Number 3: I order the bulk of her groceries online through a service called Peapod. Brilliant and a godsend. Mom gives me her list over the phone; we talk about the goodies she is ordering and meals she will be having. Then, with a click, I got 'em ordered up. They are delivered to her kitchen counter (not door!) every Saturday and the total delivery charge and gas usage is far, far less than if she were to head off island with Beverly and do this herself. Peapod is fabulous, and there are lots of similar services available from other stores.
(And here is another added benefit: Last Saturday, the Peapod driver called me because he got no answer at my mom's door. Scary. I called her while he waited. No answer. You could hear my heart pounding 1200 miles away. I gave him permission to get the key, go in and do a room by room search which he did and she was not there. Anywhere. Near panic. Long story short, after about 30 wrenching minutes later, I ''found" her and all turned out well. Kindly, conscientious folks those Peapod people.)
This got me curious about my own life and how I sometimes do drive all over town (not so much this summer as I am still not using my car's a/c) on a hunt for a certain food. Here is what I found out about the eco-impact of online shopping. According to the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, ground shipping will use 1/10th the energy I would use driving back and forth to various stores. And so, it can be a very good choice, 10 times better, for you and the environment...and even better if you order up with some pals and several people aren't running all over town! Yay!
With that in mind, here at two items I can't wait to click away for! Thanks to the Divine Ms. M for turning my taste to these two fabulous sauces from http://www.cajunpowersauce.com/
and Friday, I will tell you all about how I first tasted these!
Now that you have saved so much time and energy shopping, here is a lovely, relaxing tip from Gonnie's "book".
Gonnie's Tired Eyes Exercise
"A simple exercise which you can do any time of day...Close the eyes tightly, squeezing them shut and then, let go. Repeat several times but relax completely between each squeeze. This strengthens the muscles around the eyes."
And, eyes refreshed, you are now ready for more shopping!