Oh dear! Am I becoming a shopaholic? I came home from yet another visit to the grocery store, feeling giddy and bubbling over with stories to share! Is this the new highlight of my life? A COVID side-effect? Collateral damage from quarantining?
Hannaford has been refurbishing the interior look of their stores over the past year, and changing things around (making it very confusing). The bakery section looks quite welcoming - this is the Standish store, where I used a $10 off coupon I got in the mail, to encourage people to come in and see the new layout and décor. It worked!
I felt so relaxed and confident about buying and handling groceries, that I EVEN brought my own shopping bags that I allowed other people to touch! It felt so good to get back into the swing of what had been my normal, and to go back to using net and string bags instead of plastic for my produce.
The flower display was quite lovely:
I was impressed to see an employee going back and forth through each aisle with sanitizer and cloth, systematically wiping down any handles and surfaces that customers would handle or touch. The elderly gentleman whose sole task it was to keep the store sanitized, made the best of his time in each aisle by having playful interactions with each and every customer. He was friendly and delightfully cheerful each time I encountered him in a different aisle.
And then when I got home, there was no sanitizing procedure to be done either. That's behind me now, thank goodness.
Looks very welcoming! I'm happy they are sanitizing still...not because of covid (because vaccinations!) but because....colds, flu, germs in general. It's been nice not getting a cold for over a year! On the other hand, I guess our systems need to be challenged by germs once in awhile to stay healthy. In any case, yes. Normalcy feels GOOD!
You bring up a great point about our immune systems being challenged, Shelley - what's the solution? Moderation, I guess
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