Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: June 10th through June 16th

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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  98 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: June 10th through June 16th

  1. JanF
    June 9, 2018 at 10:45 pm

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

    Morning low of 63 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 73. A chance of showers is in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Denise Velez
    June 10, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Good Sunday Meese
    58 going up to 75 here in the Hudson Valley of NY. Was worried about the weather down in NYC today for the Puerto Rican Day Parade – looks like it will be cloudy and 71.
    Cloudy is good – less people will get heat stroke

    Please tune in to the live broadcast on youtube to boost the ratings

    Today’s Sunday piece at DKos is about June being Caribbean-American Heritage month – declared by Trump
    I am going to be writing more about the Caribbean in the months ahead – not just Puerto Rico and the USVI

    • JanF
      June 10, 2018 at 6:31 am

      AP reports that people are worried about the parade being “politicized”. JHC, the problem is political, the politicians are denying needed aid to the island!!

      • Denise Velez
        June 10, 2018 at 9:37 am


  3. JanF
    June 10, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Diana, do you think headline writers had been waiting to be able to write this headline for the entire racing season? From my paper:

    “Triple Crown very easy to Justify”

    • June 10, 2018 at 10:12 am

      Ha, ha! GOOD one, Jan!

  4. JanF
    June 10, 2018 at 7:54 am

    The Fighting Back post is up. The topic of the week is health care following a week of highs and lows: the Virginia Medicaid expansion and the Trump administration’s unprecedented decision to refuse to defend the Affordable Care Act.

    Fighting Back: “Health care is a right, not something reserved for just those who can afford it.”

    We need to encourage everyone to pay attention to what the Republicans are planning to do and to become a #HealthCareVoter in 2018.

    • June 10, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Dear Goddess, yes.

  5. Denise Velez
    June 10, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Sunday post up at Dkos

  6. anotherdemocrat
    June 10, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Watching local news, waiting for Joy Reid’s show. Beans are simmering, berries thawed overnight in the ‘fridge, I might toast the walnuts this morning before church (they’re better if they’re toasted before I put them in the oatmeal). So a busy day ahead of church & cooking. Will clear some more space on the dvr this afternoon while I cook, there’s now-canceled time travel show that I like, might as well watch the episodes I have. The story line was people came back from a dystopian future to try to stop it. hmmm

  7. bfitzinAR
    June 10, 2018 at 10:21 am

    75, humidity 79%, heading for 90 (or so) and sunny at the moment. Got 20 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 172.8 with this morning’s driblet. Waiting for the washer to finish. Haven’t vacuumed yet either (noise, I hate the noise almost as much as the cat’s do) but will soon. Still holding off on the A/C but today I might have to give in. Peanut butter cocoa muffins this week. If I could find a commercial breakfast thingy with the protein/calorie ratio and as nutritious as I make myself, I’d buy it just so I don’t have to fire up the oven this time of year. But I haven’t so far. Cookies I can find – not as good as mine but at least worth the trade off to not have to add more heat to an already warmish house. Gonna RT Denise’s tweets & the Fighting Back then get back to work. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}} – speaking of which, don’t know if folks saw Chef Bobby’s tweet thread so here it is:


    • anotherdemocrat
      June 10, 2018 at 10:53 am

      I’ve been running my a/c for a while, but it isn’t safe to have my windows open – besides all the noise. I feel the same about my oatmeal. It takes a lot of time, and I hate using the oven, but there’s virtually no sugar, and it is cheap & nutritious.

      • June 10, 2018 at 11:17 am

        Toasted nuts are so delicious, another, as you know. And oatmeal is something that sticks with you until lunchtime. One day I’ll start eating oatmeal again but right now I just don’t fancy it.

        • anotherdemocrat
          June 10, 2018 at 11:20 am

          Mine is easy in the sense that you mix stuff up & dump it in the oven. It’s just time-consuming. But oatmeal, berries, etc. Yummy, cheap, nutritious.

