Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: May 13th through May 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?

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  120 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: May 13th through May 19th

  1. May 15, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Good morning, Moosekind! We are all safe here, although it was certainly frightening last night. Dearly and I were having dinner in the clubhouse and had just finished when all of a sudden everyone’s cell phone started making ugly noises. One of the staff in the café made an announcement about the impending tornado. We’d expected thunderstorms, but not THAT. This area hardly ever has a tornado!

    Dearly and I galloped down to the first floor, where the anxious-looking driver of the campus shuttle was waiting to take us back to our building. (Actually, we could have walked inside—the buildings are connected—but my husband’s damaged leg prevents that.) We were back in our flat when the storm hit. The sky became as black as night, there was horrendous lightning and heavy rain, but the power stayed on through it all. Quite a contrast from Barky Manor, where the electricity seized any excuse to go out.

    Apparently there’s a lot of damage in Northern Virginia, mostly from trees falling across roads and flooding. Dearly was kept awake half the night by the ongoing lightning and thunder. He finally put eyeshades on to sleep. I took a sleeping pill, owing to my bad night and subsequent lousy day yesterday, so I slept through it all.

    In other news, we took the beautiful Noritake china we received as a wedding present 50 years ago to our elder son yesterday, to see whether he could get anything for it at the yard sale on Saturday. It broke my heart to part with it, but we really have nowhere to store it, nor will we use it. Our days of hosting huge family dinners are over. I feel sad, but realize it’s a first-world problem. If that’s the worst thing that ever happens in my life, I’ll be fortunate indeed.

    My heart is breaking over what I consider to be the wanton murder of the Palestinians at the Gaza border. I don’t know what, if anything, to do about it. The inhabitants of Gaza have already suffered so terribly from the cruelty of the sanctions Israel has imposed on them! I’ll have a look to see if there’s a place to donate for medical help.

    One final thought: the area I live in hardly EVER has tornadoes. That’s one of the reasons I like living here. In Texas, every time a drop of rain fell we all scuttled into an underground “storm cellar” festooned with cobwebs, where Aunt Millie’s loganberry jelly from 1902 was stored on the shelves. Most of the time we experienced only rain.

    Climate change has reached us here, and yet the obdurate, bought-and-paid for fossil fools on the Hill refuse to acknowledge it, or to admit climate change is responsible for the devastation in Puerto Rico. Even the Goddess Pelé is displeased and showing her wrath on the Big Island.

    Wishing a peaceful day to all at the Pond and beyond. It’s hot and sticky here and we’re due for thunderstorms all week, although at this writing they’re not expected to turn into anything more sinister.

    • JanF
      May 15, 2018 at 9:26 am

      This is a positive!

      [T]he power stayed on through it all. Quite a contrast from Barky Manor, where the electricity seized any excuse to go out.

      I am glad you emerged unscathed. It would have been the epitome of bad luck to finally get your apartment in order and have it rendered uninhabitable by a storm. :(

    • DoReMI
      May 15, 2018 at 9:56 am

      I’m so glad to hear you are all ok. I saw mention of a derecho in DC on Twitter last night; I didn’t realize there were tornadoes too.

      I’m sparing a first-world moment to share your sadness about your china. I don’t have any china that was mine originally, but I do have sets that were my mom’s and grandmother’s. They will someday face the garage sale fate too, I’m afraid. I am giving my daughter most of my Imperial Candlewick once she gets settled into her new place. My mom had some, and I built up the place settings and serving pieces over the years. My daughter isn’t waiting for it with bated breath, but they did recently mention that several of their friends have agitated for starting a “dinner club.” That was all the opening I needed, and my SIL did concede that it would be nice to have actual good dishes to use when it’s their turn to host a dinner. I’m glad that something from the family will be passed on and used.

      • May 15, 2018 at 8:17 pm

        A dinner club—what a nice idea, DoReMI!

        That’s one of the things I miss the most about living here. At home we always had flowers on the dining room table, and taper candles in colors to match the flowers, and we used cloth napkins.

        When we eat dinner in the restaurants here, there are cloth napkins and tablecloths, but the flowers are fake and there aren’t any candles.

        (I know, ‘first-world lamentation.’ I’m grateful for the things I have, believe me.)

