Save on Foods- Online Shopping and Home Delivery Service.

A while back, the Hubs had to go out of town for the weekend and I had OV for a sleepover. This meant our usual routine was going to all messed up and getting groceries was going to be a bit of a pain in the arse.

What to do? What to do? I could walk up to the store and just buy what I needed for the weekend. I could do a regular shop and catch a cab home. OR I could use the grocery services our store offers and write about our experience here!

We shop all over the place but decided to use Save On Foods this time because their customer service is second to none.

You can shop right online, from their website- Save-On-Foods– but first you have to make an account for yourself.

This turned into a bit of a thing because I didn’t have the proper number on the back of my Save On More Card. _it’s 25 years old!- Once I got through to someone at Customer Service, it went smoothly enough and soon I was all set up and ready to shop from a store that offers the service, closest to me. (Not all of them do. You might not get your favourite store)

At first I was MOST FRUSTRATED because I was shopping via each section and I just wasn’t finding the things I had on my list. I quickly figured out it was way easier to type in what I wanted directly into the search bar. That sped things up and I eventually found most of what I was looking for.

After I got a few items in my cart, I was prompted to reserve a delivery slot and informed I only had so much time to complete my shopping. I think it was a two hour window. It only took me about an hour and that was only because there was a bit of a learning curve. So I reserved my slot, continued on and was delighted to find I could even shop directly from their online flyer! How cool it that!?

You’re shopping from an actual store, not a warehouse so some things are not always going to be available. For me that was miso and zucchini (but I managed to find a decent zuke in the garden and worked in a field trip to T&T supermarket with OV for miso, so it was all good) You can also state your preference and leave notes for your shopper. I chose to click that substitutions were ok with me, because I thought it’d be fun to see what another person thought was a good substitute. There ended up being no substitutions. I think I’ll keep doing that. The driver told me that’s the best way to do it unless you have food restrictions or allergies. It ensures you get the things you need. (SO long as you’re not a major hard ass about stuff, I guess)

After reviewing my cart, I paid for the groceries via credit card- you can use your visa debit too- and that was that. All I had to do was wait for delivery.

You’re given a window of time and the driver will call you 15 mins before they arrive. If it’s your first time with them, you’ll have to show ID too.

The driver did all that and then carried the bags up to the door to me. ( You can request no bags, which I will do next time) I’m sure if I’d needed help, he would have brought them directly in. I have dogs and people issues so that’s always going to be a “No Thanks” for me. ( At least until not given the choice. ) Save On Foods employees are not allowed to accept tips. Just know that to save yourself some awkwardness. He explained a few things to me and then went on to continue with his day and I spent 10 mins unpacking my groceries, feeling quite pleased with myself and the whole thing.

It felt like Christmas because I’d kinda forgotten what I’d bought so it was a fun exercise to open each bag, ha!

All in all I would do it again. It was pretty much painless and the service was excellent. Would it replace my weekly shopping trip? Not until it had to. I like shopping and I find the act of going up and down the aisle triggers memories in me of things I forget on my list, ha ha. BUT the other side of that is that I didn’t spend a lot of extra money on things I don’t need, things that catch my eye..so there’s that!

Your first delivery is free and then there is a fee, depending on where you are from the store. Mine would have been about $7.00 which is completely reasonable. Don’t tell them, but I would pay a whole lot more than that for the service. πŸ™‚ I highly recommend!

Monday Ramble, Autumn, Earth & Farming.

Happy Monday! And Happy Mid- Autumn! While the rest of those in the Northern Hemisphere are celebrating the start of Fall, those of us in the know and anyone paying attention, realize today is actually, truly, really the middle of the season. More on this in another post!

Hermit mode: Activated!

The dying light is having its usual effect on my brain but I’m doing pretty good all things considering. How are you doing?

I’ve got some Halloween decorations up and that’s really helping my mood. I ADORE Halloween. We don’t get many kids but still, I want to keep the tradition alive for the ones who want it. Plus, Halloween decorations match my home dΓ©cor, so it’s like I’m giving my house a whole refresh too!

