A sign of the times

While I was in the Chiropractor's waiting room, today, I noticed the employees were all wearing different masks.  I said, "oh, those are so cute, did you make them yourselves"?  They didn't.  One of them had a friend who was making them for hospitals and she made them for everyone in the office.  We talked for a few minutes about how unique and adorable they were.  Afterwards, I was sitting and thinking about the conversation.  If you had told me 6 months ago that today I would be complimenting cute face masks, I would have thought you were nuts.  One of my cousins makes masks for medical people and she made hubby and I a couple and I think they are so cute.  I'm looking for scarfs and old t-shirts I have to make some of my own.  The non sewing kind.  I had to go out and buy ponytail holders and I found myself looking for the different colored ones.  Oh, please don't tell me I'm going to start coordinating them with my outfits.  🤣 

Definately, a sign of the times. 

I still go to the neighborhood stores and find plenty of people not wearing masks.  Ft. Bliss requires a mask and a temperature check to get on base.  William Beaumont Hospital and the VA Clinic also requires a mask.  Most stores are only allowing a certain number of people in their stores at once.  Someone stands at the only entrance that is open to make sure of it.  There are signs on the floor showing where to stand to keep your distance which some people act like they don't even see.  I'm afraid they really don't.  Lot's of shelves are still empty.   

And still some people act totally unaware of any danger.  There was a party in our neighborhood a couple of weeks ago.  I just don't understand. 

The official "stay at home" order

Yep, it's here.  STAY AT HOME.  Like I haven't been doing that for years now.  Of course, as will happen, I don't want to stay at home right now.  Why is that always the case?  On the plus side, the streets are freaking empty.  Even the highway, which I usually steer clear of.  Right now, I can get from here to there and back again, very quickly.

We've been getting "emergency alerts" for over a week now.  They've been about the virus, wash your hands, stay home or at least 6 feet away from others, cough into your elbow, or about what steps the city, county, state, country is taking to insure our safety, and oh yeah, wash your hands, stay home ... all of this in English.  Please stay on the line and press one that you've heard.  Thank you.  Then, maybe five minutes later, we get it again, in Mexican.  Then, we get it all again on my cell.  Then, we get it again on the TV.  Also the radio.  I know this is all necessary, but it does get a wee bit tiring.  This morning, however, we got an emergency alert that about 200 miles east of us was a 5.0 magnitude earthquake.  Holly cow, this I was not prepared for.  We didn't feel a thing, even though they said we might have felt slight tremors. 

My son was coming home from the Houston area April 9th for a week, but they have the same Stay At Home order so he's going to change his flights and come later in the year.  I admit I'm not unhappy about that.  I think someone would have to pay me a whole lot of money to get on an airplane right now.  The enclosed environment, to me, makes getting on a plane a very bad idea. 

The VA is in the process of switching some of our appointments to phone calls instead of in person visits.  A very good idea, although there is a lab appointment on Monday.  Hubby wants to keep this one, so we'll just try to get in and out as quickly as possible. 

The commissary has MP's stationed at the front doors and at both ends of each isle.  Over the weekend, apparently, there were fights.  It was crowded, shelves were emptying quickly, and there were very long lines.  I've been in several stores, including the commissary, over the last several weeks and I've seen none of this.  I am grateful.  

Bucket List item Checked off !!!!!!!!

I bought a new SUV.  My 2015 Nissan Rogue was such a disappointment.  I bought it in 2016 and started whinning about 6 months later.  It was too small ... my vision was very limited ... the interior was black ...

I just kept putting off actually going to a dealership.  Car shopping is the absolutely worst thing I can think of to have to do.  My brother was bugging me about BMW.  Best car ever ... yada, yada, yada.  So, I finally decided we would check out their SUV's.  In person.  We looked at 3 different BMW SUV's.  I was wildly underimpressed.  I hate car shopping.  After we left there we stopped and talked to a friend and she told us she had just bought a Subaru Outback and a friend that I worked with for years was now the General Manager.  Barbara.

Since the Ascent was on the list I had made up of SUV's that were the size I wanted, we stopped by.  There was a 2019 Ascent in the showroom.  It was even the right color.  White with a beige interior.  When we talked to Barbara, she gave us her 2020 Ascent to drive home that night so we could check it out.  It was the right color, too.  By the time we got home I was in love and knew I was going to buy it.

One of my bucket list items is to buy a new vehicle and pay cash for it.  I don't mean just that we didn't finance it.  I took cash, not a personal or cashier check ... hard cold cash.  It took 2 guys a good 30 minutes to count it all.  It was so much fun.  It's 100% ours.  And the icing on the cake ... they gave us $12,000.00 for the Rogue.  I was shocked.  Barbara said it was because I didn't like the Rogue.  They have a price tag of $15,800.00 for it. 

I only have one problem.  I really don't want to leave it in the VA parking lot for a few hours tomorrow.  It may be silly, but I'm not sure I'm going to take it tomorrow.  I'd love to have enough bubble wrap for it. 

Mass shooting in El Paso

This has been a truly awful day.  Crying, anxious, stressed, heartbroken ... you name it, I've felt it.  I've talked to people from all over the country today ... of course, they've been watching TV.  So far, I think the count is 20 dead.  It's unbelievable.   

I lived in this part of El Paso for years.  Mom and Dad built a home here, my younger brother graduated from high school here, I raised my son here, I spent many hours at the Barnes & Noble here.  I haunted Cielo Vista Mall.  The stores, restaurants, and movie theater.  When I bought a house, I had to move out of the area because I couldn't afford the homes in this area.  I know this place like the back of my hand.  I still go to this Walmart and the Sam's next door.   A few short years ago I quit going to malls and most stores on Saturday.  I could go during the week ... it was less crowded.  I'm thankful for that today.  Because if I was still going to malls, that's the one I would have been at.

