Sunday, October 12, 2014

#627: Stop and Rob Memories

They're tearing it down.
In case you hadn't heard, the Stop and Shop
grocery store on Pleasant Street is on its way out.
My daughter and I went on a last sentimental visit:
Where oh where are the One Direction fanzines?

The store stops here. 
Basically, the part that used to be 'Island Variety'
and 'Nantucket Wine and Spirits' is now gone.

Where are my rice cakes?

At least they still have the watermelon candles.
They make me happy.

No, no! No more Annie's vegetable lasagna.

Hmmmm. What else is missing?

Everything organic.

The posts are still here.
Every one of my kids squeezed through these posts
whenever we went shopping.
It was a tradition.

Now my last baby squeezes through
for the last time.
A poignant moment.

Not for her.

Although the loss of Hall's Vitamin C drops
seems to be hitting hard.

And the missing beauty products...

We'll miss you, Old Stop and Rob.
Thanks for the memories.


#626: I'm baaaaaack! Picking tomatoes

First, my laptop fell.
The computer folk said the hard-drive was broken 
and all my photos had been lost.
Unless, of course, I sent it to a data recovery company
and paid hundreds to get them back.
Soooo, I went to YouTube,
looked up Data Recovery,
and found out how to do it myself. Hehheh.
I had to buy a $30 USB SATA/IDE adapter
but it was a lot cheaper than the alternative.

Then, my camera went wonky.
All the pictures looked like this.
Thank you, Camera Shop,
for a terrific point-and-click Olympus
which lasted seven years and took over
4000 pictures.
May I have a new one, please?
Sadly, they didn't have an Olympus in stock,
so I bought a Fujifilm T550.
Basic point-and-shoot but not waterproof.
No more underwater shoots for me.

New camera, new hard-drive,
dozens of stories I didn't get to tell.
But now I can:
Pick-your-own-tomatoes at Bartlett's Farm. Woo-hoo!


Farmer Justine

Tomato Turtles. All you can see is the backs.

Tobias picked over 100 lbs. for his household.
We picked 60 lbs. for ours,
enough to get us through the winter.

Happy pickers, heading back--

Behind a classic tractor.

Now the real work begins.
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