Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: July 16th through July 22nd

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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  75 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: July 16th through July 22nd

  1. JanF
    July 15, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Good “morning”, Motley Meese! The week begins …

    Morning low of 66 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 75. The forecast calls for variable cloudiness.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Denise Velez
    July 16, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Good Sunday Morning Meese
    61 here in Saugerties NY – going up to 83 and sunny

    I’ll be celebrating the birthday of Ida B Wells today at Orange.

    • JanF
      July 16, 2017 at 6:26 am

      Ha! A “general badass” – if she were alive today, she would be posting in Black Twitter with eyeroll gifs. :)

      • Denise Velez
        July 16, 2017 at 7:09 am

        Yup – and would be a voice for Black Lives Matter

      • Denise Velez
        July 16, 2017 at 9:20 am


        • anotherdemocrat
          July 16, 2017 at 10:08 am

          tipped, rec’d, shared

  3. JanF
    July 16, 2017 at 7:03 am

    I am not sure if it is good news or bad news but the BCRAp vote will be delayed due to John McCain’s inability to travel to Washington DC after surgery. The bad news is that it keeps the anxiety level high which is going to lead to more stress related illnesses! Plus, I think we had it pretty close to being killed. I wonder if the CBO will have time to review it now? The good news is that there will be no vote next week and every day that this bill is pending is another day for people to realize how unpopular the Republican Party and their president is.

    This statement from Mitch McChinless also tells us that they needed his vote meaning the tut tutting from the 3 or 4 “moderate” Republicans is BullCRAp.

    • Denise Velez
      July 16, 2017 at 7:11 am

      I don’t know if it helps or hurts either – we just have to keep up the pressure

      • JanF
        July 16, 2017 at 7:32 am

        I wonder if with McCain gone we have a chance to block this guy, John K. Bush, from a seat on the 6th Circuit:

        Franken asked Bush “about blog posts that cited alt-right reports containing conspiracy theories and false information, such as the claim that President Obama was not born in the U.S.,” NPR reported at the time.

        “In a testy exchange, Franken pressed Bush on how he decided which sources to rely on for information, pointing to one source which Franken called a ‘white nationalism’ propaganda organ filled with ‘hate speech.'” That website is World Net Daily, or WND.

        Bush dodged the question several times, until Franken asked bluntly if Bush “felt free to put posts out that cited sources that you knew were not credible.”

        “No,” Bush replied. “I’m not saying that. I’m saying that as a blogger, I was making political statements.”

        Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana seemed unpersuaded.

        “Mr. Bush, I’ve read your blogs,” Kennedy said as he stared at the nominee. “I’m not impressed.”

        Nasty person who has no place on the federal bench.

  4. July 16, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Good morning, Moosekind! It’s a flawless day in NoVa, clear blue skies, low humidity—might even be screened porch-sitting weather this afternoon. Current temp. is 65 F., on its way up to 85 F. Perfect!

    Went to see my friend at Greenspring on Friday morning. We visited my other friend in Memory Care and held what seemed to be quite a rational conversation. It wasn’t quite normal, of course, but at least our friend is perkier than she was, and able to walk now. She no longer needs a wheelchair.

    I stayed the night, but was deeply thankful to leave after breakfast when my friend’s son came to visit. I missed Dearly Beloved, the dog, and our familiar, comforting routines.

    Our bedroom TV has been on the blink since Friday, so now instead of blearily watching the news and weather while we drink our early morning tea, we actually TALK to each other. It was just like the old days. We agreed the country is in woeful shape. On the domestic front, so many deer are visiting our backyard that we’re going to end up having no apples at ALL.

    Wishing everyone a nice, peaceful Sunday.

    • princesspat
      July 16, 2017 at 11:23 am

      We’re growing a garden for the deer too Diana. They are eating plants they have never touched before. And now we have rabbits too. I planned a natural garden but didn’t expect be sharing it with so many critters.

      • July 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

        Princesspat, have you tried a product called “Deerskyd”? I think it’s Scandinavian. My English gardener friend Brenda said she tried it. She now has flowers for the first time in years. She says it lasts for three months after the application, too.