      • bfitzinAR
        June 10, 2018 at 11:35 am

        {{{ad}}} – your temps about about 10 above mine on average, no matter what the time of year and you’re just as humid if not more so. I’d have mine on if I still lived in Austin. And yeah on the cheap (well, mine not so much since GF flour but cheaper) & nutritious. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  8. June 10, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Good morning, Moosekind! We are having alternate cloudy skies and gleams of sunshine here in Ashburn. The current temp. is 64 F., going up to 79 F. Yesterday the forecasted rain was supposed to ruin everyone’s Saturday, including that of the GLBTI community marching in the Gay Pride Parade in downtown DC. Huh! It was sunny, although humid, all day here. Poor old Maryland got the brunt of it. We did get a shower at 8 p.m., when our dinner guest departed for the drive home. Luckily, it’s only a 10-minute drive to where she lives.

    Am in ecstasy because of the Triple Crown! We couldn’t watch the race, which Dearly recorded, until after our guest went home, but it was worth waiting for. What a love of a horse! I adore the sound of all those hooves thundering against that dry track.

    On a more serious note—ugh to the events just played out on the world stage. Thang is so destructive it’s hard to imagine how we’ll ever recover. I know that everyone here is going to vote, that it’s Russian right-wing trolls that are saying the blue tsunami will be a barely discernible ripple. Huh! Tell that to the enthusiastic Dems running against The Woman Comstock in the only “swing” district in Northern Virginia! I wish some of those excellent candidates would run for the state legislature, we could use their energy.

    The dog wants to go out and the family are coming to tea this afternoon, so I’d better get busy. Wishing a quiet, peaceful Sunday to all at the Pond and Beyond!

  9. Denise Velez
    June 11, 2018 at 4:45 am

    Early Monday Meese
    57 going up to 75 here in Saugerties NY

    Fell asleep early – tired after watching the PR day parade – tears and pride.

    So I missed the Tony Awards – woke up to recaps on twitter

    • JanF
      June 11, 2018 at 7:10 am

      It took me forever to find the entire “Seasons of Love” song! Everyone on Twitter is a film editor. ;)

      At this link.

  10. JanF
    June 11, 2018 at 5:13 am

    Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 63 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 75. Variable cloudiness.

    Another day, another embarrassing display of petulance from the toddler the Republicans put in charge of our foreign policy. If being treated dismissively by the G-7 can cause that epic meltdown, what will happen when Kim Jung Un gives him nothing for his Nobel Peace Prize resume? Lindsey Graham is lobbying for restarting the Korean War if this photo-op meeting does not bring about complete and immediate denuclearization. Good lord, what makes people such war mongers? You would think that people who have seen war would be less inclined to start new ones – it certainly affected John Kerry that way.

    See all y’all later!

    • June 12, 2018 at 6:26 am

      Good lord, what makes people such war mongers?

      What makes them warmongers is the fact that they know their big, ugly posteriors won’t be anywhere near a war. It’s easy to declare war if you don’t have to be in it.

      • JanF
        June 12, 2018 at 6:48 am

        I saw that Rand Paul tweeted out a challenge to Lindsey Graham about Graham’s hope to start a new war on the Korean peninsula. But like all Rand Paul tweeted “principled stands”, it is simply pixels and air intended to plump up his Libertarian chops for whothehellknowswhatpurpose.

  11. anotherdemocrat
    June 11, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Eating oatmeal, drinking tea. It’s only supposed to be 99 today, woohoo. Trump’s delusional state is spreading — the economic advisor (not Kudlow, the other guy) …… I wonder what universe he’s in, because I saw none of what he did. And I wonder if Kudlow is relapsing & going back on cocaine because that CNN interview was alarming. On the other hand, there’s DeNiro at the Tonys getting a standing ovation. I’m hoping the world finds a way to a Summer of Love.

    I’ve been thinking ‘bout the West Coast
    Not the one that everyone knows
    We’re sick of living in the shadows
    We’ve one more chance before the light goes
    For a summer of love (summer of love)
    Summer of love (summer of love)

  12. anotherdemocrat
    June 11, 2018 at 8:50 am

    a thread of organizations to help and things to do about the border crisis:

  13. June 11, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Good rainy Monday morning, Moosekind! Have been up since 6, but my day is getting off to a very slow start. Our current temperature in Ashburn is 57 F., going up to 67 F., with more rain expected. The plants on the screened porch are all quite perky, as they’ve been rained on: one of them is mint in a pot, which my friend brought me. I wanted it for garnishes and flavoring. She also brought us a dozen beautiful yellow roses, which are really brightening up the living room of our flat.