I hope tomorrow is a better day. 

Happiness is ... walking with his walker

Tuesday we picked up a walker for hubby.  He's been in a wheelchair for 17 years.  He's just had his third acupuncture treatment and I think she finally found his sweet spot.  She tried something a little different (I didn't really understand it) and he is actually feeling some relief.  So, last night, after the sun went down, we took the walker out, turned right and walked 2 house's away before he felt he had to turn back.  Rested for about 5 minutes and then we went the other way and he walked 2 house's away again.  Hallelujah!!!!!!!!  I'm so proud of him.  Going to take today off and try again tomorrow.  Baby steps.  He has to build up his strength slowly. 
Be Proud - Wear Pink

Saw on Spikesgirl

I enjoy these, and I'm going to try to post regularly.

1.What shows you watching these days?

Not much.  I'm trying the new show Manifest. Also the second season of Mars on Nat Geo.

2. Are you still into fandomy things? (Creating or consuming fanfic, fanvids, etc.)

No.  The last fan fiction I read on a regular basis was Stargate SG1.  That was a long time ago.  It's the original reason I started coming to LJ.

3. Even if you're not doing fandom, what are your ships these days?

In the Avengers universe I would like to see Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff get together.  I think they make a cute couple.  Also in the movie Suicide Squad, I love the love that Harley and The Joker have for each other.

4. Instagram?


5. Any major life things happening in the past couple of years?

A couple of things actually.  My husband has been confined (mostly) to a wheelchair for his back since 2002.  For the past 10 years he has been taking a powerful Opioid for the pain.  In Sept. he decided to stop cold turkey.  After 3 days he conceded that he needed help.  He was taking 30 mg per day.  In Sept they reduced it to 20 mg per day and in October to 15 mg.  A few days ago they reduced it again to 10 mg per day.  He's doing real well.  I'm so proud of him.

I am scheduled on Dec. 5th to have the first surgery for cateracts.  I'm excited and scared.  It's very necessary, though.  This year my eyes have deterioted at an alarming rate.  By the new year I expect to be able to actually see.  What a refief.

6. Do you still post on LJ? (I'm going to set up notifications for those of you who answer in the affirmative so I get reminders to come and look at what you're up to!)

I've never really posted much.  I am going to try, even though I remember saying that last year.  This year for sure.

7. GIF ME.

8. What are you reading these days?

The new David Weber Honor Harrington novel.

9. Show me a picture!

This was many years ago, right here in El Paso.  Luckily, we don't have this kind of snow event anymore.  Knock on wood.

10. What's your current anthem? (Or band/singer, whatever.)

Not a particular song or artist, but mostly 60's and 70's music.  I am firmly locked in the past.

11. What's the last movie you watched (that's worth talking abouts)?

I just watched The Incredibles 2 and loved it. 

Fun Meme from Spikesgirl

1) Are your parents married or divorced?    Married to each other until they died.

2) Are you a vegetarian?    No, but I do like vege's.

3) Do you believe in Heaven?    Yes

4) Have you ever come close to dying?    Not that I know of

5) What jewelry do you wear daily?    Wedding ring

6) Do you eat the stems of broccoli?    Yeah, sure you betcha

7) Who is your hair stylist?    Alice.  All she does is cut it

8) Ever have any surgery? If so, what?    Gall Bladder and Breast Cancer

9) Do you color your hair?    I used to put red highlights in my brown hair.  Now it's all grey.

10) What do you wear to bed?    Nothing

11) Have you ever done anything illegal?    I've tried pot

12) Can you roll your tongue?    yes

13) Electric razor or blade?    blade

15) Do you talk in your sleep?    Yes.  Hubby has he can't make out what I'm saying.  Maybe that's a good thing

16) What is your natural hair color (do you even remember?)    Dark Brown

17) Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?    Out of concern for the people around me, I cut

18) Future child’s name?!    I always knew that I was going to name my son Michael.  I don't know what I would have done if I'd had a girl.  I couldn't pick a girl's name for longer then a couple of weeks.  I still don't know what I would name a daughter.  Of course, it's a moot point now.

19) Do you snore?    Yes

20) If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?    I have so many places I want to see, but as far as  somewhere to live, I'm right where I want to be. 

21) Do you sleep with stuffed animals?    Not anymore.  I do sleep with my cat.

22) If you won the lottery, what would you do first?    Pay off anything that needed paying off.  Get an Accountant.  Probably talk to an Attorney. 

23) Gold or platinum/white gold?    Gold  ...  white, yellow, rose

24) Hamburger or hot dog?    I love both

25) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?    Probably chicken. 
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Because Thoughtsbykat asked

• Favorite smell - The woods / forest
• Last cry - recently watched Bones episode where Vincent dies.
• Favorite pizza - ham & pineapple
• Favorite Flower - violets
• Favorite Dog breed - golden retriever
• Favorite foot attire - socks
• Hair color - grey
• Favorite Ice cream - french vanilla
• Pet-peeve - people who think they're more important then everyone else
• Shorts or jeans - jeans
• What are you listening to right now? - The Simpsons
• Favorite color - green
• Color of eyes - hazel
• Favorite Holiday - 4th of July
• Night owl or day person - day person
• Favorite day of the week - don't really have one since I retired
• Nickname - Trisha
• Favorite music - rock & roll
• Do you like to cook? - No
• Beer or wine? - neither
• Can you drive a manual shift? - Yes
• State you were born in? - Germany
• Do you work out? - Nope
• Do you like vegetables? - some
• Do you wear glasses? - yes
• Favorite season? - Spring