  5. anotherdemocrat
    July 16, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday. Grocery shopping, at 250+ and in 100 degrees was just too exhausting. I made tea for next week & took out the trash — hey, it’s way on the other side of the complex. Will cook extra vegetables today & freeze them for use later this week. Maybe make it to the gym. Oh — there’s a town hall with Lloyd Doggett, it’s at 2….. I’d have to go straight from church to have a chance to get in… He is much loved here, I’m sure there will be plenty of supporters.

  6. bfitzinAR
    July 16, 2017 at 10:54 am

    69 at more or less dawn, 85 with heat index of 93 already, couldn’t face oatmeal for breakfast (my normal Sunday fare) so I just had toast with my cocoa and lite-sausage patty. House is closed up but the A/C hasn’t kicked on yet thank goddess. It hasn’t been coming on until around 5:30 pm so far but I think today it’s going to kick on a lot sooner. sigh. Got just over 20 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is at 274. So far, so good for the month. But need 18 per day when the A/C is running.

    Doonesbury has a good “comic” this morning – indicating just how stressed out our nation is (as the character he’s featuring is BD – a disabled vet and staunch R). Well, to show I’m not imagining things or indulging in standard American hyperbole when I say war conditions – my department chair is from Poland. She and her family were there during one of the episodes of “civil unrest” – the kind that brings out the military, martial law, curfews, and short rations – well over 20 years ago which is when they decided that immigrating to America was a good idea. She’s been in our department for 20 years and is an American citizen now. I’m spending almost as much time reassuring her about the future (based on my firm faith in the Constitution) as I am here and at DK. We are not in a shooting civil war (thank goddess), but the stress and tension are just as bad for the civilian population as if we were. Not as physically bad – we have food, water, electricity – and for those of us who are white usually no thugs in uniform stopping us for no reason and demanding our papers/ID – but mentally and emotionally as bad. So again I say, take your cue from our parents and grandparents on how they managed during WWII. Do your duty as you see it and keep on keepin’ on.

    Need to check Denise’s FP, the British Breakfast and my community needs folks then finish up the housecleaning and cooking (baking is done – cinnamon-vanilla muffins this week). Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  7. princesspat
    July 16, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Good morning, 60 and sunny in Bellingham. Game of Thrones is finally back, yay! Our sons are coming to dinner and we’ll watch together tonight. Ron’s cooking a roast on the spit, herbed baked potatoes, a salad from the garden, and I went to the bakery for lemon cake and berry pie. I’ll fill my dragon egg vase with white glads (couldn’t find snap dragons) and red amaryllis……fire and ice. Silly fun!

    Sobering words from Josh, at TPM…….

    Elections Have Consequences

    With today’s mix of incriminating, lurid and fantastical news, it’s worth taking a moment to remember that we as a nation made a collective decision to make Trump’s world of corruption and nonsense into our world. And here we are.

    • July 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Princesspat, for Vegetarian Night last night, we had half a baked potato each plus a stir-fry, half of which was from the garden (yellow crookneck squash, cherry tomatoes, and Sungold tomatoes). Half a zuke went into that (had to buy it, we don’t have any yet), and half a red onion that our son gave us. It was delicious and very filling!

  8. Denise Velez
    July 17, 2017 at 5:58 am

    It’s Monday Meese
    64 and raining here in the Catskills going up to 84

    Celebrating Muhammad Ali’s birthday – pushing back against the whitewash of his history

    • JanF
      July 17, 2017 at 6:34 am

      There is really no more perfect word for what happens to black history than “whitewash”. They gussy it up so that white folks are not offended by strong black people with strong opinions messing with their narratives.

      • Denise Velez
        July 17, 2017 at 6:59 am

        It is so bizarre for me to watch – almost growing up with him- – watching him win the gold medal in the 60 Olympics, – seeing him transform himself from Clay to Ali in ’64, refuse to be drafted in ’67…
        This man became the most famous American in the world

        • bfitzinAR
          July 17, 2017 at 9:12 am

          {{{Denise}}} – I’m only a few years younger than you are and I remember it very well. I don’t know what got the most white hysteria – him resisting the draft or him becoming a Muslim and changing his name – both certainly riled white folks up big time. He was a good man.

  9. JanF
    July 17, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 55 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 77. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    My Twitter feed suggests that no one got nuked overnight. Whew!

    The big story is the out and out lies being told on the Sunday talk shows by DHS Secretary Tom Price. Holy mackeral! I am surprised he did not get hit by a lightning bolt! Folks are worried that the delay in voting for the BCRAp bill will make people lose interest. Andy Slavitt doesn’t think so:

    See all y’all later!

