Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Aug. 5th through Aug. 11th

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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  107 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Aug. 5th through Aug. 11th

  1. princesspat
    August 7, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Good morning, 61 and sunny in Bellingham. Life gets busier for me today. I have a PT appointment this morning and Ryan comes via Amtrak this evening.

    But the big commitment is caring for my friends dog who needed emergency surgery yesterday. They are leaving for a long planned whole family vacation today. Maxi (the dog) is a standard poodle and the dreaded stomach twisting bloat happened. He’s still at the vet clinic but should be released later today. Our son will help me and Ryan is very good with dogs so we should be able to keep him safe and as comfortable as possible.

    Take care everyone.

    • DoReMI
      August 7, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Prayers for Maxi! I lost my deerhound to bloat and almost lost my St. Bernard. The very fact that Maxi has survived the surgery is very good news indeed.

  2. JanF
    August 7, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    I hoped this would have a transcript I could steal but it did not! I have a rough transcript from the closed caption on CSPAN that I need to spend about 45 minutes manually transforming. I will put it in a post with the video when I get it done, probably this weekend.

  3. JanF
    August 8, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 61 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 81. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I went looking for results in KS03 and news reports suggest that it is too close to call. Fingers crossed that the votes not in yet are all for Sharice Davids as she is behind right now.

    I did not even know about this race but it is amazing and inspiring:

    Wesley Bell has unseated longtime St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. McCulloch, trailing by 10 points with 90 percent of precincts reporting, conceded shortly before 11 p.m.

    Bell, a Ferguson City Councilman, ran on a criminal-justice reform platform, which includes devoting resources for treating addiction and mental health, ending mass incarceration and focusing on serious crimes. […]

    McCulloch has been St. Louis County’s top prosecutor since 1991 and has rarely been challenged at the ballot box. In 2014, he ran unopposed.

    He was criticized by Bell and others for how he handled the grand jury investigation into former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown in August 2014. Protests and unrest occurred right after the shooting and the decision to not indict Wilson.

    Republicans did not field a candidate in Tuesday’s primary, meaning Bell is essentially assured to be the next St. Louis County Prosecutor.

    I remember how everyone felt when they realized that McCulloch ran not only as a Democrat but unchallenged! The power of the ballot – vote in the change you want.

    Yay Michigan! Whitmer defeats the berner.

    Yay Missouri! Knock me over with a feather that Missourians don’t want to destroy unions.

    See all y’all later!

  4. August 8, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Good morning, Moosekind! Fair and partly cloudy this Woden’s Day. Every afternoon the clouds boil up and we have a thunderstorm. Today will be no exception. Currently it’s 66 F. in Ashburn, going up to 89 F.

    Hoping to get an early start today as I have to make a long drive to see my friend at a retirement community in Springfield. It will be an exhausting visit because she talks nonstop. She talks past lunchtime, past coffee time, past my departure time. I’m already exhausted from trying to keep up with OH-12 last night. I don’t know why, because the two candidates involved will fight it out all over again five months from now!

    In other news, Stinkilla Flat is still a wreck. Tomorrow I’ll buy an electric broom. The dog got hold of a cardboard box of teabags yesterday, savagely ripped the box open, and started gnawing on one of the bags. Hubby had to spray carpet cleaner on the resulting stain in the hope of removing it.

    My husband predicted that no one would attend our little soirée yesterday in the game room down the hall. Rubbish! At least half the building was there, bearing wine and snacks. One person even brought sushi. There were fruit, raw vegetables, tiny cheese pizzas, sausage rolls, and all sorts of other things. We were too stuffed to go to dinner. Thank Goddess, the first floor of our building doesn’t have to organize another party until January!

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond.

    • JanF
      August 8, 2018 at 8:00 am

      Glad to hear that your party went well!

