Family, a Wedding, and Bananas

I had intended to get to my son’s place mid-afternoon and almost made it. That was in spite of the fact that church lasted longer than usual. I’d thought about leaving before the last song (#214 in the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, “We Have This Hope”). The person at the piano isn’t used to playing often so I had pity on her and stayed. The tune is almost militant and very joyful. It also isn’t the easiest to play.


We have this hope that burns within our hearts,
Hope in the coming of the Lord.
We have this faith that Christ alone imparts,
Faith in the promise of His Word.
We believe the time is here, When the nations far and near
Shall awake, and shout, and sing – Halellujah! Christ the King!
We have this hope that burns within our hearts,
Hope in the coming of the Lord.
Wayne Hooper

I left as soon as I could gracefully (more or less) make my getaway after telling my friend she done good on the children’s story. It was about an albino hummingbird. But I’m getting off on a tangent here.

My plan to have everything in the car had already evaporated. I had to come home and grab my clothes and food but I got that done fairly quickly.

The trip was uneventful and beautiful with everything even more bloomed out than it is here. I went from early spring to full bore spring in the space of an hour.

Everyone was home. I was duly welcomed and the car was emptied of its loot in short order. My son was shocked and amazed that I didn’t have my laptop with me. I explained that I’m on a schedule now that gives me Saturday nights off.

He has this “thing” about my blog and doesn’t access it very often. He did sit down and pull it up to see the new design and read the parts about himself plus he looked at the pictures.

After sundown, he and my granddaughter went to rent a movie for us to watch that night. It was “Enchanted” which I’d never had a desire to see but it turned out to be pretty cute. Not particularly uplifting and inspirational but cute.

I slept in my granddaughter’s bed but this time I was prepared with a throw and my mother’s postage stamp comforter. I was warm.

Next morning, I woke to go to the bathroom and discovered my son was already up. It was 5:15 and we had a good visit until he left a little after 6. I was going to get on their computer to check my e-mail but it’s password protected and he doesn’t know the password. That’s to keep him from living online and it works. Surprisingly, he’s okay with it. Said he gets a lot more done. We hugged and kissed goodbye and he left.

I lay back down and tried to sleep but it was futile. I got up, showered, got everything packed, made the bed, and readied myself to go to the university supermarket. My DIL was up before I left.

Shopping done, I decided I would scope out the countryside so I wouldn’t have to find the church when I was on my way to the wedding. I went right to it, no problem.

Back at the house, I visited with my DIL and granddaughter until they had to leave to find the offspring a dress. The computer was available so I made good use of it until they got home. I was amazed all over again at how grown up my granddaughter is. She is probably an inch taller than I am and very shapely. At 12 she has the body I would have killed for at 16.

I was telling my DIL how I went to the church when she proceeded to tell me a different way that was more direct. By that time, I was dressed in my wedding guest clothes, the car was loaded, and I was ready to leave. They had prayer for me and I was on my way.

It normally takes about 20 minutes to get to the church from my son’s house. The operative word here is NORMALLY. I allowed half an hour for travel. I got into bumper to bumper traffic that slowed me not quite to a crawl but close. I kept looking at the clock on the dash. At 2:55 (the wedding was at 3) I was at the intersection my DIL had told me about. Chucking my idea to go the way I knew for sure, I turned and that’s where I made my first mistake according to my friend in the nursing home. I got thoroughly lost. To make a long story short, I didn’t make it to the wedding. I went grocery shopping instead when I finally found a place I recognized.

After I finished up at the first place, I went back in and changed into my jeans in the restroom. There were several more stops after that. I ended up at Aldi five minutes after they closed. I have food galore without whatever I would have gotten there.

I was up until almost 11 washing greens and spinning them. I have a huge amount of spinach in my Evert-Fresh Green Bag. I haven’t used them much because everything has to be dry before it’s stored but the spinner takes care of that problem. I have some of my banana haul (see below) in a Green Bag, too.

And now to the bananas. There’s a shortage because of severe flooding and that’s reflected in the prices. However, that has worked to this raw foodist’s advantage. Yesterday, I got $6 worth of lightly speckled organic bananas for around $2.60. Today, I got a little over 10 lubs of even more lightly speckled conventional bananas for 29¢ a lub. People aren’t buying bananas. They are sitting on the shelves until they get what most view as overripe. I don’t wish the stores any harm but it’s nice to go in knowing I’ll be able to buy bananas at a more than reasonable price.

Sorry if you were looking for another chapter tonight. I just had to tell someone what happened the past couple days and you were It.

Good night!

2 Responses to Family, a Wedding, and Bananas

  1. Cassandra April 1, 2008 at 9:27 am #

    Tommie, where are you getting discount bananas? I’ve found bananas that most people wouldn’t eat but they still want to charge $.69/lb for them. I think that’s outrageous.

  2. Tommie April 1, 2008 at 6:26 pm #

    Make a suggestion that they should be marked down. The cashiers at the local Save A Lot are authorized to charge the reduced price on “overripe”. I got the organic at the university supermarket. They were full price when I went in but I asked the produce guy if the speckled ones were going to have the price cut and he said yes. When I went back by later, it had been done so I got three bunches. The full priced conventional were 52¢ which is less than you’re paying. Don’t be shy! It’s your money and the speckled ones won’t last as long. If they want to break even, they should be glad to sell them to you for less.

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