    Yesterday half the family came to tea, bringing with them the young man from Beijing who’s staying with them. He’s hoping to find a job in sports medicine in this country. The children wanted to stay for dinner, even though I told them it was nothing but soup and rolls! After that we took them home and were kissed on our kneecaps by Mort, the family dog.

    Can you believe the way Thing behaved in Canada? Not only is he a dimwit, he’s utterly lacking in grace, charm, and tact. Eff Putin, Comey, and the media! They’re responsible for our present sorry state of affairs. Thing has been allowed to get away with bad behavior his whole life because everyone is so transfixed by his awfulness.

    Broke my own rules this morning by turning on “Good moaning Merrycar.” I wanted to see if there would be scenes from Singapore and there were. Not enough, mind you, but it was barely dawn there.

    Today I have various errands to perform and business to straighten out. Our woven grass panels were unexpectedly delivered last Thursday—can’t remember whether I mentioned that. The Fed Ex guy, who was clearly functionally illiterate, drunk, or stoned, delivered them to the wrong apartment in the wrong building. When the new resident moved in last Thursday he said, “That’s not my address!” and took them out to the front desk. She borrowed a cart from somewhere and delivered them to my door. Now I have to pay the company because, thinking they were lost forever (it’s been a month), I asked for and received a refund.

    First-world problems, I know.

    Time to get out of my dressing-gown and into some clothes, it’s already 9 a.m.! Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

  14. bfitzinAR
    June 11, 2018 at 9:30 am

    73 (humidity 87%) heading for 90. Sunny at the moment. Still managing to keep the A/C off. Got just over 20 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 192. 600 is still possible but not probably. But I haven’t gotten 600 in the 4 going on 5 summers I’ve had the system so I’m not holding my breath. The closer the better though. 😁

    I’ve got to see about my laptop charger – it’s getting so hot when charging I’m having to do a full charge in parts with a couple of hours in between. I hope that’s part of my warranty on the laptop. I’ve had a bunch of expenses all hit this month and have more to come. Some of which I’m managing by putting on the credit card but that just means they’ll hit next month. sigh. Up through October is going to be tight. OK, but tight. But then that’s why I put aside money every month – I’ll just be pulling it back into my checking account to deal. Laptop/computer issues are viewed as a 1st world problem, but actually isolation of one kind or another is universal and computers or phones are tools to deal with it. And deal we will. With temporary isolation from the world if it goes that far. I don’t think it will – but if we don’t turn out in record numbers to take back Congress in 2018 and the WH in 2020, we won’t just be isolated we’ll be shunned. So we will #remember #register #resist – and vote. Meanwhile, there’s more domestic stuff to be done. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  15. Denise Velez
    June 11, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Put up a quick twitter recap diary on PR

    • JanF
      June 11, 2018 at 10:06 am


  16. princesspat
    June 11, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Good morning, 53 and mostly cloudy in Bellingham. It was a full weekend of family fun……amazing how much food and how many agendas 15 people can stir up! Everyone but my sister has returned home and she is sleeping in so our house is quiet again. I’m going to the pool soon and then we’ll have an easy day.

    Best wishes to all.

  17. DoReMI
    June 11, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Good morning, Meesefolk! 61 when I got up this morning, with an expected high of 75…or more succinctly, perfect! Finished the last of the costuming this weekend and even had enough time to play the “Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective” game with The Kiddo and SIL. Or as my daughter put it, “Look, Mum, you’re visiting AND we’re having fun together; it’s been awhile!” They’ll both be glad when the show is wrapped too, because they still haven’t gotten as far in unpacking as they had hoped.

