Day #61: Sourcing Masks

Yesterday, like most Monday’s for the last few weeks, we have had a grocery delivery. We go online most Sunday afternoons, and check out what we think we might need what is, in effect, a couple of weeks into the future, and do an order. Then, at the crack of dawn on a Monday morning, my partner goes online to try secure a delivery slot (which we have been lucky with so far) and put’s the order in, knowing that that same day we’ll get the previous week’s order.

Well, yesterday that system broke down, somewhat, in that, our delivery was short. Short a considerable number of items.

There were no potatoes, apples, bread/bagels, eggs, or any kind of meat. Not one!

I badgered my partner to call the store and ask why—given they speak better French than I do and, besides, I just might have ranted at them. As is, my partner didn’t get much in the way of either feedback as to why, or an apology for the missing items. It was, to say the least, and use another cliché, as frustrating as hell.

The upshot from this experience—and it’s not our first, as we’ve already had the substitution thing happen to us once too often—I went on Twitter and asked my Canadian friends if they knew of anyone making face masks.

And lo and behold, we found a lady in Ontario (@PrimPickins) making her own at what we decided was a reasonable price ($12 per mask). So we ordered 2 each. Because it’s become obvious, we’re going to have to succumb to weekend trips for groceries. And Honey, there is no way either myself, or partner, are venturing outside mingling with all the local idiots without wearing our very own PPE. We already have the wellingtons and rubber gloves.

If I could order it, I’d go for my recent paramedics full-on orange NBC suit! But hey, I may need to improvise.

And you? What protection, if any, do you wear when venturing outside, if you go outside at all?

Whatever you choose to wear or not wear, stay safe out there and take care.


4 Comments Day #61: Sourcing Masks

  1. AvatarJonetta (Ejaygirl) | Blue Mood Café May 13, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    I had to go to the grocery store this past Monday as most of what I needed wasn’t available online. My husband got us masks weeks ago (he foresaw it) so I don’t leave home without one. I also have hand sanitizer. I go early, about an hour after they open and foot traffic is very light. 90% of the customers wore masks. Don’t get me started on the arrogant 10%. I was in and out in 20 minutes. It’s still scary.

    1. AlexAlex May 13, 2020 at 6:37 pm

      Oh, I am so glad you said you have masks, and yes, I bet those 10% make all this way too scary. I’m terrified of going, but it needs to be done.

      And yes, me and mine have bought gloves, have masks coming, and already have several mini portable bottles of hand sanitizer. The whole kit.

  2. AvatarSophie @BewareOfTheReader May 13, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Well every time I go to the shop I wear a mask and gloves sooooo 🙂

    1. AlexAlex May 13, 2020 at 5:15 pm

      Very wise, Sophie. It’s better to be safe and sure, than the alternative, right? And we’ll get back into grocery shopping only because then we can guarantee what we buy.

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