We all have to shop. I’m one of those who hates shopping, for anything. But, when I’m with my grandkids, I love shopping because I can spoil them rotten. They never ask, but I prompt them, wouldn’t you like some ice cream? Maybe we should rent a movie? I let Owen be my GPS and guide me to their favorite market, The Nugget. If you must shop, and if the place is artistic, all the better in my opinion.
Very few grocery stores have statues along the roof line carrying bowls of fruit on their heads. Gorgeous. Costly.
Instead of ugly plastic bins for recycling, an artist was commissioned to provide a cover-up, highly attractive and valuable as a work of art. I loved it. I should have thought to take pictures inside the store as well. People were relaxing, drinking a coffee at an in-store Starbucks and enjoying a pastry. I could easily see myself moving in with my easy chair and a book and staying for the day watching people and snacking periodically. Oh, yea! If you must shop, do it at The Nugget style. They had stuff I had never heard of.
We tarried outside to listen to the street musicians. Owen knows the ropes. “Do you have some change Grandma?” He put the money in the hat.
Then, I got GPSed all the way home. “Straight ahead. Slow for next intersection. Signal now…” Such a deal. Owen learning to drive by sight.
After dinner, Theo continued teaching his mother how to play Yugio, a complicated game of cards that she struggles to learn. This was her third lesson and she is slowly getting it, a game the boys play swiftly with their friends all the time. I was glad it was her and not me. I remember when I realized my kids were smarter than me. Payback time is at hand.
My trip involved an appointment with orthopedic surgeon Meehan, in Sacramento. Good news, no surgery needed, but about six months for my hip to heal so I can go back to hiking, walking and biking. Right now, I’m limping but slowly getting better. Life is good.