Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Aug. 13th through Aug. 19th

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.

Page One of Comments can be found here.
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  1. Good morning, Moosekind. Overcast and sprinkly here in in NoVa this morning, with heavy rain expected between 8 and 9 a.m. Currently it’s 71 F., on its way up to 79 F.

    Although the birthday party was wonderful—the food was all bought, not made, by yrs truly and everyone kept commenting how good it was—yesterday was the day from hell. Dearly Beloved had suffered from a stiff, painful neck on and off all weekend. Monday morning he woke up and was in such pain he could hardly move, and was unable to turn his head. He called the Kaiser advice nurse at 8 a.m., who arranged for him to see his doctor. Of course, Monday is the day I have both of Younger Son’s children!

    Dearly drove himself to the doctor, later texting that it was a huge mistake as he couldn’t turn his head or his eyes to see traffic on the left. They kept him there all morning with tests, X-rays, and finally, a muscle relaxant injection. In the meantime I dropped Miss Pink Cheeks off at art camp, then took Mr. Preschooler to Darling Niece’s house. Her son, my great-nephew, played with Mr. Preschooler all morning. Eventually I picked up Dearly from the doctor—we had to leave the truck there—and brought him home.

    Then it was a matter of visiting Younger Son’s dog to let him out for “business,” going back to Niece’s house to pick up Mr. Preschooler and depositing him here, and then driving off to art camp to pick up Miss PC, who was finished by that time. It was so exhausting I was glad I’d planned a no-brainer dinner. The doctor’s verdict was arthritis, which we already knew, and prescribed oral muscle relaxants and something like Valium—it seems that 87-year-olds can’t take the real Valium, it doesn’t agree with them. Dearly was afraid of becoming addicted to opioids, but the doctor said not to worry.

    Sorry to go into so much detail, but just wanted to say there was a reason I didn’t check in. Normally I wouldn’t dream of skipping Moose check-in!

    So today, between driving Miss PC to camp, I have to write an appeal to the Architectural Control Committee, pleading for permission to paint the front door to match the new dark green shutters (which they approved). Forgot to mention the painters showed up yesterday but refused to work without permission of the ACC to change the color of the door.

    Hope everyone will have a good day.

    • I wondered where you were but the Moose was offline for about 30 minutes during the time you usually check in so I assumed you had tried to login and couldn’t. I “saw” you later on Twitter so I knew you were alive!!!

      I was thinking that I should have the @MotleyMoose tweet when the web site is down but the site was up before I could get around to it. Make sure you “follow” so that we can use that as a distress signal!

    • Hope your husband is feeling better today Diana, and that you have a restful day. Sounds like you need one!

      Arthritis is in my neck too and it makes driving a challenge at times. I just don’t make fast lane changes anymore, and I take my time at intersections because I can’t turn my head as easily I as used to be able to do.

  2. We made it through another day without Trump blowing up the world. Well, not actually blowing up in the literal sense. The world is falling to pieces. We need to put it back together, or together in a new way. Or not — I see the rwnjs are already calling Charlottesville a false flag. I say we just hope for a giant meteor. The video for this song — shockingly enough, not a U2 song — shows people running around because the world is ending, then someone re-sets the clock. That would be nice. (it’s a happy, poppy Snow Patrol song called Chocolate, whose words make no sense at all)

  3. About 70 where it’s been since yesterday afternoon. At least the sun seems to be out. Only got 3.7 KWHs yesterday so definitely behind – being down 3 days, 2 of which would have been 17+ days, really sux. Hopefully the issue is dealt with and the system will be generating whatever there is to generate from here on out. m-t-d is 133.5 so back below the 10/day average. sigh.

    The more hysterical things get politically the less the folks over at DK pay any attention to other folks at DK needing help. sigh. Not the communities – the Village and the Peeps show up in the diaries to r, r, t, and sometimes c – share out when they can, donate when they can – but the site as a whole is not nearly as “community” as it was several years back. I’m really not surprised that so few of the admin/editors of the Community Fundraisers are actively doing anything on community fundraising. It takes a lot of energy and sometimes get so little in return – and the ones still on the DK site are mostly too busy for that. Since i don’t have the kinds of responsibilities that others do, I can and so will continue to do it.