What? You don’t keep up your owls, spiders and tombstones year round?

I’m all excited because the Hubs- who has been home ALL LAST WEEK- is back off to work. It was nice to operate at a slower pace but it’s also nice to go back to my usual routine. I did somehow score a HUGE win out of things; he’s onboard with trying snowshoeing this Winter. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART! This man hates hiking and while in the spirit of honesty I pointed out that snowshoeing was really just hiking on extra equipment he’s pshawed me away and said he’s “in” so…yeah, I’m holding him to that!

I may just get him into thru hiking yet!

If there’s anything left to hike through.

WORD!

But then there’s this to worry about:

I mean, it’s not a lie.

Have a great week ❀

Curiosity Conditioning Program: Four Week Update.

I’ve completed four whole weeks of my conditioning program for “PCT 2023? ” and wanted to share my results thus far!

Harken back to > this post < for more info.

Sooooo, I’ve failed. Kind of.

I was supposed to hike 5 miles, three days a week and see how that felt before moving my miles up to 6. Take it slow and easy BUT somehow I ended up hiking six miles, some of the time anyway! Here are my stats:

Week 1. 4.61 miles @ 1 hr and 35 mins. . 5.23 miles @ 1 hr and 36 mins. . 5.08 miles @ 1 hr and 58 mins.

Week 2. 6.24 miles @ 2 hrs. 5.35 @ 1 hr and 52 mins. 6.17 miles @ 2 hrs 4 mins.

Week 3. 4.23 miles @ 2 hrs 36 mins. 5.87 miles @ 1 hr and 57 mins. 5.76 miles @ 2 hrs and 4 mins.

Week 4. 4.36 miles @ 1 hr and 38 mins. 6.31 miles @ 2 hrs and 18 mins. 8.18 miles @ 2 hrs and 38 mins! ( So proud of this one!)

It’s just the way it worked out! I wasn’t trying to go over 5 miles and I was especially not trying to go EIGHT MILES but somehow my curiosity led me down a street or two and the miles just added up.

How do I feel?

Great! STRONG! My body is hardening up. I’m recovered nicely by the next day. Not hobbling around. I haven’t injured myself and my normal pace is on par with the average person at 2 miles an hour. So not as out of shape as I thought I was. On my last walk I was playing around with speed and managed to walk @ 3 miles an hour which is FAST! But not really sustainable in the long term at this point. I’d be super happy to even out at 2.5 miles an hour with a full pack.

What have I learned these past four weeks?

  1. A mile is a hell of a lot longer than a kilometre, ha! BUT 6.2 miles is 10 KM which sounds really rad.
  2. Food is your friend. A simple snack at around 3 miles can really perk a person up.
  3. You MUST stretch both BEFORE and AFTER. Stretching makes such a huge difference in both performance and recovery. Here is a link to the stretches I’ve found most helpful.
  4. Try and lay down with your feet up above your heart for 10 mins after your hikes, especially if you have circulation problems. This will help with leg heaviness.
  5. Train with a pack. In the beginning it doesn’t have to be your full pack. Just throw in your water, a jacket and some snacks for now. I learned that training with my pack encourages me to be more mindful of my posture which in turn helps to prevent injury and ensures I’m hiking efficiently. For more tips on posture check out the book – Chi Walking– by Katherine and Danny Dreyer. An excellent resource. I use their tips ALL the time with much comfort and success.
  6. You’re not just training your body you’re training your mind and your mind can be the trickiest bastard of them all. Watch your thoughts. Listen to what they have to say and them pick the best ones that will help you meet your goal. Be consistent with this, you’re building resiliency. When I hiked the Inka Trail, I was so surprised to find the real challenge of the hike was mostly mental!
  7. A person can use every condition, be it weather, a shitty attitude, your own forgetfulness, navigation mistakes etc. etc. as a training tool. Forgot your water in your rush out the door? Guess now you get to experience what it’s like to hike in the heat, thirsty! Turned the wrong way and now you have to backtrack 2 miles? This will happen to you on the trail, how are you going to react and how are you going to manage this problem? Cold and pouring rain? Are you going to stay home or are you going to get out there discover how it feels to hike in the wet and cold?! Use every opportunity as a training tool. I’m SO excited for the ice and the cold and the snow this year! Crazy right, especially considering this is ME talking. I’m just so curious to see how I do because this will give me better insight into how I will manage hiking through the scary Sierra Nevada. Put yourself out there in these situations while you have the privilege of comfort in your everyday life!
  8. Reward yourself! Celebrate your successes! Bring snacks you LOVE to eat and use them as encouragement for miles completed. Give yourself a treat for meeting your goals once you complete them. I’m going to enjoy some sushi and tempura today to celebrate the end of week four. Have some fun with your training.

