Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Apr. 1st through Apr. 7th

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.


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  84 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Apr. 1st through Apr. 7th

  1. JanF
    March 31, 2018 at 6:07 pm

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

    Morning low of 12 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 34. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Denise Velez
    April 1, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Good Sunday Meese
    46 degrees here in Saugerties NY going up to 50.
    Am feeling a bit better this morning – after sleeping most of Friday and Saturday.
    Getting ready for Sunday’s DKos diary on how fucked up FEMA has been re: Puerto Rico

    Time for coffee!

    • JanF
      April 1, 2018 at 8:35 am

      I will watch for your diary tweet! Glad to hear you are feeling better.

      • Denise Velez
        April 1, 2018 at 10:29 am

        Here it tis

        • Denise Velez
          April 1, 2018 at 4:23 pm

          Btw – the headline is “When it comes to Puerto Rico…”
          I did not write “When it come to Puerto Rico…”
          The headline change and error were corrected…though the error seems to persist – grrrrr

          • JanF
            April 2, 2018 at 7:09 am

            The headline on shared links is rendered from the launched URL and once the messed up URL is sent to social media, it is impossible to fix. That behaviour is to preserve the permalink – if you change your title you don’t want the link back to the diary to break – but it is really annoying because it preserves human errors as well!

  3. JanF
    April 1, 2018 at 8:37 am

    This week’s Democratic Party Weekly Address was by Cory Booker:
    Fighting Back: “This march cannot be a moment. It must be a movement.”

    This is a movement that should unite all Americans. It should not divide us. This is a movement that reflects our hallowed traditions, and it is a movement that I know is on the right side of history. Let us continue in our fight. Let us not be moved as we march in the right direction. Let us bring safety and security to our communities. Let us hail the truth of our nation. That we are a place that treasures life, that will preserve liberty, and that will find for every community, from Newark to Newtown, from Camden to Columbine, from Patterson to Parkland, that we are a nation in which every one of our communities is safe, strong, and resonates with the hope and promise of America.

  4. anotherdemocrat
    April 1, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Happy Easter! Today, besides church there’s tackling that shoe shelf… and that’ll probably be enough. It’s sad that I’m grateful for any one day without a major disaster in the world. Makes me think of Red Flag Day by my boys. Not an Easter-y song at all, but has the line: “today we can’t afford to be afraid of what we fear”. It’s about refugees fleeing Syria, even when the sea conditions are bad (the red flag of the title).

  5. princesspat
    April 1, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Good morning, 46 and cloudy in Bellingham. I’m enjoying a quiet Easter morning, feeling very grateful I can just continue to rest and recover today. We’ll have an easy dinner tonight with our son and I’ve got a simple garden bouquet planned. Our camellia has bloomed late this year so I’ll use those for the main flowers and helleborus, cherry blossoms, and japonica as the supporting flowers. Making one arrangement should be fun and easy so that’s my goal!

    Happy Easter everyone.

    • April 2, 2018 at 9:00 am

      Love hearing about your flowers, princesspat!

  6. bfitzinAR
    April 1, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    39 feels like 31 and might make it to 45 & drizzling. Happy Easter if you’re that minded. Happy April Fool’s Day either way. Wrapped up March with 390 KWHs, getting a slow start on April – don’t have a whole KWH yet. Peanut butter cocoa muffins this week (yum!) – 13 rather than 12 just like last week. Wonder what the symbology is about that? LOL. Got the clothes hanging in front of the fire. Wish I could hang them outside – especially the sheets and doubly especially the 3 pairs of pajama bottoms I got from GoodWill last week. What IS it about the heavy hand with the fabric softeners? One washing hasn’t gotten rid of the smell and I’d hoped hanging them outside for 6 to 8 hours would. At least it doesn’t seem to have infested the rest of my clothes.

    I seem to have accidentally gotten myself into a twitter “movement” – apparently all (well mostly) wonderful Hillary-supporting people but my notifications and even my mentions are now so swamped I’m hard put to find replies from the folks who are the reason I’m on twitter in the first place – replies I might like to reply to. sigh. Oh well. Hopefully things will calm down a bit once everybody stops replying to the original tweet thread and starts a new one. A “mass movement” like this is hard to manage and easy for trolls to slip into. I saw one and blocked but heaven knows… Still, the original tweet was funny and some of the follow-up replies had some good information. We shall see what we shall see.

