I needed a white plastic cover for a two-plug electric outlet. A simple thing. Costs less than a dollar anywhere they are sold. But the hardware store in Northbridge closed while I was out of commission and it isn’t the sort of thing they sell at the grocery store. I wasn’t eager to tackle Walmart.

I decided not to think about it and instead go to the fish store in Rhode Island. We used to go there all the time, but life got complicated, difficult. We stopped going most places. A few weeks ago, Garry decided to see if they were still in business. It had been that long.


Turns out it is indeed still open — since 1964. On the way, I saw the feed & grain cum nursery cum hardware place. I had forgotten it was there — made a mental note to stop on the way back to buy the outlet cover.

We bought a lot of stuff at the fish store. A little more expensive than the grocery, but a better selection. And the owner actually knows something about fish.

Then we hit the feed & grain hardware and nursery. Got the plastic cover for the outlet. It cost 41 cents. Garry had a dollar in his pocket and got change. Deal done. This must be the only thing you can still buy for less than half a dollar.

I had a camera and the nursery beckoned. Garry loved the cactus. They look just like the ones in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance because it is the same cactus. I thought it would be a great addition to our little in-house plant collection. A handsome cactus indeed.

While I was checking to see how much they wanted for it, I got a handful of tiny, soft, painful thorns. I’m still pulling them out of my hand and I barely grazed it.

“You can have the cactus,” I said to Garry. “But you’ll have to care for it. It obviously doesn’t like me.” We took a temporary pass on it, but maybe we’ll go back. It’s a beauty.

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  2. Them dang cactuses … watch your dog and kid too.


    • Those little soft prickles are the worst … you don’t see’em coming and it’s hard to even find them by looking for them. I think I’ll just pass, thanks 🙂


  3. The cactus rose Hallie put on Tom Doniphon’s grave.


  4. I absolutely love “mom & pop” stores and restaurants. Admittedly I do eat at fast food chains as well but when traveling I seek out the corner diners, you know, the ones with all the local folks vehicles parked out front. I also love exploring in old hardware stores, where you can literally buy one screw missing from your lawnmower. Exploring your community for these treasure troves is well worth the effort. Who knows, you might meet a new friend while there. 🙂


    • This place has been there forever. I just hadn’t been down that road (literally, not figuratively) in years. I was glad it was still there. A real general store. I think it’s co-owned by three families.


  5. I love cactus too but gave up for just that reason!


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