    Need to get to the Villages and then back to work. Lots of stuff to get handled before classes start Monday. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  4. Good morning, 59 and mostly sunny in Bellingham. It’s so nice to wake up to fresh air, blue skies and the sunlight shining on the branches of my old maple trees. Gives me a moment of gratitude.

    I’ve got a quiet morning planned, school clothes shopping with Ryan and Emma this afternoon, and energy allowing, a show with an old blues musician at the Green Frog tonight. I’m really enjoying our time with Ryan so that’s my priority.

    Take care everyone.

  5. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 63 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 82. Variable cloudiness with a chance for thunderstorms towards evening. Heat index 97!

    There were a few bright spots in the news yesterday, sandwiched around the awakening realization that butthurt white people – and Republicans who put tax cuts over country – voted in as president a guy who wants to re-establish the Confederacy. You know, when you don’t treat treason as treason you show people that treason is fine. Healing, schmealing – if they had hung Robert E. Lee and stripped citizenship from people who had taken up arms against the Union, there would not be any monuments to the Confederacy – or people longing for the days when slavery kept black people from getting “notions” about equality. p.s. fk Van Jones.

    The bright spots:

    • In Texas, a federal court declared two of the Congressional Districts illegal gerrymandering and ordered them to be redrawn.
    • In Alabama, a Democrat easily won his primary race for Senate while the Republican side will be spending money in what will be an ugly runoff. If Roy Moore wins the nomination, there is a chance that the Democrats could pick up this seat. Our guy, Doug Jones, is a former prosecutor who successfully convicted KKK members. How delicious would it be for him to take the seat of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, Grand Wizard?
    • In Utah, a moderate Republican overcame out-of-state money and won the primary to replace Jason Chaffetz.
    • Tillerson called out Saudi Arabia for religious freedom violations.

    • The CBO analysis on cancelling the CSRs came out and there will be a slight drop in the number of people getting policies, an actual drop in out of pocket costs for many because the Gold plans will be cheaper than the Silver plans – and a $200 billion increase in the deficit. I wonder how the Freedom Cacas will sell “starving Obamacare” to their constituents?

    See all y’all later!

  6. I left work early yesterday because my friend is back in the hospital, she fell & fractured her spine. She was surprisingly good, thinks when she’s discharged from the hospital, it won’t be to home but to the rehab place again. They will have to work hard on her walking, because she can’t take another fall. Got Dem club meeting after work. I’m sure we’ll all want to talk about yesterday. Unless T does something equally horrifying today. Or a Cabinet member finally grows a spine & resigns in disgust. This performance of I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, with a surprise gospel choir has made a lot of people feel better, maybe it’ll work for us.

  7. this thread, about the “but history” thing, is wonderful – and includes maybe the best comment ever, from my friend Siva: “people who tear down statues of oppressors MAKE history”

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    1/ Right, for those of you still flogging "thesemonuments are history" note most of the Confederate statues etcwent up in Jim Crow, 20's https://t.co/31AyxAfD5K

    — John Rogers (@jonrog1) August 15, 2017

  8. Good Morning After the Day Before, Meese! Still reeling from the unpresidented news conference yesterday, but am sufficiently awake to notice that we have hazy blue skies and sunshine. Currently it’s 66 F., going up to 85 F. Apparently we’re in for 10 days of hot weather but it is, after all, August.

    Of all the tweets about yesterday, this one from Clint Smith is my favorite: “Ancient African-American proverb: ‘We tried to tell y’all.'”

    Yes, you did. And the media didn’t listen. I blame the MSM in large part, probably the major part, for Thing’s accession to the White House. Their twitterings of “Oh, isn’t he outrageous! Oh, isn’t he refreshing! Isn’t he good for ratings!” drove the campaign. Of course Putie’s minions and the followers of St. Bernard had something to do with it too.

    Didn’t go to sleep terrified of North Korea last night, but there’s a threat much closer to home, of domestic terrorists. Re that issue: I predict the Rethugs in Congress will shrug again and say, “We can’t get rid of him, he’s ours,” and will proceed with their business of ruining the country.

    Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’re actually living through the Great Unraveling, that this crap isn’t temporary. That said, after two of the most trying days in my life, I’m finally going to get a little break. All I have to do is drive Miss PC to art camp and back and get something in for dinner. Wishing all a good day.

    • The Great Unraveling is a perfect description. I feel like I am not in America any longer. I wish I had confidence that even Republicans would feel a sense of shame but yesterday an Asian American woman and two Jewish men stood next to and stood by while a man called nazis and white supremacists “fine people”. They don’t get that this is NOT NORMAL and that it is not just the parties having different opinions. This is the dissolution of our democracy.

      I am wondering what it will take for them to shut this whole thing down.

  9. 70 at 6 am which is no longer dawn/daylight and about 75 now – supposed to get up into the 80s with heat index in the 90s. OK. We shall see. We got rain last night which we weren’t supposed to. Weird weather. PV system generated 16.8 KWHs yesterday, getting me back to the 10/day average (barely). m-t-d 15.2 KWHs. We shall see what today brings. If we don’t start getting more sunshine, this month is going to finish out lower than August 2014 when I had the 2.5k system. I certainly can’t blame that on being down 2 sunny and one cloud days – the only saving grace is that I haven’t had to run the A/C much.

    I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, that people are shocked at what’s coming out of pvl45. Not just Hillary but representatives of every group and demographic Left of the Nazis (and Right of Stalin) warned America. We are going to have to find some way to first circumvent and then break up that 6-RW corporation consortium that owns 90% of the media and influences the rest. They ordered the media to run the memes they did. Every single piece of what put pvl45 into office, from voter suppression to Putin’s involvement to Comey’s totally unprofessional interference could and would have been overcome if the media had been honest. But the Free Press in America is like the Free Market in America – the only thing “free” about them is they aren’t owned by the government. They are owned by very rich people who have no loyalty to any country or cause and no goals but to become richer. (Be really nice if the Extreme Left would support folks who are trying to regulate them instead of attacking said reformers as “corporate shills” and “oligarchs” – We might actually get some freedom back into the free press and market if the ones trying to do it weren’t being hamstrung.)

    Not sure where my community needs folks are on their stuff except funtony – he recovered enough from his last chemo to get online and let me know Friday’s fundraiser was the best he’s done so far (and there was some really good advice about finding a different repair place than the dealership). So my Helping Humpday diary today is going to be short on updates. sigh. But I persist and we make progress, even if measured in meters instead of miles right now.

    Gotta check the Villages and then get back to work. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  10. Good morning, 63 and mostly sunny in Bellingham. We did go to the frog last night to see Ray Bonneville, and after the show he had a sweet conversation with Ryan about studying and making music. I’m so glad the club has an all ages license for early shows so we can share the pleasure of live music with him.

    The rest of the day was difficult, because keeping my outrage re tRump under control is becoming harder and harder. My outrage re him and his toxic policies is literally making me sick so I’ve got to keep a healthy perspective. When I scanned my local papers this morning there was slight mention of yesterday’s press conference. I can’t vote for Rep. Jayapal, but Ryan’s family can and I will find a way to support her.

    Rep. Jayapal calls on Trump to rid White House of any white-supremacist supporters

    Reacting to last week’s racist violence in Virginia, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal is leading dozens of congressional Democrats in demanding President Donald Trump fire any White House staff who have encouraged white supremacists.

    Jayapal, D-Seattle, introduced a resolution Tuesday condemning “fearmongering, racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry, and violence perpetrated by hate groups.”

    The symbolic measure, co-sponsored by 31 other House Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, calls out as inadequate Trump’s belated and initially equivocal response to the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.

  11. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 73 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 75. It is raining quite heavily right now and we are expecting rain off and on throughout the day. I am glad I have nowhere I have to go!

    “Trump increasingly isolated” headlines make my head hurt. A guy who ran on “I alone can fix it” doesn’t care if the “haters and losers” abandon him. And they are only abandoning him publicly – they are all still working behind the scenes to get their tax cuts and roll back the good government regulations put in place over the last 8 years. The neo-nazi stuff does not bother them and it does not bother the Jewish members of his cabinet or his family. THIS is what happened:

    Never forget – Republicans did this. The same unholy alliance of racists and christianists that has propped up the Republican Party since Nixon came together once again and elected a man willing to sign tax cuts.