      Yes, OH-12 will be another “moral victory” if we come up short – that district is R+12 and has been Republican for 30 years. Apparently the provisional ballots will need to be verified and counted but there is little evidence that they will give our guy a bunch of votes. I was a little peeved at Twitter for claiming that the Green vote is by rights ours and that they “screwed up” this election. Polls showed that Greens were drawing from both candidates equally and I don’t think that Greens naturally align with Democrats – they hate both parties, just like berners! The bigger reason was low turnout in our strongholds. Unless we get our asses to the polls, we will be letting the 28% choose our Congress just like they chose the president.

      • JanF
        August 8, 2018 at 8:38 am


  5. anotherdemocrat
    August 8, 2018 at 7:55 am

    I actually managed to sleep till 5 this morning. WooHoo. So no 20 minute walk this morning. Even with 45 more minutes of sleep than yesterday, I still feel really sleepy. So, super close election last night — did anyone we like win anywhere?

    Today is Edge’s birthday, so I’m posting the U2 song with one of my favorite guitar parts, Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses. It’s just gorgeous.

  6. basket
    August 8, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Good morning meese. We have wifi!!!! So that means bfitz can check on her PV system and provide updates on how many kWh have been generated, what the m-t-d is, and whether she can reach her goal of 500 kWh. It certainly has been very sunny (and humid) here in FL. Current temperature is about 77 with humidity of 96% and predicted high of 92. I’m thinking we might take it a bit easier/low-key today (perhaps no parks).

  7. bfitzinAR
    August 8, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Hot and humid here in FL – the house is over air-conditioned, as usual, but it is more comfortable than being out in the stickiness. Mostly. I’ve actually re-acclimated better than I thought I would – I guess I still have body memory of growing up in Houston. LOL. Although I’ve been offline my PV system hasn’t been – I’m currently at 124 KWHs for the month which won’t quite make 500 unless it catches up a bit.

    Doing the happy dance for @sharicedavids and @gretchenwhitman – W00t!!! We still have November to get through but we’re on our way. Need to catch up on a lot of stuff having been offline for 3 days. Need to take a break so not entirely sure what I’m doing today besides catching up 😁😁😁 Healing Energy to everybody. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

    • basket
      August 8, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Yes, second Sharice Davids and Gretchen Whitmer!

  8. JanF
    August 8, 2018 at 10:56 am


  9. princesspat
    August 8, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Good morning, 65 and sunny in Bellingham. My friend decided she needed to stay home and care for her dog because he is just barely eating, has 7 meds to manage, and needs the comfort of home and the person he knows best. I’m sorry for her change of vacation plans but very relieved re the responsibility of caring for such a sick dog.

    Our grand son arrived via Amtrac last night so today we’ll start refinishing the 6 chairs that go with my old family dining room table. So many memories to share!

    Good election news from Wa State…….

    GOP tsunami sirens should be sounding as the blue wave arrives

    The other remarkable thing about the big blue wave? The leading Democratic vote-getter in every race I’ve mentioned above, including all four Republican-held congressional district races, is a woman.

    If the 2016 election was the year the white man roared, then the sound of Election 2018 is shaping up to be more like a chorus of women.

    Maybe a full-on opera before this is done.

    • DoReMI
      August 8, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      I’m relieved for you and Maxi too. Recuperating from bloat is arduous; when my St. Bernard was recovering, I put an old mattress on the floor and slept right next to him, because I was so freaked out at how close we came to losing him. I suspect your friend will have no regrets, despite the disrupted vacation.

  10. DoReMI
    August 8, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Somehow it got to be afternoon, but I guess it’s a good thing when I’m so busy at work that the time flies by. Thoroughly geeked by last night’s MI results, and I’m not above enjoying some schadenfreude over the whiney Berners who were so convinced El-Sayed had it in the bag. El-Sayed is extremely impressive in person, but he proved to me throughout the campaign that he wasn’t ready for prime time. I hope he tries for a “smaller” office in the future and gains some experience to build on. I will say that he was unequivocal in calling for his supporters to help Whitmer get elected, which was a pleasant surprise. I hoped for that, but his campaign got nasty enough that I wasn’t sure it would happen.

