Thank you, Mood

I needed some velvet upholstery fabric to patch over some holes my cats made in my couch (it’s going to look terrible, but who can afford reupholstering??). They didn’t have what I needed at the first place I stopped, but they had it at Mood! They were so nice too. I only needed a small amount and this guy went to their remnants pile and pulled out exactly what I needed and the piece only cost $5!! Please scroll down for a shot of a cat with my Mood bag.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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8 thoughts on “Thank you, Mood

  1. So glad you had a good shopping experience and glad there is still one place left for you to shop at!

    Your kitties get more gorgeous by the day. They are so sleek!!

  2. Have you ever heard of sashiko (a traditional Japanese embroidery) or visible mending? I don’t know enough to say anything about it here but do a search online for images. If you’re crafty, it might be an interesting look for your couch!

  3. I’ve always worked at least part-time at home and I think it made my kitty happy too. She often sat near my work area in a window. It was so nice to be quietly together. Although I think your kitties might make more noise?

    You know, I wish I could tell you how shopping is. I haven’t been anywhere except our grocery store since March. (Each spring I get the bulk of our family’s wardrobe from a monster garage sale a local church holds–which was canceled this year. I’m joking that we’re running out of things to wear, since I didn’t get our several bags of t-shirts, shorts, and pants. I’m kind of joking, but not really.)

    I have been to Costco a couple of times, which requires masks, and we’ve been to Target once, for the boys to get a Lego fix. It was all pretty normal, except for the masks, which are no big deal (I’m still shocked that anyone thinks they’re a big deal, especially if you only have to shop in one–working in one for eight hours might get old, I do understand that), and in Target I saw several people complaining they weren’t getting the correct deals or discounts for the three items in their basket, so that was completely normal. Every clerk or worker I’ve seen has been unbelievably nice and even cheerful, which I can’t quite believe because I’d be pissed if I had to work in a store where they don’t require masks. Starting Monday our county will implement a mask-wearing order for anywhere inside; I hope that helps.

  4. Oh good. I don’t understand people who don’t wear masks, and who aren’t crazy (some are clearly crazy). I still pass by a decent number of people without masks, and they are mostly young. Is it all that young-person “I’m going to live forever” thing?

  5. Part of the mask problem, in my opinion, is that the government/media cocked up their response to that in the beginning of the year. I think they were short masks so they tried to work the old “you don’t really need them” to try and save them for frontline workers. Now a few more must be available, because it seems they’re finally reversing course on that idiocy. It perhaps might have been better to be more forthright: “of course mask wearing works, but could you use re-usable or cloth ones and only go out if you absolutely have to, to conserve masks for health personnel and grocery store workers? Thanks.”

    As I keep telling family members who are resisting masks: Of course they work. Have you ever gone into surgery and not seen the doctors/nurses wearing masks? Look at 1918 pandemic pictures–THEY ARE WEARING MASKS. In 1918. How much do we have to keep rehashing this science?

    Don’t know what’s up with the young people. I’m sure they mostly think it’ll be like a cold and they’ll be fine.

  6. I agree. By coincidence, mask usage came up in my recent research, prior to the COVID-19. Those early instructions also reflected a general feeling about masks, which was that they only helped somewhat. I don’t know if the kind of research about just how much they help wasn’t conducted before, but that can’t be right. I think most of what I read was about wearing masks to protect against even scarier things, like Ebola. Wait, no. I know. It’s because a certain percentage of people have always been stupid.

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