Friday, 19 January 2018

Salty Salt

Last week I had to return a thermometer to Canadian Tire, & since it had been opened, I received a store voucher rather than a refund, so I wandered the store afterward looking for things I could use it on.  I noticed an employee (we'll call him Ed) stacking bags of road salt.

There were a few different piles of salt bags, & I wasn't sure if there was a difference between the stacks, so I asked Ed, "What is the difference between the big bag of salt & the small bag of salt?"

Ed replied, "The big bag is bigger, the small bag is smaller."

Thanks for that Ed!  "Ok then, can you please put a big bag in my cart?"

"I was afraid you were going to ask me to do that!"  But he nicely put the 40kg bag of salt in my cart, then told me, "Make sure you ask for someone to load it in you car when you check out!"

"Ok, I will!" I told him, but when I checked out there was a long line, & my checkout person was an older lady, so I figured I could manage myself.  I got to the car, opened the trunk, put down my purse, took off my coat & turned to the cart to heave out my gigantic bag of salt...

My cart started moving away from me, it didn't want to give up it's prize of salt, so I put my foot on the front of the cart to make it stay, & tried again to no avail.  I realized I was not making the proper sounds, so I said aloud, "1, 2, 3, hrrrggghhh!"  But all the sounds in the world were not going to make that 40 kg bag of salt, jump from my cart to my car.  A nice man in the parking lot (we'll call him Pat) saw my predicament & came to assist me.

Pat said, "That is a heavy load!"

I replied with a smile, "Yes, & I just can't get it to budge!"

Pat graciously offered to help me put it in the car, so I held the cart, & he hefted the bag into the trunk.  As this was happening, I noticed an employee over by the front of the store on a forklift.  It was Ed!  Ed cheerfully yelled across the parking lot, "I TOLD YOU YOU WERE GOING TO NEED HELP!"

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Thrift Store Find

A few years ago I was in a thrift shop & one of the volunteers was stocking the shelves.  We'll call her Mary.  Mary turned to me & said, "What section of the store do you suppose I should put this ceramic bathtub in?

It was similar to the one pictured here, & I suggested, "I'd put with nicknacks, as it's clearly meant to be put in a place visible to all!"

"But where would you put it, & what would you put in it?" Mary inquired of me.

"Well, if I were you, I would put it on a front hall table, & when my grandkids were leaving I'd say, 'don't forget to get some candy from the bathtub!'"

I don't know why, but I did not purchase that little bathtub that day.  I was living with regret for the past 2 years, always on the hunt for a little bathtub of my own, despite the fact that I have neither a front hall table, nor grandkids.  A few weeks ago, as I was thrift shopping with a friend, I perused the nicknack aisle as I always did, in search of a little bathtub, when lo & behold, I found not one, but TWO!  One was black & yellow & a little too loud for my taste (little candy bathtubs should be elegant after all).  I gleefully deposited the cute bathtub into my cart & took it home to be put in a place of honour...

It's only logical, isn't it?

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Dog Treats

A few weeks ago a friend of ours gave us some dog food & treats they had gotten from a friend when their dog died unexpectedly.  I looked through the bags of treats & noticed there were some very large freeze-dried treats in one of the bags.  One evening I gave one of these large treats to Digby & he was DELIGHTED!

New treat on the Left, Regular treat on the right
Marker to show scale

The next day Digby was not wanting to participate in any of his regular activities, & we attributed it to the rain.  He really didn't want to go for a walk, & I had to drag him off the front steps, & most of the walk he was very slow.

Later that night I looked at the bag of treats I had given him & discovered that these are not actually treats.  They are "part of a dehydrated meal plan".  Each piece is 1.5 lbs of meat you are supposed to rehydrate them & feed a dog of Digby's size 6 of them a day!  Oops, I guess I'll read the labels a little better on the other bags!

He has fully recovered, & is begging me for more treats...