Motivational Monday… Getting Excited Over Alcohol (No...Not That Kind!)

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Motivational Monday… Getting Excited Over Alcohol (No...Not That Kind!)

Since the beginning of the year, many of us have discovered bare or empty shelves of items that are needed. For example, there was the infamous toilet paper run or liquor stores running short of vodka that clorox wipes and alcoholcould be made into hand sanitizer. 


Larry loves to bake so I was able to stock up on flour and sugar,  however, there were a few weeks when we could not find bread flour and he ended up ordering yeast from who knows where. 


So when I ran into Target Sunday morning and found a large bottle of alcohol and Clorox-like wipes I couldn’t wait to share the news with Larry!  Up until a month ago, you couldn’t find any alcohol or wipes.


It’s funny how the little things in life can bring us so much joy and happiness if we just open our minds to it. 


I could complain about not being able to get a disinfectant spray or other items but where would that leave me?  I’d become that old lady everyone wants to avoid. 


Choose to be grateful for what you have and you’ll find yourself forgetting about the things you think are missing. 


Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining - it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn't solve any problems. Zig Ziglar


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Comments (26)

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

I finally found hand sanitizer in Walmart. That was a nice surprise. I had two little bottles forever that I had been using prior to that so it was nice to find some after so long without finding any. We had a toilet paper shortage now we have a coin shortage so only cards at the store which is what I use anyways.

Jul 27, 2020 07:05 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Like a kid on Christmas, haha.  I love to know that you are smiling because you are happy!

Jul 27, 2020 07:21 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  we still do not see toilet paper in stores after 4 pm in stores here.  Lucky you found some wipes and alcohol.


Jul 27, 2020 07:45 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy Streib ,

What a great find! It is the simple things in life that can make us happy. This is one of my favorite quotes of Zig Ziglar.

Jul 27, 2020 08:05 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

It is kind of crazy, the stuff we are getting good at. It can make us all happy  :)

Jul 27, 2020 08:23 AM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

It was like Christmas I am sure.  I have a friend with a diabetic teen and she was having an awful time finding alcohol and she needed it desperately.  So glad we are seeing it more in the stores.  Have an awesome Monday!

Jul 27, 2020 08:40 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Imagine how we are happy now for all those little things we took for granted?  and I think the lesson for all of us is: we should take nothing for granted...A

Jul 27, 2020 09:04 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy it is funny how excited we get today over things we use to take for granted just a few months ago.

Jul 27, 2020 09:43 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - It is truly amazing the little things we take for granted as others have said. I am not sure that I will go so far as to say that we should not take anything for granted. By that, I mean that our mind or brain is not built that way. It is a great thought to feel blessed for what we have. But our mind is moving faster than we can comprehend. Until the thought comes into our mind, and stays there, we can't acknowledge it.  (I hope that makes sense? It does in my mind..Haha)! How many times have you driven down a road and missed a turn because your mind was thinking of something else and was on auto-pilot!

Jul 27, 2020 11:14 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin both items are still hard to find!

Nina Hollander you have to go at the right time and even then, they don't always have it. 

Barbara Todaro I always try to have those items around but since this started, I've been trying to buy things when I see them, if not for me but then for family, friends or neighbors who might need them. And with classes starting soon, I'm sure my niece will be going through hand sanitizer. 

Jul 27, 2020 12:51 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Kathy I laughed when I read this on FB!  We've got a stash of all the stuff we need. But I haven't seen anymore since the whole P first started.

Jul 27, 2020 01:14 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Donald Urschalitz all I have to say to you is HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Roy Kelley Thank you very much!!!!  You and Chef Dolores stay safe. 

Michael Jacobs This was definitely a YIPPEE moment. 

Jul 27, 2020 03:32 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Sharon Lee I haven't paid cash for anything in months. If you're near a Target, you can try them for sanitizer but go early. 

Brian England I do my best to keep smiling!

Hi Will Hamm I go early because there are fewer people there then and you can usually find the supplies you're looking for. 

Jul 27, 2020 03:39 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR Most of us realize that the older we get. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty we spend so much of our younger years trying to accumulate as much "stuff" as we can and then when we're older, we have no idea what to do with it. 

Jul 27, 2020 03:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Norma J. Elkins I saw on my Nextdoor app where a neighbor needed alcohol for her child too and several neighbors offered their bottles. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I have learned to never take anything for granted. 

Jul 27, 2020 03:46 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

George Souto it really is. It's nothing like the Neiman Marcus sales I used to go to! LOL

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® it's even harder in the time we live in because everything travels at a faster pace. How can we appreciate what we just whizzed by. 

Jul 27, 2020 04:05 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! I had half a bottle of alcohol when this started and 1 1/2 cans of Lysol spray. 

Jul 27, 2020 04:07 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Shopping is really hit and miss these days.  I wanted to buy an Oregano plant the other day.  Lowe's and Home Deport had other kinds of herbs, but not Oregano.  I gave up, and while shopping for something else at Walmart, found it there!

Jul 27, 2020 08:24 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

I agree it's the little things that makes a difference.  

Jul 28, 2020 12:50 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

We have full containers of wipes in our two bathrooms, and one in each of our cars. The ones in the cars are both close to 2 wipes left! I was so excited to see the kid stocking the shelf with wipes in grocery store yesterday. What perfect timing, I thought, until I got closer and saw he only had one scent....the one I cannot stand. No wipes for me. LOL

We don't own hand sanitizer (can't take the scent)  and haven't used any throughout this whole mess. 


Jul 30, 2020 07:57 AM