It’s safe to say that I really don’t like shopping and doing the usual big shop is my idea of hell on earth but I do it because it has to be done. My preferred way to shop is to leave Mud at home with the Mudlets and to set off on my own with my very detailed list safely tucked away in my purse. This way I can concentrate on finding the best deals without feeling the pressure of a stressed husband and bored children, who are all desperately wanting to flee the scene for the relative peace of Mudville.
This morning it was the pre-Christmas shop – NOT a Christmas shop because we don’t tend to do one of those but more a normal weekly shop with a few extra treats thrown in as a nod to the occasion. We’ve learned over the years that buying lots of special foods and drinks in for the Christmas holidays is a waste of money, as we invariably don’t eat it all and there is far more waste resulting from Christmas than for any other time in the year, mostly from half eaten jars of pickles, chutneys, cheeses and cold meats.
Anyway, as I was saying, this morning (Saturday 23rd) one of the larger supermarkets in Scunthorpe was my destination. I aimed to be walking into the shop by 8:30am to try and avoid the crush of shoppers. Well, I was certainly parked and walking into the shop by 8.30am ……. and so was the rest of the world, if the car park was anything to go by with three quarters of the spaces already occupied and the trolley stands very nearly empty. It would seem that everyone else was as determined as I was to get the horrible task of shopping done as early and quickly as possible and it also became clear later on, that the fact that Scunthorpe United was playing at home during the afternoon, had also played a part – the football ground is opposite the supermarket and the roads can get gridlocked on match days.
Two and a half hours later I finally loaded the last of the shopping bags into the back of TJ the pickup truck and set off for home.
So that’s it now! I have no need or inclination to leave the house for the next few days. If something has been forgotten, well it’s not the end of the world and I’m reasonably certain that the world won’t come to an end because of it. Tomorrow is cake baking and trifle making day for me, new pyjamas day for the Mudlets and vol au vent creation day for Mud. Mince pies and carrots will be selected for Santa, glitter free reindeer food will be spread for Rudolphs’ friends and Santas’ progress will be closely monitored courtesy of NORAD.
All that remains is for me, on behalf of all the inhabitants of Mudville, to wish you a very Merry Christmas.