I hadn’t really noticed anything other than Lily’s food being an issue until now, but I did a big grocery shop yesterday and yeah, it’s here.
Mind you, it is NOTHING like it was last year, but it is a wee bit unsettling. There aren’t any empty shelves, just spots here and there that don’t have the usual things.
Ground beef – only 85% lean on the shelves. The frozen chicken patties & nuggets I like – not there. Other options available, but the ones I usually get just weren’t there. Lily’s dry food and litter both had to be sourced from Amazon vs. the local store this week. Oh, and the vitamin aisle has taken some big hits. (Unless you like gummy vitamins, they had tons of those.)
It’s not end of the world stuff by any means – I can cook just fine with non-90% lean beef, there are other frozen chicken options out there (we’re trying out Honey BBQ chicken tenders!) and I was able to get Lily’s food and litter.
I’m not freaking out, but I’ll admit, it’s making me a touch twitchy because I can’t help but wonder what won’t be there next time. I know I am spoiled to live in a country with so much variety and availability when it comes to food.
There was a fascinating thread on Twitter yesterday about the California ports – it seems that one of the big bottlenecks is that trucks don’t have places to drop off empty containers, so they can’t pick up new ones. (They’ve just temporarily eased restrictions on how many empty containers can be stacked, which should help.)
Have a great Saturday, and may everything on your grocery list be on the shelf.