Sunday, August 30, 2020

Is it mask worthy?

I am wearing a mask because it is mandated.  I know all the scientific things about wearing the mask; read it all.  I differ in my opinions about wearing a mask and other things in general but I understand it is considered more safe to be wearing a mask around others than not wearing a mask and because it is mandated I wear a mask but I rip it off the second I can.  So now before I go anywhere I ask this question "is where I'm going mask worthy?" Meaning is it worth donning a mask that I would prefer not to wear just to go to where I want to go.  And as a side note I still have not gotten "into the groove" of wearing a mask.  I can't tell you how many times I've had to walk back to the car to get a mask before entering a building/restaurant/store.  

So last week after seeing a YouTube segment about a decadent chocolate dessert someone made both hubby and me said later in the day "we got to go to Cerreta's".  It is a local candy company.  That was mask worthy.

Driving by an estate sale the sign said "masks required."  That was not mask worthy for me though it would be interesting to see what was offered and also if the estate sale is inside the house as it sometimes is, I like to look at the layout of other houses.  But in this case not mask worthy.

Going to get homemade Polish sausage from a local delicatessen for a recipe Ma featured in her blog was mask worthy. 

Going to get my hair cut last week, yep mask worthy.  My hair was longer than it had been in a bit and was driving me crazy as I don't like the hair on my neck during hot summer months.

Going to church?  YES definitely mask worthy.  Our church has not reopened yet with no plans on when they will reopen.  They originally were going to reopen August 2nd but then our numbers went crazy in July so they postponed it.  FOR ME the online experience was not cutting it so we decided to look for a church that was meeting in person.  Found one, liked the message we listened to online and went in person 2 weeks ago.  LOVED IT.  Just the feel of being together with fellow believers praising and worshiping and hearing a sermon in person instead of through a video screen was fantastic.  Again FOR ME it was definitely more fulfilling than viewing online.  So yes mask worthy.  We are still considering whether we will go back to our old church when/if it ever reopens and are praying about it.  

Going out to eat and restaurants asking you to wear a mask until seated and then put the mask on when moving around the restaurant is mask worthy.  

Local gyms can reopen again after being closed for about 2 months.  Wearing a mask while exercising on the treadmill (it is required in the majority of the gyms) is definitely not mask worthy.

Next month is our anniversary.  Its a milestone one so we want to celebrate it grandly.  Been thinking of going away for a few days and trying to come up with ideas of what to do and where to go.  In talking we had to see what was opened (for instance we like to do wine tasting in Temecula California and some wineries aren't doing tastings just sales while others are doing tastings outside) and then we had to determine if what we wanted to do was mask worthy.  So far we are coming up empty but I'm sure we will figure out some place to celebrate that is definitely mask worthy.  

This is just me, but just asking what do you consider mask worthy?

26 comments:

DUTA said...

Despite the problems wearing a mask presents, I can see myself wearing one even if, and when it ceases to be mandatory. I don't trust vaccines, not even the one for common cold. At my age, a mask could be more safe and efficient than a vaccine.

Anyway, since the virus outbreak, I go out only for stricly necessary chores, and these do not include restaurants, gyms, beautician, hotels or any other such public places.

nashvillecats2 said...

To me wearing a mask is worthy should it prevent someone or myself getting this horrible virus, I too would like to get my hair done but to be honest am afraid the risk too great as the amount of time spent there could mean I go down with the virus.
What I can't understand Betty is why have you to wear a mask inside a restuarant?
If you have a mask on how can you eat....lol
I know we HAVE to wear them but they are uncomfortable wearing them for a long period.
Hope your anniversary plans go ahead and have a wonderful day.

Yvonne.

Juli said...

I have worn a mask everyday since March. It's been mandatory since April (I think) here, which I believe, is why we have less than a one percent positive rate in our state. Because it's so hot, I wear it while working around my neck until someone approaches me, then I pop it up. It's weird though, I can wear one all day with no issue, but when I go to a store it's off the second I am out.

Mask worthy things would be grocery shopping when we REALLY need something, walking the waterfront (it's mandatory and comes with a $50 penalty, but the water and serenity is SO worth it), and running necessary errands that will make my life easier in the long run.

In the end, I wear one because I feel it's the right thing for me to do. But it has to be something VERY important for me to wear one for longer than 30 minutes. Particularly in 90 degrees with 80% humidity.

