Fruit, Vegetables, and Shock Absorbers

I went to Randazzo’s Fruit and Vegetable Market this morning. I needed grapefruit and oranges for Dad. I also needed a few other things. As I walked into the store a young lady handed me a shopping cart that she had pulled from the stack, so I smiled through my mask and thanked her.

Right in the front door they had five pound bags of grapefruit for $1.99, which is a great price, so I got two sacks of them. I looked for the balsamic vinegar they had last week, but they were sold out. Their prices on dairy were fairly steep, so I rolled on. Randazzo’s is laid out with all the fruit and vegetables on tables. I picked up five pounds of potatoes for $1.99 and then headed to the squash. Acorn squash was going for 49 cents a pound today, so I picked up a couple. Then I got small oranges for 25 cents a piece, a dozen of them. Then I picked up prunes and a quart of wine vinegar.

I ended up spending under $20 at Randazzo’s this morning, which wasn’t bad for five bags of produce. I fueled the car on the way to the place, so that was another $21. I ended up spending a little over an hour shopping this morning and got enough food to keep us going for a while. I have a chicken carcass in the slow cooker today for soup for dinner, and a few chores to help Dad out with later this afternoon.

On the way out of the driveway I happened to glance at the back of the truck. Something was hanging down from the rear axle. When I got home I crawled under the truck and found out the shock absorber on that side was broken off at the mount. The mount was good, but the shock was toast. I called Belle Tire to get a quote, and it is going to cost $318 to do the rear shocks. I just don’t have the tools to free up the rusted bolts on those shocks, but I soaked the lower mounting bolts with some penetrating oil so they will come off for the shop a little easier. In the old days I would have got out the breaker bar and spit and cursed and changed them myself, but these are not the old days.

I haven’t had much to eat today. Some peas porridge for breakfast, some tea, some cabbage smoothie for a snack. I might down some soy protein in a bit. I am just not very hungry today, which is a change. The weather is cool and clear here in Salem Township today. Right now, I think it is time to get some light exercise and think about what I want to publish on this blog. Take care.

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