Monday, July 8, 2013

A Bag Full of Teeth and Buffalo Milk!

All my life, as down an abyss without bottom,
I have been pouring vanloads of information
Into that vacancy of oblivion I call my mind.
                            Logan Pearsall Smith


Like so many of my farmwomen friends I know a trip to town to get some groceries is always more than just that, for one thing we usually have two lists, one for groceries and another for farm related pickups and bill paying stops. I have always found these little trips have brought something interesting and I look forward to those adventures.

The first thing you do before driving out the laneway on an early Friday morning after rushing out of the house hoping to get out of there early to beat the rush of traffic and sheer numbers of people shopping and hoping to get back home before that hot humid forecast comes into play is to check the truck or in my case the back of the Jeep. You are checking to see if there are any “I need it right now” parts lying in there taking up room and then unload those parts which apparently were not as needed as you were led to believe on your last trip to town.


You then need to go down to the barnyard and take a photo of the teeth on the rake to make sure you pick up the right ones in town just in case there are different kinds. Never mind that story on how I know this, let us just say experience has made my digital camera invaluable. This phenomena happens more than you would think.

You now jump into the Jeep but before starting up the motor you think that you should phone your Hero just in case he forgot something on the list. He asks you what was on the list and you pull the crumpled piece of paper out of your pocket and read it to him, he tells you that indeed is all he needs right now. There is that “Right now” part again. You hang up and finally drive out the lane never knowing what adventures lay ahead. About two kilometers away from home and on noticing a crushed box of cereal on the side of the road you remember you forgot to eat. Then you remember your grocery list lies on the kitchen counter beside the bowl of cereal you were going to eat when the phone rang; no turning back now. Who does that; forgets to eat you ask? Why a girl who has too many things on her list or too many lists and in a hurry.


You arrive at the feed store and pull that crumpled paper list back out of your pocket and start telling Paul who is behind the counter what you need. You find the teeth in a box on a shelf and ask Paul how much? On hearing the price and thinking that is much cheaper than the last ones you bought, you again pull out your phone and call your Hero and tell him about this sale and ask if he only wants twelve of them, his reply “Get twelve more and make sure they are the right ones” OK. I show Paul that photo on my camera and he assured me they were indeed the right ones. You pick up that Fire Red paint to finish painting that hay wagon back home, a paint brush and tell Paul if we can ever start haying you will be back to pick up baler twine and then laugh because it poured rain all morning again at your house. After a very nice chat about an auction sale you say your thank you and goodbye’s and exit the feed store with a huge bag of teeth and those other supplies smiling but anxious to get to the grocery store. It is getting hot out here.

You drive across town and search for the street where the air conditioner specialist who fixed your tractor is located, on finally finding it you pay the bill, look it over and after a huge sigh you head to Canadian Tire. On the bottom of that farm list is some more of those “Need right now” items, you throw them all in the cart run through the checkout and hop back into the Jeep. Finally the grocery store is in sight and your stomach is growling.

You park the Jeep and an older man who just finished unloading his own groceries gives you his cart and you give him a quarter so he will not have to take it all the way back to the store that is very crowded, then you push it through the automatic doors. The air conditioning hits you right in the face and you decide you like it here because it is getting very hot outside. You linger with no list and throw things you think you need and things you know you don’t but now feeling hungry you pick less than ideal choices. You walk right by the chocolate bars that seem to be piled high to the ceiling calling your name and try not to look back.

While in the dairy section looking for yogurt you see a tub with the name BUFALA yogurt, of course you pick it up and look at the ingredients. Water, Buffalo Milk and Bacterial cultures.  All natural……. well your imagination goes wild and wonders who and how anyone would possibly be milking a Buffalo? You put it down and walk by with some cool images in your head.

You turn the cart back around then you pick another one up and take a closer look at those ingredients meaning you search for your glasses lying at the bottom of your purse and put them on and look again. WATER BUFFALO MILK, Pure Maple Syrup, Active Bacterial Cultures. Now that was more like it, you throw it in the cart. You now race through the rest of the shopping and through the checkout.



 This is where the I’s come in. I raced to the Jeep and unloaded all the groceries while thinking only about the Water Buffalo Yogurt my stomach was telling me it was lunch time and I still had not had breakfast. I climbed into the drivers’ seat with this tub of yogurt clutched in my hand I opened the glove box and shuffled things around searching  for my “Need right now” emergency spoon (doesn’t everyone have one)? On finding it I ripped the lid off the yogurt and stirred.

