Planning a new strategy. As you know, I’ve decided I really love my house and want to stay here till I croak over. That decision taken, it’s time to begin putting in place a few mechanisms to make that possible. The self-isolation gig has spawned some services that may help with that project.
We already have the yard guy, the cleaning lady, and the pool guy. The C.L. is laid off for the duration of the coronavirus plague, but the other two are around. While I’m less than fond of housecleaning, it’s still easy enough for me to do.
But now, I think, might be a good time to get used to using grocery delivery services like Instacart. Old age or no old age, this coronavirus thing is going to be around for quite awhile. Those in the know believe we’ll see a second wave, and it’s likely to be ugly. Grocery shopping was never my favorite activity…so I’m thinking it would be wise to stay out of grocery stores as much as possible, whenever the lockdown ends. And make that a permanent thing.
So this week I think I’ll sign up for Instacart and try ordering a small set of items…
- Some fresh produce: gotta know how well they can discern the difference between ripe, green, and rotten stuff. Some years ago, I tried Safeway’s order-out service. Total bust: apparently they consigned the job to stockboys who have never eaten a fresh veggie or piece of fruit in their lives. Most of the produce they brought was inedible.
- Kleenex: M’hijito couldn’t find that on last weekend’s foray into the shopping jungle.
- Sugar and flour: these also have been off the shelves for weeks.
- Cucumber: good for making xergis, one of my favorite standbys.
- Knee brace: put my knee out walking four miles the other day.
- Lettuce: heads I planted are already bolting to seed
- Cheese: staple breakfast food for someone who dislikes eggs, mush, and greasy meats
- Smoked salmon: decent substitute for cholesterol-laden cheeses
Once I’m on their rolls, it will get rid of some inconvenience and save a whole lot of gas.
We’ll see what their shoppers can do with those. If it’s not a total bust, the plan is to continue doing this once every couple of weeks. Of course, I’ll still have to visit the various stores now and again, just to keep up on what they offer and where they stock it; I figure I could go to a couple of stores once a month or every six weeks, as long as I’m able to.
Get this started now, and then when I reach the point that I can’t drive to or hobble around a Costco, an important mechanism for maintaining independence will be in place.