Tuesday, November 8, 2022

The big shopping.....

 6:28 am - Tuesday - November 8th - Glamis North Hot Springs, CA - 63° F, 69% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the south by southeast.....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 76° F.  On this date in 2013 we were somewhere between Fallon, and Carson City, NV driving at night....something we rarely do....and caught this amazing sunset......↴

Monday was our first day not working after 5 days of a whirlwind learning curve with Bob and Casey.  Unfortunately, with DST making the sun rise an hour earlier than before we were awake before 6 am....doh!  It kind of threw my whole day off, but oh well, it is what it is.

We hadn't yet driven south on US-111 to Niland, Calipatria, and Brawley, and we needed to do a BIG shopping, so we began our drive down to Brawley around 9 am, stopping in Niland to check out the new grocery store there (its only 17 miles from GNHS, so might be an option for a few necessities in a pinch), before continuing south through Calipatria, which is actually a pretty large, and seemingly more prosperous town than Niland appears to be, arriving at the Vons Supermarket in Brawley just before 10 am.  

This is probably one of the nicest Vons we've ever been in (they even have a Starbucks), and amazingly well stocked!  We took our time walking up and down each and every aisle.  When we finally reached the cashier station the large basket was full....ouch, that was expensive.....can you spell 'INFLATION' ($301....no alcohol, and to think we actually saved $54 by using our Vons Club card during checkout)?!

We were back on the road by 11 am heading north, reaching Niland just before noon time, so we decided to stop off at a local diner called Buckshot Deli and Diner (4.5 stars on 104 Yelp reviews).....

.....they essentially serve two types of food.....Hamburgers, and Mexican.  TLE had their Ortega Burger, and I their Chile Relleno.  Both dishes were above average, and all the ingredients were fresh.  We would be right at 4 stars on this one.  An humorous side note.....the server brought our check, and then cleared the table. After she left I looked at the bill and was shocked to see a total of $77....wait, what?  I called her back over to the table and asked if there wasn't some error on the check, and then put down this on the table.....

......the $77 check was a joke....we both laughed, and then she gave me the real check for $31.....lol, she got me!  They apparently do this to all new customers....very cute.

We were home before 1 pm, and had all of our purchases inside the Newell within 10 minutes, but it took TLE another hour to put everything away....lol.  I took a nap, and then puttered around in the trailer putting stuff away that I had taken out of the cabinet, and putting tools away that I had left out on the workbench.....very, very unlike me, but the last 5 days were hectic, so I forgave myself.

TLE and I spent another lovely evening on the 'lido deck' playing Backgammon until almost 8 pm.  I was hot on this night taking 5 out of 6, or 7 games.  Usually we play pretty evenly when it comes to Backgammon.  Now 'Phase 10' is another story.....TLE whips me 3 out of 4 times, but the games are getting closer.

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