    • bfitzinAR
      May 15, 2018 at 10:06 am

      {{{Diana}}} – so very glad you are safe – and the power is more stable where you are. I don’t pay much attention to tornado warnings. By the time they go off it’s a “shelter in place” situation for me as it’s the height of stupidity to get into a car and go anywhere when a tornado has been sighted on the ground. The nearest official shelter is across the freeway and they don’t accept pets. In my house the only “safe” place is my coat closet. LOL. Hope you don’t have any more of those things. At least not any time soon or anywhere close.

      I carted my wedding china around for about 10 years after the divorce – I think I’d used the full set something like twice even when I was married – then gave it to a friend. She’d come to visit and I hauled out the coffee cups and saucers for the occasion. She admired it, I gave it to her. Nothing like the kinds of memories you have attached to yours. I hope the Good and Loving Energy it carries will bless another family with such memories. moar {{{HUGS}}}

      • May 15, 2018 at 8:18 pm

        bfitz, you are such a sweetie! I often wish I were as nice a person as you are.

        Blessed be. :)

    • princesspat
      May 15, 2018 at 11:26 am

      So many changes Diana. Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m paying attention and learning a lot!

      • May 15, 2018 at 8:23 pm

        Thanks, princesspat. I’m getting the urge to write a diary about the “transition.”

        Truly, it’s getting better. However, the adjustment is far more intense than I thought it would be.

        I think it’s only fair to give it a bit more time, though. People are moving into our building every day. We’ve just attended our second “meet your neighbors” party in the 8 weeks we’ve lived here and there’s another next week!

    • anotherdemocrat
      May 18, 2018 at 7:51 am

      About the china – just think of the happy memories the next family will have using them. I have my mom’s china, when I’m gone there’s no one to leave it to. But it’s pretty stuff & I know someone will use it.

  2. bfitzinAR
    May 15, 2018 at 10:16 am

    68 with 86% humidity, started raining around 2 am and tapered off around 7. Still overcast and we’re expecting more rain for the rest of week. Temps pretty much the same – highs in the 80s, lows in the 60s – but no sun. sigh. Got 18.9 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 231 – 500 still possible but it’s gonna take a lot more sun than is currently projected. sigh.

    The Deplorables come in 2 major categories – the Vulture capitalists killing everybody for gain and the End-Timers killing everybody for religion. And we have to take Congress back to even slow them down a little. sigh. Meanwhile I do what I can with RTing what I can and sending out as much Healing Energy as I can in whatever ways I can. And voting of course.

    I just got the call from the Grease Pig – they’ve already finished my car. Brought the price in right at $400 even with the regular maintenance oil change added in. Bless the guys – I mentioned yesterday that I’m now retired and on Social Security and they said they’d do what they could to keep the cost down. Anyway, gotta go. Whether I walk or take 2 buses it’s still a couple of hours getting there. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • May 15, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Oh, bfitz! Glad they kept the cost down but sorry to hear you’ve got to take two buses. Bummer!

      • bfitzinAR
        May 16, 2018 at 9:35 am

        {{{Diana}}} thanks – transit here is not great but at least there is transit. Sort of. Within a couple of miles of campus you can always find a bus that will take you to campus. Whether you can get to where you want to go from campus is another issue. If you aren’t within a couple of miles of campus, rotza ruk. :) moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • anotherdemocrat
      May 16, 2018 at 8:53 am

      I didn’t see this till this morning. So sorry for the expense! Glad they were able to keep it down. {{{bfitz}}}

      • bfitzinAR
        May 16, 2018 at 10:09 am

        {{{ad}}} – thanks and me, too. The higher end would have been another $150. Once I get this paid off, I think I’ll start looking for something with under 300K on it. :) & moar {{{HUGS}}}

  3. princesspat
    May 15, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Good morning, 63 and sunny in Bellingham. The slight breeze and fresh air from my open window is so nice….makes the sweaty work of getting the screens in place worth it. But next fall I hope I’m disciplined enough to put them away clean. Seasonal changes need to be easier!

    Time to find some coffee and start the laundry. Changing the beds from winter flannel to cotton bedding is another seasonal change I’m trying to enjoy :)

    Best Tuesday wishes to all.

