Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Mar. 19th through Mar. 25th

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?

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  121 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Mar. 19th through Mar. 25th

  1. March 23, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Good morning, Moosekind! It’s another lovely but cold morning here in NoVa. Currently it’s 24 F., going up to 38 F. later today.

    Feeling OUTRAGED by Dem senators cutting a deal with McTurtle! Jesus, if I wanted to vote for a Rethug I would have done it, and may not tick off the box for senator at ALL in 2018 if my senators do that. Will try to “jam the switchboard” after breakfast with my Congress Critter (She-Who-Hides-from-Her-Constituents by blowing off town halls) to let her know she should vote “no” on that un-health care bill.

    Between outrage and sadness I simply feel exhausted. My friend is still in the hospital and appears unresponsive. What staggers me is that less than a week ago—St. Patrick’s Day—we were having a jolly lunch together at Greenspring. It’s the swiftness of the disease that staggers me. When my other friend, who lives with her, visited yesterday, the ill friend’s eyes remained closed and the nurse reported that she seemed confused.

    Going to stay home today and do catch-up things. Wishing all a good day at the Pond, which was acting up this morning. Had to “Clear history” to get in.

    • inkaudlay
      March 23, 2017 at 9:00 am

      I’m so sorry. {{{{Diana in NoVa}}}}

    • bfitzinAR
      March 23, 2017 at 10:31 am

      {{{Diana}}} – Healing Energy, to you and your friends. However it needs to be shaped.

  2. anotherdemocrat
    March 23, 2017 at 8:13 am

    We’re so caught up in our own horrible news (and the Russia thing & healthcare fiasco are awful) that we can’t spare more than 5 minutes for the terror attack in London yesterday? Ok, yes, there is an ongoing attempt to co-opt our nation by Russia, but there was….. I can’t even. Our POTUS’s statement, and Jr’s ridiculousness, just make me sad. I was already embarrassed for my country, this is just…. sad. Turning to comfort music, early U2, 3 Sunrises — a happy, pretty song.

    • March 23, 2017 at 9:41 am

      My husband is London-born and bred. We watched the awfulness on TV and were horrified. London’s his home town and I’ve been there so often that I feel it’s mine too, in view of my deep love for the place.

      We are none of us safe, anywhere. I grieve for those who died and those still in the hospital. Every time I read of such an atrocity anywhere, I ask myself, “And how, exactly, does this help your cause?”

      • anotherdemocrat
        March 23, 2017 at 10:12 am

        yeah, I read the Guardian article – they say several people have “life-changing” injuries & it just breaks my heart

        this, 10,000 times this:

        I ask myself, “And how, exactly, does this help your cause?”

  3. basket
    March 23, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Good Morning, Meese. Up early today for a session with my therapist…

    • March 23, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Hi, there, basket! Hope it’s a sunny day in CA and that your session will leave you feeling optimistic and hopeful.

      Take care.

    • bfitzinAR
      March 23, 2017 at 10:33 am

      {{{basket}}} – Healing Energy to shape as you need with your therapy session. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  4. JanF
    March 23, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I want to say how much I enjoy reading Dahlia Lithwick. From the article princesspat left yesterday (that I did not have time to read through):

    I am the mirror image of Lindsey Graham, who lamented again on Tuesday the damage done to the lofty norms and civil statesmanship of the Senate, just before blaming Harry Reid and Senate Democrats for blowing up the filibuster. The whole meltdown between the right and the left reminds me of my favorite Simpsons episode, wherein Homer is late to pick up Bart from soccer practice, leaving his son to wait in the pouring rain. “I know you’re mad at me right now, and I’m kinda mad, too,” Homer says. “I mean, we could sit here and try to figure out who forgot to pick up who till the cows come home. But let’s just say we’re both wrong, and that’ll be that.”

    Nobody disputes that norms have been eroding at the Senate for decades. But for Graham to smugly suggest that blocking Garland for a year was the same as a Joe Biden hypothetical from 1992 is just silly on its face. “Let’s just say we’re both wrong” shouldn’t net out to a life tenured seat for Gorsuch in a year of broken institutions. What Republicans did to keep a seat open for a year is indeed without precedent. And what the Trump campaign faces in terms of its own dubious legitimacy is unprecedented as well.