I am left with only one question; where can I find me a Water Buffalo? It was delicious, rich creamy and that sweet taste of Maple Syrup (what can I say I am Canadian) I sat there in the No Frills parking lot with a poor unfortunate woman sitting in a car beside me trying hard to advert her eyes from this woman in this packed parking lot shoving spoonful’s of yogurt into her mouth and smiling like she had discovered the best thing since sliced bread and was obviously starving. I did for a couple of seconds think of the horrible images this poor woman had to endure but could not help myself. I ate and ate, and then on noticing that half the container was gone a sense of satisfaction and a tad bit of guilt took over. I looked over to the woman who was trying not to look then I put on the lid and drove out of that parking lot and headed home.


 Back home in my kitchen and staring at that now soggy cereal in the bowl and knowing that whole parking lot incident and the scaring of that poor woman’s eyes was its fault, I sigh. Sitting beside that bowl was my grocery list with that list of my own “Need right now” items. I picked up the list and read through it, there were many items on that grocery list that never were picked up. I pulled out the crumpled farm list from my pocket and on checking it one more time noticed I missed one thing at the very bottom of the list. This apparently will not be my last trip to town for “Need right now” items.

About the Water Buffalo Milk yogurt, well……this just goes to prove you do indeed learn something new every day and if I can find it again I will indeed buy it. To the poor Lady in the parking lot at No Frills if you are reading this I do apologize for subjecting you to this horror and just to let you know I will be leaving my emergency spoon at home next time, I hope that helps.


Later.

43 comments:

  1. I've never had water buffalo yogurt, or even seen it. It sounds wonderful, and you can sit next to me in the parking lot eating yogurt anytime. Shopping on an empty stomach without a list can be so frustrating!

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  2. You are sure living dangerously- going to the grocery store without a list and hungry too! I always spend at least 25 dollars more than I should if I go in hungry. Not sure about your water buffalo yogurt..not sure I could get past the name!

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  3. It's said that one shouldn't go shopping feeling hungry because you might buy more food than needed. Not that fond of Yohart myself, but I suppose Yohart is Yoghart!
    Hope you remember all next time and use your two lists. Hugs M xox

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  4. You can generally see me chewing on a piece of bread as I drive out of the grocery store lot. :)

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  5. Going in for that "one" items results in "many" when there are tummy rumblings. xx

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  6. I can't even count how many times I've gone to the store and in getting there...realized my list was at home. *sigh* You are not alone!

    Glad you found yourself a good treat in that yogurt. I am not sure I would have tried it.

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  7. I love yogurt, but had no clue they have water buffalo yogurt! Good to know it tastes so good. We have bison meat for sale in the stores down here, but I will keep my eyes open for this yogurt!

    I was right there with you in your descriptions of your day- so much sounded so familiar!

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  8. Buffalo yogurt! Now that's a first!

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  9. I love Greek yogurt. Buffalo yogurt is a new one for me. The ingredients sound good!

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  10. i'm not a big fan of yogurt, unless it's frozen yogurt! ha, i've been so hungry at the grocery store too when i don't get a chance to eat before...that's when i buy lots of junk...and i've left my list home on many occasions....our grocery store is so cold i have to wear a hoodie in the summer time to shop lol

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  11. water buffalo milk. hmmm... :)

    hope the teeth fit!

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  12. you are my doppelganger....

    that is all.

    xoxox

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  13. I learned three things from this post.
    1) I need to keep an emergency spoon in my glove box
    2) I am not nearly adventurous enough. Water Buffalo yogurt? I never would have tried it!
    3) You are much nicer then I am. I would have pulled out that digital camera and offered to take a picture for that women staring at you. It would last longer! lol

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  14. This post made me smile. What a busy morning you had! I can relate to the grocery shopping on an empty stomach. I want to buy everything! And you will probably find me pulling out of the parking lot with a candy bar stuffed in my mouth. Or cookies. Or just a desperate look on my face. :-)

    Water buffalo milk? I don't know. I might try it. Especially with the maple syrup added.

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  15. I have to admit the buffalo milk is a bit of a surprise. I can't imagine milking one of those!

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  16. I like yogurt, and really liked the Horizons brand with the cream on top. But any more, I just drink the blueberry kefir instead. It's simpler and faster and I think ultimately lower calorie.

    But Water Buffalo Milk? Who would milk one of those?

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  17. I usually lose my list somewhere between pen and shopping cart, sigh. And living 30 km from the grocery store, there is no running back, we just have to make do.
    Is there not a water buffalo farm somewhere in your vicinity? I think I saw it on Regional Contact awhile back.

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  18. Hilarious!! Oh, I love that you have an emergency spoon! Never mind wondering where to get a water buffalo - where can I get me one of those yoghurts! Sounds super delicious!!!

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  19. I always forget the list! I might just have to wander over to No Frills for a tub of that yogurt!

