The First Morning of the Rest of My Life

I think we’ve finally made the breakthrough in decluttering. It’s cost us many arguments, the serious erosion of my book mountain and, in my case, a very stiff back, but yesterday I could finally see it was beginning to look clear rather than simply redistributed, and I felt free. Well, freeish. There’s still a lot to do, but we are getting there. Even moving the car insurance is part of the new life. At one time I would have paid the exhorbitant rise simply because I don’t like change.

For those of you who noticed it, I’ll go back to my spelling of exhorbitant in a later post.

Today I dropped Julia off at work and went shopping in Lidl. I normally go to Aldi (the other budget German supermarket) but I thought I’d give a recently opened branch of Lidl the once-over. I needed a loaf of sliced bread. Bear that in mind as I describe my shopping technique.

My first stop was the bakery, where I selected four croissants for tomorrow’s breakfast, because they looked inviting. I bought two pain au chocolat because Julia likes them, a sourdough boule, a , some cobs for a sandwiches over the next couple of days, and, finally, a brown sliced loaf. I( sound very middle-class, don’t I? Apart from the fact that Lidl isn’t the natural home of the middle-classes.

It wouldn’t have been so bad if I’d stopped there, but I added sea bass (I hate fish but Julia loves it, and I’m still trying to make up for the lack of birthday presents, which are still in the post somewhere). Plus ham trimmings (which are a good, cheap sandwich filling), chocolates (see previous comment regarding birthday presents), butter (necessary for the sea bass), paracetamol (just in case of shortage) and some quinoa in microwavable pouches. Yep, definitely middle class…

I doubt I’ll go back. It was a poor shopping experience, despite the bakery. Too many customers with no masks, bossy checkout operator with no mask and a bad attitude, poor stock levels and obstruction of the aisles by staff.

I’ve also decluttered, written, drunk a bottle of Lucozade and filled the shredder, though I have stopped it before jamming it this time.

All in all, it’s not a bad morning, though I’m now starting to wonder if my new found energy is down to the psychological boost of decluttering or the 45g of sugar that the Lucozade label tells me I’ve just consumed. That’s 11 teaspoons according to the internet. Oh dear…

Speckled Wood




19 thoughts on “The First Morning of the Rest of My Life

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I am more familiar with the layout in Aldi these days, and though the bakery counter is the best of any supermarket in the country the staff in this one let them down. Given a choice of Lidl or Aldi, id both were equidistant, it would be a tricky choice.

  1. The Snail of Happiness

    I absolutely hate Lidl… I can never find what I want and it’s always stressful. Actually, since the first lockdown, I haven’t been in a supermarket (apart from the tiny independent one in our small town) and it has been great. We are lucky to have many local farms, shops and markets… and they all seem to be thriving… perhaps it’s not just me who detests supermarkets

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I like the bakery at Lidl but really don’t like the rest of the shop. I have been ordering online most of the time as I was told not to go shopping – at the time I most needed my immune system rheumatology gave me drugs to turn it down. 🙂

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      When you hear that there are 30 postmen off with Covid from just one office, you can see why they have problems. However, they are still charging full price for half a service.


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