Today was our first gorgeous spring day with temperatures in the mid 40s and nothing but sun!! I have been waiting for this for so long I couldn’t wait to get out and explore my town.
As I left my home the first thing I noticed were the vast numbers of people out enjoying the still frozen lake. Some were using it to cross town, some to play a modified version of hockey while most were doing some final ice fishing.
But then I began to see the mess left behind that needs cleaned up. Along the side of the road were numerous cigarette packages, solo cups, empty beer and pop cans, plastic bottles from various drinks. I spotted a dead bunny, some mans underwear, I don’t want to know how someone’s underwear ended up on the side of the highway! That was all in less than half a mile’s distance.
I decided to stop at the grocery store. I haven’t been able to get there for the past couple of months as the side of the road has been unusable to me. I was shocked at the changes I found.
I took plenty of photos today, wanting to give you a taste of my town as it thaws from winter, but for some reason I can’t get my phone to send them so I only have a few to share.
I only needed items from the produce section and some white vinegar.
In the produce section I found a vast increase in the amount of plastic items being sold now.
Isn’t this picture pretty? But look closer, every item in these baskets are plastic. These are vegetable keepers. They are supposed to keep your vegetables fresh longer. Instead of using the small, square, glass dish I grew up using that could be stacked to take up as little space as possible and see through for easy finding we now have a plastic container shaped like the food supposedly in it. It’s not enough to have yellow onion keepers, you also need the purple one as well. You need a garlic keeper (really??) What is with these things any way?
Right next to the squashes was this display
Every item except one has plastic on it. Even the apple slicer has plastic handles, middle of the second row from the top.
Directly next to the organic bananas were a large number of plastic holders for hanging your bananas to make them last longer. Am I the only one to find organic produce sitting next to plastic gadgets ironic? And note the description of this having an “attractive design, decorates and complements any decor” Yes I love to decorate with plastic. But look at the bottom you can see that if you buy several of these you can hang other types of produce as well.
I think I saved the best for last, and thankfully this picture was sent so I could share it with you.
Next I headed over to pick up some white vinegar. I nearly laughed in disgust at what I saw. I am learning not to voice everything that comes across my brain in public. It shouldn’t surprise me that as more people begin to clean with natural products that manufacturers were going to try to gouge us.
That’s right. Hienz has found a way to make more money off of us. They are now selling extra strength vinegar specially formulated for cleaning!!
The Heinz website states that the cleaning vinegar is made with select sun-ripened grain diluted with water for a 6% acidity level. When looking at their distilled vinegar I found the same ingredients, select sun-ripened grain and water, but states it’s diluted to a 5% acidity level.
While there is a 1% difference in acidity level (is that really all that much?) the price on the cleaning vinegar is 79 cents more for the same size as the regular distilled vinegar. After all these years, I didn’t realize my distilled vinegar wasn’t strong enough to clean my home properly, did you?