Usually I have some fun little mom and pop shopping adventure to share with you all. I still have a couple I could share with everyone that are in my archives, before this pandemic started that is, but I thought it would be better to share with you instead what it is like shopping here two months after being locked inside.
After more then two months of being stuck inside our home, doing pick up orders, or at home deliveries, we started going out in the city to get prepared for the Fall. Now, you may think I worry about the Pandemic but that isn’t all that worries me about this Fall. For a couple years now I have been warning my family that the closer we get to our presidential election here in our country the worse things will get. Everyone around the world has been watching this hate play out from the very beginning. I fear for this Fall because each month that passes we are hit with more hate, and none of us are safe from it once we step out of our own environments.
This is no longer just a dislike or hate for our newly elective president, no, this is something much more sinister. Just my opinion, I am usually never one to get involved with politics, always for the people and their freedoms…we are all God’s children after all. Every sex, race, religion, we are all God’s children. What I am seeing unfold out in the world is like some evil movie, so sinister and disheartening. This is playing out world wide too, not just in the country I call home. It is like a war game now. Because of this new world we are living in at the moment, we are no longer really shopping for pleasure like we did in the past. I do hope to get back to my fun mom and pop store visits for you all soon. Sadly I do not know what the future has in store for us all.
After our lock down, the first place we went shopping to was a grocery store on the way to Our Little Red House. It was the day before the official opening up in our state after two months.
The grocery stores were always opened, even during the lock down but we stayed inside for two months to wait things out. This virus is sticking with us and we have to get used to outsmarting it the best we can. We still need to get out and live, We still need to make and keep money flowing so people can put food on the table. We just have to be extra careful and smart about how we go about that now.
It was strange walking into a store after not being in one for so long. I was distracted by all the arrows. No one was following the arrows and everyone was polite about it, being patient with each other, still keeping our distance. The majority of people wore masks but there were some that didn’t. Depending what store you were in, some stores only allow you in of you are wearing a mask.
Sadly we did not get to go shopping to some of the smaller mom and pop businesses that I wanted to visit because they were still closed.
Like this antique store up north on the way to Our Little Red House.
They had the cutest items out on their front porch like this carved bear.
And lots of farmhouse decor.
Then we stopped off at the Lavender farm to check in with them.
I have been to this farm before so I can do a post later on what it is like when opened but this day sadly they were closed. I enjoy shopping outdoors now more then ever, feel safer I guess.
The lavender farm has the best view from their back yard…this. Can you imagine waking up to that view from your back window every morning. I bet they see tons of deer and elk out there too, maybe even an occasional bear or two.
I got a chance to stop off at a small thrift store and picked up a giant coffee mug that I left up north at Our Little Red House, some craft supplies for a project I was working on back in the city and a planter. I was happy to see that others were headed to this shop as soon as it opened. I was one of the first ones in because I just happened to be in the area when they opened their doors. I get up super early to shop to avoid crowds.
We also went dollar day shopping at a Goodwill here in the city. I need to start preparing for Winter .
We bought sweaters, pants and long sleeve t’shirts . I can’t believe all the clothes I was able to find that were the color sticker for the day. .99 cents for designer jeans, sweaters, and long sleeved shirts. I was shocked to see everything I needed was the color sale tag for the day.
There were hardly any people out in the store. Everyone stayed far away from each other. Most wore masks and stayed in their x’s at the register when checking out.
I also noticed all registers had plexiglass added since the lock downs. This was not really a shopping trip to buy things like the little nick knacks I always enjoy buying, it was about clothes for the family and the Fall/Winter months coming up. If we have to leave the city and head up north to Our Little Red House the closer we get to our election then warm clothes will be necessary. I am hoping the chaos dies down some. It is always better to be prepared though.
My two grown kids had not been out in the city for 90 days and they were getting a little upset I could tell. My son just found out he is in the top 5% at his college and all he wanted to celebrate was a pizza from his favorite pizza place. So we spent an early morning shopping while wearing masks, spraying down with alcohol in between stores, and sanitizing with hand gel. All items we bought were tossed in the back of the truck to sit in the UV rays. The pizza was brought home to be broiled for extra precautions.
It was strange going into some of these stores in the city. You can tell everything has been locked down and shut up since March. It is still Spring in these stores. It like the twilight zone walking into these stores.
Everything was on sale to hopefully get ready for new merchandise but with how the Red Monster is around the world who even knows what factories are still in production and what new products we will see in the future.
I have been noticing that some people are asking where certain items are being made now and not buying from certain places. The mom and pops are starting to trend now but then the riots started and it was the mom and pops that were mostly targeted and burned down…hmmm. There is peaceful protesting and then there is planned rioting. Wonder why the small shops were the ones hit the hardest, seems like something may be up with that.
The mom and pop stores I wanted to go to, that were in the main part of the city were boarded up and closed because of rioters that night and the night before. The Mall my kids love shopping at in Scottsdale which isn’t too far away was also closed down and boarded up and not because of the Red Monster, no, remember we were officially opened in our state. They were closed because rioters had violently broken windows and trashed the place while stealing items. We went out early the next day to shop, to support who we could, the economy, the employees who need those jobs etc…but sadly the little shops were closed because of the theft and damage from the night before.
We now not only had the Red Monster to fear but also violence. It was very peaceful during the day and again, everyone was very polite and careful to keep distance from one another. I noticed a lot of mother’s and daughters shopping together.
When we got home we found out they declared a state of emergency for our state and also a curfew was set in place beginning at 8 pm. That night we all prayed for peace. My cousin who has a husband who is in the fire department and is in the middle of it all, was very worried for her husband that night of our first curfew.
The next morning we watched the news from the night before where officers and peaceful protesters were shaking hands and getting along. There were no fires, no violence and after two nights of peaceful protest and riots, there were finally no arrest. Our prayers were answered, at least here in the city I grew up in.
We will be out there shopping again, safely that is. Not my kids though, the less the better, but we will take them out early if they want to shop for something every now and then. To be caged up for too long especially when young is a terrible tragedy. I wonder how they will look back on these days when they are older and share these stories with others.
So shop early to avoid crowds, wear masks, gloves and glasses. And after you shop, disinfect everything, change clothes, and wash up. The new normal I guess. Here in Arizona we have heat warnings with temps as high as 110 degrees and the other day our Red monster numbers were the highest they have ever been. The Red Monster is still killing people and people are still getting sick and now we have riots. In all the years I have been alive, I have never known or seen a virus work like this. To not slow down in the summer months, to last so long…this is not playing out like a normal virus. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that.
I will continue to pray that time weakens it and the gifted ones out there that are working to find the tools to take this beast down are able to find that weapon before the monster’s alley’s with their greed beat them to it.
Stay safe out there everyone. Shop wisely, and be careful. God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.
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