Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Giving My Groceries a Time Out

The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one. ~Unknown

This quote has quite a very different meaning nowadays.  You can go into the store wanting bread and come out with nothing.  I think the odds are better than three billion to one.

Do you give your groceries a time out? We recently started doing so. It is wise to be as careful as you can possibly be.

We no longer go to the grocery store for our groceries.  We either get them delivered or pick them up curbside. Even if we did go into the store for our groceries, we would give them a time out. The Coronavirus can "stick" (for lack of a better word) to different surfaces for long periods of time.

We unpack the groceries from their bags and leave what we can on our dining room table for two to three days before putting them away.  The exceptions are foods that need to be refrigerated or frozen.  These we will wipe down with disinfectant wipes.  Once we unpack the groceries, we throw the bags away and wash our hands very well. Two or three days later, I put everything else away.

I have yet to take inventory of my canned/boxed food.  I know I need to organize them a little better by brand/type, size and expiration date.

Speaking of having a time out, we are also quarantining our mail.  My husband retrieves the mail and leaves it in the garage for a few days.  Any boxes or packages delivered, he sprays with a chlorine bleach/water mixture to kill any germs.  He puts these boxes and packages in the garage for days unless we need whatever is inside right away.

The photograph above is from my ShopRite order that we picked up on Monday.  Can you spy those Hershey Kisses peeking out?  Chocolate is my happy place! ♥

16 comments:

  1. Hi Gina~

    So glad that you are well and safe! We are well, safe and well fed ;0) I am so careful about bringing things into my home. There is only one grocery store that we even dare go into because there are never very many people in it. I always wear gloves and never touch anything that I don't plan on putting in my cart. When we get to the car, I have a box that everything goes into with gloved hands, then the gloves are thrown away. When we get home, everything is taken out of the box and plastic bag and disinfected. It's then put in a clean box, which can then come into the house. After everything is put away, the clean box is goes back in the garage and everything gets another clean up. I just feel like we can't be too careful! We do need to be more careful with our mail though, leaving it in the garage for at least a day is a good idea. My pantry is pretty well stocked, We live a little ways from a grocery store so I usually have what I need. I love that you have "kisses", we all need our chocolate!! Take care sweet friend XOXO

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Barb, I wonder if we will ever go back to grocery shopping like before. I think we may from now on be disinfecting and setting things aside for a while before putting it all away.xo

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  2. You are sure taking every precaution!! We have not been that careful here. I need to ramp it up!!

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    1. Terri, it seems a bit extreme but my husband's health is particularly precarious. I don't mind being extreme. ♥

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  3. We are trying to go as little as possible. But we don't have a big freezer, so we do have to go and get bread and milk. We wear gloves, wipes, and masks. We look like bank robbers when we shop! What used to be a fun trip has turned into a frightening ordeal. When we get home, we do the exact same thing you do! I see your kisses. We do need a treat after such a trip!

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    1. Ginny, does your grocery store do curbside pickup? Then you wouldn't have to go inside. Also some stores have special hours for over 60's. xo

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  4. It is important to be meticulous and calm as well as self-control of the situation in which we are.

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    1. Absolutely! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. Very nice to meet you!

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  5. I too leave my post, usually on the garden table if its sunny. Then it gets sprayed but not opened for a while. Precautions are vital.

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    1. Elizabeth, I had to hold myself back from the mail today. I WILL be patient and wait. :-)

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  6. We too take precautions, we take out the groceries, I wipe everything with clorox wipes, I started wiping the mail after hearing a dr say she does this to her mail too!
    So happy you and you husband are doing well, we are doing everything we possibly know how to stay well too.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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    1. Sue, I am glad that you are well. I am glad we are all moved in now. It would have been rough packing and moving during all this! xo

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  7. Glad you and your husband are well, Gina! I did spy the Kisses peaking out. We are using caution, but need to up the cleaning of the groceries.

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    1. Robin, doesn't it seem so strange to clean our groceries?! We can learn new tricks in our old age. And thank you for your card. It arrived today and is quarantined in the garage for a few days. I'm raring to open it but I have to wait! xo

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  8. We haven't needed to go to the store since we have heard to wipe everything down, I think we planned things quite well, I have been leaving the mail in a bag in the garage if it isn't a bill or something from someone I know., times sure have changed haven't they.
    My not needed purchase last time was carrot cake oreo cookies, YUM!

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    1. Oh Connie, those cookies sound yummy! I haven't seen those before! ♥

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