    I need to visit Villages/tour the internets then get back to my Sunday chores. Bright the day – and new month – Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • JanF
      April 2, 2018 at 6:45 am

      The destroyed mentions is why I generally stay out of “replies” and use the “quote” method to share an opinion. I once replied to a funny picture with a picture of my own and had my mentions filled with strangers for almost a month. Now when I reply, I am careful to clear out the handles of everyone except those who I am directly replying to so that it stays clean. If you don’t, you risk bringing someone into the conversation who has no interest in the subject. I think that is how Aji gets tweeted at – if she retweets something to share its odiousness, people who reply to her retweet don’t realize that the default is to attach the handle of the original tweeter and that can blow up someone’s mentions pretty quickly.

      You might need to mute the folks who are abusing your mentions for a day or two just to get blessed peace!

      • bfitzinAR
        April 2, 2018 at 9:59 am

        Thanks – I am new enough at twitter I’m still learning how it works. Aji “taught” me how to clear the handles out of a reply box – although I don’t always remember to do it. I have gotten into the habit of using the quote box for most things. With this one it was a cute picture and I wanted to “reply” with another cute picture and as far as I can tell that’s not an option in the quote/RT box. Sigh. If I can figure out if it’s possible (& how) to mute that whole thread – not the people who are on it but the thread itself – that would take care of it. But I don’t know if it’s possible. And yeah, trolls are already showing up. I figured they would with such a broadcast “let’s start a movement” call. Oh well – when trolls show up I mute or block & as for the other, that thread has got to die down sometime. I hope. Thank you again. {{{HUGS}}}

        • JanF
          April 2, 2018 at 11:03 am

          There is no way to add an image with the built in quote tweet. In order to do that, you need to locate the link for the tweet you want to quote and save it off, open a new tweet, paste the link in and then add the image. Too many steps for me!

          • bfitzinAR
            April 3, 2018 at 11:09 am

            Yeah, too many steps for me too. Oh well, it is what it is – sooner or later (I hope sooner) folks will quit replying/RTing in that thread (including me when I see something I really want to respond to) and my list will get manageable again. {{{HUGS}}}

  7. Denise Velez
    April 2, 2018 at 5:18 am

    Monday Meese

    32 here in Saugerties and Gasp SNOWING.

    Daily Reminder

    • JanF
      April 2, 2018 at 8:48 am

      I know your husband is a women’s basketball fan – did he watch the championship game? The young woman, Arike Ogunbowale, who won both the semi-final and the final with buzzer beating shots, is from Milwaukee and her brother was a star football player for the Badgers. I remember when UW-Madison lost out on the recruiting battle and I am glad she ended up on a team that had a chance to win a national championship; she would not have had that here.

      • Denise Velez
        April 2, 2018 at 10:07 am

        He is in mourning – since UCONN didn’t make it to the final – he watched – of course – and yelled play by play info down to me from where the tv is in our bedroom. :)

    • bfitzinAR
      April 2, 2018 at 10:07 am

      {{{Denise}}} – stay safe. And warm. moar {{{HUGS}}}

      • Denise Velez
        April 2, 2018 at 10:08 am

        I refuse to set foot outside today – this is not my idea of spring :(

  8. JanF
    April 2, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 19 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 41. Sunny this morning then clouding up – a winter weather advisory is in effect overnight as points north are expected to get clobbered. We should be safe from it but spring storms are tricky to predict. Anyway, it is colder than I want it to be – I am ready for spring and the sunshine yesterday kept trying to lure me to my deck where it was 30 degrees!

    The dotard in the Oval Office thinks that DACA – which he cancelled, anyway – is “open borders”. Sigh. I have given up waiting for Republicans to be embarrassed by his stupidity but, really, this is awful. Hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance and the person in charge blathers like an idiot.

    Lots to do here as the new month begins and the old month needs to be closed out.

    See all y’all later!

  9. anotherdemocrat
    April 2, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Walked again this morning — 1.12 miles. Didn’t feel like pushing it. But I think I’ll walk on my break & maybe at lunch. I have the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack playing in my head. I liked last night’s show. I didn’t see the movie when it came out — I was 9 or 10 & it was a PG, there is no chance I’d have been allowed. But I remember hearing the soundtrack everywhere. And I think my mom took me to see it when it was showing at a campus theater when we lived in Austin in 7th grade. It isn’t one of those movies I’ve seen dozens of times, yet I could still sing along with every song. Makes me wonder how many times 10 year old me heard the soundtrack.


    • JanF
      April 2, 2018 at 8:44 am

      I saw JC Superstar tweets last night and figured it was on somewhere.

