Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: July 8th through July 14th

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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  96 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: July 8th through July 14th

  1. basket
    July 10, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Good morning meese. 70 going up to 98 here. Getting back into work after being gone most of the last two weeks.

  2. princesspat
    July 10, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Good morning, 58 and cloudy in Bellingham. Our visiting family is going to Vancouver BC today, so while they are exploring Stanley Park I’ll rest and do laundry. Should be a fun day for all!

    Thanks to a busy family dinner last night I missed most of the news and slept well :)

    Best wishes to all.

  3. Denise Velez
    July 11, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Wednesday Meese

    Today is my 20th anniversary, birthday of initiation as a Priestess of Yemaya – Orisha of the Oceans and Mother Goddess.

    Blessings to all.

    Took a look at the PR news and can’t believe the stupid.

    • July 11, 2018 at 9:07 am

      Congratulations on the anniversary of becoming a priestess of the Orishas, Dee!

      I’m ready to faint at your news that FEMA is going to remove the mega-generators from PR.

      Any reason given (other than sheer hatefulness)?

    • bfitzinAR
      July 11, 2018 at 9:16 am

      {{{Denise}}} – Happy Anniversary! (Sending lots of hard-to-verbalize-Good Energy)

      I don’t call it Deplorable govt, or those who run it the Genocidal Old Party, for grins and giggles. People are going to die and it’s not just that they don’t care. That’s the point. Feature not a bug. They are evil people.

  4. anotherdemocrat
    July 11, 2018 at 7:44 am

    I was….asleep when the alarm went off. I can’t think of when the last time that happened. Yea, I woke up a few times overnight, but — I was sleeping when the alarm went off. That’s just bizarre.

    So the SCOTUS nominee has serious baggage. Hypocrisy won’t be a big deal, that’s one of those IOKIYAR things, and bringing up the Starr Report will only somehow manage to hurt the Clintons. But the leaking thing, now that we can use.

    I love this version of Lights of Home, the guitar intro is just cool. And the line “hey, I’ve been waiting to get home a long time”

    • bfitzinAR
      July 11, 2018 at 9:26 am

      {{{ad}}} you seem to be sleeping better as a trend. That’s so wonderful. Lots more Healing Energy. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  5. JanF
    July 11, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 61 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 84. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I am going for day two of only scanning the headlines on my news aggregation site which seemed to work well for me yesterday. Today’s headlines show that for some reason “Sarah Palin” is still a thing! That is simply another reminder that the 10 minute news cycle needs grist for their click mill and in the absence of real news they will just recycle washed-up celebrity politicians. That is why they cover the shitgibbon’s political rallies and his Twitter feed – they need content.

    Another important reminder for people who think that “impeachment and removal” will fix all that ails our country, Mike Pence was on TV all day yesterday saying that he has a hard litmus test for SCOTUS nominees – they must agree to repeal Roe v Wade. Kavanaugh will have a rocky hearing – apparently he also has a Jim Jordan/Joe Paterno problem from his time working for the 9th Circuit abusive judge who retired after his pervieness was exposed – but he will be confirmed. Collins and Murkowski have signaled that they believe his claim about “settled law”. Good plan! Mr. Balls and Strikes Roberts said the same thing before he overturned 100 years of precedence related to corporate personhood. We can’t rely on “moderate” Republicans – they will always get back in line when confronted with a choice between their principles and their party. I am all in on slow-walking this nomination so that the court is a 4-4 split as long as possible.

    The process of migrant detainees being re-united with their children is moving along (about half of the kids under 5 are back with their families) but it is an ugly mess. Some of the kids don’t recognize their parents, some of the parents were deported already and had been tricked into signing away their rights. The latest group have been put on ankle monitors and released. The judge in California is not cutting the government any slack – good for him.

    See all y’all later!

  6. July 11, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Good Woden’s Day morning, Meese! It’s partly cloudy in Ashburn this morning, with cirrostratus clouds creating a “mackerel” sky. There are some faint views of blue to be seen. The current temp. is 75 F., going up to 88 F.

