Opening Up Saskatchewan

Our provincial government has decided that it is time to re-open Saskatchewan. I agree that it is time. People need to return to their lives and we should be ready. Businesses have been made aware of what they must do to keep their customers and staff at minimum risk. Medical facilities have had time to prepare for Covid and non-Covid patients. Schools will remain closed for now as will churches, sports venues, and the like. Our government should be ready to take swift action if there are signs of a serious outbreak. People in general have been educated as to the risks of Covid 19 and the precautions needed to avoid contracting or spreading it. Saskatchewan is ready. It is time.

I have ventured out very little in the past two months. For the most part, I have gone only where I absolutely had to – our bank, our pharmacy, and to a lab for blood tests. I also went to one outdoor greenhouse and one very quiet dollar store. Dan has been doing all of our other shopping and errands on his days off.

Yesterday I decided that it was time. I put on a mask and headed off to Walmart with Dan to pick up a number of items that I prefer to buy for myself – shampoo, conditioner, and the like.

Not actually me…

Dan dropped me off at the lineup to the Walmart entrance. There were maybe fifteen people in line. The line was orderly and moving at a steady pace. One person would be allowed to enter the store and the rest of us would move up a spot. The spots were clearly identified. I was signalled to enter the vestibule, where there were three more steps to move up. Then I was signalled to enter the store.

Once in the store, it was a GONG show. People were coming in, people were going out, people were crossing sideways to grab a cart or return a cart. I had no idea where I was supposed to go. A staff member caught my eye and motioned me over to get a freshly sanitized cart. I thanked him, grabbed a cart, and moved off towards the pharmacy area.

There were no arrows to indicate which direction I should be travelling. There were only a couple of other people in the immediate vicinity so I was easily able to keep my distance. I was relaxing, while still being vigilant. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a large man moving up beside me. I edged away from him just as he put his BIG hand on the handle of my cart.

This was not the first time Dan has stepped up beside me to take over pushing a cart but he startled me none the less. Fortunately, my mask muffled my shriek and we moved on.

Dan’s hand vs my hand. He has BIG hands.

I led the way around the store, while Dan pushed the cart. It was all good until we reached the grocery department. Suddenly there were arrows on the floor and I was going the wrong direction – as were half of the customers. Dan was in the next aisle, going the right direction. I caught up with him and we quickly got what we needed. We paid the cashier, who was on the other side of a plastic barrier. I was distracted when I noticed she was sanitizing the debit machine after I used it. 👍

By the time I turned back, Dan was gone. He was halfway out the door. As I was trying to get past the service counter, there was a staff member – right there – announcing Walmart’s Covid 19 protocols. In the ten square feet in front of her counter, there were a dozen people all going different directions. I was one of them. 🙄

It may be time and Saskatchewan may be ready. Personally, I do not feel that I am quite there yet – at least not for Walmart.

Canadian Tire Deals

Shopping is not my favourite pastime but every once in while I get an urge to buy something for myself. I am not usually looking for anything specific, just something. When I get into an impulse buy kind of mood, my goto store is often Canadian Tire.

Canadian Tire carries everything from tools to small appliances to toys and ‘tires’, plus much more. Despite their wide range of products, the reason I go there is because we buy all of our gas there so generally have enough ‘Canadian Tire’ money on our card to buy anything I want without spending real money. Despite their wide range of products and ‘free’ money to spend, I generally decide not to buy anything, which of course works for Dan because he always needs something from Canadian Tire.

Lately Dan has been out of luck as I have been on a roll.

I got a new kitchen tap this week at an absolutely killer deal. I have been wrestling with the old one for months. Now I need to find a new home for my plant as it is tangled up in my new tap.
I replaced my old bread maker, which I broke at least six months ago. I got this one at less than half the ticketed price.
And finally, I got a new air frier. I wore my old one out so bad, there were parts falling off of it. And, I got another great deal.

I don’t know if it is typical for stores to give deep discounts on older stock to clear their shelves for new models later in the fall but it might be worth checking your local stores. As long as you do not really need the ‘newest’ model you might be able to score some great deals!