      I went to the movie with friends and I recall that the songs were great and certainly earworms. The Jesus actor, if I recall, was a white guy with flowing blonde hair and blue eyes and the only black person was Judas (of course). This version seems to be more diverse. :) Are the songs the same?

      • anotherdemocrat
        April 2, 2018 at 8:50 am

        Yep, exactly the same. More diverse cast this time – John Legend played Jesus. Alice Cooper played Herod & he was perfect, just absolutely convincingly scary. Magdelene’s 2 solo songs made me cry, as they always have. The 2 Pharisees who have “speaking” (singing?) roles were again, perfect. The cast was majority minority.

      • anotherdemocrat
        April 2, 2018 at 10:11 am

        here’s one of the songs that made me cry:


  10. April 2, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Good Moon Day morning, Meese! Cloudy in Ashburn, and 37 F. It’ll go up to 51 F. later today.

    We had a busy but wonderful Easter Sunday. I had to get Monty out for a superlong walkies so he’d be nice and tame when he went to doggy day care. After we dropped him off, we went to Elder Son’s house in Arlington. DIL’s parents were there too, having recently returned from Florida. We were interested to learn that although they enjoyed the first few days down there in the rented condo, a month without a sight of their only grandchild is too long. And as for moving there permanently…um, ah.

    Anyway, Elder Son, a splendid cook, prepared roast lamb, scalloped potatoes, salad, and roasted brussels sprouts. Dessert was bread pudding plus lots of other things, including the chocolates I had brought. Mr. Toddler was very funny, as usual. I gave him a tiny flashlight of his own so we could play his favorite game. Then he surprised me by saying he wanted to play “Turtles.” I can’t get over how well he talks and how much he remembers! I hadn’t seem him for three weeks.

    So today it’s back to opening boxes and trying to find places to put things. We may just end up taking everything to the dump, rather than having our used electrical cords and half-used cleaning agents rejected by Goodwill.

    Waitin’ and wishin’ and hopin’ (like the late Dusty Springfield) that nothing bad will happen today.

  11. bfitzinAR
    April 2, 2018 at 10:37 am

    36 feels like 30 might get to 50 and overcast. Again. So much moisture in the air even when there’s no water falling out of it that the wood on my enclosed front porch still is not dry. (Got rained on last Monday – I brought it in as soon as the rain stopped.) No choice, I have to use it if I’m going to have a fire, but that means I’m using up my kindling at a fast clip. And if it doesn’t clear off soon – I’ve had one clear full sunny day in the last 20 weeks & the SAD has kicked in big time – I’m going to be doing fires in the daytime not just evenings. I can’t walk outside and I am really hard put to get the energy up for the treadmill. That’s the SAD. Meanwhile we only got 2.16 KWHs yesterday and it’s sitting at 2.26 right now. I am seriously hoping for 400 and over for April but this is a lousy start.

    The political scene is ridiculous. Twitler puts out some feed-the-base lie and the internet lights up with responses swamping everything else out there. And the MSM sits back and smerks because it feeds their meme of “Dems don’t have a plan, they just attack” – as with the 2016 races, as long as they ignore our people who are putting out our plan and focus on the OMGHOF twitterverse they get away with it. People who check twitter for their news certainly won’t see our folks and our plans any more than if they check MSM on TV. sigh. We can’t keep our own folks on message much less people who are paid not to be. Oh well. We’ll manage anyway. We have to.

    I need to check the internets & get out a tweet or two of my own. Check DK for a fundraiser diary I know is coming & I hope does well. Guy in question needs to see a specialist but can’t until his deductible & copays are raised. Gotta find something to relieve the SAD or I’m gonna end up sitting in a corner wrapped in a blanket drowning in despair. Maybe coffee to get me moving. Anyway. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  12. princesspat
    April 2, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Good morning, 40 and partly sunny in Bellingham, but the snow level is low so the air is cold. Our grand girls spring break is this week and we have plans to meet them for lunch today, go to a movie tomorrow, and do some sewing together on Wednesday. I hope I have enough energy to be with them as planned, but I’m still coughing and congested so I’m a bit worried.

    Take care everyone.

  13. JanF
    April 3, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 30 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 34. The forecast calls for light snow but it will have to be an immaculate snowception because the radar does not show anything headed this way. Yesterday’s forecast called for 1-6 inches which means they really have no idea.