    Miss Pink Cheeks slept in the new child-sized sofa bed last night, even though she’s too tall for it. This morning she described an extremely complicated dream involving turtles, a unicorn, and a ride on the unicorn’s back to the end of the rainbow. She didn’t know whether there was a pot of gold at the end or not.

    Think I’ll follow Jan’s example of scanning only the headlines. A headline from CNN tells me that Thing is already insulting the European leaders. Jeez.

    Have to hustle this morning, I’m due at Great Oak Club House to meet with a high school student who will help me with my iPad and iPhone. The teen-aged dears do this to earn community service credits.

    See y’all later!

  7. bfitzinAR
    July 11, 2018 at 9:41 am

    According to one widget it’s already warmer outside than inside, the other says we’ve got a few degrees to go. I’ll close up the house as soon as I finish checking in. So it’s either 78 or 74 with 100% humidity – sun’s shining though which is good. 500 for the month is still possible but it’s gonna take a lot of sun to do it. A lot more sun than is probable. Current m-t-d is 157.8 and we’re 1/3 of the way through the month. Face is broken out and starting to weep. I was just rather forcibly reminded as to why the “anti-itch cream” was at the back of the drawer in the bathroom. But the burning stopped as soon as I washed it off again. sigh. Meanwhile I’m gonna have to figure out another way of getting my pruning done – I can’t do it, I’m getting more and more allergic to stuff in my yard. double sigh.

    Headlines are scary enough without getting slammed 24/7. Actually I can usually check in here and at Aji’s to cover most of what my “issues” are anyway. I RT like crazy when I visit my TL, but I don’t visit it all that often. Meanwhile lots of friends & family are dealing with health issues – some physical, some emotional, some both. I’m channeling Healing Energy out in all directions on a regular basis. Just added my younger son to the “and especially” list – he called last night to tell me he’s got a fistula that needs surgery and he’s going in early tomorrow (Thursday) morning. This is not the weather for candles, but I’m purposing and I’ll be lighting one anyway – and any Energy you folks have to spare would be appreciated. Meanwhile, need to close up the house and check my twitter notifications. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • July 11, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      bfitz, sorry to hear about the itching and weeping! I, too, found that I was getting more and more allergic to things in my backyard as time went on. I couldn’t touch the vines of the runner beans, but I could top and tail the beans themselves without ill effects.

      It got to where I couldn’t go for a three-mile walk without coming home covered in itchy bumps. Weird!

      Hope you’ll get some relief soon.

  8. princesspat
    July 11, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Good morning, 63 and sunny in Bellingham. Everyone is sleeping late today so my house is very quiet. I’m enjoying the moment because it will be busy soon. Time to find some coffee, turn on the music, and play my morning Solitaire games. Avoiding the news helps me feel like all is well in my small world!

    Best wishes to all.

  9. JanF
    July 11, 2018 at 5:43 pm

  10. JanF
    July 12, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 70 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 86 – the heat index will be 100. It looks like no respite until next Tuesday. :(

    Headline scanning this morning: from Joe Manchin – “Brett Kavanaugh has all the ‘right qualities’ to be on the Supreme Court” – white male christian, what more do you need!!

    I am not buying into the notion that we should run against Kavanaugh because he is a right-wing tool ready to cover for his party’s president – they are all going to be right-wing tools! We run against Kavanaugh because he will strike down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional or “discover” a right for insurance companies to refuse to cover sick people. Collins and Murkowski will suffer no blowback in their states if Roe is reversed (both Alaska and Maine protect abortion rights). They will suffer blowback if tens of thousands of their constituents are suddenly left without health care. If we fight this battle like we fought ACA repeal, and with John McCain not voting, we block this nomination. And if we don’t manage to block this nomination, we run as hard as we can on health care and getting a Congress that will pass laws that will protect it.

    See all y’all later!

  11. Denise Velez
    July 12, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Thursday Meese
    54 going up to 85 here in Saugerties.
    Going in for first laser surgery this afternoon – both eyes have to be done before cataract operation in August – so am doing second eye next Thurs.

