I was interested reading Mr. Bump’s article in connection with online shopping, as my name was mentioned.
Yes I am an online shopper, but I realise that we women are all in it for different reasons. I had to re-think my situation when I discovered that I was one day carless. I had returned my driving licence and no longer wanted to drive. At the age of almost 74 it was time. I was no longer feeling so secure behind the driving wheel. Mr. Swiss no longer had his driving licence since a couple of years. The only reason I bought my car was because we were otherwise carless. Mr. Swiss was becoming invalided and so was I. My MS would not improve as the years go past and I was now relying on my electric wheelchair, although I now have a scooter with an attachment for my walker, which makes it a lot easier for shopping.
Shopping became the problem. The corona virus added to situation as the the delivery slots with the online shops were fully booked. Now things have improved. In the meanwhile I decided that I should get a good deep freezer chest for storing meat and other items. I also bought a vacuuming machine for freezing the meat I had bought at the store. I often cooked double portions, especially meat for the spaghetti and now I often freeze meat balls to cook in a sauce etc. etc.
Shopping without a car was no longer the same situation and I had to re-think it all. I like to buy my meat fresh from the butcher at the store, as also vegetables, so this did not come into question so much for online, which I decided to do once a month.
It was now a case of having enough groceries at home to lighten the burden of shopping. Once a month I order a month’s supply of basic food – see photo. We all have our own choices of what we like to have in our kitchen. When Mr. Swiss now has a craving for a certain pasta, when I want to cook with tinned tomatoes or other tinned food, I have it in my laundry room which is the best place to store it all. Perhaps we want a tuna fish salad, no problem. I have at least 6 tins in storage.
And toilet paper, there is always enough when you order 2 pakets of 30 rolls each once a month. I have bottles of oiive oil, wine vineagar for the salad sauce and four litre packs of milk monthly are enough for our needs. There are boxes of tea bags, even tooth paste and soap, not to mention the cleaning fluids I need. I have two cola addicts in the family, No. 1 son and Mr. Swiss, so a monthly order of 4×6 1,5 liter bottles is made, and I like my fizzy mineral water, so 2×1,5 liters are also on the list. They are all stored on the floor in the laundry room under the table.
I do not take an imaginary walk in the supermarket, it is a question of making life more comfortable when you are no longer as mobile as you were. I enjoy visiting the store, meeting people and going through town on my scooter, perhaps taking a photo here and there (one of my hobbies). When I prepare my monthly list for the online shop of course I ask Mr. Swiss if he needs something, but I have discovered that he does not have the routine. He has the habit of telling me a day later when the list and order has been made. Howeveer, after 51 years of marriage, I know what he wants before he does.
This is by no means a criticism on the way others online shop, but my particular situation is a little different to most. I still do my weekly shopping, but with much less stress.
My next problem might be Winter, because it could be in our Swiss Winters, that I might be snowbound, but then I can also take the local road train to the next store, which is only two short stops. Or I might then order online more than just once a month. I even have a few Angus beef hamburgers frozen in my stock.
Odd is now becoming a way of life.FOWC with Fandango: Odd