Those of us who are not frontline workers are doing our best to stay at home and to stay out of the stores, except for when we need to acquire essential items.
I am currently blessed with a houseful of six adults. My husband and I, and 4 of our adult children – home from University. We are also shopping for my 91 year old mother, who lives in her own house but has her own caregivers. As 3 of our children have returned from separate households, located elesewhere in Canada, we are keeping everyone home, and doing only window visits and deliveries for my mother for now.
It’s pretty much impossible to get groceries delivered – our local supermarkets have only scheduled pickups – but their timeslots only go for 8 days and are all booked. So we are working with what we have. I wanted to share what we have been successful with in acquiring “stuff”. These sources work for us here in Ontario Canada area – but perhaps they can be of help – or if you can make any suggestions – please comment!
In Ontario, most stores other than groceries, pharmacies and liquor have now been declared non-essential, and are therefore open for curbside pickup only.
I am a big fan of Amazon, but I am finding many grocery items out of stock on Amazon.ca, so haven’t been able to put together a substantial order there. We did order some board games though! We have had a few game nights with old and new games.
We are only sending one person to the supermarket if we have to – once a week or less. Initially we found that toilet paper, paper towels, cleansers, spaghetti, rice and flour were out of stock in stores and online. Now some of these things are coming back in stock but things like cake and muffin mixes are out of stock. Everybody is baking!
For my mother, we have been placing orders for single serve meals and roasts from M&M Meat Shops– a prepared frozen food store – which allows us to place orders and schedule pickups. This means that her caregivers spend less time cooking her meals for now and have less contact with her food.
For baking supplies, cleaning and personal care products we have been ordering from Well.ca – which ships across Canada and the US – they are limiting some orders and quantities but doing their best!
For my mom’s personal care items and Boost – meal replacement I ordered online from Wellwise.ca.
My hair could use a visit to the hairdresser, so that’s not happening. I ordered some hair colour from Shoppersdrugmart.ca – I ordered 2 boxes because I could see the colour choices were getting out of stock – everyone is colouring their own hair now!! Another fellow in our house needs a haircut- the dog. Groomers are deemed non-essential but we can order grooming tools online for curbside pickup or delivery from Petsmart or Global Petfoods. We are trying to work up the courage to start this project. So far he has had a “bangs” trim.
Our home improvement stores are only available for pickup and online sales. I have ordered a toilet online for shipment (glamourous, I know!) and topsoil for pickup. Home improvement and gardening keep me occupied while staying home! I can only order white paint though – so I have custom tinted some paint in my basement workshop by mixing a few varieties. (Don’t tell my husband – he’ll be happy when he sees it on the wall tomorrow! What happens in the workshop stays in the workshop)
We are keeping the kids from the Starbucks drive-through, and so need to have the coffee ready at home all day. So of course the coffeemaker broke this week and we got a new one with an online order and pickup at our local Bestbuy. Imagine two slightly old people driving around town in the morning trying to place an online order on a phone – for a coffee maker without their reading glasses. We got one though and coffee was ready before any of the kids woke up to notice!
I had previously ordered some unique fruit trees from a specialty nursery not far from us. They are shipping the items now, instead of having me pick up my trees. (I can’t decide whether I’m more excited about the Pawpaw tree or the toilet sadly). Some of the larger nurseries in our area are doing online orders and curbside pickups too.
As for wine and beer, despite the fact that Ontario is still considering our Liquor Stores to be essential services, I have no plans of lining up for or shopping in close confines for wine and beer. I am happy to have brewed my own beer, but when I am out, I shop at small local breweries and wineries that pick my orders for me. Cheers, as always and stay healthy at home. Please let me know if you have a unique way to acquire supplies while physically distancing.
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