  4. Denise Velez
    May 16, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Good Wednesday Meese

    Well – we survived yesterday’s tornado watch and severe weather here – did get hit by giant hail and torrential rains – my dogs were flipping out during the worst part of the thunder
    It’s 53 going up to 70 today

    PR

    • bfitzinAR
      May 16, 2018 at 10:26 am

      {{{Denise}}} so glad you had no major problems with the severe weather yesterday. Wish we could ship your rain to NM – they need it desperately. Global Weirding. sigh. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  5. JanF
    May 16, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 48 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 77. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I have not had time to sort through the news yet this morning. I did see that the special elections that Eric Holder’s group had forced in Wisconsin are now set – the Republicans needed (contentious!) primaries while the Democrats had aligned on their candidates for the two seats. Election day is June 12th and the winners will serve until January 2019 and will be the likely incumbents for the fall elections. Not a waste of time, in my mind.

    I found this inspiring. And no she should not run for president. I believe we need inspirational speakers who are not politicians – encouraging young people to be journalists and not news readers is important work.

    See all y’all later!

    • bfitzinAR
      May 16, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Thanks for the tweet – Oprah was telling a graduating class of journalism majors to get out there and be the truth – to find and report it – because the truth is “our saving grace” – I hope they can manage that while the jobs available are paid by 5 RW corporations. Oprah is good at this sort of thing. But yeah, not for president. I want public servants and people who have experience in government to be running our government. {{{HUGS}}}

  6. anotherdemocrat
    May 16, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Highs close enough to 100 as makes no difference. Next week, Chicago will feel downright chilly with highs in the low 70s. The news just gets more & more vile. I’m gonna listen to some U2 & Snow Patrol now.

    • bfitzinAR
      May 16, 2018 at 11:04 am

      Stay safe – that kind of heat is nothing to sneeze at. Ignore what you can’t do anything about and yes focus on your music. Healing Energy and {{{HUGS}}}

  7. May 16, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Good morning, Moosekind! It’s a rainy Woden’s Day here. Current temp. in Ashburn is 64 F., going up to 75 F. later. It’s going to be gray, gloomy, and rainy all day long.

    Yesterday I saw the Lasik doctor, who told me that I now have 20-20 vision, but will have to keep up with the hourly tear drops until my next checkup, three weeks from now. No eye makeup for three weeks—I look like the wrath of Ishtar!

    Last night we went to dinner at Willow Crossing, reachable from our flat by walking along a few corridors and the connector. It didn’t start raining heavily until we arrived back at our flat. We couldn’t get reservations, so we just registered as “walk-ins” at 5:30 and were seated immediately! It is truly bizarre how things work here.

    Tonight I’ll pick up dinner for two and bring it back to our flat. Hubby’s leg is bothering him.

    Can’t find a coherent account of what happened in the elections yesterday although I gather the Dems did well. That’s encouraging. I see Kim Wrong ‘Un is threatening to back out of the talks—why am I not surprised?

    The Custom Design person is coming to our apartment to talk about getting hardwood floors (they aren’t really, they’re fake). I talked to a woman at the Newcomers’ party yesterday who said she was quoted a price of $1,300 for hardwood floors before she moved in and $4,400 after! If that’s the deal, we’ll just get someone to clean the carpets professionally and leave it at that. I’m still agitating for a wall to be built between the living room and the den. There’s a company that supplies giant Lego blocks to do such a thing. It looks weird but a wall’s a wall, for a’ that, as Robbie Burns stated while drunk.

    The power did go out for the space of two minutes last night! It came back on almost immediately, although the Internet sulked for a while. I was dumbstruck that it went out last night instead of during the tornado Sunday night.

    If, three months ago, someone had told me that I’d be busier after moving to “a home for the aged” than I was while living in a house, I’d have laughed! Not any more. We have two meetings today, the Custom Design Woman and the Dog Lady, who’s coming at 4 to photograph our dog and hear all about him. Tomorrow, climate change lecture in the morning, followed by lunch outside Ashby Ponds with Democrats. Friday, lunch with Progressives here at Ashby Pounds. Saturday, meeting at 10 with high school kids who’ll solve my issues with the iPhone and iPad for free.

    Wishing a peaceful day to all at the Pond and beyond!

    • bfitzinAR
      May 16, 2018 at 11:09 am

      {{{Diana}}} – I hope staying busy is also being fun. Or at least interesting in a positive way. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  8. princesspat
    May 16, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Good morning, 56 and cloudy in Bellingham. Sunshine is always welcome, but a cloudy morning is more restful. Life in the PNW has trained me to make the most of a sunny day, or at least try to!