What’s next? I’m upping my miles to 6 officially. I’m going to hit up different terrain ( if I can avoid the sexual assailant in the river valley) and I’m going to keep working on my attitude as we move into the colder, wetter weather. OH, I’m going to add some weight too. I’m thinking 5lbs.

I’m no closer to deciding whether or not I’m actually going to hike the PCT in 2023 but I am feeling very hopeful and relieved that thus far, this body and mind are working well. Plus, after a year and 5 months of not working, it feels GREAT to have a purpose and focus again ❀

How about you? Do you have anything you’re looking toward?

Do you have any training and conditioning tips you’d add to these?

I’m all ears! ❀

Monday Cleanse, Music, Essential Oil.

Happy Monday!

It’s raining here today but I don’t mind. The garden needs my attention something FIERCE but now I don’t feel guilty about ignoring it, ha!

Besides, the slugs and cabbage worms own it now. Going out there is like living in a squidgy horror film. EW!

What did you get up to this weekend? I ran errands and lazed about on Saturday and then on Sunday, I went for a walk in the river valley with a friend and out for breaky after! It was a great way to spend a Sunday.

I came home and fucked up the baby blanket I finally got on my needles *sigh* so I’ll be starting THAT all over again. I added stitches and created holes because I was tired and wasn’t paying attention. The colour is SO pretty though and the yarn is SO soft. I was too eager to get it on… That’ll learn me!

We had a meteor zoom by us last week! So cool! I was a little sad that it didn’t completely wipe out humanity but alas life is full of little disappointments. We must bravely soldier on!

I feel ya Sir, I feel ya.

This is right up there with coconut oil!

Lavender is nice too…

My neighbour kids are torturing us learning an instrument this year:

Wouldn’t harmonicas be WAY cooler?!

I hope this day finds you hale and hearty. I hope your week is a good one too.

I really appreciate all of you. Thanks so much for reading.

Love and squishy hugs!

It’s a Girl!

I hinted awhile back that I was going to be a Grandma again and now I can finally say the words out loud, woot woot!

My daughter is having baby #2 and she’s a girl. We’re having lots and lots of fun with names but don’t have one as of yet. If you have any unique girl names you LOVE, please feel free to share them. We’re open to all suggestions!

I do have ultrasound images though:

Look at that little foot!! ❀ ❀ ❀

My daughter is 20 weeks and baby is already head down. She’s not yet even one pound but she’s right on track with her growing. The tech predicts she’ll be a high 6 or low 7 lb baby. SO SMALL! My son was 10lbs 1 oz and my daughter was almost 9 lbs! What do you even do with a little sprite like that? Hee hee. OV was wee too but then grew into one of those chonky babes with delicious rolls and pudges. ❀

I have this feeling that she’ll be early…like early, early. OV was 2 weeks early, I’m thinking this bebe will be 3 or 4. Its just a feeling I have and of course I hope I’m wrong. That’s a bit too early.

PLUS, I haven’t even started knitting her blanket yet. I need all the time I can get, eek!

Simple Pleasures: Coffee Walk

It’s a rainy day, which is a bit of a surprise because the weather seems to have calmed it shit. I’ve gotten quite used to these mild and sunny days. No more daily storms. No more strange and exciting cloud formations. Days like this bring about a whole other set of simple pleasures: Netflix. Tea. Books and blankets. I guess I’ll be enjoying a lot more of that as we fully transition out of the warm. But for now, on the warm days we do get, I’m enjoying my neighbourhood coffee walks.