    Every day I get more pissed off about PR – only a handful of non-Puerto Ricans seem to give a damn – and that includes “the left” and Democrats.
    When was the last press conference held by Democrats in Congress protesting?
    Answer – Nov 2, 2017

    • JanF
      July 12, 2018 at 6:52 am

      Good luck with your surgery! I hope everything goes smoothly and you stay ontrack for August.

      • Denise Velez
        July 12, 2018 at 7:19 am

        Thanks Jan!

    • bfitzinAR
      July 12, 2018 at 9:09 am

      {{{Denise}}} Holding the Good Thought and channeling Healing Energy for your surgery. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  12. anotherdemocrat
    July 12, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Slept badly again, boo. Hot & sticky this morning — 80 even pre-dawn. Back to 100s for highs, but as it dries out at least the mold count will go down from the record highs it has been. Today the FBI guy testifies in Congress. Rachel had a segment last night on him. He’s the guy who caught the real-life people who were the basis for the Americans tv show. It’s 30 minutes, but well worth the time. Upshot is: Republicans will probably regret pissing this guy off.

    • bfitzinAR
      July 12, 2018 at 9:11 am

      {{{ad}}} – rats! I shouldn’t have said anything yesterday – the Dark Side noticed. Healing Energy. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  13. July 12, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Good morning, Meese. It’s 68 F. going up to 86 F. (or 20 C. going up to 30 C.) here in Ashburn, with a pale blue sky and sunlight. Still feeling crappeh from the head cold.

    Haven’t been walking lately because of the cold and the scales are showing it. Not much I can do until the cold departs, though.

    Like Jan’s idea of the Dems running on health care. Just what are the racist Thing supporters going to do when they find out preexisting conditions are no longer covered? They’re already finding out in Kentucky. KYNect was working perfectly well but they went ahead and elected a Rethug governor who promised to dismantle it and did.

    Hoping for a quiet day for all.

    • JanF
      July 12, 2018 at 8:34 am

      This! “[Kentucky] elected a Rethug governor who promised to dismantle [KYNect] and did.”

      I will never understand this – voting against their own healthcare just to “own the libs”? Sheesh.

      • bfitzinAR
        July 12, 2018 at 9:14 am

        Deplorables are stupid and gullible. The R vowed to dismantle “Obamacare” with the scout’s-honor promise that dismantling “Obamacare” wouldn’t change their KYNect. Stupid gits refused to accept that “Obamacare” and KYNect are the same thing. Whether this particular lie/betrayal is enough to flip the state, who knows. Probably not.

  14. bfitzinAR
    July 12, 2018 at 9:00 am

    My son should be in surgery as I type – fistula – he’s at a Surgery Center, it’s not a full hospital stay, and thinks he’ll be home by noon. But it’s still surgery. So. Holding the Good Thought. Also for Denise this afternoon. The candle I’ve got going is “Healing purposed” and is strong enough, will burn long enough for both. 💞💞💞

    Depending on which widget you believe, outside temps are either just above or just below indoor temps. I’ll be closing up the house shortly. Only 17.5 KWHs yesterday. The m-t-d is 175 so 500 is getting less and less likely. But while I’m using more energy with all the fans and opening/closing the freezer door for ice, I still haven’t turned on the A/C so it’s OK that I’m not generating enough to cover A/C. Of course I’m using more water, too, but that’s not electricity and Beaver is fine. We got enough rain in April to get us right under the flood level, so while the lake’s been dropping the last 2 months, it’s still at the “full” level. Hope this swelling and rash on my face go away soon. It’s very uncomfortable and I’m not sure they’ll let me give blood at the drive tomorrow if it doesn’t. Meanwhile, Channeling Healing Energy out to everyone everywhere – sourced in the Infinite, freely given, Healing/healing anyone who accepts it. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • Denise Velez
      July 13, 2018 at 5:42 am

      Sending healing waves to your son

  15. princesspat
    July 12, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Good morning, 64 and sunny in Bellingham. We have a day of small pleasures planned……star fish counting at the beach, making a rhubarb pie, lunch at the bookstore, and some shopping with the grand girls in Fairhaven. We’ve enjoyed our visit with Erica and her family but I’m very tired. It’s hard to keep up with all the activity!

    Time for coffee and to get the day underway, ready or not.

    Best wishes to all.

