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Lady Florida.

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  1. That's true in my area too. They're building one about 20 minutes from me that should be open by the end of this year or early 2022 and there are rumors of another one being considered in our county as well.
  2. Good luck! The location sounds perfect as I know you were trying to get closer to your parents. The laundry room sounds like something you can "fix" after you live with it for a while and figure out what works. Fingers crossed. 🀞
  3. A few years ago I broke down and bought fake pumpkins. No more rotting pumpkins! πŸ˜‚
  4. Any cat owner knows it's simply not possible to move if you have a cat on your lap.
  5. And here is a nicer version of fall in Florida.
  6. I finished two books since I last posted - The Empty Throne - part of The Last Kingdom series by Bernard Cornwell. Zuleikha, by Guzel Yakhina and translated by Lisa Hayden. I really enjoyed this and the Kindle version is currently only 99 cents. Currently reading - I'm still reading Ancillary Justice - I like it but the pacing is slow and that's making me not want to hurry up and find out what happens next. I'll finish it eventually. While I thought I was behind on The Count of Monte Cristo it turns out I got carried away and am way ahead. I've been ahead for several weeks and looking at the current chapters I have another week before the schedule catches up to me. πŸ™‚ I hadn't been in the mood for audio books so I was listening to podcasts, but yesterday I got notified that a book I forgot was on hold came in. The Plague Year is really good so far. If it seems like it's too soon to read about Covid-19 while we're still in the middle of it, I recommend giving this a try. I wasn't sure I wanted anything to do with the current pandemic but this author has changed my mind. Here is what fall means to me. πŸ˜‚
  7. We've had Prime since 2008 - shortly after it began. At the time, a homeschool dad was singing its praises to everyone in our hs group. Like everyone else back then we got it for the shipping. Over the years we've enjoyed the other perks they kept adding, especially Prime Video and Prime Music (sometimes Prime Reading for me), but it's still all about the shipping for us. We order a lot. When the recent price increase was announced I did some quick math and determined it's still less than I'd spend on shipping. A few years back there was a dust up over the fact that Prime members were being charged more for some items, so now Prime items have a disclaimer telling you that you can get the item cheaper elsewhere on Amazon (along with links to those sellers). When I look at those "cheaper" prices I find that the shipping on them either evens out or is so small as to not be worth it. I rarely buy anything that isn't Prime eligible. Other than pandemic shortages that can't be blamed on Amazon, we haven't had a problem with shipping times. I love being able to ship to other people. Most of our family members are local but even so there are times when it's a gift occasion or I just want to give the person a little surprise but won't have a chance to go visit, so I send it from Amazon. I periodically change where my Amazon Smile donations go but for the last few years I've had it set to the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida - the organization dss and ddil joined after our granddaughter was born. Do they still do free membership trials? If so @Emba do a trial membership. If not pay for one, two, or even three months and see how much you use it. I don't know that one month will give you a good baseline but by two or three months you should know. It's more cost effective to pay annually but if you aren't sure about the cost benefit, it's worth spending a few extra dollars on a monthly membership at first to try it out. If it turns out to be a good fit, buy the annual if you can pay that. If not just cancel.
  8. And there's this. My mom had the Italian goodbye perfected. You had to put the car in reverse and start inching out of the driveway. πŸ˜‚
  9. Yep. Ddil says they're overwhelmed. The hospitals have asked people not to go to ER if they can help it. Dss has to transport people to ER but sometimes if they can stabilize a patient in the ambulance they just sit outside and wait until the ER can fit them in.
  10. I remember coming back from the beach with friends and all of us going into a convenience store barefoot to get snacks and drinks. The thought of going into one of those stores barefoot now makes me shudder but back then I never thought twice about it. We were Florida girls and we were barefoot. I also remember the rumor about it being illegal to drive barefoot but never found any evidence it was true. My mom used to tell me it was illegal to drive in flip flops but I knew that was just a thing she said because she hated flip flops and thought they were dangerous to wear.
  11. Me too and I'm not ashamed. 😁 I try not to post too many at once on Facebook.
  12. This is our 13 year old cat. We got her from the shelter when she was 3 months old and she's always been a cuddly sweetheart. Sometimes though, I just want to read my book! πŸ˜„
  13. I'm on gabapentin for sciatic pain. My surgery helped but I'm always going to have some nerve pain. I thought gabapentin wasn't doing anything until they started to wean me off of it and the pain came back. Apparently it works better than I thought. I'm able to handle it well. Like I said previously, YMMV. Others in this thread can't take gabapentin or it doesn't work for them. Some find Cymbalta gives them relief. I recommend working with a pain management doctor until you find what's right for you.
  14. My doctor gave me a sample years ago for my chronic back pain. I took the first dose and literally sat on the couch all day unable to make myself get up. It's possible that once I got used to it or if the dose was adjusted I'd have been able to handle it, but I didn't want to even try. I just threw the rest away. YMMV, as it works well for some people.