    I’m reading Glass Houses, by Louise Penny now, and the story is so engaging it has taken me away from tRump angst. I was three books behind so I’ve been emerged in life in Three Pines while catching up.

    You won’t want Louise Penny’s latest to end

    It takes nerve and skill — as well as heart — to write mysteries like this. “Glass Houses,” along with many of the other Gamache books, is so compelling that, for the space of reading it, you may well feel that much of what’s going on in the world outside the novel is “just noise.”

    Best wishes to all for a few peaceful moments today.

    • bfitzinAR
      May 16, 2018 at 11:11 am

      Good to have books that make the outside world “just noise” for a bit. Lowers your blood pressure and settles your breathing for a bit. Healing Energy and {{{HUGS}}}

    • DoReMI
      May 16, 2018 at 11:21 am

      I don’t have time quite yet to start reading for pleasure, not purpose…but I will soon enough. This looks like an interesting series and is not a writer I’d encountered before. This from your link to her website makes me think I’ll be reading her books as soon as I’m done sewing for the play:

      And finally, a small note about the themes in my books. They’re inspired by two lines from a poem by WH Auden, in his elegy to Melville. Goodness existed, that was the new knowledge/his terror had to blow itself quite out to let him see it.

      • princesspat
        May 17, 2018 at 10:21 am

        I’ve enjoyed reading her books. Each one is a separate mystery, but the series tells an overall story of the main characters so it’s best to read them in order. Some books are better than others, but the characters and the setting she has created stays with me. Fortunately Louise Penny enjoys her time in Three Pines too, so more books will be written!

  9. bfitzinAR
    May 16, 2018 at 11:34 am

    64 and 98% humidity but the clouds are clearing off so I expect the temps to go up and the humidity to go down shortly. Only got 12 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 243 – it’s gonna take a lot of sunshine to get us to the 500 mark for the month. Still possible so I’ll keep hoping. Not much else I can do about it. LOL

    Ignoring as much as possible stuff I can’t do anything about. Doing as much as possible stuff that I can. Fineena’s mechanic found her a wonderful deal (she needs A/C – w/o it the NC heat and humidity cause breathing problems – but to fix her current vehicle would cost more than the $3K for this car) so she started a YouCaring https://www.youcaring.com/karenwilliams-1188877 and we’re hoping for the best. Aji’s Patreon https://www.patreon.com/AjiWings/posts is holding at 15 patrons, one of whom upped his/her pledge so it’s at $716 or just over 70% of her goal. What I can do right now is RT these links and all of Denise’s I find. Also Moose/Village folks tweets. That and kick in small bits of “seed money” to the various causes. I’m afraid the “seeds” are getting smaller, less like acorns and more like apple seeds – but either one produces a tree that sustainably feeds folks for decades which is why I prefer that analogy to the mustard seed one. :) – So. Resisting evil is first “agape” then following up with whatever loving & caring actions we can do. That’s the foundation our political action must be based on. “Nobody cares…” must immediately be followed with “I care” – once that is established and firm, then voting rights and GOTV are the walls and roof of a free society.

    Ya know, if I posted my comment first and read/responded to everybody else’s after I’d have it in here before everybody left for the day. LOL. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  10. DoReMI
    May 16, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Good morning, Meesefolk! 54 to start the day with a high of 77 expected; in my view, this is as close to perfect as one can get.

    I made my calls to my senators this morning thanking them for their unwavering support of net neutrality, and I texted a bunch of my OH friends/family to remind them to call Sen. Portman, who is not onboard. I don’t know how persuadable he is, but it’s always worth the effort.

    My respite from sewing ends today; I brought fabric in to work, so I can cut out a few patterns. I won’t be starting them for several days yet, as I have other costumes to finish first. But cutting is my least favorite part of sewing, so if I can get it done in advance, it keeps me doing the fun stuff at home. I’ve had to switch up a few of my plans for costumes; some of the actors are playing multiple roles, and the time for costume changes is minimal…add to that the outside venue which necessitates walking offstage and hiking to the nearest public restroom, and it became clear that I needed to rethink a few things. Fortunately, all of this is easily handled, and I will be able to use fabric from my stash to make the additional pieces. At some point, I really need to organize my notes so I don’t forget or overlook something, but the director is still deciding about some costume ideas, so I’ll wait for her final decisions.

