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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 19 Mar 2020, 20:27 
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I do a fair bit of internet stuff at home and work, but I don't do food shopping on line. I did try it (admittedly some years ago so it may be easier now), and found it took forever and was quite confusing, so I gave up in the end. My sister and children manage fine!


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PostPosted: 19 Mar 2020, 21:29 
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A family member is going to see him at the weekend to see if we can get this sorted out.

I don't buy groceries online so I don't know how difficult or easy it is to do.
There are sites that are basically vegetable box sites that do a limited number of other essentials that would seem to be most suitable for him.

Hopefully if we can get things set up and started off, he'll be able to manage from there on.


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I've just been to the fracture clinic to have my leg looked at. I'm supposed to be going back in 3 weeks to have the cast off and move onto a moonboot, but it is Easter in 3 weeks and the clinic is only on Fridays. So I'm going to have to wait an extra week :(
At least I have someone coming in on Monday so I might get a shower for the first time since I came out of hospital!


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Oh my goodness, Joanne - where's Matey when you need her??? Wishing you good healing (and a shower), anyway!


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PostPosted: 20 Mar 2020, 21:54 
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Chris wrote:
I do a fair bit of internet stuff at home and work, but I don't do food shopping on line. I did try it (admittedly some years ago so it may be easier now), and found it took forever and was quite confusing, so I gave up in the end. My sister and children manage fine!


I used to do my supermarket shopping online, but stopped when I unpacked the shopping one day to find I'd ordered 3 different lots of onions and now had 6 kilos. For 3 of us, and younger son not liking onions. (This was just after my husband had left us, and I just wasn't coping very well.) Being able to see what I'm putting on the conveyor belt works much better. My sisters both manage it without problems. It's just me!


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PostPosted: 21 Mar 2020, 15:01 
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We do online shopping intermittently. We’ve had deliveries with one mushroom (rather than one punnet), some very inappropriate substitutions by the store, key items not delivered, etc., but mainly, it’s been fine. I think it works better when you use it regularly and have ‘favourites’ set up to repeat order, rather than being overwhelmed by the choice / options.

Having said all of that, the main challenge in the UK at the moment seems to be getting a delivery slot, with the massive increase in deman :(


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PostPosted: 21 Mar 2020, 15:44 
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Caroline wrote:
We do online shopping intermittently. We’ve had deliveries with one mushroom (rather than one punnet), some very inappropriate substitutions by the store, key items not delivered, etc., but mainly, it’s been fine. I think it works better when you use it regularly and have ‘favourites’ set up to repeat order, rather than being overwhelmed by the choice / options.

Having said all of that, the main challenge in the UK at the moment seems to be getting a delivery slot, with the massive increase in deman :(


I consider I was very lucky to be offered my choice of a '5-hour' slot, or hourly options from between 5 & 6 pm onward when i placed my order on Thursday. *And* it arrived within five minutes of my chosen slot, even though I'd had a text to say they were running behind schedule! People trying to order from stores in the same chain in Toronto on Thursday were being told there were no delivery openings until this coming Tuesday. The item in short supply round here, aside from the inevitable toilet rolls and other paper goods, would seem to be eggs, of all things!


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PostPosted: 21 Mar 2020, 15:49 
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When I ordered online the first slot I could get was 21 April...! Knowing I'd need it again by then, and not knowing what the situation would be by then, I accepted it - but that means I've paid a month ahead for the stuff, and still had to go out today to try and get nearly all of it now...I'm lucky to have the money that I can do this, but many others would not be so well-placed, I feel.

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I went into a local Aldi on Thursday, shelves pretty full of everything other than loo rolls and tissues - and like Elder, eggs. Not one in sight.

My daughter always shops online as she doesn't drive so has a slight advantage over those who don't as Sainsbury's are putting the elderly first, then those with online passes. However they are also apparently increasing click and collect places to take the place of actual deliveries.

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PostPosted: 22 Mar 2020, 02:14 
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I had a moment yesterday afternoon.

I'm in self isolation as I am, as my GP calls it, a 'double threat' - I have diabetes and a lung disorder, and at present I have a rotten longstanding chest infection that just will not go away and leave me alone. I've been in the house, only going as far as the back garden, since Monday.

Today, I decided to take my two daughters for a walk. My OH dropped me near to a windmill, a couple of miles from our house, then he drove home to do some noisy DIY.

The windmill is closed, but it's in a field with public access, so we were walking round, looking at stuff and taking some photos. There were two other groups of people in the field, doing the same, all keeping our distance from each other.

Then came the nightmare family. I assume parents and three teenage kids. They walked along and stood quite close to me and my kids. We moved over a bit. Then one of the group came right close and held out their giant camera to me. Conversation goes as follows.