I grab a latte from 7-11 (no Pumpkin Spice just yet. Their Chai is really good) and take myself on a slow wander through the neighbourhood. It’s an interesting place with tree lined streets and cute houses. It can also be a bit scary because it’s right at the edge of the inner city and has its share of social problems. I’ve lived in places like that my whole life, walking through troubled streets feels strangely homey and familiar. Plus it keeps my street skills sharp 😁 Nobody bothers me much though. It’s mostly just my anxiety, barking dogs and friendly cats.

I pass by people reading books in their yards – high five fellow bibliophiles!- and dads doing yard work. I delight in kids climbing fences and trees, testing their skills and becoming braver by the second. Sometimes I accidently catch snippets of intense conversations, like a young girl crying to her boyfriend about family pressures or the two gents sitting on their big front porch discussing philosophy accompanied by a very large bottle of vodka. 😐

When the leaves turn and fall, the fun really starts because as I walk the sun shines dappled through the trees and the ground is all crunchy. So satisfying! Sometimes the wind picks up and I’m caught a swirling leaf tornado, laughing as the wind whips up my hair and flings Goddess know what else up at me. πŸƒπŸπŸ•·πŸ¦—πŸœπŸπŸƒ

The sweet warm sips of coffee are a special pleasure reserved for these walks and it’s one of my most beloved Autumn rituals. I swear, if it could stay Autumn forever, I’d be a happy gal.

I so appreciate these simple pleasures β˜•

Do you have a favourite fall ritual?

Dream Your Own Death.

One of the possible side effects of taking melatonin are vivid dreams. Since I started micro-dosing myself I’ve had a few but because I knew to expect them AND because I know that vivid dreams mean I’m in that lovely restorative REM state, this is A-OK with me! I’m not overly bothered by them.

Well, except this one.

On the very first night of micro dosing, I dreamt I was in a room full of people, perhaps 15 of us all together.

The room was white and sterile, with overhead lights that flickered and buzzed. The general mood was somber. There was a woman and she was not having a time! She was really carrying on, crying and wailing. Pulling at her hair…a staff member sat beside her and was trying to calm and console the poor dear. My curiosity got the better of me and I rudely interrupted them to ask”What’s her problem!?” in the snottiest voice ever!

“Oh, she’s just learned how she’s about to die” the staff member says, nonchalantly.

I openly scoff at this poor women’s distress but quickly realize that I have also been collected and made to gather in this room… I’m starting to catch on but still, I’m full of cheek ” How am I going to die?”

Staff lady turns to me, looks me dead straight in the eyes and says with a steely glint ” YOU, are going to have a medical event.”

My heart pounds! Pressure in my head builds and builds as I stare at her in horror. I start to hyperventilate as my head explodes in pain and then I wake up.

In.a.panic!

“I’m dying! I’m dying! ” are the most coherent of the many jumbled thoughts racing through my head. “What about my grandbabies? What about my garden!? MY JOURNALS!!” I’m sputtering. Actually sputtering! ” I haven’t done all the things I want to do!” I wail in my head.

That last thought clears the fog because I actually have done the things I want to do…this must be a dream…Holy crap! Some dream!

Gradually my heart stops racing and the stroke pain in my head clears. I get up to pee and have a laugh.

I am an end of life care doula! I read about death every single day. I live and breathe death and help people with theirs…and yet here I am, dreaming about my own and freaking out! Too bloody funny.

I know it’s just a dream and dreams aren’t reality but the whole thing made me wonder this- If I’m not lucky enough to die in my sleep, if I am made aware of the details of my death, is this how I’m going to react? Goddess, I hope not. Who wants to spend their last moments in a panic?!

This is just like the time I dreamed of spiders and had to remind myself that I wasn’t actually afraid of spiders. And I’m not, under most circumstances, ha ha. I’m only afraid of them when they move quickly.

It seems I’m only afraid of death when it moves quickly too.