Town day. So much to do. So, so much.
“Look, I say we use our heads for once and stay overnight in town. Spread the chore list over two days. Waddya say?”
“Well, I have a quilting course which wouldn’t get me over to help anyway and the list is long so I am onside. Ya wuss! Ya gonna make a habit of this?”
“Well, it’s a coping mechanism, isn’t it? As one gets on, one makes adjustments. I think we should be making a few more adjustments, actually. We could get a few things delivered by the water taxi as it goes by or by the monthly barge?”
“Won’t the milk go sour?”
“OK, a bit more thinking is needed on this topic but I am gonna plan to do less and pay more for that to happen.”
And so we stayed at Money Penny’s B&B Tuesday night in Campbell River. Had dinner out at a nice restaurant. Very civilized. Sal’s course had taken her late into the afternoon but I got two things done on the car, bought some materials for more slip-proofing and picked up a few odds and ends that are usually put off because they take so long to get and are only small items. Visited a friend for a few minutes. I also put our book in the Campbell River Museum. By three, I had picked Sal up from the ferry and a bit later we had an early dinner.
GREAT breakfast. The next day was then spent travelling to Comox for a mini-Costco run. Found and scored some organic fowl at a turkey farm nearby. Hit up another organic vendor on the highway and returned in time to complete the usual ‘shop’ in Campbell River and get on the 1:30 pm ferry. Stopped in to see a friend in need of a book on Quadra Island. Picked up another boat like WASABI on the way home and got it stowed away nicely. Hit the seas about 3:30. Raining hard but flat water. Got home and unloaded by 5:00 – 5:30 pm.
We have never done a major shop and arrived home before dark in the winter. We have never done as major a shop so easily. We have never had a less stressful ‘town day’.
So, THIS is the new town-day plan, town-days.
And, ironically, it is only marginally more expensive. One night at a nice B&B and we can now accomplish about 1.5 times what we used to accomplish by beating ourselves up and getting exhausted. Given that the tasks are more tiring as we age, that’s not too bad. It’s not the world’s best plan, I admit, but it’s a good one for now. And I will get on some kind of ‘delivery’ plan when I can figure out something that works. Minimum charge for the water taxi to ‘stop and drop’ a delivery is $150.00. But it is 200 pounds, I think. 200 pounds of food (200 pounds of bottled, packaged, wrapped, frozen food is more like 150 of actual food) is enough to delay a town day a whole extra month.
Something to consider.