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Mary in VA

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  1. I had Covid in March and lost my sense of smell. It began to come back at about a month and took several months. I am not a coffee drinker and didn't discover until December that it doesn't smell right to me at all. Family was here for Christmas (they had Covid in March too so we were okay together)and were brewing coffee. I used to love the smell and now it stinks. Also, milk chocolate doesn't taste good anymore, dark is okay. I read an article in Smithsonian that said that it can take up to 2 years for coffee and chocolate to return to normal. Most other things are okay. My toothpaste smells odd to me too. I didn't do any smell training, although I researched it. I took to smelling ground cloves to test it at the beginning.
  2. I read about it online shortly after it happened, but I read a lot of online news sources. I probably noticed it more than I normally would have because we were hit with one in 2012. It began in Illinois and crossed Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, DC, Maryland and New Jersey. There were 22 people killed and $2.9 billion in damage. It was absolutely freaky! Glad you are all okay!
  3. I haven't read all the replies. But I'd recommend renting an RV and take some trial trips before you actually buy one.
  4. Pre-pandemic, high quality, cotton quilting fabric, would cost between $11 and $14 dollars a yard where I am. That is fabric from a store specializing in quilting fabric only, which is a higher quality fabric than that at Joanns. So if they are asking above that they are price gouging.
  5. Had a trip to Ireland with DD booked for early July through a travel agent. DD is on active duty in the army and very early in this pandemic it was clear she wasn't going to be able to go. I called the travel agent in the beginning of April and she advised we wait to see what the airlines would do. I just saw this thread and was about to check what our flight status was, when low and behold I received an email from the travel agent. We are getting a refund from United, less processing fees. We canceled the tour portion and will get that back, less penalties. I'll file with the trip insurance to get the penalities back. The travel agent said it is taking around 90 days to get money refunded.
  6. I just went and looked at my cabinets, which have hidden hinges, and there is 3/4" of wood. The hinges are like this - https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-35-mm-105-Degree-1-2-in-Overlay-Cabinet-Hinge-1-Pair-H70223E-NP-CP/303459243 And I would HIGHLY recommend the soft close. While it is more work now, next year it will be forgotten😀 Every time you close a cabinet door and it closes softly you will be happy you did!
  7. I'm pretty sure I had it in mid-March. My 25yo daughter and her boyfriend were here for a funeral for 4 days. The Sunday dd left she felt poorly and was sick the following week with flu like symptoms, fever, fatigue. I got what I thought were allergy symptoms on Monday, by Tuesday night I had an elevated temp, 100.2, but not technically a fever. I felt VERY fatigued. DD, who is in the army, went to the hospital triage tent on Thursday and they wouldn't test her. They told her to go home, she was COVID free. By the weekend we were both feeling better. I noticed my sense of smell was totally GONE. Not just lessened like I have had with colds before, but nonexistent. Next Monday, a week after dd and I got sick, dd's boyfriend is feeling sick with a 100 degree temp. He goes to the triage tent and they test him, probably because he is a nurse. He only had mild symptoms for 2 days. He tested positive. Both my doc and my dd's doc think we had COVID. My sense of smell is SLOWLY coming back after three weeks. My dd and I both want to get the antibody test when it is available.
  8. I got a laugh out of it, thanks for sharing the link! 😀
  9. Keep an eye out for estate sales of quilters, crafters, or sewers. I got several wonderful rulers for around $1!!! They aren't ones I would have paid even 40% off for at Joann's, but for $1, of course. I've also added to my fabric stash from estate sales. They usually price the fabric by the pound or by height, with pieces stacked on each other. I felt like a kid in a candy store - I didn't know where to start 😀
  10. I guess I hope that the military member knows their family well enough to judge what is good for them. Maybe that is not always the case, but I hope. Kind of like, neither of my daughters would have liked one of those huge, elaborate proposals in front of lots of people. And none our family likes surprise parties.
