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  • Irish Woman and I ventured out yesterday to get some fresh food.  Now, that was an adventure.
    • Our local Kroger was, to put it bluntly, picked clean.
    • No paper products or cleaning supplies to speak of.
    • The produce area was down to a few bags of rather mushy cranberries, some brussels sprouts, and some apples and oranges.
    • The meat department had no lunch meat, few hot dogs, no ground beef.  There were, however, quite a few packages of frog legs.
    • The beer section was completely empty.  The soda area wasn’t much better.
    • Convenience foods, either shelf-stable or frozen, were flat gone.
    • The bakery was down to english muffins, bagels, and gluten-free bread.
    • There were ample diapers, formula, and other baby supplies, with the exception of baby wipes.
    • The family planning area was absolutely empty.   I guess folks are trying to not have a Christmastime baby boom.
  • My guess is that all of those folks who like to brag that the only thing made in their kitchen is reservations are having a bit of a problem right about now.
  • We also visited our butcher store.
    • We buy one of their ‘family packs’ every few months.  It has a few pounds each of beef, pork, chicken, bacon, and sausage.
    • We use a lot of ground beef, so we normally have to stock up in between the big purchases.  It just so happens that we needed to restock just as all this hit.
    • We tried to buy five pounds, but were restricted to three.  On the plus side, we had to wait for it to be ground.
    • We weren’t special.  Other customers tried to a dozen filet mignons or a pork chops, and were talked down by the owner.
    • On the spur of the moment, I bought a frozen rabbit.  Boo’s been wanting to try it, so what the heck?
  • I swung by a restaurant supply store later on.  Surprisingly, it was pretty well stocked, and I was able to get most of what we hadn’t been able to get at the grocery store.
    • They were completely out of toilet paper, but had paper plates and such aplenty.
  • Luckily for us, we usually have a few months worth of basics stored up, so the panic buying hasn’t impacted us too much.
    • Having a monthly shipment from Amazon of things like toilet paper, toothpaste, and batteries means that when the stores get blitzed, we have enough.
    • I was about to stop those shipments because we’re looking to buy a new house and move, but luckily for my sanity and marriage, I forgot to.
    • Unless the current situation continues for two or three months, we’re set.
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  1. MaddMedic

     /  March 15, 2020

    It’s been a bit crazy. We’re always stocked. Most Dearest and I are so busy that she makes sure we have plenty on hand. Stopped at Menard’s our local Big Box Hardware store plus for a plumbing project Saturday. Was nuts. Their small, but usually quite well stocked canned goods were empty. Was supposed to pick up Bleach. There were 5 gallon jugs left, got one. When I had to go back, I’m not a plumber, I’m a Paramedic, so 2nd trip required. Bleach all gone…


    • I ordered some bleach and cleaners from Amazon a few weeks ago. Took 14 days to get fulfilled.


    • Beans

       /  March 16, 2020

      Bleach is available in huge 5 gallon jugs from your local pool supply. All you have to do is decant into 1 gallon containers.

      Well, Chlorine liquid may be available. Jerks may have tapped that resource already.

      Nice thing about pool chlorine is the heavy duty jug is designed to be stored outside.


  2. Heck of a time to run out of “real” bleach…



  3. Beans

     /  March 15, 2020

    Subtle hint: If anyone in the house is the least bit squeamish, do not serve them whole roast rabbit. It really does look like a skinned cat. (Biology II in High School, so I do have a frame of reference that doesn’t make me a sick bastige.)

    Part it out and cook it like chicken, fried or roasted or broiled or stewed.

    Boiled and then fleshed, the meat chunks work much like chicken in soups and stews.

    In fact, in old cookbooks, rabbits are listed under or alongside ‘poultry.’ As are ‘coons, ‘possums. And now, here in Florida, iguana, tegu, python and monitor lizard. Louisiana has nutria. Dunno if the local Catholic Diocese treat nutria as ‘not meat’ for Lent.


  4. OldNFO

     /  March 16, 2020

    OR cook it whole and call it ‘Fifi’… LOL


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