Category Archives: Barbara Ellen

Named for a Greek goddess….

…Charis, for beauty and elegance. Must say the front end of the Toyota Yaris isn’t beautiful or elegant but the number one daughter liked the whole well enough. So, with her Chevy Sonic in death throes at 170,000 mostly highway miles (are all American cars shit?), and Covid (and our Dimocrat mayor’s lockdowns) having rendered her almost broke, we bought her a used 2020, the last year the brand will be made in the USA.

But with only 30,000 miles on it it’s predicted to last another 270,000 miles—Car & Driver, I think it was. It is black, the most dangerous car color, and most costly to insure. But, as I say, she liked it. Even got a bit cheeky about it, saying “If I have a choice….” So all’s well as ends well.


Barbara Ellen logged off from work early today, struggling with an elephant sitting on her chest, making it hard to breathe, and a splitting headache. No fever, however, all day. Then, of course, there is the recent news of possibly no fever for three or four days in some Covid cases. Which she fears she has because of the aforementioned elephant. Time will tell.

At least she has no more back nor hip pain, thanks to Shawna, for a month now. But S. was not able to help improve BE’s breathing much even before the elephant arrived. Which limits the amount of oxygen in her blood. So we’ll wait and watch. She’s only in her mid-fifties, so she should otherwise be able to get through it. Fast as we can dose her with Resmedivir if needed.

UPDATE: BE tested negative for Covid, a few hours ago, at the minor emergency center on Far West Boulevard. They said her symptoms seemed fluish, which is likely since she failed to get a flu shot.

Hotel Reservations

Made our hotel reservations the other day for our Amtrak trip to Oklahoma City on the 25th. From there we’ll drive a rental to Higgins, in the Texas Panhandle, to see and photograph Russ Wheat’s tombstone. Which we had planned to do back in March, until the Chinese Communist Party’s virus intervened.

Takes about three hours to drive it, but Bar and I will enliven the trip with talk. With her seven to five work schedule five days a week, we don’t get much chance of that.

UPDATE: Now it seems we have another couple that wants to go. My OCS classmate Charlie Button and his wife. We’re coordinating it.

Distance healing

Barbara Ellen is feeling better after yesterday’s hour-plus session with telephone distance healer Shawna Ristic. Californian Shawna scored big right out of the gate in assessing BE’s energy as deflecting somehow, as in look-over-here, look-over-there. Which BE confirmed is due to her introverted preference of being invisible.

The pain in her lower back is still gone a day later and the pain in her hip has returned but quite a bit less than before the session. Give Shawna a try!

UPDATE: Six days later, the pain is gone, except after lying on one side asleep, but it disappears quickly upon arising. We expected the chiropractic experience, of a few days relief, not a miracle.

Goodbye, Eva

My step-daughter’s kitty Eva was put down the other night by an ER vet who said she had few red blood cells and most likely had cancer. Her boyfriend was with her and she described how as Eva was going under she reached for them both making biscuits as it’s called with her paws.

She knew she was going home and wanted to say goodbye. Adios, Eva.

Home til January

Barbara Ellen got word this morning that her corporation is extending work-from-home until January. White collar information workers can do that. Blue collar skills not so much.

Buying a tv

A smart one, no less, after nine months without one of any kind. Smallish, to cover the fireplace which Bar and I agree is unlikely to be used for fires from worrying about Checkers the cat getting into the dying embers.

Should have access to YouTube and etc. Already paying for Spectrum cable (packaged with Internet which we do use), but found we were satisfied with watching stuff on our phones. Until…

Came down to Bar’s missing the History channel and Animal Planet. Besides, it’s time to do our part for revival of the consumer economy since we can afford it and many can’t. Stay tuned.