  10. July 17, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Good morning, Meese. It’s partly cloudy here in NoVa at 7 a.m. with a chance of thunderstorms later today. Current temp. is 72 F., going up to 88 F.

    Just read an interesting article in the WaPo Style section re Jake Sullivan, one of HRC’s advisers on the campaign. He still can’t get a decent night’s sleep after the loss. Many of us feel that way.

    Never made it to the gym yesterday, alas. Instead I indulged in an orgy of cooking: chocolate chip cookies, coq au vin, pavlova filled with whipped cream and strawberries. I’ll have Mr. Preschooler here today after dropping off Miss Pink Cheeks at Art Camp.

    Once again we’ll have no raspberries this year because of the Japanese beetles. We had very few strawberries and those few were small and hard. At least we’re getting plenty of crookneck squash, cherry and Sungold tomatoes, and runner beans. We’ve got to knock down some Golden Delicious apples today because I swear if we don’t the deer are going to get them all! We had a visiting doe last night.

    Like the rest of us, I’m “waitin,’ wishin,’ and hopin'” the delay in passing the Death Care bill will turn out to be permanent. I sweartagoddess, Congress seems to work less than any entity I’ve ever seen. A plague on both their houses!

    • JanF
      July 18, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Regarding Jake Sullivan, I can imagine that his sleep-time is spent in “what if’s” as he goes over everything that they did and could have done and should have done. I am going to guess that he will never be completely free of it. If we survive Unified Republican Government, it will probably fade as the years go by. But really we have only scratched the surface on how awful this will be.

  11. anotherdemocrat
    July 17, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Yesterday I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, and this morning I walked 1.22 miles 26 minutes. I’m going to shrink myself to a size where that shirt looks good on me. It was quite the nerdy weekend, with the Wrinkle in Time trailer & Dr Who announcement. (Did I mention that Ava DuVernay liked my tweet about the trailer!?!!) I wonder what revelations this week will being? Got a happy, poppy U2 earworm: You’re The Best Thing About Me

  12. bfitzinAR
    July 17, 2017 at 9:32 am

    67 at dawn so I opened up the house again. Leaving the A/C off til I get home from work so the kitties can have their porch for the day. Only got 15.5 KWHs yesterday but that was better than I was fearing with the early cloud cover. m-t-d is 292 at the moment – should crest 300 by mid-afternoon.

    Yesterday Propane Jane pointed out the distinct possibility that pvl45’s family are so involved with the presidency because he is mentally incapable of handling it – sort of Nancy Reagan writ large. In this case, very large. At least RR was still capable of acting and did a very credible job when handed a script ahead of time. But crazy or just evil, we’re still under war condition or rather enemy-occupation conditions which is stressing the heck out of everybody. (Even the Rs and the bros – although it serves them right.) Meanwhile my community needs list is growing, the donations are not keeping up, and a couple of the folks on it are having some severe episodes of depression and/or panic. I’m doing my best to keep my own depression about it out of the way so I can channel Healing Energy and Divine Order – I used to be able to do that quite well and am reminding myself of how.

    Gotta get the community stuff in the DK Village diary and get to work (my employers would prefer I reverse the order of that). Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. kathy from pa
    July 17, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Morning everyone, finally got signed in. Had a thunderstorm that lasted from about 2:30 am to at least 4 . That was enough to wreck my sleep and put me in bed with a migraine for second Monday in a row. Hope everyone has a great day

    • July 18, 2017 at 6:22 am

      Hope you’re feeling better, kathy!

    • bfitzinAR
      July 18, 2017 at 9:38 am

      {{{kathy from pa}}} – Healing Energy and hope the migraines stay away for a bit. Glad you managed to get back to the Moose Pond.

  14. July 18, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Good morning, Moosekind! Looks as if it’s going to be a clear day again. Yesterday we had some promising clouds but nothing happened here; in Arlington County, where Elder Son lives, they did get rain. Currently at 6:25 a.m., it’s 72 F. in NoVa, going up to 88 F.

    Another night from hell: woke up at 3:30, couldn’t get back to sleep, got up at 4:30 and made a cuppa. Read the newspooper as well. The WaPo reports that we may be heading for another financial crisis, as Steve Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary (I think?), is utterly incompetent. Failing to raise the debt ceiling by the end of September could result in rising interest rates and another stock market crash. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, two more Rethug senators, extra conservative, have defected from voting in favor of the Death Care bill. More brave people protested on the Hill yesterday and were led away in handcuffs.

