Online grocery shopping, pets and chocolate are helping us through the pandemic.

It’s been not quite two weeks since my last Good Morning about things to ponder that aren’t coronavirus. If you’re like my family, you’re still social distancing and trying to keep abreast of the pandemic while not becoming all consumed by COVID-19.


So here are a few more things to consider that aren’t the new coronavirus:


• What’s the difference between hot chili sauce and Purina Cat Chow?


According to at least one online search, nothing. Our household was in need of milk, bread, cat food and M&M’s (don’t judge). To try to limit our contact with others as much as possible, I decided to order groceries online.


At one store’s site, I did a search for “Purina Cat Chow.” I got eight pages of results. They included Friskies cat food, Fancy Feast cat food, Tidy Cat litter and hot chili sauce before, on the last page, I got to the Cat Chow I wanted.


Were they trying to tempt me with other things I might put in my cart? Or is there some secret connection between hot sauce and cat food that I don’t know about or want to know about?


• Pets are great for helping us through this stressful time. But why do cats, and some dogs, wait to throw up hairballs and/or food until you’re not around to hear it, usually at night, in the dark, so you don’t find it until you step in it the next morning?


• At a red light, why do drivers in the left lane insist on blocking the view of drivers in the right lane?


On the one day I was forced to leave home last week, I was stopped at a red light, waiting to turn right. It was at an intersection at which I was legally allowed to turn right on red. There was one car in the left lane, waiting for the green light so the driver could turn left.


Every time I inched my car forward to try to see if it was safe to turn right, the car in the left lane pulled forward, even though the light was still red, and blocked my view. Was he jealous that I could turn before he could?


• Finally, where is a good place to hide Easter candy so I won’t stress eat it all before April 12 but will remember where it is? (again, don’t judge)


Erie Times-News staff writers share their views from behind the scenes, stories and bylines. Dana Massing can be reached at 870-1729. Send email to dana.massing@timesnews.com.