    Now back to the cutting table…

    • bfitzinAR
      May 16, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      {{{DoReMI}}} – have fun with your costuming. Hope somebody is planning on recording the show for you. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • JanF
      May 17, 2018 at 7:11 am

      The Senate passed the net neutrality bill with the help of three Republicans: Murkowski, Collins, and Kennedy. NOW we need to wait and see if the House can be scared into taking up the bill – it is wildly popular. I think Ryan realizes that the House is lost and the best he can do now is keep the dollars flowing from the “destroy all good government” donors for the folks who are gerrymandered into safe districts. A lot of his members are already defacto lame ducks, trying to find a safe landing as a lobbyist or a Fox Noise consultant or a think tank thinker. They will have no interest in promoting a free and open Internet.

  11. Denise Velez
    May 17, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Thursday Meese

    58 going up to 80 with rain here in NY

    Trying to keep up with the news and failing – so much going on on so many fronts

    Will not stop covering Puerto Rico

    • JanF
      May 17, 2018 at 6:17 am

      I know I am missing a lot of news but I am having trouble sorting out what is important from what is a distraction. Thanks for the Puerto Rico tweets to help remind me of the former. The 2018 midterms and promoting the vote is number one for me and the dozens of humanitarian crises the Republicans have put in place – and have planned! – for our country and the world are high on my list. I am interested in reading about the Trump Administration corruption – because I hope that it harms his ability to govern, not because I think it will end his presidency – but there is so much bad information out there about the status it is difficult to follow and, really, to get vested in. Vote vote vote – push our electeds to not lose sight of the people suffering; that’s how I am trying to sort.

    • JanF
      May 17, 2018 at 8:50 am

      Hahahahaha!!! This made my day …

      • basket
        May 17, 2018 at 8:59 am

        LOL!!!! Thanks for the laugh, Jan, and thank you Denise! :D

      • May 18, 2018 at 8:41 am

        Totally loved this, Dee!

  12. JanF
    May 17, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 55 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 75. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I was following the reports from the California roundtable where tRump was meeting with California Republicans and calling people animals. I hope it reminds folks that the term “California Republican” should be an oxymoron and that the 2018 midterm election becomes an extinction event for Congressional Republicans from blue states. How they can sit quietly in a room where people are dehumanized and the torrent of lies from the shitgibbon is breathtaking in its depth and breadth , is beyond me.

    See all y’all later!

    • DoReMI
      May 17, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Given the state of what passes for Christianity these days, I’m always heartened when someone calls 45* out in the strongest language possible for their tradition. This Jesuit made my day:

      • JanF
        May 18, 2018 at 5:26 am

        I saw the good Father weigh in yesterday! He is unwilling to let these sorts of statements by the tRump be normalized. I have my issues with the Catholic church but the Jesuits stand out as being unwilling to toe the Church line when it runs counter to the teachings of their spiritual leader. It probably pained them when the parishes became defacto branches of the Republican Party, embracing capital punishment, war, and tax cuts over people.

  13. May 17, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Good morning, Meese! It’s a gray and gloomy Thor’s Day here in Ashburn, with a temperature of 62 F., going up to 69 F. later. Rain is forecast for today and tomorrow, and when I took the dog out to the courtyard at 5:30, it was already quite wet.

    Like Jan, I am simply exhausted by the news. There’s too much to keep up with. Today I’m having lunch with some local Democrats outside Ashby Ponds. This morning there is a lecture on climate change at the Great Oak Club House, which I plan to attend. Tomorrow there is the “Progressives’ Luncheon.”

    I’m interested in getting out the vote here at Ashby, not much interested in driving all over this huge county to do it. AP is its own voting precinct. Apparently more progressives are moving in; when this place first started, so I’ve heard, it was mostly conservatives. It’s dismal to think Thang won’t be removed from office, and that he and his crime family will continue to flourish. Women’s rights and the rights of people of color have been rolled so far back that they won’t recover in my lifetime. That’s too depressing to think about.

    Wishing a peaceful day to all at the Pond and Beyond.

    • JanF
      May 17, 2018 at 7:42 am

      Don’t be so sure about this: “Women’s rights and the rights of people of color have been rolled so far back that they won’t recover in my lifetime.”

