About six years ago I wrote a blog explaining how the country’s economy correlates with my experiene with salt shakers. Well, Friends, it is still true. My circumstances are quite similar to those six year ago. There is one new factor in my kitchen responsibilities and duties, however.

As many of you know, my husband and I are blessed with a son and daughter-in-law who help us out a lot. Renee has been helping me prepare for Thanksgiving. Helping? Actually, rescuing me. I observed this Ms. Steward clone cleaning my Tupperware salt and pepper shakers. Yes, the ones which I cleaned only six years ago.

If you remember, I used a toothpick to clean out the holes and hinges, wiped them down with a wet cloth, then bragged to you about my wisdom in not buying new ones. Really I probably saved at least enough money to by salt and pepper for my Thanksgiving dinner. One has to make do in dire times.

The Ms Stewart clone (Renee) was standing at my cabinet with the Tupperware set, perfectly clean standing side by side all ready for salt and pepper. I figured she has salt on the left and pepper on the right, matching the way we say “salt and pepper.” When she went out of the kitchen a bit, I went over and sniffed them. They were clean, but although I could have been wrong I’m almost sure – I smelled pepper on the one at the right. I can say for sure that is the way she filled them back up.

One thing I want to say about my ability to smell pepper. I don’t have Covid. I could smell that shaker even though it had been thoroughly washed. My sister’s first Covid symptom was that she noticed she could not smell. She called the doc and sure enough, she had Covid. Some other things I could say about her experience with Covid, …. Oh, not now, because my topic is salt and pepper shakers and the economy.

I did a bit of online search and I don’t find my Tupperware set, but I do find some round ones that appear to be $22.00 each. Now I do have a dilemma. Maybe I should sell them while someone still has $44 to spend on such frivolous items. Maybe I should wait for this inflation to take hold a few more months. Maye I should offer both for half price for a quick sale before the inflation makes all the Ms Stewar clones choose to buy salt and pepper shakers at the Dollar Tree. Whatever, I guess I will run out and buy a part of plain one dollar shakers before the Dollar Tree becomes a Dollar and Half Tree. That would be a whole dollar wasted on two shakers.

Does anyone know whether or not inflation has affected salt prices? Also, does anyone know whether salt is setting on a ship waiting to be unloaded. I need to buy up some salt before it gets too high priced. Back in Columbus’ day they used spices for bartering. Pepper and cinnamon are really high. I probably should check “use before” dates on my spice cans. It would be a good time to stock up on thyme, sage, cumin, rosemary, garlic, and other emergency items before they get higher priced. They would look so nice lined up in all those little Tupperware spice containers.

Wouldn’t you know it! Just as I am deciding to swap my Tupperware while the price is high, Ms Stewart clone became a Susy Orman financial expert clone and found my Tupperware – new for four dollars! Just as I am about to make twenty bucks!

The DOW is still running high. Maybe I’ll check out about selling my old book collection. Any body want to buy good books.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. shoreacres says:

    Your mention of selling books reminded me of the days (1960s) when I’d go to farm sales with my folks and pick up boxes of books for $2. There were some real gems, sometimes: old, leatherbound, and so on. I once got six Bobbsey Twins original editions. Why I didn’t keep them, I don’t know. I guess if we kept everything over the years we’d end up on one of those television programs about hoarders.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I agree you can’t keep everything but Bobbsey Twin originals? Gotta have room for love! In the early 90s we moved into a house I loved. It had huge amounts of book shelves. I bought a lot of garage boxes full but paid more like six or eight for them. I doubt that I have any left now except for Reader Digest’s Condensed books. They are pretty; I have about eight of them left on the shelf in this house. Won’t ever read them. Font too small for one thing.

      • shoreacres says:

        I loved those Reader’s Digest books. I still remember sitting in my grandparents’ porch swing with one of those in hand. That’s how I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and many, many others.

  2. $4 is a good deal haha I haven’t noticed salt prices skyrocketing just yet, but I’ve been more focused on making sure we have everything for the kids too haha (And I love that you’re being rescued from cooking by yourself)

  3. I love your humor! I certainly hope your salt and pepper shakers are small than they look. LOL

  4. Faye says:

    Through the years I have ‘collected’ ‘Hoarded” many salt and pepper containers . Most times these days I buy the smallest and best looking salt and pepper products and use them. Perhaps for Christmas extra special festive ones will be used. AGain I appreciate your humor. Thank you!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks, Faye. I went through a collectors stage one time. Didn’t get a lot, maybe 20/30 sets. I used them in some kind of lesson but I don’t remember what the lesson was. I think I had them sitting in a SS classroom; wish I could remember why. Maybe I’ll dream it tonight.

  5. you crack me up Oneta—yet in that seemingly innocent humor resides a wealth of truth!!!

    • oneta hayes says:

      They have been very functional for a long time. I’m pretty sure I got them before the eighties. I remember hosting Tupperware parties in the house we lived in before that. Thanks for the comment.

  6. Adelheid says:

    I love the humor! But talk about Tupperware. It’s been a household name in our family. I still have the picnic set with blue cover and the tall container where I put 2 kilos of sugar in it (I forgot how it’s called though). It’s been with me for 18 years now.

  7. Really enjoyed this one Oneta! I had to laugh about the Dollar Store becoming dollar and a half. I just heard on TV tonite that the Dollar Tree is upping their prices to $1.25! I did not hear anything of a name change but I think they should.

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