocery store shelves. If one store is out of a product, the chances are good that another store in the area has it. Well, that’s the way it used to be.

We will return to normal soon. It may be a few months, but the days of businesses being open, flights full, sporting events with thousands of fans in attendance, and full grocery shelves will come again.

In the meantime, we need to take care of ourselves and do the best with what we have. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you luck in finding toilet paper, pasta sauce, and all of your other supplies.

Stay healthy and happy, my friends.

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