      We could see a progressive backlash from the tRump years that propels us forward. It will be difficult because the damage being done to the rule of law with right-wing packing of the federal court system is huge but you can overcome bad judicial decisions with carefully crafted legislation – see the Lily Ledbetter Act. We desperately need to take back the Senate to stop the most deplorable judges but the ones who the Overton Window has now deemed “acceptable” are quite awful.

  14. anotherdemocrat
    May 17, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Stomach is questionable again, so maybe it wasn’t my home cooking. Having oatmeal for breakfast. The story Ronan Farrow put out yesterday is interesting. It struck me I’d heard about financial records of Trump’s going missing before, so I did some googling & it was the Commodore Hotel thing where he was supposed to give NYC money but bribed someone, and 2 sets of books…. Anyway, none of this is new. Ok, yes I am excited to see my boys soon, but I also can’t stop listening to new Snow Patrol.

    It shouldn’t need to be so f*cking hard, This is life on earth,It’s just life on earth.It doesn’t need to be the end of you, of me,This is life on earth,It’s just life on earth.

    • basket
      May 17, 2018 at 9:01 am

      I hope you feel better ad. {{hugs}}

    • bfitzinAR
      May 17, 2018 at 9:54 am

      {{{ad}}} – Healing Energy to you. My bet is stress. I also know that if you had any way to reduce the stress you’d already have done it so that doesn’t help. sigh. moar Healing Energy. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  15. basket
    May 17, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Good morning Meese. Yesterday morning was a blissfully unexpected but welcome thunderstorm (with hail in some parts!!) followed by a cool, cloudy day. Today looks to be more of the same sans rain, with a projected high of 76. We start getting into late spring temperatures mid next week when it goes up to 93 with not a drop in the sky. But by then, I’ll be in Mississippi to take part in an old-time piano music contest (as well as having a bit of R&R) followed by what bfitz and I are referring to as “the epic trek across Missouri and Arkansas”. LOL.

    Hope everyone has a good day today!

    • bfitzinAR
      May 17, 2018 at 9:57 am

      {{{basket}}} – glad you folks are getting some rain – maybe can stave off the fire season for a bit. Safe travels and enjoy your music contest. Looking forward to seeing you (still trying to think what to feed you) when you get here on the 28th! moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • May 18, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Happy travels, basket!

  16. bfitzinAR
    May 17, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Summer disappeared yesterday afternoon – rain and temps dropped so much I had a fire last night which was totally unexpected. 60 and 100% humidity right now but the sun is shining brightly so I expect the temps will go up and the humidity down shortly. Only got 8 KWHs yesterday but the m-t-d reached 251 so 500 for the month is still possible. Live in hope and all that.

    What few of the scandals I actually see only get a “well duh” from me. I’m too tired to even fire off a “Hillary warned us. You didn’t care.” at anybody over them. We knew what he was so nothing he’s doing is surprising. We knew who was supporting him – from media owners to local nazis – so nothing they’re doing is surprising. If there is a possibility to block any of it, do it. Otherwise work on voting Rs out at every level in every state – and taking back Congress. And whatever we can do for our family, friends, and fellow citizens to protect them from what evils we can. Big issues impacting lots of people like Puerto Rico and small ones impacting individuals like Aji’s medical bills and Fineena’s car (which is also actually a health issue). “Do all the good you can…” starts with where you are and what you can do. And so it goes. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  17. princesspat
    May 17, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Good morning, 55 and cloudy in Bellingham. I have an early morning lab test today, with the dreaded no food or drink requirement, so no coffee for a few more hours. Counting down to lunch time!

    We have Heide for a few days while our son joins some friends for a river rafting trip in Oregon. She’s snoring away on her bed beside me. She is 12 yrs old now, and her hips and my knees have made the twin bed under the window in the boys room she usually sleeps on difficult to manage so we made her a new spot on the floor. Took her awhile to decide it would be acceptable :)

    Best wishes to all.

  18. anotherdemocrat
    May 17, 2018 at 10:54 am

    <3 <3 <3

    • JanF
      May 18, 2018 at 5:36 am

      That was very wise. I saw it and reworded it a bit to share with someone I know who is struggling with self-worth right now:

      Your worst fears about yourself only need a drop of attention and sunlight to grow quickly and wreck your whole being

      Put water and sunlight to the best in you and harvest your strengths and your joys.

      The first part is so true – when you are struggling, everything reinforces your sense of unworthiness. We need to be reminded of our strengths and give them the attention instead.

