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Friday, April 10, 2020 - 6:51 pm
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I don’t know what the problem is with rubbing alcohol but I’ve given up hope on it.  I have a 1/4 of a bottle left of mine and I only use it if absolutely necessary.

I finally got some eggs from the butcher I go to for meat.  None of my supermarkets have them.  My butcher has been a Godsend because none of my supermarkets have any meat.

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Monday, April 13, 2020 - 10:06 pm
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I work in a supermarket. We haven’t had rubbing alcohol in a while.

But we have eggs and meat a’plenty. No shortage of those.

Some of our eggs are local. The hens are still laying and the owner delivers them herself.

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I thought the toilet paper thing was a joke.  I knew this would be bad so I purchased a huge thing of Scott Tissue on March 10th.  7 days ago I was down to five rolls, so I went looking. None in three stores.  OMG.  No Napkins, paper towels either.  Nothing.  I reasoned that who ever did that at the Wegmans did not go after the high end napkins they keep in the greeting card section so off I went. I purchased enough high end napkins to take care of things for two weeks. if it came to that. These are pretty napkins with cute designs on them, but paper.  I ended up at the CVS in my town.  Again, no TP, Napkins, or paper towels, but a good amount of recycled kleenex boxes of the small size (not Kleenex brand an off recycled brand).  I Purchased 20 and then went off the next day and bought 10 more.  I left some on the shelf for the next poor soul.  My organic market I went there bright and early Monday morning as I had to go by work due to some technical problems. and they had TP.  I purchased some enough for two weeks supply.

I really thought it was a joke, but I Have learned.  This organic market has local food, and that is where I have been going.  Glad there are farms around.

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Monday, April 13, 2020 - 10:11 pm
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I work in a supermarket and we now have steady TP, tissue and paper towels. Not every brand, every size, etc. (which is an utterly ridiculous array of options anyway, in my opinion) but there is some of each of these available at all times.

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Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 8:11 pm
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By the way, never put anything down the toilet except toilet paper and human waste. Even products called “flushable” can stop up the plumbing. Only toilet paper will break apart.  
Avoid a plumber visit!

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Monday, April 13, 2020 - 10:14 pm
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These so-called “flushable” products do a number on municipal sewer systems too!

I hope when the dust settles, all these companies voluntarily remove the false “flushable” claim from their product labels.

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Friday, April 17, 2020 - 11:33 am
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Wastewater treatment plant operators have a pet name for the tampons they clean out of influent screens. I wish I could remember it. It had something to do with rattails. 
Larger items usually get stuck in upstream pipes. 

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Your comment brought a smile to my face. Wish I could remember the name we called them, but alas it escapes me. My dad had a story or two about them, but he worked mostly on the potable water side of the industry. I have a nickname for them, but it’s neither suitable nor appropriate for this forum. wink

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Where I live (France, Paris area) basic food supplies are somewhat back to “normal” except for flour… still nearly impossible to find. I guess everyone is baking stuff, to avoid going to bakery???

So now the only place to by flour is in bakeries – they sell plastic bags of their own flour supplies. I hope this is making up for the bread & pastries that people don’t buy anymore.

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My husband has been “sneaking out” going to the dollar store early in the morning. He fessed up the other day. I thought he was out walking at the strip mall. He said he had plenty of paper towels, napkins and tissues in his trunk! He has health challenges so I’ve been doing all of the shopping…thought I  had been anyways. He said he wore his mask, but was I mad! taurussmily_gif

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Today I ordered hand sanitizer online, from a company that makes it here in the U.S.  Instead of drying out the hands (like Purell or Germs) it moisturizes them. Not gonna lie–it wasn’t cheap. But after thinking it over, I ordered a bottle. 16 ounces should last awhile if I only use it in the car, and just wash my hands frequently at client’s homes. 

I figured if no one has it in stock locally anyway (not about to walk through 10 stores to confirm this), I might as well order it and wait for it. 

BTW, the other day I went to Dollar General to see if they had the usual unicorn items….rubbing alcohol, Lysol spray, hand sanitizer, Lysol wipes, hand soap. None of these to be found! The truck came early the day before, and a guy that works there told me people take it the minute it comes off the truck. Yikes. People are still hoarding!!

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One of the reasons people are buying more than they need, NOW, is because they are supposed to stay at home. You can’t just haunt the stores all the time, so if you do see something, you nab it.

I am hoarding nothing. But I did see hand sanitizer in Aldi, with a sign on it, “limit 2”. I have not seen hand sanitizer for weeks. I bought two ($1 each) and the guy looked at me like I should buy 1.

I gestured, “do you want me to buy 1?”

He gestured, that I should go ahead. Well yeah. It’s a 25 mile drive to town.

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Sorry if I sounded critical. But I’m trying to stay out of stores like everyone else, especially with me already going in and out of people’s homes. Some of my clients have no immune system, so if they catch this virus, they’re dead. I’ll admit it scares me that I’m having trouble finding what I need to keep them, as well as me and my housemates, safe. It sets off a deep-seated fear. 

Until my recent grocery pickup, I was going to schedule a pickup for every two weeks. But now that a lot of items are limited quantity or not available (I am only allowed one carton of eggs and I need two to last me two weeks, for example)–I will simply have to schedule a pickup every week, and expose myself to more risk. They just did a news story on a lady who stayed home and did all the right things–ONE trip to the grocery store–for a grocery pickup–gave her COVID-19. She didn’t even enter the store.

(I did go to a couple of garden centers/nursuries and a small butchery recently, so I’m not perfect at staying home outside of work. I am trying, though, to keep errands low.) 

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It’s ok. I just want this to end!

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It’s ok. I just want this to end!

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