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  20. That yogurt sounds delichious! I've forgotten my list before as well... and on Saturday, it took so long to load the donkey that we never got breakfast either. We had planned to stop on the road for a bagel but we were hours behind schedule so we just kept going until lunch time -- we were starving!

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  21. B....Nobody cares if you eat in your car. Go for it.

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  22. If you're looking for a list of stores + restaurants that carry it, this website has the list and it keeps growing! http://www.offthebone.ca/bufala.php

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  23. Well there you go Rebecca has solved all of our problems now we all can have some Buffalo Yogurt ... Happy Monday

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  24. Well I checked out the list no Buffalo Yogurt for me. Sooo sad lol

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  25. Oh my! Another happy day in a farmers life! Those " need right now" items are always the ones that cause the most trouble! I bet that woman In the parking lot was wishing you had another emergency spoon for her!! It sounded delicious and just what you needed! Well done. Joan

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  26. I have never heard of buffalo milk yogurt. Wow! I love your "Need right now" emergency spoon. I think I'll go put one in my car for emergencies just like this :)

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  27. And?? Did you have the right teeth? Water buffalo, huh? Interesting thought.

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  28. B,

    My emergency spoon, fork, and knife set is in my purse. I just need to remember to bring my purse. Generally, I place a wallet in my pocket and out the door I go.

    I've never heard of Buffalo Yogurt, is that just in Canada?

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  29. Farm equipment pics are the best.

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  30. Water buffalo milk yogurt? Well I learn something new every time I visit this post! And I have learned the hard way about grocery shopping while hungry...I end up going a bit overboard :-)

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  31. Love your story once again. Never go shopping on an empty tummy you come home with non diet food. We passed many water buffalo in F N Queensland, I wouldn't fancy milking them. What am I saying. I can't even milk a cow. I like that, a spoon in the glovebox I only have boring dental floss. Thats a good use for a phone camera. I use it to take a shot of the parking station level and letter and colour. So I know where to go back to the car if I forget which is highly likely.

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  32. Oh, don't leave your emergency spoon at home! You might NEED it. :))

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  33. Um, so . . . the question is, who had the courage to milk the wild Buffalo? (Yes, journalists do come up with peculiar questions.) Oh, wait; that's Water Buffalo. Those are domesticated in South-east Asia, kinda like Holsteins in Ontario. (Silly old Bear that I am, to have forgotten that.)

    One other thing. You forgot to phone the Hero at home, last thing before you left town, to check if there was something else for the "Need right now" list that he didn't know he needs right now until right now. Always phone home before leaving town.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

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  34. Water buffalo milk yogurt is a brand new concept for me, but I do get the maple syrup love because I'm Canadian too and yes, we keep an emergency spoon in the glove compartment too. :-)

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  35. This made me smile this morning. I can so relate to leaving home without my list. I have never heard of Water Buffalo milk yogurt. Not sure I would be brave enough to try it.

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  36. Being sent for parts, I know that story. You are so wise to have photos to back up your order. I must admit I have a weird visual of someone milking a big buffalo like the one on our nickle but water buffalo makes so much sense. And, yes, I have a yogurt spoon in my car too. Fun post.

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  37. your words, make anything and everything, so interesting & fun!!

    i detest yogurt....and have emergency "everything" in my glove box, including a "spork"!! (spoon/fork combo)!!

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  38. I don't know what I'd do without you, dear B. I've been so busy lately, helping get my husband and my daughter ready for their adventure in Costa Rica. It was so nice to finally sit down and read your post-and I could almost taste that yogurt too:) Hugs, B-you are such a treasure:)

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  39. That just might be the most authentic yogurt ever! I am always buying things to eat in the parking lot because I rush off without eating, too. Usually some gooey or sloppy thing and then I am sitting there licking my fingers and realize someone is watching me.
    I don't have a shopping list quite like yours, though, Buttons. That has to be the strangest shopping list ever. You are a good wife. :) xo

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  40. What a day! You certainly deserved your yoghurt :D)

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  41. Wow what a shopping day you had. There I was finding it annoying when you go the she supermarket and come out without they very thing you went in for!!!
    Well done on walking past the chocolate - I would have stopped and picked one up. :))
    I've never heard of buffalo yoghurt before - and the mind boggles about milking a buffalo, lol.

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  42. I hope you enjoyed every bit of the buffalo yogurt! Funny! Blessings~~~Roxie

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  43. we've done the digital photo trick too. only with plumbing, furnace parts, etc. and you've piqued my curiosity now on this yogurt! wonder if it's available in the states...where you lost me is giving the older man a quarter. i've taken carts back for people but didn't know it was required to pay them! lol

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