Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: May 29th through June 4th

Welcome to The Moose Pond! The Welcomings posts give the Moose, old and new, a place to visit and share words about the weather, life, the world at large and the small parts of Moosylvania that we each inhabit.

Welcomings will be posted at the start of each week (every Sunday morning). To find the posts, just bookmark this link and Voila! (which is Moose for “I found everyone!!”).

The format is simple: each day, the first moose to arrive on-line will post a comment welcoming the new day and complaining (or bragging!) about their weather. Or mentioning an interesting or thought provoking news item. Or simply checking in.

So … what’s going on in your part of Moosylvania?

NOTE: The comments page will now split off after 20 or so left margin comments with the most recent comments on the current page. To see the older comments, scroll to the bottom of the page and use the link.



  1. Good morning, Motley Meese! The week begins …

    It is 64 degrees in Madison WI, on its way up to 78. The forecast calls for morning clouds and afternoon sunshine.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Good morning, Jan and other Meese! It’s such a lovely morning here in NoVa, it’s hard to believe we’ll have thunderstorms by nightfall. Currently 64 F., going up to 82 F. later.

    Today is my aunt’s birthday, her 80th. Sent her flowers, as I do every year. I always think, what a lovely month to be born!

    My aunt is one of two of the original ten children left now (my late mother was the second eldest). My aunt’s older brother lives at the other end of Texas. Glad I saw everyone at the family reunion earlier this month.

    Wow, my friends were right when they told me, “One really slows down after age 70!” It seems that I can do only one big thing a day. Yesterday I planted the flowers. Will today be the day I plant the herbs? Goddess willing, I shall do so after the race.

    Wishing all a good, peaceful Sunday!

  3. Eating breakfast, watching the news. Had more thunderstorms overnight, They put in a ban on all watercraft on the lakes because the water is so swift.

    Anyway, just hanging out. Will be happy to go to church, I really missed it last week. Yesterday I watched a friend’s band (band of friends?) play in a tiny pub in Dublin on the periscope app. Ain’t technology grand?

  4. Morning all. So far, surviving the AC slowdown ok – it works for a while but then I have to raise the thermostat to stop the compressor when the warning signal comes up – I had it up to 81 late yesterday afternoon. I ordered a couple of floor fans from Amazon, they’ll arrive tomorrow, and I think that will help me at least pull hot air out of the study where the computer generates a lot of heat, and circulate the air in other parts of the house.

    So, the DNC said nuh uh to Bernie’s demands, and this morning he’s backing off calling the process “rigged”, which is a bit rich since that’s been his campaign’s mantra for months. I really hope Al Giordano – or if not him, an actual Vermont Democrat – challenges for Sanders’ seat in 2018, time for him to go.

    And just to brighten the day, here is a lovely story that was on NPR about dogs in courtrooms

    OK, have a good day everyone!

    • 64 and sunny at dawn, 74 and cloudy now, expecting a high of 84 and who knows in mid-afternoon. (Sun came out yesterday after lunch – I got 20 KWHs and am now only 18 KWHs from meeting the May 2015 total.) Baked gingerbread muffins this morning – also an apple pie with the last of last year’s apples. (Danged things were 9 oz each which is more than I care to eat in one sitting – but in a pie I can get my preferred 6 oz max serving size and as long as I skip my usual cookies for dessert I’m within my preferred calorie load, too, if a little heavy on the fat.) Crock-potted a chicken yesterday – half the meat for dinners this week, half in the freezer for my next batch of soup. Put the bones and skin back in the crock pot to make stock for soup as well. With the blueberry harvest coming in, I need to clear space in the freezer to put next winter’s fruit stock. :)

      Glad to see the DNC said “no way!” to that crap – B.S. has gotten kid glove treatment from the Dem Party this whole campaign. Sucker’s been carried through the flood and seems to think he’s dry shod because he can walk on water. Only one way to treat a bully and/or extortionist and it’s not by giving them what they demand. So very proud of Hillary’s campaign – not that a woman can run the kind of negative campaign any of the white males can, but she’s also had her campaign keep a rein on her “surrogates”. Everybody on her team is keeping it clean, policies only, deflecting all of the media’s attempts to get our team to go negative with personal attacks. She will be such a great president!

