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Saturday, April 7, 2018

The road to spring, annotated



I don't like mornings with overnight doses of snow. I am making unfair comparisons to last year's spring, which began for me in June. Nevertheless, that is when it began.


Laura's pocket burned with the coupon for a week's free instruction in Krav Maga, and to my credit, I did call for more information. Later I remembered the school is going to a tournament today, and would not be opened.

And so we left for a Saturday morning, with the opposite route around our shopping square. Barlow Road to Asian Sun School of Martial Arts. This is the route directly past Great Lakes Bakery, if I don't cheat and backtrack.

We found Asian Sun doors locked (the tournament I forgot about), and set off for the Bakery, then the grocery store.


The bakery is crammed on top of a hill approaching  downtown Hudson. Most of downtown makes me happy I don't live here. My custom is completely attributable to the area's adherence to ADA, as it should.  There's a lot of business among old folks.



I watched a tall, grey headed fellow exit Starbucks (to the right) with a two to three year old toddler on his left arm and his outstretched right arm carrying a container with two coffee cups. He walked down the steps, down the sidewalk and turned to go down the hill. 

By the time Laura and I exited Great Lakes, G'pa was at his car at the bottom of the hill. A scenario of bringing coffee back to G'Ma, or  his trophy wife. Lot of those in Hudson, too.


I passed over scones today, in favor of almond short breads. For Laura, the usual sugar cookies. Next stop Kreigers, an overgrown fruit market, standing in defiance of a big city and big box stores since 1963. The store has outlasted a Tops and a Giant Eagle, on the same road.


The drill is, we park. Laura hands me two shopping bags and disappears into the store before I exit the car. She's a speed shopper, and generally is at the register when I arrive. I did get in a few pictures today.


Does your grocery stock Irish Setter Red from Thirsty Dog Brewing near the sprouts. Perhaps you should speak to the manager.


Spring in Northeastern Ohio.


Saturday and Sunday mornings generally feature fellows and dads shopping. By afternoons, more families.


Look straight up from Penta water for it's description. 


My family shopper is arrived. That is a bag of chard for G'ma to have for supper. Laura's Adventure Crew is braving an Escape Room tonight. And, pizza for supper.



Off home, with snow still on the deck.


And, shopping rewards.



23 comments:

  1. Krav Maga? when i was in high school many many years ago we had some lessons,long forgotten,and even if not i don't think i can use it now:).

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  2. hari OM
    Go Kriegers - all you need when you need it, and things you didn't know you need but might be persuaded! Nicely documented side trip in spring. YAM xx

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  3. I think I should instigate 'shopping rewards' here as well. Sounds like a good idea.

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  4. You are smart to get your shopping done earlier in the day. I never seem to do it until much later but I live close to where I shop for food and can go quite late.

    It seems the snow is still flying in some parts of Canada too. I hope Spring will arrive in earnest soon but I heard it is going to be a hot summer.

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  5. Wow....you all eat well and all are right sized. The brand names go over my head too. I will go with shortbread cookies tho. I know what they are. :)

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  6. How I long for a speed shopper. We go down every single aisle. Slowly.

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  7. The Golfer is a speed shopper - absolutely no fun to go with. In and out with what he went for. If I dare to linger it's 'do you want/need anything else' or heavens if it's not on the list and I pick up and finger (non perishables) it's 'do you want/need that' As I said no fun at all - hence why I go grocery shopping on my own.

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  8. I can be a speed shopper but choose not to most times. Depends on the plan for the day really.

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  9. My husband and I have diametrically opposed shopping styles. There are advantages to both, but we don't shop together!

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  10. I'm not familiar with Krav Maga. I'll have to look it up. I'm well acquainted with quality baked goods, though:-)

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  11. Good to read that the big box stores have not killed off all the local businesses in your area. Long live Kreiger's!

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  12. Marc does the shopping since he does the cooking. I stopped accompanying him because everything I put in the basket that he didn't like he'd ask me 'you gonna cook that?' winter slipped an icy finger down here today. supposed to get in the 40s tonight. been windy and cold all day.

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  13. The fresh produce was awesome. My husband loves to shop and I am a speed shopper with solid list in my head.

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  14. How handy to have a shopper who knows exactly what to get and speedily too. Your shops look lovely and clean, neat too.

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  15. Being from across the pond, all these brand names and stores mean nothing to me, but clearly you have plenty of choice food-wise, including all the ultra-organic and ultra-pure options. I'm still astonished at the news that all our supposedly pure bottled water contains plastic particles. Not so pure after all.

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  16. Long live the market!
    sad that water has to be advertised as, basically, poison free.

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  17. That market! I wish we had something like that in Central Florida. I get so tired of Publix.

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  18. Irish Setter Red? I drank a beer in Germany which was red and Irish, but it wasn't called that. American supermarkets are so packed!

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  19. My Saturday was spent cooking... meatloaf and chocolate chip cookies. The house smelled wonderful! But you and Laura's adventures sound fun too. And I also use the 'shopping rewards' with DH ("... if you want to come with me, we can stop at LaMads for coffee and a treat after"). Usually works.

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  20. Sounds like a nice outing for you and Laura.

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  21. Glad to see an independent overgrown food market holding its own. I always prefer shopping in places like that. I'm getting mighty sick of the big food chains.

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