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Saturday, 12 September 2020
Old School

We have learned a few things, or should I say relearned a few things in dealing with the pandemic.

On my last outing before everything shut down, I visited a restaurant supply and purchased five packages flat-fold paper towels, five rolls of paper towels, and 5 rolls of bathroom tissue in the giant dispenser size.  I figured out that a stack of the paper towels in the kitchen handled the emergency spill situations.  I “engineered” a method for using the giant bathroom tissue rolls. 

The first shortage we encountered was paper towels.  The rolls from the restaurant supply as well as another six pack I managed to get delivered went to my dad, who I was encouraging to stay home.  I checked on my sister to see what she was not able get and sent her some paper towels also.  I still had some from pre-pandemic stock.  It was six weeks or more before you could get paper towels delivered from Prime or Walmart.

I found out that one of the industrial size rolls of bathroom tissue will last an entire month!  When I went back to the regular stuff, it was quite a shock because it was, shall we say, of a higher quality.

The paper towel situation was far easier to deal with.  I did not grow up with paper towels.  Neither did Stan.  I took the roll off the dispenser and we went back to the fifties and used real cloth towels.  The flat-fold towels were used for microwaving and spills.

The next shortage or unattainable item turned out to be paper napkins.  I set the table for almost every meal but with paper napkins.  Well, back to the cloth napkins.  Until then, I was not totally aware of just how many of those I have.  I found out today when I ironed them all!  I will continue to keep paper napkins for when our meal is out of a bag, and that is not very often.  Real meals deserve real flatware, cloth napkins and our Fiesta plates. 

I will be doing more laundry and ironing by using more cloth and less paper, but it is a small price to pay for reducing our environmental footprint.  The towels and napkins fit in the load of light colors I was already doing each week, so no extra water used.

If you grew up in the fifties and sixties, I encourage you to try some of the old-school ways.  We pretty much always eat at one of the two dining tables.  We have been doing that for years.  Now, I feel like we are upgrading our experience.  It is amazing what a difference just a simple thing like a cloth napkin can do to enhance a meal.

Posted by stormi36 at 5:07 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, 2 August 2021 5:04 PM CDT
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