  11. Of course, these aren't the "surprise" reunions. The surprise ones have to be arranged by the military member themselves. They are the only one who knows all the info to make it happen. So I guess I don't want to begrudge that surprise to them after what they've done. I saw one where the young man said he had dreamed and planned of surprising his mom from the time he went in the military. She worked at his old high school and he set it up for during a school assembly. I thought it was sweet.
  12. I hate emotionally manipulative commercials like the ASPCA one; I will actually change the channel. I like ones similar to Hallmark commercials that bring a tear to my eye. That's what I thought of when I read the title of your thread and was ready to argue. But turns out no argument from me😀. The emotionally manipulative ones don't make me cry, they make me mad! I agree with Tanaqui, I might actually give if they showed happy dogs. Or maybe the contrast of a sick, sad dog and the same dog later, happy with a family. Mary
  13. Yes, often times the military member is slated to return "soon." But as to the where and when, it can range wildly. By weeks or months, depending on the needs of the military.
  14. I understand what you are saying. My DH was 21 years active Air Force, I was 21 years active and reserve Air Force, DD is active Army, my dad was 20 years Army. We are a family with a military heritage. My dad fought in two wars. My DH only had one short deployment because he retired in 2005 before the crazy deployments started. BUT I guess you have to ask, who is putting these reunions out there for us to see. It is the people who are being reunited. They want to share their joy with others. I love the reunion videos, but I also know what happened before them. That to me makes them all the more powerful. I love sharing in their joy. Mary
  15. It depends on your circumstances. There is no one size fits all answer. It depends if there are guardianship issues, the size of your estate, potential tax issues, etc. I’m an attorney, though inactive, and I still went to a trust and estate attorney to get a will. My recommendation would be to consult an attorney. Mary
  16. I don't have any specific advice, but thought I could share an encouraging story about my dancing DD. My youngest DD, about to be 25, was a pre-professional ballet dancer. Which means 20+ hours a week in high school, a lot more when counting rehearsal. She wanted to major in dance in college but began having injury/chronic pain in her sophomore year of HS. Ran around to PTs trying to find someone to help, but particularly who understood ballet. Finally ended up going to a wonderful practice with a lot of former ballet dancers who were now PTs. They could speak the same language and "got" what my DD needed. Two years later she had surgery to fix a tendon with an ortho who understood ballet, rehabbed and went off to college. Majored in dance while taking all the pre-reqs to get into PT school upon graduation. Sophomore year she was struggling with pain again. After A LOT of angst she decided to cut to the chase and change majors to Sports Medicine. She excelled AND had time to be involved in student government and a lot of volunteer opportunities. She got some the of clinical observation hours needed for her major during the summer at her old PT practice.😀 Graduated and took a year off to apply to PT schools. Worked in admin at her old PT😀. Got into all the PT schools she applied too. She is now on active duty in the Army at their stellar PT school. Being paid to go to graduate school. It has been the perfect fit for her. We can clearly see how the ballet experience taught her discipline and determination, but the injuries also taught perseverance and about PT! Ballet also gave her great kinesthetic awareness which is very valuable in instructing patients in therapy. All of her experiences helped mold her for what she is doing now! But boy were there a lot of ups and downs! As the mom I was there for ALL the tears, pain, angst, etc. And it was HARD. But I can see how in the end it all benefited DD. Mary
  17. I breastfed both dds until 18-20 months. I am so glad I did. I don't remember feeling any pressure at the time, they are 24 and 28 now. Oldest dd gave birth to twins on Thanksgiving. Leading up to the delivery she got incredible pressure from acquaintances (I won't call them friends) to breastfeed. Her answer was, "My intension is to breastfeed, but I'm having twins, I'll do what I have to do!" Some of the women got VERY pushy about it. As it turned out, both babies had different latching difficulties, and one had a sensitivity to cow's milk. That made tandem nursing impossible. So dd supplemented with formula and pumped breast milk. She was exhausted. Finally, after a couple of months, after consulting with the pediatrician, she went to formula exclusively. They babies are doing very well. I think her answer to the breastfeeding advocates was perfect. We all want the best for our children, but that looks different for each situation and we will do what we have to do.