    My Twitter feed says there were no nuclear weapon launches overnight.

    See all y’all later!

  12. 80 degrees at 5am, with a heat index of 85. But global warming is not a thing. My friend is still in the hospital. Trump, meanwhile has not had a stroke, or seizure or brain cancer. Yes, I know I’m a bad person for being disappointed that bad things haven’t happened to him, but he’s a bad man. And I am not calling for violence — that would be super counterproductive; he’d be a hero/martyr to his racist fans. Here’s another non-U2 song (I know, weird): The Revolution Starts Now. I get teary at the last verse, every time:

    Last night I had a dream
    That the world had turned around
    And all our hopes had come to be
    And the people gathered ‘round
    They all brought what they could bring
    And nobody went without
    And I learned a song to sing
    The revolution starts now

  13. Good morning, Meese. Fair, hot, and humid this morning, with possible thunderstorms this afternoon. Right now it’s 70 F. in NoVa, going up to 87 F. later.

    Not much to say except that Kim Wrong ‘Un seems to have backed off a bit, so the stock market is dancing upward again. About Thing—what can one say? If he were to be captured by wall-eyed homicidal leprechauns and spirited off to some deep cave, we’d all be better off. Except for the leprechauns, of course.

    Had the night from hell last night, simply could not go off to sleep until 1 a.m. Then I woke up at 6 a.m. I’ll be dragging all day.

    Do you realize that August will be over two weeks from today’s date? It hardly seems possible! Hope everyone will have a good day.

    • I am not ready for September – I have barely started August!! But I have a confused sense of time lately. Between summer (and school being out but having an active teenager with a lot of things going on) and the distractions of the orange shitgibbon’s destruction of all we hold dear, I don’t feel anchored in space and time.

      I hope you get a nap today!

  14. Upper 60s when I got up and still there but heading for upper 80s with heat index in the upper 90s (so they say). We’ve been having unforecasted overnight rain for the last several – but it’s in the 80s in August so global warming is a hoax, right? sigh. Only got 6 KWHs generated yesterday, the m-t-d is 156.6. On the 17th of August. sigh. Holding the Good Thought for some sunshine.

    As far as the national situation is concerned, i want these guys at each others throats as much as possible for as long as possible. When a vampire, zombie, and werewolf are fighting over who gets to eat me, I’m not taking sides or wishing somebody would take out the noisiest of the 3. I’m more concerned on helping my “army” of Dems running for Senate, Congress, and the various state positions this year and next to win so they can get me out of this situation.

    Got to shift my fundraising focus back to MaureenMower – whether or not she’s able to get a temp job next week, she still needs the rest of August living expenses . Hoping for the job, of course, so we will have less (or none) to raise for September, but she still needs to keep eating now. And jtg will need help soon for his September rent – he’s already got subbing jobs lined up for when school starts again, but he won’t get a pay check until after his rent is due. Still, the total list is shorter and the urgent list is much shorter. We persist.

    Gotta meeting to get to so I’d best get moving. Bright the day Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  15. A very late good morning meese

    Just coming up for air – writing for deadline
    Leaving tomorrow morning for Philly to speak at a conference – will not get back until very late Saturday night

    Love this news from the Cash family

    • {{{Denise}}} – safe travels. And yes, the Cash family are living up to Johnny’s principals. Good for them!

  16. Good morning, 65 and mostly cloudy in Bellingham. Thanks to a middle of the night tRump worry session I’m slow and sleepy this morning. But I’ve got another busy family day ahead so I need to get busy. Lisa (oldest daughter & Ryan’s mom) will be here soon. She’s staying a few days so we can do some sewing for her Etsy store, and she has hiking plans with Ron and Ryan tomorrow.

    So my little world is secure and safe, but our country is not. Finding and keeping my balance remains a challenge.

  17. Friday morning and I’m headed out the door to go to the bus terminal
    Will see if I can log in when I get on the bus

    Have a good day folks!

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