Mar 21, 2020

More hunting for food products

Friday we were up early at 7:30AM with the plan to be at the Vegas Costco by 9AM for their 10AM opening.  We were there by 9:15 and the store was open with a line to get in.  Turns out that they decided to open the store from 8 to 10 AM just for seniors.  It did not matter anyway as there were no paper products other than paper towels and we already have a large package of that.  Turns out that there was not very much we could purchase that we would have liked to have had.  We did get some cheese, two veggie quiche and muffins for Colin.  We waited in line to check out longer than the entire time we had been in the store.

Next stop was Walmart just down the road.  It was packed with shoppers and was pretty much cleaned out.  We got a few things.  I had read that both Walgreens and CVS pharmacies had good paper products for now.  We stopped at both and there was nothing in those stores to buy.  There are few photos in this post as it is impossible to take pictures when you are wearing gloves which are now ‘dirty’ because you touched push cart or even the door to the store.  No way did I want to go into my ‘clean’ purse to get my camera out and then contaminate both the camera and my purse. We are even sanitizing our credit cards once we get back to the car.

Inside the CVS pharmacy there is a large table between the pharmacy window making sure that you are staying a good six feet away from the staff.  At the front of the store there is a well marked area as to where you need to stand to see the cashier.  Including standing a distance away from the till.  Very well handled in my opinion.

Most stores have sanitizer ready as you enter ( but not all ).  We carry gloves, masks and sanitizer with us.  Our third stop was another Walmart where we were able to get instant decaf coffee.  This store had no fresh nor canned and very very very few frozen veggies and no lettuce at all.  I fear that we will be going through romaine withdrawal soon. Next stop was Walgreens and they had nothing that we wanted. No shortage of junk food, candy, chips or soda pop. We asked the manager to recommend a grocery store.

So our sixth stop was at Smith’s just off of Flamingo.  Here people were lined up outside as they were only letting folks inside as others came out.  Plus everyone was  appropriately distanced from each other in line.  Well done!  Wonderful place, no paper products though but we managed to do well here.  I got a few cans of diced tomatoes for soups, etc and they did have a lot of soup on their shelves.  First store we have seen with soup but I prefer to make my own.  We were able to pick up some canned goods as well as two boxes of frozen eggplant parmigiana and another box of disposable gloves.  Still no rice and no potatoes however they had a very full produce section including romaine. Our seventh and final stop was the Dollar Tree which had nothing.

We were happy with what we were able to find but seven stores is about five too many.  It was cool here in Vegas and I had a long sleeved fleece on as well as a sweater and then my rain jacket.  Another long day.

Later as we talked about the day we both commented on how many Asians we saw in all the stores and they were the majority wearing masks.  Each one of them, including infants in strollers, all had the very fancy N-95 masks ( on my shop list for the future ).  Of course they also had gloves.  We did see a young man ( 19 -21 years of age ) tie a bandana over his nose and mouth as he entered Walmart.  Good for him.

This is what the N95 looks like as offered on Amazon but of course were all sold out a few months ago.  Those Asians were very clever to think ahead.

Another observation is that with the casinos, restaurants, bars and schools closed down there is very little traffic on the roads.  We are happy to have been able to get at least two things in every store.  All of what we purchased was only available in that particular store.  One store was selling vegetable seeds for your garden.  We purchased a few packages just in case we would not find any once back in Canada.  It is going to be so wonderful to get our garden planted and the sooner the better. One other thing we did  was make sure to stay a good distance away from others and I wasn’t shy to tell a few people to get stop crowding me and to remind them of social distancing.

Once we got back and put everything away I was surprised to see that I had walked 7000 steps, not as pleasant as walking on the beach but I got my walk in.  I then spent the next two hours trying to and finally succeeding in contacting Shaw to get our wifi turned on for the day we return home.  I always put it on suspension when we travel in the winter but we were coming sooner than our normal arrival time and it needed to be dealt with.  Good, one more thing crossed off the long to do list.

I also iced my knee and later did my daily set of exercises.  Dinner was easy, cooking one of the frozen meals ( that we can only get in the US ) we had  purchased as well as a lovely Caesar salad. At this point we plan on shopping again at Smiths before we leave Vegas.  I think some fresh produce would be lovely.  I use those green bags and produce lasts a long time.  I am thinking that we might even need to get a few more bottles of wine 😀

I had Colin take this as I wanted to see how far I could bend my knee.  As you can see my right knee ( top foot ) is not bending as much as the other.  I guess I have all summer to get it back to where it should be.

Below is from our daily provincial update earlier today.  Note that they are calling it a 14 day quarantine now as opposed to self isolation.  There is talk of enforcing the quarantine time.


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10 Responses to “More hunting for food products”

  1. Rod Williams says:

    Bring home as much foodstuffs as you can. The stores are pretty well stocked according to the lady who bought our $400 worth of food and stuff from Save-On and Walmart today, but if you don’t have an angel the nearest date for pickup or delivery (as of last night) for groceries is March 30th for Superstore, and April 4th for Save-On.

    • contessa says:

      $400.00, wow! Oh, you eat meat, hence the cost. Appreciate the input. So glad that someone came to help you. Once we arrive and put our groceries away I will have abetter idea of what we need. I have a fired a few blocks away who may be of help.

  2. Heather Jopling says:

    We are in Boise Idaho, twin falls and nampa Idaho Costco had lots of things !

    • contessa says:

      Thank you for that. However 40 feet towing the car we just can’t find into those places. Appreciate your input. We are doing fairly well food wise at the moment, just missing a few things but we will manage without if we have to.

  3. Carol says:

    Hum…we go to that Smiths

  4. I did see your comments on my blog, glad to see you can comment again 🙂 I am now ordering groceries online rather than going out. We will pick it up so those that need delivery don’t have to give theirs up for us. I am combining Mom and my orders so that we all minimize our exposure. That way I only go in stores that I absolutely have to. How many days are you from home now? Were you able to get your utilities hooked up?

    • contessa says:

      We will be back home midday Thursday. We got the water turned on and also the internet connected or so I hope.

  5. Maxx Trails says:

    Enjoy the fresh veggies while you can because you won’t get them in Kelowna right now, in fact you can’t even buy frozen veggies 🙁

    • contessa says:

      We just lucked out but then we only have enough for a few days. We did find some frozen broccoli and canned green beans and yams. We will survive. I intend to make soup and chowder and a goulash once I get home with the fresh veggies which will feed us for a week, I hope. Then I have some frozen entrees both at home and here in the RV.

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