    So November voting is looking like this for me: Governor-female D; SoS-female D; AG-female D; state house rep-female D; state senator-female D; US House rep-female D; Senator-female D; township trustee-female D. I don’t get to any males until county exec (a guy I’ll vote for while holding my nose) and county clerk (a guy the county exec tried to sabotage). Thanks, Hillary!

    • JanF
      August 8, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      Whitmer: “Go ahead and gavel me” – great stuff.

  11. Denise Velez
    August 9, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Thursday Meese
    70 going up to 87 here in Saugerties. Horrid thunderstorms and flash flooding here last night.

    My Dkos diary from yesterday

  12. August 9, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Good morning, Moosekind. It’s a fairish morning in Ashburn with partly cloudy skies. Currently it’s 71 F., going up to 86 F. We saw plenty of clouds yesterday but the expected thunderstorm never materialized. That’s okay, we can get on with scraping the mildew off ourselves.

    Have promised myself a day of housework—ugh! Haven’t had to do any in years, so moving here has been a major shock. (First-world problem.) Anyway, the family are coming for tea and birthday cake on Sunday, so must do the best I can to clean up Stinkilla Flat.

    Hope I can stay off the Internets today, there’s so much to do! Wishing all a good day.

  13. JanF
    August 9, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 72 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 82. Chance of storms this afternoon.

    Busy morning so I am late to arrive and won’t be able to visit long. I am still reading – and enjoying – the 2018 year of the woman stories with the record number of women gubernatorial and House candidates as well as the Senate races in Arizona and Nevada, our two pickup chances. We can’t let down, we can’t believe any polls that say it is safe to stay home – we can’t let the bad guys win this time!

    See all y’all later!

  14. anotherdemocrat
    August 9, 2018 at 7:53 am

    I put in to take next week off from work. No plans, just sleeping in & walking before it’s too hot. I’m tired, and doing nothing sounds great to me. Will also give the IT people a chance to “upgrade” my computer to Windows 10. Great. Wish they’d stop fixing things that aren’t broken. Today’s song is American Soul. I chose the performance from the Apollo because I love the backdrop. B-man needs to lose the megaphone, though. Going to do a lip sync video this evening to Bowie’s Heroes. Some friends were talking about him the other day & it reminded me I have as AIDS Walk shirt from a year when “heroes” was the theme.

    • JanF
      August 9, 2018 at 8:16 am

      I think you will find Windows 10 a good upgrade. The problem with Windows 7 now is that it is so patched that it is getting very difficult to keep it running. I still use Windows 7 for my main computer but I am getting more and more comfortable with the look and feel of Windows 10, especially after I tailor it to “work like I do.” Just be glad they skipped Windows 8 (and its embarrassing quick fix, Windows 8.1).

      • anotherdemocrat
        August 9, 2018 at 8:55 am

        We have Office 365, which they just upgraded us to recently – maybe a year? And it isn’t fantastic, but neither is it broken.
        I downloaded 10 on my home laptop when Microsoft was going all “free upgrade”. I know it’s there on the hard drive, but I never got it to…. do it’s thing. ‘Puter works fine with 7, so I’m ignoring it.

      • August 9, 2018 at 9:13 am

        It was Windows 8 that drove me to buy a MacBook Air. I loved Windows 7.

        Mac software is loathsome and nonfunctional compared to Microsoft Office.

        • JanF
          August 10, 2018 at 4:43 am

          They will probably never admit it under oath but I suspect that Microsoft purposefully hobbles Office for Mac to make it less attractive than running Office on a Windows computer. The look and feel of Office did not migrate to their Mac version.

  15. basket
    August 9, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Good morning meese. It’s 74 currently in Kissimmee with 97% humidity and projected high of 91. Today is bfitz’s last full day at Disney World, so I’ve planned some non-scary, gentle rides for both of us while everyone else does the big drops, with some possible mini-golf in the evening. I think she’ll enjoy what I’ve planned. :)

    • August 9, 2018 at 9:14 am

      You are such a considerate travel companion, basket! You two will have an excellent time.

