Costco Shopping – September 18, 2020
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25th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $147.87 today / $1,821.66 this year

I took a sick day from work so I could go to Costco first thing Friday morning when it’s not busy. Sick day was justifiable because I got 2 vaccines today, shingles and flu.

Costco Vaccination Process

Before going to Costco, I visited Costco’s immunization page and downloaded immunization consent form. They wanted 2 copies so I printed 4 and put them in my briefcase. I didn’t make an appointment, but I went to Costco pharmacy at 9:15 AM (unofficial opening hour). There was nobody in the line. The process was smooth and pleasant.

  • A gentleman greeted me at the “Patience Counseling” window. I gave him my immunization consent form.
    • I filled out a short questionnaire to declare I was not sick.
    • He checked my insurance card and settled the payment. ($29.53 total).
    • He checked temperature off my forehead.
    • I was told to wait 15 minutes and go to the pick up window
  • At the pick up window, I paid $29.53 with my HSA debit card.
    • Flu shot was free, shingles shot was $29.53. Your cost of the shots may be different.
    • When I inserted my HSA card to the machine, it asked for the pass code. But, my HSA card doesn’t have a pass code. So, I hit enter without any number. The transaction was completed without any issue.
    • HSA account is only available to those with high deductible health plan.
  • I walked around to the side door and waited. 4-5 more customers came after me to wait. Several minutes later, I was called in for the shots, one on each shoulder. They were not painful.
    • It was the next day I started to feel miserable. But not too bad.

Costco Adult Immunization Program

Christmas in Costco

I enjoy looking for the first sign of Christmas in Costco. It usually starts with small toys or little decorations. Then they bring out big items a few weeks later. But, it’s late September. After parking my car, from the parking lot, I could see three Christmas trees inside the warehouse. It looked beautiful. But, I missed out on the joy of seeing the first sign of Christmas in Costco.

As I do every year, I took pictures of Christmas decorations and sent them to several friends. As always, they texted me back with “Already?” “Too soon” and “Yikes” – They knew I was loving it.

European cookies are back for the season (picture below). These cookies are part of my life. I have never ran out of these cookies for over 10 years. Every year I buy a few cans of these cookies and freeze them. I enjoy them every weekend with coffee.

I saw a cool Halloween decoration and an interesting kitchen item (pictures below).

I spent over 2 hours inside Costco warehouse. Members only savings saved $15.80.

One Rotisserie chicken, a hand sanitizer, and Whisps chips are for my friend who can use a cheer up gift.

Strawberries were just OK (not bad). It was about 7 out of 10 on taste scale.

I came home, took a shower, put away food, vacuum packed rotisserie chickens, and made chicken stock with the bones. I finally had time to rest around 3pm. I was very tired (don’t get old). It’s a lot of work to live alone and do everything alone.

I guess my next Costco shopping is when I get a Thanksgiving turkey. This year’s turkey will be epic. -E-P-I-C-

We survived 6 months of pandemic. Perhaps we repeat this a few more times. God bless everyone. Please take care.

Merry Christmas – 2019
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Merry Christmas. I will be baking another turkey early Christmas morning (tomorrow). I have 3 brand new meat thermometers that I tested in ice water & boiling water. This turkey will be super-fantastic.

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. I don’t know the lyrics. It’s in French – about three angels(?). I posted 3 different modern versions below. They are so beautiful, it makes me want to cry. It’s shame we don’t hear this in American media. What else am I missing out?

Trois anges sont venus ce soir – Originally by Augusta (Mary Anne) Holmès. 1884.




First Sign of Christmas – 2019
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Hey, guys… look what I found. It’s Christmas time. Another year is coming to an end. It’s been said many time, many ways…

Swarovski. 2019 Annual Crystal Ornament. Costco item #2002019. $49.99

Also, I saw a lot of toys for kids – one side for boys and the other side for girls.

First Hint of Christmas at Costco, 2018
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I was little disappointed that it didn’t scream “CHRISTMAS”

Ribbons were at Costco on August 1st, 2018, just as I expected.  But, they didn’t have any obvious Christmas designs such as snow flakes or Santa.  Still, these ribbons are hinting us to get ready for Christmas.

Christmas Moment
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I contacted my friend Friday (Dec 22nd) and convinced her to come out after work for a “Christmas experience”.  Both she and I get off work late. We are tired, but I told her that she will look back and cherish the moment – that we must force ourselves to create some kind of Christmas moment before it’s gone.

The entire night I played my favorite Christmas music in my car.  I picked her up at her work and went for a quick bite.  And we went to a coffee shop and enjoyed holiday flavored coffee.

Then we walked around the shopping center and took some pictures.  I struck a silly pose in front of a big Christmas tree.  Then we realized that my stomach was exposed in the picture.  We had a big laugh.  We kept looking at that picture and kept laughing.

We took a detour back to her work and looked at houses with Christmas decorations.  I took her back to work in three hours.

4 days later, I cherish that magic moment.  I hate getting old.  I hope we will all live young forever.  Enjoy your magic moments.  I will talk to you soon.

Wardrobe by Costco (5 items):  Cashmere scarf, Buffalo brand hoodie, Calvin Klein shirt, Buffalo brand jeans, Kirkland Signature belt.