Them - Can you take our picture please? So we can all be in the picture.
Me - Sorry no, we're in isolation right now. I can't touch your stuff unless you can guarantee it's completely clean.
Them - We only want one photo.
Me - I CANNOT TOUCH YOUR CAMERA. WE ARE IN SELF ISOLATION ON DOCTOR'S ADVICE.
Them - Maybe you should have stayed at home then.
Me - (with my chest infection, unable to stop this) *almighty cough*

They ran like racehorses at that point. And I hate to say it, but I was laughing like a loon as I was coughing.

Self isolation does not mean you have to lock yourself in your house, people! It means you just keep your distance, is all.

I guess I won't be going out for any more walks any time soon, in all seriousness, if people are going to be silly. I am aware that I sound pretty grim, but then I always do. Lung disorder is a pain, and right now, I think people just think that I'm dangerous :|


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PostPosted: 22 Mar 2020, 08:36 
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Oh dear. I normally ask people to take photos for me, but not at the moment. Most people are being sensible, but unfortunately there are a few idiots around.

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PostPosted: 22 Mar 2020, 09:34 
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I can see the sale of 'selfie sticks' for mobile phones going up, at that rate! I think Govt does have house arrest in mind for the over-70s, and we're sufficiently close to 70 (and with underlying health conditions) that we decided to follow suit, though I did have to break it yesterday to go and buy bread, as my supermarket can send me no bread-flour. I gather that although there was plenty of grain harvested last summer, it was poorer than usual in quality, so less suitable for bread-making.

A friend gave me a blank journal for Christmas, so maybe I'll follow Defoe's example and start 'A Journal of the Plague Year: 2020'... :wink:


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PostPosted: 22 Mar 2020, 10:46 
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Noreen wrote:
A friend gave me a blank journal for Christmas, so maybe I'll follow Defoe's example and start 'A Journal of the Plague Year: 2020'...


We are trying to start a church blog along those lines. I resisted the temptation to call it a journal of the plague year - have used London 2020 instead as a sarkie comment on the Diocesan outreach programme which finished this year.

I think I'll be joining you under house arrest very soon and am now going to try to wrestle with Sainsbury's online as I haven't used them before. I'm 71 with a couple of (though mild) underlying conditions

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PostPosted: 22 Mar 2020, 11:11 
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I cannot get a slot with Waitrose so will go tomorrow and hope it is not as full as last week.

I was able to order box of vegetables with Riverford which will arrive later in the week. I missed it last week as I left ordering to the last minute and they were full due to a lot of new customers.


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PostPosted: 22 Mar 2020, 11:22 
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Hope this doesn't count as spreeing - the Sainsbury's website won't let me on. My local Co-op won't deliver in my area, so I may have to try Tesco later. I'm OK for the present (until we go under house arrest), but will acquire, if they still have any, a couple of tins of fruit from the local independent supermarket. The rhubarb (first crop) is not quite ready yet and of very modest proportions.

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I have to say that neighbours have been extraordinarily kind, offering to get groceries etc for us. We're spoilt for choice!

But it does feel weird not going to Mass this morning - and indeed to weekly mass, now the Catholic church has finally got its act together and agreed to stop all masses - or even funerals, which I find very sad.

Good luck to all those self-isolating like us! :wink:

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PostPosted: 22 Mar 2020, 17:04 
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Just an update to say that online ordering has been sorted out for my father. He's going with smaller companies who seem to have less problems over delivery dates and who have said they are prioritising over-70s. He's had a frst delivery so we hope that things will go smoothly from now on.

The one big remaining problem is his medication. Short of the local council getting its act together and actually providing the support they are supposed to for people in (alleged) sheltered accommodation, it looks as if he'll still have to the chemist.

He's concerned about reading material as he relies on the local library but I'm not so concerned about that as he already buys books online.


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Could he use pharmacy 2u or similar? I've found them to be okay. Or could he at least order his medication online via his GP surgery which works very well for me.


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A lot of pharmacies here do deliver. It varies by area, but there may well be one nearby that'll do deliveries.

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He's concerned about reading material as he relies on the local library but I'm not so concerned about that as he already buys books online.


The public library system in our state has ebooks available to borrow - is this an option for your father? I taught my 80+ mother to read these books and she's been very happy since. Fortunately this system has a 'read in browser' option, which minimises the steps (the other option is to download a key, import that key into a different program and hope the book downloads). I prefer simplicity, that way I get fewer phone calls for tech support.

As I understand it, all the public libraries pooled their funds for ebooks and set up one huge repository, instead of each library creating their own system.

My state library also has free ebooks, but they are mainly non-fiction (which I prefer).

Otherwise, Project Gutenberg has free ebooks, and audio books, mainly of older works that are in the public domain in the USA.

PS Distributed Proofreaders, where I volunteer, has experienced an increased rate of signups. Apparently people are looking for things to do online. DP provides the majority of ebooks at Project Gutenberg.

There's also Distributed Proofreaders Canada, which has a death +50 copyright. Many of Elsie Oxenham's and Enid Blyton's books are being proofed there.


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