Bijoux said...

I can’t think of any place that isn’t mask worthy except going to a gym because I just know I’d have issues working out with one on and my glasses fog up, so it wouldn’t be safe for me.

My husband and I would not go on a trip while mask mandates are in place. If I’m going to spend that kind of money, I’m going to want to experience everything and not be limited by all the pandemic rules,

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

My husband and I are both high risk so we still don't go anywhere at all other than the grocery store once every two weeks. There still won't be any restaurants, salons, or celebrations outside the home any time soon for us. I hope you and your hubby find something you will enjoy that is mask worthy for your anniversary :)

Veronica Lee said...

I have been wearing a mask even before it was mandatory.

I have to shop and run errands for my elderly parents whenever I visit them. Otherwise, I would rather stay at home.

Alicia said...

I like your premise of something needing to be "mask worthy". I too only go out for necessary things, like groceries and supplies. I have not been to any restaurants although I have had take out pizza. It's not easy to get into the groove but as nashvillecats2 says, it's mask worthy in order to prevent someone of myself from getting this virus. Right now if they mandated wearing a red clown nose as a protection from the virus I would wear it with no complaints, not because I'm a "sheep" and follow blindly but because I will do anything I can to prevent this illness from killing innocent people. I too think of whether or not something is worthy of going out into the world to do.

Chatty Crone said...

Happy anniversary next month!
I do the exact same thing as you.
We do get food out a lot. Sometimes we eat inside.
My daughter and I have made a list of what we feel is a safe place to eat or not.
I think you have to try to be smart.
It is hard for sure.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Here we have a mask mandatory in any public place but so far I've not gone out much. I did go for a doctor visit ti get my blood pressure under control and wore a mask for that. Thet led to a visit to the pharmacy for the meds, and I work a mask for that. I got together with family and didn't have to wear a mask for that as we are considered it as our own safe bubble to be in. I haven't been to church yet but will go in September to my grandson's 1st communion, that is mask worthy. I do believe masks are a good thing and my DIL gave me a new one yesterday so now I have 3. That way I can wear one and wash the others. Nice to have a choice.

yaya said...

I find the mask thing kind of funny because I wore one in surgery for almost 50 years, all day sometimes, and may be going back to work in January and I guess I'll consider that mask worthy! If I need to go into to a store for something I want I'll don the old mask. I'm not real fond of restaurants. Don't know why but I haven't been in one since February. I have ordered take out and would eat outside but to me it's not really a mask worthy destination. Does that make me boring? Anyway, I do understand the aversion to wearing things on our faces. I miss smiles and feel bad when I don't recognize some folks with the mask on. Not fond of seeing it in church but since we have services I do consider that mask worthy. When and if the Fall festivals open soon I will wear a mask if necessary. I do enjoy those so it's worthy! Have a great week and stay safe!

Mevely317 said...

Awesome topic, Betty! That's something I've not given conscious thought to before now. But now the hamsters are spinning. I REALLY miss attending estate sales, but even with a mask I don't like the thought of rubbing shoulders (and other body parts) with so many strangers. Like you, attending church on-line leaves me 'meh', but I hear that's all supposed to change next month. Can't wait!
Looking forward to hearing where y'all decide to celebrate your anniversary!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Adam and Gabby were all set to go to Temecula for the outdoor wine tasting but were not able to get any tasting times that suited them so they cancelled the trip. I just made an appointment for Sunday to get a haircut. Yes that is double mask worthy for me along with my glasses and gloves. I can no longer stand my hair anymore! I am not getting my color highlights done because I want to be in and out as soon as possible. Mark thinks I'm risking my life. I feel I will be as safe as I am going to a doctor's office with the guidelines I have read from my salon. I've seen my hairdresser for over 13 years now. I would not go to a restaurant, that is not mask worthy to me. I think a mask is important around other people. I will not be going to the gym, it is not mask worthy to me but I am going to buy a treadmill.

Mellie said...

There's a mask mandate here as well. I keep 3 or so in my car because I will leave home without one! Some places are enforcing it, like Walmart has mask police at the doors. Others aren't at all. Planet Fitness told me something twice for taking mine off - soon after they gave up. The movie theater didn't seem to care either. Mask worthy places - restaurants, necessity shopping, school, and doctors visits. Hope you can find something awesome to do for your anniversary!!

