On Tuesday I had the last delivery from my milkman, Mike, as he is retiring.
I started dairy delivery 25 years ago. YA’s beverage of choice back then was Yo-J, a Kemps product that I could not replicate (despite many attempts). It seemed that I was always running up to the store for a carton of Yo-J (or milk or butter) and when you have a small toddler, running up to the store is not a lot of fun. Dragging home cartons of Yo-J and milk wasn’t that much fun either.
YA eventually grew out of her Yo-J habit (right about the time that Kemps discontinued making it) but I had long since settled into having my dairy delivered. In addition to milk and butter Mike delivered eggs, whipping cream, half and half, yogurt, waffles, cheese pizza, frozen cookie dough and a huge variety of Kemps ice creams; it was a long list of products.
When Mike first mentioned his possible retirement to me (last summer), it made me a little sad. I would, of course, miss him, but I would also miss the delivery; I didn’t really want to have to lug home more items than I currently shop for. So I was happy to hear that Mike had sold his route to Joe, who apparently has a nearby “territory”. When Mike made his last delivery, he dropped off Joe’s product list and schedule. Unlike Mike, whose schedule for me was “Tuesday”, Joe has a time and a date – 3:45 a.m. Thursday. Yes, you’re reading that correctly.
Well, I certainly can’t have Joe coming in on his own in the wee hours and putting my weekly purchases in the fridge; Guinevere will lose her mind. And, since she sleeps on my bed, I’ll be up as well, and at 3:45 it’s likely I won’t fall back asleep. I can put my cooler out front – that’s how Mike and I handled pandemic for well over a year, but I’m pretty sure that somebody coming up the front steps and depositing items in the cooler at 3:45 may rile up the dog as well. I’ll be emailing Joe this week to discuss this and hopefully he can get us a better time slot. Fingers crossed as I really don’t want to lose having a milk man.
Do you have a staple you don’t like to run out of?