  15. This is my situation too. Everyone we closely associate with, including family, takes Covid seriously and those who could get vaccinated got the vaccine as soon as possible. Ddil is a nurse in the Covid wing (not ICU). She said everyone there on oxygen is unvaccinated. She said they're seeing young people - people in their 30s and 40s - come in very sick. There are people there who refuse to get vaccinated even though they can't see their dying loved ones unless they've been vaccinated (hospital rules). It just boggles my mind. Some of the people on her wing go home but most end up in ICU. Dss the firemedic does most of the paramedic work at his station. They have to ask everyone they respond to if they've had the Covid vaccine. No one he has transported has been vaccinated.* He recently transported a dad to the hospital who later died from Covid. A week later he had to transport the mother. There were young children and he didn't want to leave them home alone so he brought them to the hospital until a family member could come and get them. The mother also died. Both were unvaccinated. πŸ˜ͺ *ETA: No one he's transported since the vaccine became readily available has been vaccinated. Obviously before the vaccine, everyone he transported was unvaccinated.
  16. I don't know anyone personally who died or was hospitalized. As was pointed out, it's possible there was someone in my circle that I don't know about such as a cashier, a server, or someone I pass on my walks. I do know a number of people who got Covid. One was before the vaccination became available, an 85 yo woman in a nursing home who survived polio as a child. Her family joked that they need to study her. πŸ˜„ The others were all vaccinated except for two children under 12 who can't get the vaccine yet.
  17. Midsomer Murders and Murdoch Mysteries on Acorn TV. The final seasons of The Last Kingdom and The Expanse, though I don't think either is coming in the fall. Maybe late this year or early next. Everything we watch is streaming and most is older shows that already finished. We do watch a few that have new episodes each week, usually on Hulu. Yeah, I didn't realize fall tv season was still a thing.
  18. When I first read about it I didn't think he'd be right but for a weird reason. I imagine Gamache with a deep voice and Molina's voice just didn't fit the voice in my head. Then when I saw the promo photo of him as Gamache I started to change my mind. I think he looks "right". We'll see. I'm looking forward to the series.
  19. I do have 3 that I rotate but I wear this one the most. It's dark blue and goes with just about anything I wear. Thanks everyone. It looks like I just hit the end of this mask's life. My other ones that I don't wear as often are fine. I'm sure we were all expecting/hoping not to still be wearing masks at this point, but it doesn't look like that will end anytime soon (at least not the way thngs are going in Florida). I'm going to order one more that way I'll still have three.
  20. If you wear your Happy Masks regularly are they still in good shape? I wash mine very carefully and use a soft toothbrush to get makeup off as recommended. I've had them for almost a year (was using disposable before). My favorite one, a neutral color I use most often, is showing signs of wear. The metal nose clamp is starting to poke out of the material on the outside and the ear elastics are getting stretched out. I haven't contacted the company yet. I wanted to find out first if anyone else is experiencing this or if maybe I'm just too hard on my masks.
  21. Yep. Ddil is a nurse and when each of their 3 kids were little she went to per diem so she could have more time at home. She didn't make anywhere near the California income but she made enough for them to have the extras they wanted. She's back to a regular part time schedule now (on the covid wing no less!) but she said she wants to go back to per diem in a few years.
  22. I'll add my vote for ortho/spine specialist. I've had back issues for years and had been seeing an ortho doctor who specializes in back issues. I have degenerative disc disease which, as @Pawz4me pointed out, is basically arthritis. I've had years of physical therapy, injections, and pain meds. At one point I even had a spinal cord stimulator. It doesn't reduce pain but is really just white noise for pain. Eventually I had it removed because as long as it was in my body I couldn't have an MRI of my spine to determine if things got worse. This is similar to my story. None of the things I was doing would have worked and surgery was the only option for relief. I had L4, L5 discectomy, minimally invasive. This January I finally had surgery. It was actually several years in the planning but doctor changes, insurance changes, and then the pandemic were all working against me. I was lucky in that I didn't need fusion. I had arthritic bone pressing on my sciatic nerve and the surgeon cleaned it out. When I went for my first follow up with his PA she told me there had been "significant nerve impingement" (she was present at my surgery). None of the non-invasive things I was doing would have worked so I was just going in circles trying to avoid surgery. My point is, try everything non-invasive because a lot of people do get relief with PT or injections. However, don't be afraid of surgery if it comes to that. It was the best decision I made in a long time. I'll always have some pain due to my arthritis but cleaning the bone off my nerve has reduced it significantly.
  23. I'm sorry. It's so hard to understand that kind of thinking.
  24. I know you already made the decision for the vaccine but I'll add to this thread. My niece's 13yo twins got it. My grandnephew was a little tired for about a day after the second shot. My grandniece had no side effects at all.
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