  5. bfitzinAR
    March 23, 2017 at 10:49 am

    We had a shorter tour of early Spring than expected – was 52 at dawn and heading for 77 today. A bit hazy at the moment but supposed to clear off – rain’s been shifted to tomorrow about midday. Reached 270 KWHs as of last night and if it’s as sunny as it’s supposed to be today, should reach at least 285 by shutdown.

    Nobody knows who the jerk is who claimed Aji’s running a scam, but the underlying platform that YouCaring uses will not reinstate the account – rather nasty about it but not naming a particular infraction of the rules because there aren’t any (update according to Aji’s blog). I will, of course, stop recommending YouCaring to anyone who comes to me about a fundraising need. Meanwhile, we are going to finish Aji’s house via PayPal, Lowe’s cards, and sales from Wings gallery.

    I’m very in and out everywhere today. Soloing at work as I’ve been all week (tomorrow the University is closed so I get the day off) but for some reason today people are calling or emailing me to do stuff I could have done last week or could do next week but… Anyway, I’ll visit and re-visit all the posts and diaries that I can, but I may be a little late with comments and replies. Like this one. Bright the day and wind to thy wings, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. princesspat
    March 23, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Good morning, 44 and mostly cloudy in Bellingham. Life overwhelmed me yesterday so I retreated to bed and pulled the covers over my head. Between toxic tRump events, the lingering issues with my tooth/infection, and apparently overdoing my pool workout by body just stopped coping. I was awake in the night several times, but had enough sleep to feel like I can finally face the day,

    So now I will make another round of calls re health care. The calls see like a small thing to do, but the numbers of calls are making a difference so I will continue to add my voice.

    Trump tries to close health care deal with GOP skeptics

    Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state became the latest to declare her opposition. Concessions being offered to the conservatives — they want to limit requirements that health plans offer benefits including maternity and substance abuse care — appeared to be scaring off moderate Republicans.

  7. JanF
    March 23, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Chuck Schumer says that Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch:

    Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he would join with other Democrats in filibustering the nomination — a move that could complicate his confirmation and lead to a total revamp of how the U.S. Senate conducts its business. […]

    “If this nominee cannot earn 60 votes — a bar met by each of President Obama’s nominees, and George Bush’s last two nominees — the answer isn’t to change the rules. It’s to change the nominee,” he said.

    In a Senate floor speech, Schumer said that Gorsuch “was unable to sufficiently convince me that he’d be an independent check” on Trump. He said later that the judge is “not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology. He was groomed by the Federalist Society and has shown not one inch of difference between his views and theirs.”

    Good. There is no reason to keep our “powder” dry on this nomination. Gorsuch is the very embodiment of the type of person we can’t allow on the court – a soulless puppet of the right-wing. That seat belongs to a moderate like a Judge Garland. And, thank you, Sen. Hirono. From that article:

    When Gorsuch said he did not think of judges as Democrats or Republicans, Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) responded if that were true, the committee would be considering Garland instead.


  8. anotherdemocrat
    March 23, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    <3 <3 <3


  9. Denise Velez
    March 24, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Good Friday morning Meese

    Spent some quiet prayer time this morning thinking about Timothy Caughman – the black gentleman murdered by white supremacist terrorist James Jackson in NYC.
    Talked abnout it with my husband – who works with clients – in a converted mid-town hotel – similar to the one Caughman lived in. His tenants and staff are very distressed – this murder hit home in a very personal way.

    Decided to re-tweet whatever news stories I could find about this – sadly – it will more than likely fall by the wayside in the face of other news – health care, London, Trump the asshole etc.

    Please say a prayer for the life of Timothy Caughman this morning. And for his family and friends.

    • Denise Velez
      March 24, 2017 at 6:00 am

      found these stories –

    • JanF
      March 24, 2017 at 6:25 am

      It did not go unremarked that the apricot asshole tweeted out condolences to the London terrorist victim but not Mr. Caughman:

      Binyamin Appelbaum‏ @BCAppelbaum
      (Binyamin Appelbaum Retweeted Donald J. Trump)

      Timothy Caughman, an American killed earlier this week in a terrorist attack in New York City, has yet to receive a presidential eulogy.

      Sherrilyn Ifill from NAACP Legal Defense Fund was all over it:

      I am sure that Jeff Sessions will just say the killer had “economic anxiety” not hate. :(

    • inkaudlay
      March 24, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Yes, Denise.

