Is it just me!

I have been self-isolating since February, 5 months. Then last week I had to have an ultrasound, it was not a good experience. It was my first foray into the world in a long time. Today I had to go into a retail outlet to purchase the wheat for my bread. It was my second foray into the world in less than a week, and it was not a good experience. Since I’ve only had two experiences in the last five months, I can’t tell whether I’ve just had very bad luck, or if the world out there is getting a great deal nastier than it already was.

The company that sells Canadian Wheat at a price we can afford is in Toronto. They will not ship, and will not allow pre-order, and prepayment, before pickup.

I HAD to go into the store. They warned me on the phone, that there might be other customers in the store, they were not monitoring that. So after the long drive to Toronto, I wore a big shirt and long pants over my clothes, donned my mask and face shield, and entered the store.

It was awful. There were four people ahead of me in line to order. One young man wasn’t wearing a mask at all, and he and the cashier (she was wearing a mask) were giving me withering looks and saying over and over to each other, “unbelievable” and shaking their heads. That was extremely unpleasant, I stood my ground.

While waiting in line another man came in wearing no mask and started wandering around, I had to move several times to keep him at a distance. The man in line ahead of me was wearing a mask, but he was wearing it over his mouth only, his nose exposed, he talked and laughed a lot. I kept my distance.

The cashier, when my turn came, kept asking me to repeat myself, even though I was shouting so loud there was an echo, and rolling her eyes at me. BUT the order got taken, I paid the bill, and got out of there. It was awful, and it was over.

Is everyone else having these kinds of issues with people not wearing masks in retail outlets? Wow.

Then we had to go the delivery bay to pick up the order and the whole atmosphere changed. The warehouse staff were exceptional, all wearing masks, polite, helpful, kept their distance, just great!

It took a while to sanitize me before I could get back into the car, removing the exposed clothing and bagging it, spritzing myself with hydrogen peroxide, cleaning the face shield. We covered our purchases with a blanket, to prevent any airborne particles hanging about in the cab of the car during the long trip home.

We buy our wheat annually, it is a long trip there and back. It isn’t an activity I look forward to!!!!!

We are home safe and sound now, everything is washed, or sprayed with hydrogen peroxide. All our clothes for the day have been laundered, we have showered, and can finally relax.

The round trip took six and half hours, and the follow up at home, sanitizing and dealing with exposed items such as our purchases, the credit card, and the face shield, took another three hours.

I am exhausted.

Tomorrow we begin the process of storing what we purchased.

If we don’t get sick from that visit to the retail outlet, I will consider today’s adventure a total success.



Date: 9:00 PM EDT Tuesday 4 August 2020
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Temperature: 20.1°C
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Humidity: 95%
Wind: NW 10 km/h
Humidex: 27
Visibility: 24 km


“It’s a dangerous business going out your front door.”
J. R. R. Tolkien
1892 – 1973

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Hi Maggie. What an awful experience. I’m sorry you had to go through that. The cashier and customer giving you looks are jerks. I’m glad the warehouse people were nice and kept their distance.
I haven’t been in a local store for months. But I do run into some people in my building who still don’t wear masks. Two of them smirk in a way that makes me feel they want me to challenge them. I just do my best to avoid them. Almost everyone else in the building wears masks. But we have a couple of teachers who will be returning to school next month. I’m worried for their health and also that they might bring covid back home with them. There’s always something to worry about, it seems. I’m glad you’re safe at home 🙂

Steve-Paul (SP) Simms

Horrible experience for you. I shop grocery stores in my neighborhood fairly frequently, so I don’t find it traumatic, but I don’t have the medical issues that might make it so for you. We always wear masks (not shields) and stores have become more attentive to reminding you – the other day I’d neglected to pull my mask over my nose while I was walking there, and a clerk asked me nicely to cover my nose – but they are not stringent about it and I think they should be. People who deride you for being cautious are just pinheads. Glad you got your wheat, at least. Virtual bear hug.

Steve-Paul (SP) Simms

I think I would have told the cashier in no uncertain terms, You’re not paid to ridicule customers. And if they seem uncontrite, call for a manager. But when you’ve made a major expedition and you’re exhausted that’s hard, I know. Ah, the tyranny of stupidity.

Joan Lansberry

That’s such a shame you had such an horrid experience. You ARE taking much more strenuous caution than most regarding the illness, but no one has the right to judge you. They have no idea what your health risks are. I’m glad you were at least able to get what you wanted. Have a good recovery day tomorrow!


That’s the problem as Joan mentioned……others don’t know what’s going on in your life and why you are doing what you are doing. You do whatever you need to do to make yourself feel safe.
Masks are a contentious issue – just ask any Melbournian (or Victorian for that matter). After months of ‘not needing them’ now we are legally required to wear them outside our homes. As usual there are some who object loudly (but then they’d object to anything) most of us are complying…..or getting fined for not doing so

I wonder, when the shop assistant got stroppy did you not think to put your order down in writing. Make out you’re deaf. Desperate times mean desperate measures.
Thanks for today’s comment- lucky you to be able to crochet…’s one skill I’ve never been able to master.

Eileen Barton

It astounds me how many people refuse to take this Corona virus seriously. I have been into several stores and wear a mask and use hand sanitizer a lot when I am out. Most people are wearing masks but you do get some that just refuse to wear them or to follow other regulations that are in place to protect them. I am also amazed when I see so many government officials gathering in large groups and not wearing masks. I would call the store where you got your wheat from and file a complaint about the cashier. There is no reason you should have been made uncomfortable while making a purchase there. Stay safe!