Grocery Life September 18, 2014

Grocery Life September 18, 2014

By Tom Butler

Good afternoon from Butler and Bailey Market. I hope everyone is having a good week. I have not been at the store much this week but everything seems to be going business as usual. I try to go in for a little while everyday but since I am not driving yet Erica has to take me and pick me up so we have to coordinate our schedules.
I have realized over the last few days that almost everything I do in a day’s time requires two working arms. This includes all of my chores much less my hobbies. I am presently working on getting someone to keep up the yard for the next six weeks. I have always done this myself so I am sure I will be surprised by how much people charge to do it for you. Luckily, the mowing season is about over.

Another thing I thought about is if I have to be inactive for the next six weeks I will probably start gaining weight. Oddly enough I have been losing weight since my accident. The healing process must burn a lot of calories. Maybe I can get rich writing a book called the “broken arm diet”?

One thing I can still do is read. I used to read a lot of books but have not read many lately because there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day. Before I broke my arm I had decided I was going to read four books by Christmas in order to get back into the habit of reading. I will probably up that number now since I have read two already and have another five weeks in a cast.

The first one I read is Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. I chose it because one of my favorite books is Pillars of The Earth written by him. Fall of Giants is a historical fiction set in the WW1 era. It is no Pillars of The Earth but I liked it enough to get through all 1000 pages. If you are interested in knowing what drew the world into WW1, he does a great job of doing that through the lives of five families. I did discover there was a lot of romance during that period. He details that pretty thoroughly!


The other book I read is called The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. This book won the Pulitzer Prize which is why I chose it. I finished it but it wasn’t my favorite. I think I am figuring out I am not smart enough to enjoy Pulitzer Prize winners. I never seem to like them much.

I am going to read The Book Thief next. Erica just finished it last night. When she came to bed last night she said I just cried my eyes out at the end of that book. I guess that means it had a really happy ending or a really sad ending. She loved the book. I will let you know what I think. I guess if I keep breaking bones I can become a book reviewer?


Getting back to store business, all of our autumn items are starting to come in. Our Halloween candy is in and out on display. We also have pumpkins in about every size and shape as well as ornamental gourds. The new crop of fall squash is also arriving.


The October cooking class schedule came out this week. The September classes were sold out within two weeks of the schedule coming out so if you are interested in an October class I would try to make a reservation soon. You can find the schedule and menus on our website.

Click here for October Schedule. 

We have been eating the prepared foods out of the deli this week. So far we have had the lasagna, smoked BBQ ribs, rotisserie chicken and green beans and red potatoes. They have all been good. Tyson loved the lasagna last night so we must be doing something right. He’s a picky eater. I may try to get back to my grill this weekend. I will be ready for a big steak by then… I just need someone to cut it up for me.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,

Tom Butler


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