    I wore the t-shirt I got from one of jan4insight’s shops this weekend, and as hoped, it stirred a lot of questions and comments. It’s just a simple t-shirt with the number 4645 printed on it, but it invariably caused people (including complete strangers who approached me) to ask what the number meant. I even had one person express surprise that Puerto Ricans were U.S. citizens, so it was a boon as a conversation-starter and educational tool. I may have to get a few more for when canvassing season kicks into high gear.

  18. Denise Velez
    June 12, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Tuesday Meese
    54 going up to 80 here in NY.
    Turned the TV off disgusted by fawning Trump Kim coverage

    • JanF
      June 12, 2018 at 6:42 am

      Trump-Kim coverage is making it easy to get quickly through the news this morning. I did read the “statement” they signed and it is pretty lacking in specifics. It was cringe-inducing seeing Kim hailed as a rock star given his brutal history, a history that is being ignored by the fawning press, so frightened of being called “fake news” that they no longer do journalism.

  19. JanF
    June 12, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 64 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 79. Thundershowers are in the forecast.

    Skipping the news from the summit of two brutal dictators is an easy call this morning and will save me a lot of time. I was stunned to find out that the Attorney General is a Supreme Court of one for the immigration courts which should probably be called “courts”. Sessions can overrule any finding by any immigration judge and that is how he overturned the asylum request of the woman who was the victim of domestic violence. She will be deported and the odds are pretty good that she will be killed but when you stop and think about it, that is a how “justice” works for American women also. He is just dispensing American justice – except probably not handing the abusive spouse his guns back like they do here. You don’t find out how much power can be in the hands of terrible people until terrible people are put in charge of our country. Even more chilling than the realization that one man holds thousands of peoples lives in his hands is that the INS is planning to review the status of foreign-born people who have become citizens to “check for cheating”. That should strike terror in the hearts of anyone who has gone through all the hoops and become a citizen – knowing that it could be revisited at any time and revoked by a rogue regime. Goddess, what has happened to our country. :(

    Today is another election Tuesday – primaries in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Virginia – two special elections in Wisconsin. We have been seeing the TV ads for one of the races here as it is for a district just north of Madison. The issue our candidate is running on is health care and the Republican is pretending he would break with his party and support various causes such as fair redistricting. Riiiight. Anyway, if the Democrat wins, that is an Assembly seat flipped red to blue.

    By the way, the terrible Husted voter purging decision can be fixed pretty easily – vote the Republicans out and vote in those who want to preserve the franchise not shrink it. And tell everyone to check their registration often and – for crying out loud! – vote. Vote in every election for every race and don’t let the bad guys win!

    See all y’all later!

  20. June 12, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Good morning, Moosekind! This looks like Shakespeare’s “Full many a glorious morning” here in Ashburn after yesterday’s rain and gloom. We have clear skies and sunlight, which is good for people planning to vote. Our current temperature is 54 F., going up to 77 F. today.

    Not much to say except that I grinned when I saw the Twitter takeoffs on Thang’s meeting in Canada. As for Sessions, put the evil elf back on the shelf, then set fire to the house. What a disgusting scumbag! As I remarked elsewhere my organ of outrage is swollen to 500 times its normal size, to the point where I feel like a python that’s swallowed an elephant. Exhausted, that is to say.

    Election Day here! We’ll be going along to vote about 10, which is when we usually get our act together. I wish they wouldn’t call the Democrats here “Progressives.” We are, of course, but the word “Democrat” is not an obscenity. The vile right-wing Rethugs are responsible for demonizing that word, along with the word “liberal.”

    Wishing all a good day at the Pond and let’s hope for a massive turnout!

    • JanF
      June 12, 2018 at 7:03 am

      I actually prefer to be called liberal and have no problem being called a Democrat. I get itchy about the word “progressive” because, as you point out, it was a way to avoid using the words that the right-wing had made ugly, like “feminist”. Plus “progressive” has been used to bash center-left Democrats, as in “not progressive enough”, a construct I reject. The way we win is to match our candidates to their districts, not force our candidates to run on the national party’s purity platform. The only non-negotiable position should be civil rights and an agreement that if the candidate is anti-abortion that they do not actively work to restrict reproductive rights. Harry Reid was anti-abortion but voted for Democratic Party principles that respected women’s reproductive rights.


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