Monday, November 8, 2010

Not my favorite chore

Grocery shopping is generally one of my least-favorite chores. On Saturday, the weather was alternating sun breaks and rain showers...autumn in Oregon!

I decided to take a chance and head to the grocery store on my bicycle to do the weekly grocery shopping. The store I like to shop at (Fred Meyers) is 1.2 miles from home.

How to carry a week's worth of groceries on a bicycle?


Check out this very cool basket Kendra made a couple of years ago:

I've used it several times on hikes - it's perfect for carrying the lunch for a family group.

But I haven't used it with the bicycle before.


It worked really well. Here's the basket loaded with 34 pounds of groceries! It took about 15 minutes to ride the bike home from the grocery store.

I carried another 5 pounds of potatoes in the front bike basket. As I was leaving the grocery store with the loaded basket, a woman stopped me to ask where I got the basket. She was really disappointed when I told her my daughter made it. She was hoping to buy one for herself. Too bad...

I had fun riding my bike to the grocery store - made my least-favorite chore a lot more fun, and I hope to shop this way again...although it may be a while, with rainy autumn/winter weather on the way...

6 comments:

Polly said...

Looks like fun!

Dorothy said...

You wouldn't want to have been on your bike during the hailstorm we had this afternoon! :)

Good for you..being so "green" and getting your exercise, too. That is an excellent looking basket, by the way. Kendra, you might have a market....

Patricia said...

That is one very cool basket! You are looking so, so fit and skinny, too.

Kendra Last-Bookartist said...

Glad you are getting some good use out of the basket. I am sure that lady could find a similar one for sale on etsy or somewhere. I however will not be going into basket making business. I am not good enough to make it worth the time. This basket took over 65 hours to make and it was a semester long project for BYU. No one wants to pay for 65 hours of work. I will stick to selling books. :)

Lisa Lou said...

So cool!!
As a missionary, we would fill our baskets with food, as well as our back packs and hang bags off the handlebars. This would have been a much better idea!

Holly Mayer said...

that is awesome Kathy! I remember summer 2009 when we had fun carrying the kids around in that basket.