  18. My whole family loved the movie. But we love musicals and don't generally expect them to be accurate biographies. Which isn't to say I don't love accurate biographic documentaries also. I just don't need them to be together. One dd and I love Hamilton also, and it is far from accurate. I think Hamilton is a work of genius as a play/musical. (I am NOT saying the The Greatest Showman is comparable to Hamilton!!!) We also saw TGS in the theater first, and it is beautiful on the big screen. I also have a dd who was a serious dancer, so she LOVED the dancing scenes. I put TGS in the category of entertaining, not thought provoking.
  19. We went on Princess and it was wonderful. The food was superb. I'm not a "foodie" but I could become one if I went on cruises like this often! A couple of times we paid more for the New England boiled dinner ( my dh LOVED seafood) and a meal in the fancy steak restaurant (where dh got lobster). The entertainment on board was fun, and we enjoyed the trivia competitions and other activities. I truly don't remember how much it was, BUT I am positive we paid a sale price and we got an inside cabin. We did tours at every port. Loved Boston and the Canadian ports in particular. In St John's, New Brunswick we saw the "Reversing Rapids" where water rushes in and goes up the river from the Bay of Fundy when the tide is coming in. You can see video of it on YouTube. We stopped on Cape Breton Island which has a large Celtic influence. Prince Edward Island was fun - we did the Anne of Green Gables Tour there. I made my dh watch the 1980s video. He protested a lot but ended up really enjoying it. I told him he wouldn't appreciate the tour on PEI if he hadn't seen the movie😉 Quebec was beautiful and we had only one day there. Two days would have allowed us to see more. It was an absolutely wonderful cruise. We had cruised twice before in Europe over twenty years ago with our children - Mediterranean and Baltic Sea. This was just as fun, maybe even better because it was just us. Not to be a downer, but I am so THANKFUL we went. My dh passed away this January. I am so glad I have these memories!!!
  20. There are beautiful cruises in October to New England and Canada. My dh and I took one in 2014. It was ten days and went from New York to Newport, RI; Boston; Bar Harbor; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; and Quebec. It was fantastic!
  21. Does he have sleep apnea? That can cause all sorts of problems.
  22. Yes, DOs do NOT do chiropractic care, it is osteopathic manual manipulation (OMM) and is very different . My SIL is currently a second year medical student at a DO school and stresses that when he explains OMM to people. DOs also receive all the same training that MDs receive and can do all the same residencies that MDs do. The differences are more philosophical about the approach they take to the practice of medicine. The best doctor I ever had was a DO. What I loved about him is he really listened to what I had to say. He really got to know me. Unfortunately he was a resident at a military treatment facility and was reassigned overseas.
  23. My daughters gave me a 12 pound one for Christmas. It's twin size and feels good.
  24. Oh, I LOVE Celtic music. It must be in the genes, I'm 56% Irish. And I live in northern Virginia, so I can see your group in person. Yippee!!
  25. As a BIG Hercule Poirot fan, I will have to strongly share my opinion of the film adaptation!! I have seen it and enjoyed it, BUT Kenneth Branagh DID NOT portray Poirot correctly. The actor who owns the role is David Suchet. He portrayed Poirot in a television episode or movie for every single short story or movie over a 30 year period. Before doing so he studied the books and stories and made a list of all physical and personality characteristics described by Christie which he used in his portrayal . He is the only actor who portrayed Poirot on film that depicted the man in the books. Of course this is all just my humble opinion 😉 There is a great DVD available of "Murder on the Orient Express" from 2010 with David Suchet available on Amazon. Warning, the Poirot in "Murder on the Orient Express" is a darker, moodier Poirot than usual, as he struggles with his morals and ethics. No more, or I'll give too much away! Mary
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