Joanne Noragon said...

If a venue requires a mask and I want to go, I consider it mask worthy. I listened to someone on NPR this morning who said soft talking is more effective than masks.

Ann Bennett said...

I have to be frank, my brother died from his lungs not functioning after an aortic aneurysm repair. He was on a respirator for about two weeks. So I have a grim feeling about the death's of people from Covid. I spent a week with my brother's worn out body grasping for breathe. I'm not over losing my brother nor his suffering.

Mask worthy is a good observation. Mine, is it worth taking a shower and putting clean clothes on. I sweat like a horse this time of year. But I do hate walking back to the car when I realize I left my mask on the dash. Most of the businesses here will give you a mask if you forget.

We are pretty chill in Georgia. There is not much said about wearing masks. The disease seems to thrive in clusters. We have had an area of Georgia that has had a high rate due to one infected person from Atlanta attending two funerals on the same day as my brother's funeral which was March 8th.

I do take the mask off when I leave a store. They are hot.

joeh said...

Bowling this year will require a mask, don't like it, but it will be mask worthy. I social distance, when outside and it is not crowded I don't always wear a mask, if I pass someone I simply hold my breath for a few seconds.

Liz A. said...

I know what you mean about forgetting the mask. I haven't, but the roommates have. (I did, however, forget to put on earrings when I went into work last week. I figured if I had to forget something, at least it wasn't the mask.) It's annoying, but I'm slowly getting accustomed.

I wonder if when this is all over, if people won't still wear masks during flu season to try to not catch flu. I imagine it would help.

jack69 said...

You have made me smile. returning to get a mask, YEP! Not only that, I agree so much with what you have said. I HONESTLY WISH I knew WHO to trust and BELIEVE. I get sick of the 'conspiracy' theories floating around, knowing there is smithereens of truth is some. BUT most of all I like logic and common sense. I keep hoping the KNIGHT in SHINING armor will ride onto the POLITICAL SCENE that makes sense......
Saying all that, I share your frustration.
Love from Arkansas
Sherry, jack & JJ still on the road.

Wendy said...

I think just about everything is mask-worthy. In Virginia, our governor eased restrictions and then the number of Covid cases went up. So he reinstated stronger restrictions. Now our numbers are way down causing people to call for loosening the reigns. The tough-love of masks and social distancing works. Places that are too loosey-goosey are taking a big risk. One of my friends is a stickler for a clean house - cleans daily - anyone who comes in has to wash their hands and use paper towels - no cloth towels. Yet she has been diagnosed with the virus. How did that happen? Probably from her church where attendance is still full and masks aren't required.

Mary Kirkland said...

I hardly go anywhere so I really don't have to worry about that.

Birgit said...

Anywhere I need to go inside is mask worthy but I do put it on and take it off as soon as I am outside. I am happy to say most Canadians comply and I am glad about that.

Rose said...

Basically the only place I have taken Roger is out to eat 3 or 4 times...wore a mask...I wear one when I go shopping. I am not fond of them, but they don't wear me out. And I had been to the dentist yesterday and had to stop at the pharmacy...was kind of glad I had to wear a mask cause I had had a tooth pulled, was hurting, had gauze in my mouth and my jaw swollen. So the mask hid that!

Pat Hatt said...

Masks are a pain, but is what it is. I just wear it, get what I want, and get out. Gym definitely wouldn't be mask worthy. Sweating to death is bad enough. Can't say I'd travel anywhere as wearing a mask to do so would take away some of the fun.

Jeanette said...

Let's see...We go in restaurants and wear the mask to an from our table. My friend and I love to go to estate sales so that is mask worthy to me. Like you I love seeing other houses, especially in the more well to do neighborhoods. Today we went to the zoo with the grandkids and wore masks anytime we were in a building or in a crowd. But I never wear a mask outside, ever and as soon as I leave a building it comes off immediately!

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Terra said...

What is mask worthy, a good question. Suggests things about us, what is VIP to us. Mask worthy is going to church. I have been attending outdoor worship, 6 feet apart, all wearing masks. Last week I attended indoor services, that was very meaningful, it had been since March! If I leave my house, I wear a mask. Twice a day Bounce and I walk, now that is mask worthy.