On this morning's news, the economic reporter warned viewers that they will probably see some of their favorite products disappear from the supermarket shelves as companies phase out some of their products to focus on the best sellers. Well, I got news for that reporter--ain't nothing new. Mom and I have watched as many of our favorite products have disappeared over the years. For that exact same reason. I have written about that frustration before.
Yesterday was our regular shopping day and we decided, since we didn't need much in the way of groceries, to get the seeds we would have been buying next week anyway. As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, we got our Burpee's catalog and I made a list of what we needed. You would think we would have no trouble--what with a Home Depot (where we found several large display gondolas with Burpee's seeds) and a Menards near by. How many packets of seeds did we find on our list of a dozen? TWO. Damn!!! Neither of the tomatoes. None of the peppers. We'll go on line and place an order with Burpee's later today. Got news for their purchasing agents--not everyone wants long season beefsteak tomatoes. (Update on this. Just placed the order. I had an e-mail from Burpee's and decided to go ahead since I was already on site. We will be set for at least the next three years.)
I have been reading John Mauldin's 'Outside the Box' post which I get via e-mail. He writes about sales tax revenues and how they reflect the current state of the economy. Basically--it is pretty dismal. Revenues are way down as consumers retrench. He comments that the U.S. consumers are no longer the "world consumer of last resort, and that's an enormous change for both this country and the rest of the world to get used to." He also doesn't expect consumer spending to recover until well after the economy generally recovers. Just last night and this morning the local news (Chicago for us) noted the difficulties that the public transit agencies face. Just this time last year the Illinois legislature bolstered the revenues devoted to Chicago's transit authorities with increased sales taxes. At the time, they thought it was a long term fix. That was before the economy tanked.
I think I will leave this for the day. The table cloth is about half done. I want to cut more plastic bags into plarn and stitch together some more of my scrap strips. Little things but it clears the clutter and gets material ready to make into larger projects. See ya later.