  16. Denise Velez
    July 13, 2018 at 5:49 am

    Friday the 13th – a lucky day for me

    58 here in Saugerties going up to 89.

    Watching Trump reception in England and glad to see the pushback


    First laser surgery successful – now have more eye-drops to use daily.
    Have a good day folks!

    • JanF
      July 13, 2018 at 6:34 am

      Yay for successful surgery!!

      I was encouraged to see Puerto Rico getting a lot of attention in my news aggregator this morning including that piece from the NY Times that also made my NY Times morning news email blast. Also getting an airing – the charges being filed against the person who attacked the woman wearing the Puerto Rican flag shirt. I would like to think that people realizing that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens would help them show more compassion towards the plight of the island but they are still brown U.S. citizens so probably not. :(

      I thought about a Friday the 13th greeting in my check-in just as I hit Post Comment. I figured someone would mention it. :) It is a lucky day in our tradition!

      • July 13, 2018 at 7:11 am

        I thought about a Friday the 13th greeting in my check-in just as I hit Post Comment. I figured someone would mention it. :) It is a lucky day in our tradition!

        Yes, it is (smirk). I enjoy feeling superior to others because I don’t regard the number 13, or wolves, or snakes and spiders, or women, with trepidation.

        • JanF
          July 13, 2018 at 7:21 am

          I was with you until you got to “spiders”. :::runs screaming:::

          • July 13, 2018 at 7:45 am

            C’mon, BlogGoddess, spiders are good! When I see one, I coax it on to a piece of paper and take it outside. They eat a lot of microscopic nasty things and their silk is very, very strong.

            Ever watched a spider spinning a web, considering it thoughtfully and deciding it’s not quite to her liking, so she rolls it up and starts over again?

            Better than TV! :)

            • JanF
              July 13, 2018 at 8:05 am

              I have a friend who does that with spiders – coaxing them onto a piece of paper and releasing them outside. My brain understands the value of spiders but the rest of me knows that they will SURELY KILL ME!!!

              • DoReMI
                July 13, 2018 at 2:31 pm

                Most of the spiders in my area (and that make it into my house) are daddy long legs. I just pick them up by a leg and put them outside.

            • njm
              July 13, 2018 at 1:49 pm

              That’s what I do with spiders, unless it’s on me and I have a knee-jerk reaction.

        • bfitzinAR
          July 13, 2018 at 9:31 am

          {{{Diana}}} – I was with you til you got to snakes which give me the collywobbles (to put it mildly). LOL. Which I know is dumb. The symbolic stuff I’m fine with – “be ye wise as serpents” is in a lot of Traditions, including the Xtian one for those who’ve actually read the bible – but seeing even a picture of an actual snake, much less a real one, and I’m fighting a 100% physical panic reaction. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • July 13, 2018 at 7:08 am

      Three cheers for the surgery, Dee! Using eye drops is beyond tedious, but you have to with laser surgery.

      You’re on the way! Healing vibes coming to you.

      • Denise Velez
        July 13, 2018 at 8:32 am

        Thanks Sis – I already take 3 other drops – several times a day – I had to set up alarms on my phone to remind me – when to take what :)

    • bfitzinAR
      July 13, 2018 at 9:40 am

      {{{Denise}}} – so glad your surgery went well. Holding the Good Thought for your next one as well. Good luck with the drops.

      Glad Puerto Rico is getting at least some coverage – the video of the guy harassing the woman wearing the Puerto Rico shirt going viral may possibly have helped with that. (Goddess the racists totally blow off everything they supposedly stand for so they can harass POC. Free country, right? She can wear what she damn-well pleases in a free country. Doesn’t matter if she’s a citizen. And the Flag Code says you are NOT supposed to wear the U.S. flag as clothing or use it as decoration.) Anyway, you keep getting the word out, I’ll keep boosting the signal to my followers. Puerto Rico will survive and ultimately thrive. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  17. JanF
    July 13, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 73 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 88 – heat index of 108. Thunderstorms will rumble through this afternoon but it won’t cool things off much.

