Thursday, November 2, 2017

Wandering in the Wilderness

Wandering in the wilderness
Far away, far away.
But Jesus sought me in tenderness,
Happy day!  Happy day!

It's funny what we remember.  The children and I sang these lyrics during Awana club years and years ago.  I don't often find myself wandering in the wilderness but today was the day I did.

Now, I am a creature of habit.  I really like my grocery store.  It is clean and well lit and well stocked.  The prices are reasonable and the sales are amazing.  I really like that I know where everything is. Well, I did.

My grocery store is in the middle of remodeling and everything is everywhere that it wasn't.

I was okay when they started shifting the produce around to make room for a salad bar.  I took a few deep breaths and kept shopping.

A week later...

I was okay when they decided to add a Starbucks in the middle of the store.  I have yet to see what it will look like as it is shrouded in secrecy.  I took a few deep cleansing breaths while I visualized holding a cup of steaming hot Starbucks cocoa.

A week later...

I started breaking out in hives when they shifted the produce more to add a soup bar next to the salad bar and the bread aisle was now in the middle of the dairy aisle.  The once roomy aisle was no more. Pardon me... Excuse me... was my mantra while I pushed my cart through the throngs of shoppers in the dairy aisle.

A week later...

Today...

The bread aisle has disappeared.  The condiments are where the bottled water was.  The pasta/sauce/vegetable aisle was now canned fruit and nuts.  The juice was not even in an aisle but in the far corner of the store where the chips should be.  The chips are now in an aisle in the middle of the store.  I have no idea where the cereal is.  I know where it isn't.

At this point, I began to hyperventilate.  I headed toward the large freezer/frozen food section thinking that they couldn't have possibly moved that.  I was right and before I could pass out from hyperventilating, I climbed into the ice cream freezer, opened up a quart of Homestyle Vanilla ice cream and dug in.

After finishing my quart, I climbed out, tightened my belt, and headed to check out.  I may have lost my mind and sense of direction but I did not lose my coupons.  The cashier reassured me that the store would be in order within a week.  She handed me a map to what it will look like when the store's remodeling is complete.

I am a creature of habit.  I think that I will have to make a habit of climbing into the store's freezer and eating a quart of ice cream. Would you care to join me?

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14 comments:

  1. I am seriously dying in laughter!! Not for your distress but I can totally relate in so many ways. I am having a funny image of you and ice cream. *Wink*

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    1. Chrissy, and I don't really even like ice cream! :-)

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  2. Hi!

    That's funny...I want to join you in the freezer! And, it's funny that you mentioned changes in stores. Today, my sister and I were at our local Walgreen's and I noticed big, cardboard advertising where the hair color and shampoo used to be...they cut way back on the amount of products they usually carry for some reason. I noticed this throughout the store. It was confusing, because I usually just walk back, pick up my color and I'm out of there. Today, I had to really look for it...why, why, why?!

    I hope your next shopping trip isn't so frustrating... :0)

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Barb, I feel your pain. I hope you found what you were looking for. I don't know why there has to be so many choices sometimes. xx

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  3. I won't say no to sharing a quart of ice cream with you, Gina. Ice cream....always the panacea for all ills. You are too funny. =)

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    1. Kim, I will share with you or you can choose a different flavor. My husband loves ice cream. I like it okay. :-)

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  4. That was hilarious Gina! I don't care for change much either, it takes so long to get used to it, and then by the time you get used to it, they change it again! LOL! The quart of ice cream sounded wonderful!

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    1. Marilyn, you and me both! I do enjoy grocery shopping but not so much when it's in the midst of change. xo

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  5. You are too funny, Gina! I'll bring an extra spoon! I hate changes, too. Good thing you have a map in case they move the ice-cream again. Hugs xx Karen

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    1. Karen, ♥ I bet you have a nice sweet spoon. The map actually is pretty basic. Maybe it's version 1 or something. If they move the ice cream, I'll simply melt. xo

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  6. I had to laugh because I was in your shoes a couple years ago, same thing happened to our store, I would get so aggravated because it took me twice as long to do my shopping, they finally gave me a map of the new layout and now I have it all down and know where everything is again, well they just moved the cheese this last time but thankfully there was a worker close by who told me where they moved it, I am a real creature of habit myself.

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    1. Connie, they were smart to have maps available. I think things will be easier once the aisle signs match what are on the shelves.

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  7. Oh what a fun post, Gina. I feel your pain, as my Target has recently been remodeled, and I grocery shop there because it's so close to my home. It'll take me awhile to figure out where everything is!

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  8. Too cute Gina! Our local store did a major move around a couple years ago and I'm just now getting use to it. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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We all have our “good old days” tucked away inside our hearts, and we return to them in dreams like cats to favorite armchairs. ~ B. Carter