    • Denise Velez
      August 9, 2018 at 10:40 am

      Ha. Don’t blame her for not liking scary rides.

  16. bfitzinAR
    August 9, 2018 at 8:20 am

    basket gave the weather report for here. (And yes, I’m sure I’ll enjoy the day he’s planned.) Back in Fayetteville apparently it’s been overcast lately. Only 9 KWHs the last 2 days, the m-t-d is 133 KWHs so there will have to be some catching up if it’s to make 500 by the end of the month. I feel better for the rest yesterday. Also for the wins that hit my TL yesterday. No we aren’t out of the woods yet. We’re not even on the path to get out of the woods. But we have candidates who will get us to that path. Our duty is to elect them. With firm purpose and love (agape) in our hearts, some joy in mutual support, we will do our duty. Healing Energy to everybody. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  17. princesspat
    August 9, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Good morning, 72 and sunny in Bellingham. RonK is at the gym, Ryan is still sleeping, and I’m slowly waking up…….lazy left coast time!

    I’m really enjoying being with my grand kids this summer, but they are growing up. Emma has her drivers license now! We’re meeting at a pizza restaurant for dinner this and then see Christopher Robin and Emma will drive herself and Ava. How can that be :)

    “….. director Marc Forster (“Finding Neverland,” “The Kite Runner”) makes “Christopher Robin” more than an exercise in nostalgia. It’s both an enchanting technical achievement (after this, kids may well be eyeing their stuffed animals quite differently, waiting to catch them in motion), and a reminder of the value of having a place to visit —whether real or imaginary — where we can be ourselves, without fear or worry, letting the world fall away. “

  18. anotherdemocrat
    August 9, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    so, here’s my video, not one of my favorites, there’s too much non-singing for it to be a good lip synch song:


  19. JanF
    August 10, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 63 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 81. Mostly sunny skies and muggy.

    There is still a lot of election related news – OH 12 has not been called and won’t be until next week when provisional and absentee ballots are counted. It will be interesting to see how those split. Someone pointed out that in November, another 7,000 kids will have turned 18 and their votes could tip the election rematch. I wonder if they will care enough to vote. The Kansas Republican gubernatorial race is getting tighter and will likely require a recount. The longer it drags on, the better it is for our candidate since she can run on her vision and against the Republican Party, without caring who her opponent is. In KS03, the word of the day is unity with rallies and hatchet burying – we can win that race!

    A federal judge ordered a plane to be turned around when he discovered that the government had deported the plaintiff in a case being tried despite his order that the deportation be delayed and the assurances that the family would not be deported. The plane was not turned around but landed and then returned the family to the United States. What happens when the DOJ decides to ignore a court order? This time they blinked – what if next time they say “you are not the boss of me”? I am not sure I want to live in that country.

    See all y’all later!

    • August 10, 2018 at 8:19 am

      What happens when the DOJ decides to ignore a court order? This time they blinked – what if next time they say “you are not the boss of me”? I am not sure I want to live in that country.

      Ye gods, nor do I. Glad I’m old!

  20. Denise Velez
    August 10, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Friday Meese

    63 here in Saugerties NY going up to 83 with rain.

    I am getting more and more disgusted with media sheeple. They take an unverified story and just run with it. Now it is the “complete power is restored to PR” story – which is a lie.

    Meanwhile – Rep. Velazquez continues to tweet about legislation – which I hope if we can take back the Congress will see the light of day

    The whole death toll question is now glomming onto the new number – which though I think it way low – at least it is in the news for a hot minute

    On another note – Ocasio-Cortez fever continues (shudder) Some idjits are even making remarks touting her to replace Pelosi – or run her for POTUS. The insanity of the so-called “left” is mind-numbing

    • August 10, 2018 at 8:22 am

      Sis, the media are too lazy to do any real reporting.

      As for replacing Pelosi, a seasoned veteran who knows how to get things done, with O-C, whose chief asset appears to be running her mouth, that would be a disaster of near-Titanic proportions.

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