From Beautiful to Blustery!

Yesterday morning,  I dropped Michelle off at college, then decided to grab a little snack before doing some serious grocery shopping.

Um…yeah…I was going to showmy readers my tasty pumpkin donut, but unfortunately, it was calling my name and I actually ate it as I was driving!  Oops!  Thus, the bag in the back was empty.  There was little so tasty as that donut and a piping hot cup of hot chocolate.

As I sat in the Lowe’s parking lot, the sun was just making its appearance over the eastern horizon.  It was so amazing!

I enjoyed my little time to myself,  then got down to the business of shopping.  I was so proud of  my shopping adventure.  First stop was WalMart for a few things.  Then I headed to Aldi, but didn’t realize they don’t open until 9 am.  That didn’t stop me! 

I hopped on over to Wegman’s where I could while away some time recycling my two big bags of bottles and cans.  I gingerly waltzed my two bags to the recycling area and was so happy to see there was no one else around.  I was a bit surprised to walk through the doors and be slapped with the “brewery factor” so early in the morning.  Phew….stale beer before 9am stinks!

I balanced one of my large bags on top of the other and began to place them into the machine.  I had many, many lightweight water bottles to recycle and for some reason, the first machine was giving me a really hard time with them.  I quickly moved on to the next machine.  Argh!  Was there a conspiracy against me returning my recyclables? This machine kept putting up the error code Do not throw containers!  I certainly was not throwing them in!

I have never had any problems with the machines in the past, but I was beginning to feel terribly inept!  I merely sacheted on to the next machine.  Not only was I accused of throwing containers at the machine,  but it also told me that my containers Not accepted  and Insert only one container at a time. 

Wow!  I spent so much time with those machines,  I thought I was going to scream!  The icing on the cake was when the conveyer in the machine ripped the label off a two liter bottle of Mountain Dew!  I felt like I was tasting recycling “hell”! I did manage to get most of the bottles into the machine for proper credit,  but I did have to take in four water bottles that I was advised were Too damaged even though they were in perfect condition!  Oh the joys of recycling!

I shopped at Wegman’s for a few specific items like fresh produce and some chicken breasts.  Thankfully, the girl that checked me out was in a good mood.  I think if anyone would have given me trouble,  I might have gone off the deep end!

I finished withWegman’s then moseyed on over to Aldi.  I picked up a few things there including a marzipan candy at the checkout.  Oh my!  I love almonds and when I bit into this delectable treat,  it tasted so much like chocolate covered cherries! 

After finishing at Aldi,  I went on to Big Lots where I found a pretty tablecloth in shades of gold and pale orange.  It is woven and has realistic looking pumpkins on it.  Very nice!  I also found some cute Thanksgiving placemats.  One of the coolest things, though, was a poultry seasoning grinder (like a pepper mill) by Paula Deen.  When I opened the mill and ground out some spice,  I was impressed by the flavor.  It is kind of unique and very tasty!

After all of my shopping,   I headed on home as Ben needed to go to his class in the afternoon.  As I was driving home, I noticed the wind was increasing in its intensity.  By the time I got home,  it was really very windy but the temperature was so mild.

We didn’t get any of the wild weather that was being experienced by a large bit of our nation.  Later in the evening, it was not only windy, but also rainy.  We had lots of small branches littering the lawn and most all of th leaves are now on the ground.  It is incredible to think that one good windy, stormy evening can remove nearly all the beautiful fall foliage!

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