    Today is election day so we are hoping the snow stays away – at least in Democratic areas. Yes, I am that way. I banked my vote last week and according to news reports, Madison broke records for “in-person absentee voting” (our term for early voting). Big Supreme Court race on the ballot – first open seat in quite a few years in what might be a Democratic wave year. A lot of money was dumped into that race and it will be a good test of how immune people are getting to the attack ads; that is where the money is going and I would like to think it will be wasted on an electorate that is on to their tricks. We shall see!

    The stock market is reacting to the latest evidence that the Trump “administration” does not know what it is doing. I listed to an interview on BBC with the head of the Wisconsin ginseng growers group and he was fine with the 15% tariff on his products – even though 85% of his sales are to China. He believes that they will decide that the cost will not be a deterrent because their product is so good! Plus MAGA! They are really a cult and are willing to walk off a cliff following him rather than admit that he is an ignorant man destroying our country and our economy.

    See all y’all later!

  14. April 3, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Good gray Tiu’s Day moaning, Meese! Yes, I said “moaning,” because once again it’s gray and cold, with wind—ugh! Yesterday was like that too. Can’t tell you what the current temperature is because for some reason I can’t get the weather gadget this morning. Hint: when I took the dog out at 6:30, it was not warm.

    A ray of light has pierced our gloom because Beloved Niece is coming this morning to give us a hand with the unpacking. It’s not the unpacking that’s the problem, really, it’s whereinell do we put it once we’ve uncovered it? Do we need it? Really?

    Of course we can’t unpack the books until we can get bookshelves built, and of course we can’t unpack the printer until my mythical desk arrives. (Note to self: never, never, EVER order anything from eBay again). In addition, Monty has presented us with a nice yellow pee stain on the beige carpet, despite our earnest efforts to take him out every three hours. I’ve already lost a coupla pounds because of taking him out for a long morning walk and a shorter afternoon walk.

    Will be sure to keep an eye on Wisconsin today among my other activities, which includes trying to organize a birthday party for Shakespeare in the Game Room in Cherry Blossom Square. All the buildings here have fanciful names: we live in Birch Point, which is next to Cherry Blossom Square, and it takes me all my time not to call it “Cherry Point,” after the Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina.

    Stay warm and safe, everyone!

  15. Denise Velez
    April 3, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Good Tuesday Meese
    Headed off to school.

    Could not believe the “Bernie as Jesus” tweet from People for Bernie

    Puerto Rico

    • JanF
      April 3, 2018 at 11:05 am

      That Bernie tweet is awful! I was only lightly on Twitter yesterday and saw references to something but had not seen the tweet that started it all. Good gawd, they are a cult – just like trumpers.

      • Denise Velez
        April 3, 2018 at 3:27 pm

        Beyond awful – and though people asked that they delete it – they ignored. One Bernie supporter pointed out it is anti-Semitic – using right wing Jews are “money changers” slur used by Nazis

    • bfitzinAR
      April 3, 2018 at 11:35 am

      I saw the tweet b/c Aji saw your response & replied – berners are nuts. Yes, they’re a cult – which is why I don’t engage & used to tell folks at HNV/DK Village not to engage. Logic and facts do not exist for cultists – whatever the cult is about or whoever they are worshipping. Just wish there was a bernie-cult island we could isolate them on. They waste our time at best and work against us at worst – we need to get Congress back and don’t have time for them. Oh well.

  16. anotherdemocrat
    April 3, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Walked again, 1.12 miles, I felt tired & didn’t push. If it hasn’t started raining, I’ll walk the 1st 15 minutes of lunch. Sleepy, but I was awake at 4:30. Ugh.

    Thursday there is a matching donation thing, starting at noon central time. I have to come up with an attention-getting diary thing. Or is “matching donations” good enough?

    And my brain is back to playing U2 24/7, after the couple of days of JCSS.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 3, 2018 at 11:49 am

      {{{anotherdemocrat}}} – just be sure you’ve got it in the title – “Matching Donations” or if you have the amount of the match, make it “$xxx Match” – something like that. Glad it’s Thursday – there’s a fundraiser for a memorial bench for the Celtic Lassie going on right now and there’ll be a fundraiser for MBNYC tomorrow. At least yours won’t be in competition with any I know of. Let me know when you’re going to post & I’ll see about alerting the fundraiser team to be there & boost the signal. moar {{{HUGS}}}

      • anotherdemocrat
        April 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm

        I’ll have it auto post at noon central time. There’s $15K available for everyone doing to Ride to get matching donations — so the Ride could get $30K or more, all in one day!

