For those of you who have been following along for a while, you may remember me mentioning how the grocery stores close at 6:30pm in Vevey. Because of this situation, I find myself shopping at the Coop Pronto more often than not. What’s Coop Pronto? It’s the gas station.
Now, I will say that it has a bit more of a range than most US gas stations, but it’s still depressing that it is my primary grocery store in Switzerland.
And yes, the price of gas is 1.74 CHF per liter (which is the equivalent of $6.88 USD per gallon). Let’s just say that filling up my rental car in the US for less than $30 was AMAZING! But, I digress…gas prices are a conversation for another day. Today, we’re talking about the grocery store!
I made it a point to leave work in time to go to the “real” grocery store tonight. It was probably my first time in more than two months, because of my travel / work schedule. I got to buy vegetables and other goodies. I stocked up on some things for a fall dinner I’m hosting next weekend. And I saw a couple of really fun surprises…
Apparently, the Swiss skip Valentine’s Day and bust out the heart-shaped cookie cutters in time for Christmas! These would’ve come in handy when I was searching for them in February!
I also found something SHOCKING! Dr. Pepper!! This is the first time I’ve seen it in Europe! Of course, I told my dad, so it would be one less thing for him to worry about before he comes in the spring. His response? “That’s huge. I thought I was going to have to bring my own.” Now to find Diet Dr. Pepper… Be warned that when I do, you will probably hear me shouting for joy!
And finally…the crown jewel…I found a pumpkin! I replaced the [fake] flowers from the patio table with this pumpkin, so now I am fully ready for fall! I thought I missed my opportunity when I missed out on the market on Saturday, but Coop to the rescue!
I know I just wrote an entire post about grocery shopping, but it really is the little things in the middle of the week that make all the difference.
And as if the grocery store excitement wasn’t enough, I am working my way through Beth Moore’s Bible study on the book of Daniel, and I am loving it! In today’s lesson, she encouraged us to memorize Daniel 2:20-23 during the coming weeks. (You should probably quiz me the next time you see me to find out if I’m retaining any of it!)
Praise be to the name of God forever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
He changes time and seasons;
he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:
You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made known to us the dream of the king.
This was Daniel’s exuberant response to God answering his prayer. A good reminder for me to express gratitude when prayers are answered!