There’s few things my wife likes to do more than comparison shop the grocery stores here in Austin. She probably saves us the equivalence of a typical entry level job here, if you can find one, and it’s safe – you get the picture $$!!
So for us to choose to voluntarily restrict ourselves to Sprouts, and a few other stores I’ll highlight hopefully tomorrow, is a big deal. Fixed incomes of the qualifying-for-most-any-level of stimulus cut-off-money work that way 😊
Yesterday, in what some, whether true or not, are saying is a diversion from the focus on the horrific ice storm fiasco that shouldn’t’ve happened (much less potentially cost some Texans thousands in inflated electricity bills, lawsuits may decide that), our governor announced an end to our state-wide mask mandate effective March 10th. My own feeling is, why not re-examine the idea, and decide to keep the mask mandate through March, re-evaluate how Texas is doing then after the stress and trauma of our failed winter response, and make a more time-appropriate response. ‘Course, I’m speaking from a don’t-know-much-of-anything-but-what-I-read perspective, which I readily admit is fairly narrow. And waiting for my second Covid vaccine shot.
My problem, right? To the degree I don’t infect / harm someone else with the virus, yes.
Meanwhile, two of our other regular grocery store haunts (reg readers will know the names from my posts) say they’ll go to voluntary mask usage.
Now, I wear a mask (I’m told, as per CDC) to protect other people (mostly), and they wear masks to (mostly) protect me!
Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. The CDC recommends people wear face masks in public settings, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Wearing a face mask may limit exposure to respiratory droplets and large particles and may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus.Nov 24, 2020https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/coronavirus-covid-19-and-medical-devices/face-masks-including-surgical-masks-and-respirators-covid-19
So, if I’m wearing a mask, and everyone around me isn’t – who’s at risk?
Don’t shop there.
Sprouts Farmers Market (an indoor grocery store), I was told by a manager, and by a produce person (yes, I like to double-confirm if possible), would “take the flack” if needed, but continue to mandate mask usage inside its stores here in Austin (and I assume elsewhere but not sure).
Shopping the grocery specials is good, and actually renumerative. But staying healthy pays even better ♥️
Here’s a link to their corporate page –
And here’s the links to the two nearest us in Austin –
Manchaca Rd – https://www.sprouts.com/store/tx/austin/austin-manchaca-rd/
South Lamar – https://www.sprouts.com/store/tx/austin/austin-south-lamar-blvd/
And for it’s worth – I will be so glad when masks’ll be a thing of the past ☺️ And see eyes and lips and cheekbones all smile simultaneously again.
Thanks everyone – stay healthy as you can!
Please tap tweet above to like, share or link to blog post 😊
My Related Posts Here On My Blog
My Related Amazon Affiliate Search Products
My Amazon search for Covid-19 Books –
My Latest Posts On My Website!
- September 22, 2021 – Walking in Dappled Light Study 1, #Watercolor on Paper; 1st Paint Lay-in with Masking FluidAt 9×12 on 140lb x watercolor paper, I was able to use my brushes fairly effectively where I wanted them, and applied some Turner masking fluid (with a thin palette knife) “fairly” easy. And yes, some foot proportions are off a bit, lol, and her back blouse almost looks like it’s the front, but all in not too bad toward my primary priority – quickly achieve some degree of dappling look. Once the masking fluid comes off though, it could be very different….
- September 21, 2021 – Initial Review of “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” by James NestorI’d been doing a day to day posting of a continuing study-sketch project with figures in a watercolor landscape and ran into a time roadblock – grandchild, groceries, fitness (walking, yoga, Essentrics), picking up line art to practice-paint at my printer, etc 😊 and wasn’t able to wiggle any more time to work on that project and write about it, so… I took a deep breath and picked up a book (virtually, via my Kindle Reader, lol!) The editorial reviews often mentioned this read like a novel & my intro and beginning pages already confirm that.
- September 20, 2021 – Dappled Light, “Figures in a Landscape Study” Still Not Done, But, Already a Learning Tool For Me!“Learning Tool for Me” is part of my blog title today simply ’cause I’ve looking at this post as specifically geared to get me where I wanna go – keeping in mind my destination is a generalized abstraction of image / feeling / and intuitive aspiration (hopefully including figurative work) & it’s reached a point of development over my previous renditions that I now need to put my resolve into concrete, hopefully creative, useful thoughts for my future directions. Lot of contradictions. Like life. Like me 😊 Here goes (for now) —
- September 19, 2021 – Dappled Light, “Figures in a Landscape Study” ContinuedJust a quick post updating yesterday’s release showing what I’ve changed/added on to a watercolor on paper I’d 1st posted about on Sept 7th…A bigger factor in today’s image update is the addition of more “white”.
- September 18, 2021 – Dapple Light, My Creative Conundrum and CaldronMy regular readers know I’ve been more and more attracted to the idea of being able to paint dappled light, consciously, and hopefully, eventually more spontaneously. I titled my post to include both “conundrum” – which I kept misspelling til I looked it up 😊 – and “caldron” – which I keep feeling my creative heart and mind are swimming in (over their heads) lol!
- September 17, 2021 – New Most Viewed Image For the Week @FineArtAmerica, “Fantasy Walk” : Watercolor on Canvas on Light Molding Paste, #ContemporaryImpressionismSome times, some days, the little things, like the big things, if they are good and hopeful, then they are helpful.
- September 16, 2021 – Reblog(s) : Graham McQuade, Benchmarks 1 & 2 (Acrylic Painting) #figureartThis necessarily (on my part) a short post due to some time constraints, although I should add, Graham’s posts will be a quick read. They’re short, tight with information. What will take a little time, if you notice the time 😊 is….
Thanks again, everyone! 😊