Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A wad of plastic bags




Some days you just can't get a darn thing done. I had to buy a few groceries this morning. Well, a few groceries that were $93.00...from Walmart.

You can imagine how many plastic bags were used to hold those groceries. Let me tell you, every single handle broke on every single Walmart bag as I reached to take off that round rack. Every one! The cashier looked at me like maybe it was my fault but it was not me. It was a sorry lot of bags. She said, be careful loading these into your car. It was a job, and it was an even bigger job bringing those plastic bags with no handles in the house once I got home. And that's not all. The ten pound bag of russet potatoes riding on that rack under the buggy, decided to fall off as I was going through the parking lot to the car. The bag fell off and I ran over it. It lodged under the buggy. I managed to lift the front of the buggy enough to pull the potatoes out but the stress on the bag made it pop open and out rolled three big potatoes.

Friends, I made it home, unloaded and put everything away and threw that wad of Walmart bags in the trash. I need to start carrying my own reusable grocery bags. We need to do away with those plastic bags anyway and keep them out of the landfills, off the sides of the road, and out of tree branches.

On a brighter note, look what opened up right in the middle of all the same colored Iris...



This great big gold Iris. It caught my eye earlier when Eli and I were outside. My first thought was, it's one of those wild orange lilies.



A few dark purple Iris have opened in the front yard.



There were things on my list that I wanted to get done today but didn't. Now it's time for Poppy. Where do the days go! Thank you for visiting! Hopefully there will be tomorrow.  :)

Love,
Henny




24 comments:

  1. I would have stopped and double bagged everything and asked the cashier for help...BUT I am a bit cranky that way. I have about six reuseable grocery bags that we use most of the time. Your Iris are stunning!! :)

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    1. You know, every bag that broke I put it right into another bag, double bagging it, and those handle broke too. It was seriously a bad lot of bags...waiting for me to come in to shop. :)

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  2. Some days just get started off on the wrong foot and there's nothing to be done about it.

    The iris (irises?) are just gorgeous. They look like they are made out of velvet. Mine are just at the bud stage today.

    Hot here yesterday and today up to 84. I'd like it a good bit cooler so early in the year. Mosquitoes will be out any moment and then I will have to be swathed head to toe with my summer perfume (OFF).

    I polished off the load of mulch that I got a couple of weeks ago. That makes a truck load and a half that I have spread over garden beds in anticipation of the Perennial Exchange garden tour weekend after next and the Garden Club tour the end of June. A lot of work and doing it with a deadline makes it harder. Every sunny day you feel like you ought to be out there doing something because it might rain all of next week and then where would you be???? Kicking yourself for being so lazy and such a procrastinator.

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    1. That's the truth! I would love to see your yard! Mulch makes everything look so much prettier. I've just come in from the garden and it is hot here today too. I would for sure panic if there was a garden club coming here with all the weeds I've got growing among the flowers. :)

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  3. Ooh Henny, I'm sorry but I had to giggle at your escapades in Walmart, I try to stay away from there....lol
    We have the same gorgeous purple Iris, but no Gold one here. I wish they would stay in bloom, a little longer.
    ~Jo

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    1. I wish Iris lasted longer too. The blooms are just beautiful!

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  4. Ah Wally World, home of the kindest store personnel, not. Love your iris's, they won't grow for me or rather they grow and don't flower.

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    1. Hey, that's the truth! I thanked a cashier to see if she would say 'you're welcome', since I didn't get a 'hello' or 'thank you' from her. Actually the Iris here are doing better this year than ever before. It's just luck for me. :)

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  5. You neatly evened this post out with good and bad.

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  6. Oh no!! I hate the plastic bags they tear down the sides and handles or stuff just falls out. If we did not have to buy groceries we might have a little extra money. I love iris. I only have purple ones. Sorry you have a bad morning but you do have a beautiful place.

    Love you!

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    1. Thank you Vicki. I wish I could remember to take cloth bags! You're right about the money. Groceries are high! Love you too!

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  7. I love the iris!
    I have used reusable bags for many years now. When I do occasionally get plastic bags, I re-use them for kitchen garbage. Any broken bags are put into the recycling bin. I try to do my part.

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    1. Thank you! I've got to remember to put my cloth bags in the car! I do use the plastic bags for garbage and cleaning out the litter boxes.

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  8. Beautiful Iris. I have used reusable bags for a long while too. I make cotton bags up so that I always have one handy.

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    1. Thank you! I could probably sew up a couple of bags too. I just may try that!

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  9. I've used my own bags for years and only take the store's plastic ones when I buy meat that can contaminate my bags. I've gotten mine mostly from stores that sell them with their own name on them. You can get big ones that can hold a lot of weight. I got a couple at Kohl's a few years ago that are big enough to hold probably 8 big cereal boxes. I got a couple of nice ones at REI sporting goods store. I have a couple of insulated ones that zip shut the are great if I don't go straight home from the store. I keep them all folded and stuffed into one that I can carry into the store and put in the shopping cart. I tell the clerks to load them up and have never had a handle break. That gold iris is just beautiful. Did it just appear from nowhere this year? Hopefully it will multiply and keep coming back. Purple and yellow flowers look beautiful together.

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    1. I'm always afraid the clerks don't want to load the cloth bags. It is rare to see anyone using cloth bags around here. Seriously. I will just bag the groceries myself. A few years ago I ordered several different colored Iris from a nursery catalog. The first year the colors were beautiful. There were bronze and brown and gold, but the next year the blooms were purple again. Jo from A Brit in Tennessee said you need to cut the stalk back after the Iris bloom. I plan to do that this spring.

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  10. I mostly remember to use my cloth bags, but I will take plastic bags at the places that don't charge you for them. I use them for garbage as someone else mentioned, and for those customers that don't remember to bring their own at the farmers market. I sew cloth bags to sell as well. We can put unwanted plastic bags in the recycling.
    My Iris are blooming now too. They are all purple and blue, I like the colour of yours.

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    1. Gosh, makes me feel ashamed that I've always used the plastic. I used to reuse the plastic bags at the farmer;s market too. I am seriously going to start using my cloth bags.

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  11. I mostly remember to use my cloth bags, but I will take plastic bags at the places that don't charge you for them. I use them for garbage as someone else mentioned, and for those customers that don't remember to bring their own at the farmers market. I sew cloth bags to sell as well. We can put unwanted plastic bags in the recycling.
    My Iris are blooming now too. They are all purple and blue, I like the colour of yours.

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  12. Your iris's are beautiful. We have a number of them around our yard but as this is our first spring here I don't know what colour they are. Walmart bags are the worst! I have used cloth shopping bags for 20 years and they never fail me.

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    1. Thank you! It will be neat seeing your Iris bloom for the first time. 20 years! Think of the plastic you've kept out of the landfill! I am not going to the grocery store again without my cloth bags! :)

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  13. I too use the reusable cloth bags, however on the chance I forget them I have cut the plastic bags into strips and crocheted them into reusable bags, a great way to keep them out of the landfill and they make quite sturdy market bags.
    Your photos are lovely. Thanks for sharing

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