    When I got back online yesterday, the Strzok hearing was in full swing and Twitter was awash in video clips. It was good to see him hold up the mirror to House Republicans and deliver a forceful defense of Mueller’s work but it ripped the scabs off the wounds that the FBI and Comey inflicted on our democracy. One of the bonuses of taking back the House will be to shut down these “investigations” – the theatre of the truly absurd – that are not only a waste of time but dangerous. Those people should not wield any power.

    Republicans supporting Trump now support the dissolution of NATO and our meddling in the elections of foreign governments – May was a fool to cuddle up to Trump and I hope the Queen finds a “conflict on her social calendar” that will keep her from offering tea to the orange vomit sack who wants to destroy her country. The uncivil deserve no civility.

    Headline scan: “Trump is a bully. Kavanaugh will stand up to him.” As bubbanomics would say HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    See all y’all later!

  18. July 13, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Good Friday the 13th, Moosekind! It’s a pretty nice Freya’s Day here in Ashburn, with a haze of cloud veiling the blue and weak sunlight. It’s 65 F. right now, going up to all the 8s later, no rain expected.

    Even the Washington Poop carried a story this morning about Puerto Rico and the pitiful FEMA response! Thanks for finally noticing, you dingbats. Now, how about some stories about being persecuted or murdered while alive and black? You know, the police go on and on doing it. Do they not watch the news or read newspoopers and say to themselves, “Gee, perhaps I’d better stop imagining guns everywhere I look. Perhaps I oughtta get my eyes checked so I’ll recognize a cell phone when I see one.”

    All right, rant over. Cannot resist telling a cute story about Miss Pink Cheeks. The other night she and Grandpa went to dinner by themselves, Grandma opting to stay home with her cold. While they were waiting to be called to dinner, Miss Pink Cheeks was reading The Moon Over Crete (a children’s book I adore). A couple passed by, then the lady came back and said, “How old are you?” Miss PC replied, “Nine.” “Oh,” said the old lady, “my granddaughter is eleven and she never reads! How nice to see you reading a book!”

    We recounted this story to our son and DIL when we took Miss PC home yesterday. DIL replied that Miss PC had scored 550 in math and reading on a test during the past school year. A grade of 400 is considered “passing.” We’re very proud of our little girl!

    Not sure I’ll feel up to attending the Writers’ Group meeting this afternoon, but we’ll see. Hope it’s a good day for all at the Pond and beyond!

    • anotherdemocrat
      July 13, 2018 at 9:14 am

      <3 that reading story!

  19. anotherdemocrat
    July 13, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Hot, humid morning — have I said that before? Allergies are really bad, and I slept badly again. But the people are out protesting against Trump’s visit to England, so that’s great. Today’s song is Steve Earle’s The Revolution Starts Now. The last verse has always had me tearing up: “Last night I had a dream, that the world had turned around. All our hopes had come to be, and the people gathered ’round. They all brought what they could bring, and nobody went without. I learned a song to sing – the revolution starts…. NOW”

  20. bfitzinAR
    July 13, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Happy Friday 13th! Seems to be 80 inside and out so I need to close up the house as soon as I finish checking in. Humidity is 93% which means I’m already getting sticky. Today may possibly be the day I finally turn on the A/C. Got 18 KWHs yesterday, the m-t-d is 193.5 – should this keep up I not only won’t make 500, I’ll be lucky to make 450 for the month. sigh. My son’s surgery went well and he was home by noon. He says now comes the hard part – healing. Which is of course true, if only for the time it takes. Very glad Denise’s surgery went well – and hoping the healing is short and thorough.

    Goddess alone knows how we will repair the damage this administration is doing – or prevent it from happening again – but we must so we will. My focus is Puerto Rico, Flint when I can find something to RT, & the stolen kids. Voting of course underlies getting anything done about anything. There are many things I’m interested in but don’t focus on for my personal health and sanity. But I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and hope for the best.

    Need to close up the house and call the Blood Center. My face is still red, swollen, itchy and crusty with some weeping so I don’t know if they’ll take my blood – and I’d really rather find out before I drive up there. If I could find someone I could stand to live with, I’d “rent” out a room with the rent being doing the yard work (& vacuuming/mopping the floors once a week). Oh well. This too is life. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

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