        • bfitzinAR
          April 3, 2018 at 2:15 pm

          That’s wonderful! Holding the Good Thought & I’ll pass the word to my contacts on the fundraiser team. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  17. princesspat
    April 3, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Good morning, 39 and cloudy in Bellingham. We enjoyed lunch with the grand girls yesterday, and will go to see Black Panther with them today. I found a chair to rest in at the bookstore while they browsed, sat in the sun while they walked the board walk at the park and took a long nap when we got home. I’m feeling a bit better every day so I’ll continue to be careful.

    Time for coffee. Take care everyone.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 3, 2018 at 11:50 am

      {{{princesspat}}} – careful is good. Healing Energy. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  18. bfitzinAR
    April 3, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Overcast but warm this morning – mid to upper 60s – gonna stay that way until the rain moves in about an hour from now so I will be getting offline shortly to go take a walk while I can. Diddly electricity production so far this month – only got 4 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 7.4 with today’s current contribution.

    I finally muted the convo on that twitter thread so hopefully my list will be more manageable again. I hated to do it because among all the RTs there were some good comments and information but I want to be able to find the folks I’m on twitter for in the first place. I do want to use twitter as part of my “resistance” efforts but I have to be able to think straight to do so. I don’t think well in “overwhelmed” mode.

    Sending Healing Energy to everybody who needs it – Aji is high on the list as she’s in the middle of an “event” right now as I type. I’ll get to the Villages when I get back from my walk. They won’t go away but this window of walking opportunity is narrow. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  19. JanF
    April 4, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 25 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 30. Sunny skies are in the forecast. We got some snow here but not enough to close schools so there will be hustling and bustling around here.

    I am going to ignore all the news except the news coming out of Wisconsin. Scott Walker and the NRA’s and WMC’s handpicked Supreme Court candidate – the man who literally drew the unconstitutional gerrymander maps – was defeated. Not just defeated, crushed. Rebecca Dallet ran a strong campaign and did not push away help from national Democrats and will be sitting on the Supreme Court for the next 10 years. The court now has a 4-3 Walker lean but that is just one recusal away from a deadlock or compromise. It certainly makes the berners voting in the April 2016 primary who didn’t bother voting in the tight Supreme Court race that year – and who let the Walkerite get elected – loom large. More woulda coulda shouldas. But now, celebration! The tweets suggest that Democratic turnout was huge and I am going to download my newspaper and read about it until I overdose on Schadenfreude.

    See all y’all later!

  20. April 4, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Good morning, Moosekind, and a happy Wodin’s Day it is, with all the Democratic wins yesterday! Feeling especially pleased by Rebecca Dallet’s win in Wisconsin. (Take that, Snotty Walker!)

    It’s cloudy this morning, with a current temperature of 51 F. in Ashburn, going up to 60 F. later today. According to the meteos, we’re in for a mild morning with rain but colder temperatures will be moving in later, so must get the dog out for his walkies before that happens.

    Darling Niece came to help yesterday and did quite a lot, unpacking glassware and whatnot and putting it away. The cardboard skyscrapers are lessening. There is still so much to do I constantly feel freaked out. Hope to make it to a cardio and strength training class at 11, and will blow off the New Residents’ luncheon since the chief honcho never called to confirm my reservation. It’s wrong of me, but I do get irritated with people who don’t at least do email.

    We tried the cure on the puddle that Monty made on the carpet but I’m not sure the stain is entirely gone. Darling Niece advised me to order something called a Mini Steam Vac, which I’ve done. It’s supposed to get pet stains off the carpet.

    In the meantime, my desk has failed to arrive yet again. I’m going to email the alleged seller and ask for my money back.

    Wishing all a good day and a pleasing coffee-time contemplation of the blue wave yesterday and the one that’s coming!

    • JanF
      April 4, 2018 at 7:45 am

      Good luck with your eBay refund. I have never used that service but I am a generally suspicious person and prefer to do cash purchases and sales of used things. I know I am probably missing out on deals but my hair is already white – the next step is for it to fall out if I am stressed too much!

      Yay for the cardboard mountain shrinking!

    • bfitzinAR
      April 4, 2018 at 10:57 am

      {{{Diana}}} – glad your forest of cardboard is going away and good luck with the carpet stain. I don’t have carpets so take this with the appropriate amount of salt but Nature’s Miracle is supposed to remove stains. I’ve used it to remove odors when the cats have had territory fights over the furniture and it does work for that. Holding the Good Thought on you getting either the desk today or your money back. moar {{{HUGS}}}

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