  19. DoReMI
    May 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Good morning, Meesefolk (although by the time I post this comment, it will be afternoon)! Another beautiful day here in MI; 57 when I got up this morning with a high 0f 70, but most importantly, blue skies and lots of sun.

    I was supposed to sew last night, but I picked up the Black Panther DVD yesterday and opted to watch the movie instead. I didn’t see it in the theatres, and I’m almost glad I watched it this way instead. There is just so much to unpack that I’ll probably be watching it multiple times (but not until after I finish the costumes!). At some point, I will probably be kicking myself for taking time away from my sewing room, but that time is not yet. In the meantime, I’m finding myself more than a little distressed at spoiler alert the destruction of the heart-shaped herb in Wakanda. As a white woman, I know my reactions are going to be significantly different than a person of color, but I’m trying to puzzle out why, of all the things in the movie, that’s the moment which left me gasping in horror.

    On the political front, I’ve started calls to my House rep about net neutrality, with a side of Puerto Rico. He’s absolutely unpersuadable on most issues, and I’m sure when I get his response to my push for PR, I’ll be horrified. But there might be room on the net neutrality issue, as long as I couch in terms of what is good for small businesses in this area.

    • JanF
      May 18, 2018 at 6:10 am

      Thanks for the Black Panther reminder! I saw it at Target Wednesday night and made a mental note to order it through Amazon Prime. As with many of my “mental notes” it disappeared into the ether! I just ordered it and it will be here on Sunday. My daughter saw it in the theater but I am not a theater-goer.

      My congresscritter is super librul Mark Pocan so he is already on-board with net neutrality. I should probably rattle his cage a bit about Puerto Rico so that he knows his constituents consider it a hot issue. He leans berner and as a white male I am not sure he completely “gets” the issues facing people of color and women – as we have seen, privilege can blind. As far as Senators, Tammy Baldwin is reliably Democratic but I have given up trying to communicate with Ron Freaking Johnson. I stepped out of my comfort zone and faxed and called and listened in on a town hall phone call when we were trying to stop the repeal of the ACA. I knew he was an ignorant man but the level of his stupidity was stunning. He really does not understand health care. Someone put a bug up his butt that the worst thing about the ACA was the higher premiums for the people stuck between subsidies and no subsidies. That is bad but repealing the ACA would hurt more people than it would help – but those hurt are not His People so he could ignore that. His replacement idea was to go back to the bad-old-days of high risk pools (ignoring that in Wisconsin our HIRSP crashed and burned back in the 80s). His solution was literally “don’t get sick because it costs too much to take care of you!” Anyway, he probably likes the idea of ginormous corporations picking the winners and losers when it comes to Internet access. :(

  20. JanF
    May 18, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Good morning, meeses! Friday (finally) …

    It is 52 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 72. Sunny skies for most of the day then clouding up later this afternoon. Perfect weather! Yesterday, I thought it was Friday the 18th and it threw my whole day off – I could not understand why sporting events scheduled for the 18th were not on my TV last night!!

    Today the House votes on the Farm Bill and will be whipping votes to take food away from 2 million hungry people. I hope no Democrat votes for that embarrassing display of “I got mine, yours can starve” from the richest country in the world. The Freedumb Cacas are threatening to withhold their (needed to get to 218) votes unless it gets packaged with a mean-spirited “immigration” bill being offered by hardliners. They need something to run on and “splitting apart families and starving the poors” is very attractive to their base!

    Apparently today the “administration” will announce another policy intended to make it more difficult for women to find out about abortion. Damn the berners and their white male privilege, women will literally die from their peevish purity.

    See all y’all later!

    • May 18, 2018 at 8:51 am

      Heh, heh, great phrases:

      Freedumb Cacas

      “peevish purity.”

      Glad we can play with words on this site. Got my head handed to me on a platter at Orange a couple of days ago: couple of cats said my referring to Dear Leader of NK as “Kim Wrong ‘Un” was an ethnic slur, insensitive, unworthy, and yada yada yada. From now on I’m not commenting at all in the APR.

      • JanF
        May 18, 2018 at 9:28 am

        Good lord, that is hypersensitive! When I blogged there, I discovered that every time I ventured out of my little hidey holes, the result was much the same: unless someone knows your sense of humor or propensity for word play, your literal words are attacked!! Eventually, when I no longer had safe harbor in even my hidey holes, I realized that it was time to move on.

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