    Well, I’m going back to bed to see if I can read myself to sleep. Wishing everyone a good day.

    • barbaraes
      July 18, 2017 at 6:41 am

      Sorry about your trouble sleeping–seems to be a common difficulty in these stressful days…and nights. :(

      • July 18, 2017 at 7:34 am

        Thanks, Barbara. :)

  15. JanF
    July 18, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 68 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 86 – the heat index will be 104 in mid-afternoon. Mainly sunny skies.

    I went to bed with BCRAp dead and I wake up to Full Repeal to be voted on! Well, I suspect that they will need to vote on something to please their rabid base – they may as well vote on the worst possible bill and have every Senator get on the record with just how many people they are willing to put on death-watch – this bill is 59 million:

    The House will have to revote on anything other than the AHCA being returned intact.

    Speaking of the House, they have revealed their budget and that is another bill that will go nowhere fast. I was reading that the Treasury Secretary is playing chicken with the debt ceiling and that the likelihood of his being able to get his Republican Congress to pass an increase is slim to none. After last night’s collapse of the BCRAp bill, it is clear that there is no Republican Party consensus – they are split into two camps, assholes and ginormous assholes. They are going to need Democrats and I am so glad that Nancy Pelosi will be the one doing the negotiating.

    See all y’all later!

    • Denise Velez
      July 18, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Thanks Jan.
      My keyboard is on the fritz. Posting here from mobile which is hard. Be back later after I go buy a new one
      Have a good day all

  16. barbaraes
    July 18, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Good morning all!

    Sunny, 61 degrees, and heading to the 80’s. Looks like we have a reprieve from all the rain we had last week.

    What kind of people choose taking health care away from millions as their highest goal? The obsession with killing Obamacare is beyond bizarre–ultimately it will lead to their own destruction. Just look at the polls.

  17. anotherdemocrat
    July 18, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I walked 1.56 mi this morning. And did a medicine ball workout at the gym last night. This evening I’ll do the elliptical machine. Eventually the “exercise helps you sleep” thing will kick in, right? And the traitors will go on trial, we’ll stop our slide into kleptocracy…. Turning up the happy, poppy U2 song in my head

  18. Denise Velez
    July 18, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Good Morning Meese
    Found an old keyboard that works!

    Just saw this – crap never ends

    • JanF
      July 18, 2017 at 9:54 am

      No, the crap never does end. >_<

    • bfitzinAR
      July 18, 2017 at 9:58 am

      {{{Denise}}} – well, it never has so far. Not sure congratulations is the correct word for someone who has done that much work – she didn’t “win” the honor, she earned it. That she had to share it with someone who didn’t is most definitely an insult – a pretty pointed and nasty one. But I at least would like to find some way to send “good vibes” to the young woman who earned the honor. She “did good”.

  19. bfitzinAR
    July 18, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Around 70 at dawn, opened up and brought some coolth inside – yesterday the A/C kicked on at 5:33 pm so the bit of overcast we got mid afternoon that kept the electricity generation at 17.5 KWHs doesn’t put me in “deficit” – the m-t-d is 310 at the moment. On track for a decent month. For a change.

    War conditions. Get through the day doing whatever your hand finds to do. Channeling Good Energy to everybody right now as I really can’t do much of anything else – at least not anything more than put the community needs lists in the various community diaries I visit. Since it is what I can do it will have to do.

    Need to get to work – emails both work and personal have taken up most of my morning so far – but I’ll check in at the Villages (won’t be able to read until later) before I do. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  20. JanF
    July 18, 2017 at 10:01 am

    So it looks like the Senate will bring back the 2015 bill that every Senator voted for that repealed the ACA. That bill, of course, was vetoed by President Obama so it was a free vote for Congressional Republicans.

    I am not sure about this strategy. It appears designed to embarrass Republicans by calling them hypocrites if they won’t vote for it in 2017 despite the fact that two years later most people want the ACA fixed instead of repealed. How does this help Republican officeholders endangered in 2018? I guess we will have to watch and see how this plays out. For now, though, I am going to permit myself the luxury of reading a few Russia stories.

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