      Heading over to GOS to read Denise’s Sunday diary and check out the HNVs. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Good morning, 65 and partly cloudy in Kennewick. The sale ends today, so we’ll meet with the estate seller this afternoon to decide what to do with what’s left. I know some items will be donated as it just not worth managing them any longer. The antique furniture is to “good” to give away, but it’s also hard to sell. Tastes change re antiques and right now restored Victorian furniture is not as appealing as it used to be.

    We’re staying with Ron’s brother so we’ve had a change in our tv and reading habits. They are voting Dems, but do not follow politics as closely as we do, so we’ve had a nice break from the intensity of our normal daily focus. Given the importance of migrant workers to the agricultural business in Eastern Wa it will be interesting to see how voters will respond to Trump.

  6. Good morning, meese! Monday …

    It is 59 degrees in Madison, on its way up to 84. Morning fog and afternoon sun are in the forecast.

    I feel like we are all holding our collective breaths waiting for June 7th and the end of the primary season, and we hope, the end of the Sanders campaign. Part of me thinks it is unfair that Trump gets a head start but I am noticing that it is allowing the bored press to focus in on him more. And to know him is NOT to love him. It is amusing that he still calls the Republican Party “them” rather than “us”. I think that is what we would have had if Sanders had won the nomination. I saw one Twitterer, a librul writer from The Nation, making the case that credential challenges at Democratic Party conventions were good for the party and comparing this to the challenges of the credentials of the 1964 segregationists. Say what??!? Barney Frank and Daniel Malloy are George Wallace and Strom Thurmond? Insulting, to say the least. New blood is good for a party but I prefer new blood that embraces the Obama coalition and reflects our future. There is already a party for angry white dudes. And why do white liberals insist on co-opting the history of the civil rights movement to describe the Sanders “revolution”? John Lewis getting his head bashed in for voting rights vs jailing banksters? Puh-leese.

    I am going to use the quiet day to get caught up on paperwork and organize the week ahead.

    See all y’all later!

  7. Good morning, Jan and Meese! The thunderstorms and heavy rain forecast by The Eejits failed to materialize during the night and this morning. Instead we have a veil of white cloud over the blue, with temps here in NoVa at 65 F. now, going up to 76 F. later. I’m constantly amazed at how wrong the weather people are.

    Miss Pink Cheeks and Monty Beagle are asleep behind the family room sofa in the “fort” she constructed out of the porch cushions. We brought them in because of the ectoplasmic rain last night. If it’s not going to rain, I will have to water the crops in Thimbleful Farm.

    I see the WaPo has a front-page “Democrats in Disarray” story. Trust those corporate-owned shills to seize eagerly on the St. Bernard thing.

    Miss Pink Cheeks woke us up frightfully early this morning, so while everyone else is catching up on their sleep I’ll cruise the Net. Wishing a nice Memorial Day to all!

    • Thank you! That will give me something to listen to while I am tending servers.

      I hope your rain clears up. We have beautiful clear skies right now and a nice 57 degrees.

    • Magnificent! How any liberal can diss John Lewis is beyond me. How anyone can hear his stories and place “repeal Citizens United!!” and “break up the banks!!!” and “show us the Goldman Sachs transcripts!!!!” above the causes that he fought for and was nearly killed for, should be ashamed of themselves. And people who put Cornel Freaking West on the same platform committee with him should be shunned.

      • You know I agree 100%

        Ditched my plans for BKos tomorrow and decided to feature this speech and some background on Dr. Mays – who is one of my heroes.

        • I am looking forward to hearing more about him. Obviously, John Lewis was inspired by him. And I am inspired by John Lewis.

  8. More thunderstorms. And more the rest of the week. This is really stretching even my ability to not complain about rain. The floods last Memorial Day killed 12 people. We’re not flooded but areas around us are. People have died being swept off roads — most in our area were before the roads were closed, but in Houston people were driving around barricades even in front of officers. And there are so many houses flooded.

    No idea what I’m doing today. It’ll be muggy when the rain clears out. Maybe I’ll just clear out the dvr.

  9. Morning all from the NO-AC Club of One here in Florida – surviving so far, and I have 2 floor fans arriving today which should help. This would have to happen at the beginning of the longest period of 90 degree+ days we’ve had since last summer. I can deal with it, I just worry about the dogs, but so far they’re holding up. Tomorrow I hope I’ll find out whether the service people have this part in stock or if I’m stuck without AC for another week or something. My cleaners are supposed to come Wed, but I may call and push them to next week, so they don’t have to work in inhumanely hot conditions.

