Grocery Life September 26, 2014

Grocery Life September 26, 2014

By Tom Butler

Good morning from the South Knoxville outpost of Butler and Bailey Market…. that would be my couch. The great Johnny Cash once said, “Put the screws to me and I will screw right out from under you.” I have shared those same sentiments for the most part until yesterday. I had the screws put to me (9 of them plus a metal plate) and had they not put the gas mask on me before they started I would have probably screwed out from under them.

Yesterday, I had my arm surgery. I have only been put to sleep twice in my life, both times being in the last two weeks. It is really weird to me to be there one minute, and then you are gone, and then when you come back changes have been made to your body that you never knew about. I don’t know how I feel about all that. Maybe I am a control freak? Everything went great, took about an hour and I was home by one o’clock.

tom arm hardware

Once I got home, I plopped down on the couch and decided I had about four hours to feel sorry for myself before the kids got home. I figured I would put on a movie, start feeling sorry for myself, doze off for awhile, wake up, feel sorry for myself some more, doze off etc. etc. Well the movie I chose was Twelve Years a Slave. That is not the movie to pick when you want to feel sorry for yourself! Matter of fact, I would take all the broken arms in the world before I would change places with the people in the movie.

The movie is based on a book written by a man who was born free, kidnapped and enslaved, and twelve years later, finally freed. What a story! My eyes were opened to another aspect of the brutality people have endured once again and every time I want to feel sorry for myself, God has his little way of telling me to get over it.


I thought it was a great movie and I think I will get the book now. If you get a chance, you should watch it.

I hope to go to the store later this afternoon for a little while. I have been way out of the loop and can’t wait to get back to my normal schedule and routine. I told Erica yesterday that I am sure everyone will be glad when they start reading about store news again instead of my foolish escapades.

I will tell you we had the chicken chili from the deli for lunch and it is really good. I think Nancy must do her special magic to it because it has a lot of flavor. We had the flatbread pizzas from the deli the night before. We make four varieties. The two we chose were the spinach feta and the spinach Roma tomato. I love those little pizzas, my favorite being the spinach feta one. I had Ashley’s smoked bologna for lunch Wednesday. I didn’t know you could improve on plain bologna but I think the smoked is better. I am sure he will have plenty for the weekend as well as all of his other smoked items.

I talked to Claire Gillespie Wednesday about the Rocky Hill Christmas Parade. She says the planning of it is going great. The businesses and area churches, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods are really involved in the planning. There are several parade committees that need volunteers and would love anyone’s help. If you would like to volunteer they have a website up which you can view by clicking here with more information or you can call Claire at Gillespie’s Auto repair shop. As of yesterday, it is three months until Christmas so maybe helping with the parade will start to get us into the Christmas spirit.

rocky hill christmas parade logo

Have a great weekend and go Vols!


Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,

Tom Butler


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