Independent Living

I’ve been living independently for years now.  I’ve learned how to complete the necessary chores each week, and maintain my living space.  I also have a cat.  She’s great at reminding me when she needs me to feed her.  She persistently interrupts me until I comply with her wishes.  Usually, I feed her at the same time each day, but when I have things that break my schedule, she helps me stay on track.

She’s a great companion, and I adore her.  She is a cuddle bug, which was hard for me initially, but I’ve since gotten used to it. I’ve had her for three years now.  I feel accomplished for having completed all my chores.  My home is clean.  My laundry is folded and put away.  The only thing remaining is going to the grocery store.  This is my most difficult task.  I admit I’ve put it off until all I have left to eat is condiments, olives, and a jar of pickles.

The grocery store nearest me is open 24 hours a day.  My issues with it are the automatic doors to get in and out, the excessively bright lighting, and all the smells.  I’ve had success with wearing sunglasses and putting perfume on my collar or shoulder to smell instead of the overpowering vegetables and fruits, etc.  However, wearing sunglasses at night causes the checkout person to comment.  The perfume on my collar made me nauseated by the time I got home.  So I don’t always use those methods.  Usually, hunger forces me to endure eventually.  I wish there was a grocery store for people on the autism spectrum.

Until that becomes a reality, I’ll continue to seek new ideas to make the experience more bearable.

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