    I’m so so tired of Bernie and his followers, in which group I include much of the media who keep fueling his belief he’s the star of the show, and I wish I thought they would just collapse after next week’s primaries clinch the nomination for Hillary. Alas, I doubt it – I’m just hoping the Democratic powers that be are ready for their mischief making in Philadelphia. At what point do Bernie’s Senate colleagues wise up and realize he’s lying to them when he speaks soothingly about unity in private to them, and then goes out to gin up the crowds with attacks on Hillary out on the trail? I do think Barney Frank has never been fooled by Bernie’s act, and I hope he speaks out more. I wish there were someone outside of Sanders’ immediate circle who could talk some sense into him, but it doesn’t seem there’s anyone, even Warren, that he listens to. Ugh.

    OK, Happy Memorial Day everyone – I’m just staying inside and quiet to try to keep cool. I’ll probably watch Band of Brothers as my Memorial Day tribute to those who’ve fallen in service to our country. Have a great holiday everyone!

    • Good luck staying cool, Geordie! Hope you and the dogs can make it okay.

      Our a.c. is acting up as well. The guy’s coming to check it a week from tomorrow.

    • I hope you can keep cool!

      I just finished reading a story on NPR that discussed the Obama-Clinton 2008 end of primary kumbaya. Bill Burton, Barack Obama’s campaign spokesman, expressed his concern that what Bernie Sanders is doing is less likely to lead to unity and that both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were campaigning as Democrats which made the party stronger for November:

      Bernie Sanders is running against the establishment in a way where he feels wronged, he feels like this is a process that has made it impossible for him to win, and he’s doing a lot of things that aren’t just making his case, but trying to burn the whole party down,” Burton says. “And you know what I think there’s a fair argument to be made that the process doesn’t include enough voices, and it’s not one that feels totally Democratic when you look at how caucuses are conducted and how delegates are awarded and why do superdelegates exist — things like that. But, at the same time, he is not doing things that are going to make it easier for us to win in November.

      He needs to finish his campaign and then go away. He can contribute nothing to the process but sour grapes and I do not want to hear him raging at the establishment Democrats for the next 5 months. We need the party more than we need folks who are seriously considering voting for Trump or staying home if their candidate is not given veto power over our nominee’s VP choices and platform.

  10. Good morning, 50 and sunny in Kennewick, Wa. Good estate sale news……nearly everything sold! I was shocked when I saw he space yesterday, and Rick (the seller) was too. We meet him there at 8:30 this morning to decided what to do with what’s left, but it’s now a manageable task. I am sooooooo relieved!

    Best wishes to all for a restful, thoughtful, and fun day.

  11. Started this Monday holiday at 63 and overcast – might or might not rain, might or might not get to 78, might or might not (but probably will) generate the last 4 KWHs needed to (barely) top May 2015’s total. I could seriously stand a full sunny day! (Holding the Good Thought/sending Healing Energy to the places that are getting the flooding – and the places that desperately need the water.)

    The John Lewis speech was fantastic. And so right. Not “revolution” but “stand in the way” of injustice. Not “burn it down and start over” but take it further forward from the long way we’ve come. And I loved the last one – not a “firecracker” but a “pilot light” – I know what a pilot light is, how important it is – and I know I can be one. Unlike John Lewis (or Denise Oliver) I’m not strong enough or courageous enough to be the beacon on the hill, being white I’ve never had to be, but I can be a pilot light.

    Heading over to GOS for my Hillary group fix. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  12. Good morning, meese! Tuesday …

    It is 64 degrees in Madison on its way up to 81. The forecast calls for thunderstorms.

    It was a quiet holiday weekend without much new going on politically. The president visited Arlington National Cemetery and Section 60, the place George W. Cheneybush wouldn’t go because he couldn’t be bothered to see the deaths he caused by his war of pridefulness.


    See all y’all later!

    • Dear Goddess, Dubya was a louse, not to mention pond scum. Heard he never attended a single funeral for one of the thousands of Americans he killed through his war of choice.

  13. Greetings Meese – it isn’t raining atm (poured last night with lots of thunder ) but it is terribly foggy.

    Am ignoring the news today – as much as possible – stupid headlines about the Democratic primary which have no relationship to the reality that Hillary has won – are irritating.

    Seeya later – have to go do laundry.