      Prayers for Timothy Caughman, and comfort for his family and all those affected by this brutal, stupid act.

    • March 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

      Will pray for him, Denise.

      And will point out that U.S. terrorists are much more likely to be home-grown white males than brown-skinned Muslims from overseas.

      May Timothy Caughman rest in peace.

    • bfitzinAR
      March 24, 2017 at 9:04 am

      {{{Denise}}} – Golden Light of Healing to Timothy Caughman’s family, friends, and all harmed by this evil act by an evil man created by an evil culture, let loose by an evil administration, enabled by an evil press. Goddess protect them from further harm.

  10. JanF
    March 24, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Good morning, meese! Friday …

    It is 43 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 55. Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast.

    Yesterday’s news in Tweets:

    Jon Favreau‏ @jonfavs
    Master Negotiator @realDonaldTrump and Master Legislator @SpeakerRyan got us the same shitty bill, but more expensive!

    NPR @NPR
    Mulvaney also told lawmakers that if House approval does not happen tomorrow, Trump is moving on to other priorities, leaving ACA in place

    Greg Sargent‏ @ThePlumLineGS
    “If you don’t pass a plan w/17% approval, I’ll ensure an outcome that my own advisers have said will destroy my presidency!”

    Sally Albright‏ @SallyAlbright
    After all those years of “Repeal Obamacare” it’s hard to believe Trump’s short attention span is going to settle the matter, just like that

    The RyanCare bill still has to be voted on – and leaving the ACA in the hands of an administration that wants it to fail will require constant vigilance – but this is a big win for people with human bodies. I slept through the night!

    See all y’all later!

  11. JanF
    March 24, 2017 at 7:17 am

    This @darth Tweet was fun!! (look at the hands)

  12. inkaudlay
    March 24, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Good morning Meeses!

    MPLS/St Paul weather: Soft rainy, misty, warm morning. I like.

    The photos of 45* playing in the big truck are … hell, I can’t think of a word to describe how ludicrous. What a dink.

    • JanF
      March 24, 2017 at 8:15 am

      The Rude Pundit tweeted out that no one can EVER mock Michael Dukakis’ tank photo-op after that. I think we can do both!

      This photo-op was bad on so many levels – “man of the people” with a Manhattan manicure pretends to drive a truck. Sheesh.

  13. anotherdemocrat
    March 24, 2017 at 8:12 am

    There’s a big golf thing in Austin, so naturally it’s supposed to rain today. But at least no severe weather. I did my faxes about the ACA vote, not that my senators or rep care what I think, but at least it’s a tick on the right side. I love resistbot, it’s so easy. My rep, McCaul, has never won Austin, so he really just doesn’t give a crap what anyone here says.

    Still on the comfort music because the world is still horrifying. U2’s A Sort of Homecoming. Beautiful, sweet, rock but calming.

    • anotherdemocrat
      March 24, 2017 at 8:18 am

      and you’ll need to listen to my sweet happy music while you read this terrifying, infuriating thread
      (MEGA-THREAD) The plot to sell America’s foreign policy for foreign oil and steal an election in the bargain began at the Mayflower Hotel.


      • March 24, 2017 at 8:32 am

        Read it. Dear Goddess.

        • anotherdemocrat
          March 24, 2017 at 8:42 am

          and another – not a thread yet but I bet there’s more

          So… the RNC paid a firm with “intelligence connections in Russia” to try to find dirt on Hillary Clinton.

          (seriously, listen to the music, it’ll make you feel better — I feel like Prof. Lupin from the Harry Potter books telling Harry to eat the chocolate)

          • inkaudlay
            March 24, 2017 at 8:49 am

            Music AND chocolate!

            • bfitzinAR
              March 24, 2017 at 9:24 am


      • JanF
        March 24, 2017 at 10:21 am

        I am seeing some people warning about the sourcing for that thread. I am always hesitant to retweet or “like” tweets that seem incredible – because they very often are NOT credible.

  14. JanF
    March 24, 2017 at 8:35 am

    The House vote on RyanCare is scheduled for 9am Eastern.

    Here is the CSPAN link to the vote: House Republicans Vote to End Their Careers

    U.S. House of Representatives. The House convenes to debate and vote on the American Health Care Act, a GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

    This program has not yet aired

    Airing LIVE Friday, Mar 24 8:00am CDT on C-SPAN

    Right now they are discussing the bill in the We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rules Committee.

