Because our refrigerator, freezer, and fruit bowl were all seeing empty spots, I knew I had to get to the grocery store today. I had put it off for too long. Our dinner last night was a frozen Amy’s pizza and an apple. Trust me, we aren’t starving, but the pickings are getting mighty scarce.
Library, gas station, credit union, grocery store. That would be my errands for this last day of May. Terry and I have been talking about how we have been going farther afield, being around more people, strangers really, than in the past two years. We need to reign in our “travels,” as there are more and more COVID cases being reported in our area. The gas station is just out of our zip code area, all the rest are well within it.
Because of shortages, I never make a grocery list any more. I just show up at the store and buy what they have. Today was a very good day. Although a 3-day weekend had just passed, a holiday weekend when so many stay at home and barbecue, the shelves were well stocked. All sorts of food was available. Even cases of just-arrived cantaloupes from El Centro.
Since I don’t usually buy melons this early in the season, and especially melons that have travelled half the state to get here, I took a chance with one of these very large cantaloupes. I could smell the melons, a good clue of a good cantaloupe. With watermelon you want a lovely dark green rind with a very large white spot where the melon sat in water out in the field. No white spot, don’t buy, you will be disappointed.
It’s been very hot in the southern part of the state, down where California and Mexico meet. Melons like hot days, cool nights, and lots of water. Voila, a good melon.