    • I laughed outloud at one of the Tweets in my “While you were away” list. Someone pointed out that starting a sentence “If she is the nominee …” should be an automatic disqualifier. Indeed!

      Someone chugged through the polling numbers and determined that bernedheads saying they are “undecided” in a Clinton-Trump matchup are responsible for the closeness in national polling numbers. So … most Clinton supporters saying that they would of-course-are-you-insane vote for Sanders over Trump puff up the Sanders over Trump numbers and Sanders supporters saying they are undecided make the Clinton-Trump race appear closer. The analysis used a conservative estimate that 70% of Sanders supporters would vote for Hillary when push came to shove. I think it will be more when the reality of their peevishness, a President Trump, is presented as the alternative.

    • Ignoring them is a good idea. Hillary’s campaign is sinking! She’s rushed to California to save it!

      Last time I checked, Nate Silver had her chances of winning California at 14.9. Don’t know what today’s number is.

  14. Not raining this morning but it will this afternoon and for the rest of the week. We seem to have either drought that get the lakes down below 40% full or so much rain that three (3!) floodgates are open. People are still recovering from last year’s Memorial Day flood & having to start all over. But I remember those months & months without a cloud, much less rain… I guess the drought made more of a mental impact because it was so long.

    Got my Scottish friends’ song stuck in my head, love the chorus: “surrender now my love, it’s time to fall in love, time to be what we should be”. Alison Stewart by December.

  15. Happy Tiu’s Day, Moosekind! It’s a glorious morning here in NoVa, cloudless blue skies and sunshine. The rain that was supposed to hammer us never materialized. Currently it’s 70 F., going up to 84 F.

    Denise is wise to ignore the headlines. Wish I had. I have training this morning but I stayed up so late reading I’m not sure I’ll last through it.

    Bfitz has been educating me in nutrition and has had some really interesting things to say. Last night I blew it at the block party—had two inches of a brownie and threen tablespoons of corn salad with black beans, my favorite. Also a dumpling made by the old Chinese lady who lives down the pipestem. All good, as were the cheeseburger sans bun and the barbecued chicken. Note to self: stop thinking about FOOD, will ya? My low-carb diet is ruining my brain.

    Wishing all a good day!

    • Low-carb diets tend to have that effect. You can easily get enough calories but you can’t get enough food on a low-carb diet to tell your animal body it’s OK. Two pounds of meat will make you sick. A pound of veggies, half a pound of fruit, 1/4 to 1/2 pound meat/dairy/eggs, and 1/4 to /12 pound “other” is easy to eat over the course of the day and tells your animal body that everything is just fine.

  16. Good morning, 49 and sunny in Kennewick. My relief that the estate sale is finally over is tempered with some sadness this morning. It was hard to walk away and leave the remains of Bill and Emma’s busy lives spread out on tables, ready for non-profit agencies to pack this morning. I still have some estate related tasks to complete, and there will be another sale for the outdoor and car stuff later this summer but I won’t need to be so hands on for that to happen.

    Ron’s brother is recovering from a serious knee surgery (ligament damage) so yesterday Ron helped him with some vegi garden tending and some outdoor chores he hasn’t been able to do. It’s been good to have this family time, and it will be good to be home.

  17. 63 at dawn, 68 now heading for 83 and the sun is mostly shining. (Yesterday’s rain and chilliness actually caused the furnace to kick back on. On May 30th. In NW AR.) Got only 5.5 KWHs yesterday but it was enough to put my month-to-date total at 475.6, .8 KWHs over my May 2015 total – today will be lagniappe. :)

    The day is starting quietly which is surprising as it’s the first day of Summer Session 1. Mostly ignoring headlines (I get NYT headline news in my email box and that’s irritating enough) – the media owners hate Hillary, always have, so the media will never portray her fairly or give her credit for much of anything. Sigh. But I know she’s winning and I know she’s going to keep doing what she’s been doing all her life – making things better for as many people as possible – the “blue plate special” kind of better, not just the cherry on top of the dessert kind of better.

    For some reason paychecks haven’t hit the bank – this is very unusual as they normally post about midnight the last working day before pay day (so should have hit late last Friday) – and most concerning. But it seems to be systemic in that I can’t get through to either Payroll or my bank. Sigh. This too shall pass. Got to get to work. (First got to figure out what the heck I was doing when I left last Friday. heh). Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}

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