  15. March 24, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Good morning, Moosylvania! Ink, we have the same soft gray sky here in NoVa that you have in Minnesota. We’re expecting a warm front by lunchtime, but the current temp. is 34 F. High today will be 64 F.

    Like Jan, I’m feeling a bit better about the ACA. Let Thing keep it in place while he goes off and golfs in his southern “White House.” Will be watching the Russian revelations with interest.

    Miss Pink Cheeks wanted to stay to dinner last night, so we asked for and received permission from her mother. When I asked her to do her 20 minutes of reading, she selected one of the “Shakespeare for Children” books I bought her, “As You Like It.” She’s now read four of them. I’ll see her again tomorrow night at Elder Son’s house. Every time the temperature rises above 59 F., Elder Son seizes the opportunity to use his barbecue grill.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond and Beyond!

  16. bfitzinAR
    March 24, 2017 at 9:18 am

    63 at the moment and also sunny at the moment. The former is expected all day, the latter to go away as a front and rain move in. Depending on when that happens, my solar electricity generation could range from 2 to 15 KWHs – I’d prefer the 15, that would put the monthly total over 300. We shall see.

    Well, my dyslexia kicked in big time this morning at DK – I was trying to post my Village diary for today and accidentally posted houyhnhnm’s Saturday one instead. Since I’m not the author, I can’t pull it back (at least if I can, I don’t know how and it’s too late now), but as a Village group admin I could and did edit the date for today. (Then went and changed the date on mine for tomorrow.) Meanwhile pvl45 ordered the House to hold a vote on healthcare so we shall see how many good little nazis will obey orders. Need to call my congresscritter’s office again. sigh.

    Off work today so will be able to visit the bank and other places that are only open while I’m at work. I’ll probably be online less “at home” than I am on a work day. heh. Meanwhile, I need to get some coffee and check in with the Village diary here at the Moose Pond. Bright the day and wind to thy wings, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • inkaudlay
      March 24, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Hai, bfitz.

      Randomly publishing diaries sounds like something I would do :)

      Have a great day not at work!

      • bfitzinAR
        March 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm

        {{{inkaudlay}}} – well, so far I’ve published one of SJohnson’s evening editions instead of a diary I’d written and one of houyhnhnm’s Saturday morning editions. My cursor isn’t always where I think it is. sigh.

  17. anotherdemocrat
    March 24, 2017 at 9:59 am

    new word instead of Republicans (saw in my twitter feed):


  18. princesspat
    March 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Good morning, 46 and cloudy in Bellingham. I rested yesterday, spent some time in the garden clipping ivy, listened to music, and took a small media break. Needless to say I feel better this morning! I’m going to pass on the pool today and enjoy some more time in the garden.

    I’m not alone with tRump induced anxiety…….

    Mental-health therapists see uptick in patients struggling with postelection anxiety

    Tips for keeping anxiety at bay
    Seattle-area psychologists and counselors offered these suggestions:

    1. Perform small acts of kindness, such as opening doors for others: let someone merge into your lane, treat someone to a cup of coffee or offer a word of encouragement, said Jane Tornatore.

    2. Breathe in nice and deep and out for twice as long. For example, count to two on your inhale and to four on your exhale.

    “When we are stressed, we stop breathing, but if we can take deeper breaths — and breathe out twice as long — it slows us down and triggers our parasympathetic nervous system,” Tornatore said.

    3. Be gentle and patient with yourself, said Katie Gurwell. Remember how a pendulum swings from one extreme to another before settling in the middle and tell yourself it’s OK to have days of hypervigilance and others of sticking your head in the sand.

    4. Meditate on a member of the large cat family, said Gurwell. Lions and tigers “don’t sit around all day being stressed or worried about what they are going to do. They hunt when it’s time to take action, but then they eat and play and bathe. They are not constantly in a hypervigilant state because then their nerves would be shot.” she said. “Be like the lion, ready to act, but also soaking up the sun and hanging out with the pride.”

    5. If you plan to spend time with family members or friends who say things that tend to provoke you, consider sending a pre-emptive email asking that politics be off the table for the duration of your visit, suggests Samantha Slaughter.

    6. Do not read or watch news right before bed, Gurwell said.

  19. JanF
    March 24, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Diana!!! Is this your Comstock? If so, good job!!!!

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