Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Sept. 9th through Sept. 15th

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

    Morning low of 52 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 68. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Sunday Meese
    Fall weather today here in the Catskills.
    52 going up to 64. Then by Tuesday we are back up to mid 80s

    Will be talking about Hurricane Irma today on Dkos.

    • Bobby tweeted last night about Isaac looks to be heading into the Caribbean – and expected to be a hurricane by the time it does. Seriously holding the Good Thought for him, Puerto Rico, and everybody down there that it goes around everything and just peters out. If it’s got to made landfall somewhere that it do it on the mainland.

  3. 60% and 100% humidity. It might or might not make it out of the 60s today. Mebbe, mebbe not more rain but definitely clouds. Got just under 5 KWHs yesterday (m-t-d is 102.9) which is not as much as I use in a day. 😢 Holding the Good Thought for at least 6 today. Just checking in before getting out the dreaded vacuum cleaner – I hate the noise as much as the cats do and my hands are already aching so holding the blasted thing tightly enough to not drop it is gonna hurt. Oh well. Did my baking yesterday – apple cinnamon muffins now the Jonathans are in – and will put off laundry until tomorrow. The overnight low is supposed to be in the mid-50s so if it’s cloudy/drizzly like this morning it will also be cool enough I can light a fire and dry them in the house.

    Yesterday at Dem HQ was busy enough to keep me mostly offline. We’ll see how today goes. I notice a couple of diary/story/posts that weren’t there yesterday morning (or at least I didn’t notice them if they were) that I can read there if things are as quiet as they were last week. I’ll get over to DK for Denise’s diary when I can. It may not be until I get home tonight though. We shall see what we shall see in this as in everything else. Healing Energy to everybody, shaped to the need. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  4. We are getting some lovely rain, and much cooler temps — only in the 80s! Slept in, going to cook this afternoon. Watching the news about the Serena Williams thing — and that wasn’t the only sexist thing at the Open. Male players have said far worse things to umpires, and I’ve never heard of someone having a game awarded to the opponent. And with that. I give you once again Nina Cried Power.

  5. Good rainy weekend morning, Meese! One can’t really call it “Sun-day” as rain is bucketing down and has been since I arose shortly after 7 a.m. The porch plants are so ecstatic they’re preening themselves in their pots: even the mint, which looked terribly sad yesterday, has perked up. Currently it’s 55 F. in Ashburn, going up to 64 F., with rain expected all day and thunderstorms are forecast for the rest of the week.

    Somehow I managed to get through yesterday without causing, or being the victim of, a motor accident. My friend at Greenspring, who was 81 yesterday, was happy to receive the bouquet of flowers and the present, a “cosy” murder mystery written by Elizabeth Cunningham, one of my fave authors. We had a delightful lunch at La Madeleine, a restaurant we both adore—I’ll take fake French over fake Irish any day! We then went back to her flat at Greenspring and had a nice chat.

    By the time I arrived home I was too exhausted to prepare (I hesitate to use the work “cook”) dinner, so Dearly Beloved went down the hall to enjoy his meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and carrot cake at the 1912 Restaurant. Last night I enjoyed 9 hours of sleep! True, I had to take an Estrella to make sure of that, but sleep I did, awakening only when the butler brought in the early morning tea. He reported that he too saw the rabbit bolting away when he took the dog out for a business meeting at oh-dark-thirty this morning.

    Enough about that. Today is a day when I’m grateful to be here, as I need not step outside into the rain to go anywhere. One can travel down “bridge” corridors between buildings if one needs to. It seems like a good day to stay in and STARE.

    Hope all at the Pond will stay dry and enjoy the day.

  6. Good morning meese. It’s 60 degrees here currently, with 68% humidity and a projected high of 93 / low of 56. Trying to take it easy this Sunday (last day of a 3-day weekend) and get things done around the house. Having a purring kitty helps too. :)

  7. Good morning, 59 and raining in Bellingham. RonK is at the gym and Paul Simon is singing to me. A very quiet morning, but that’s ok. I don’t have plans for my day so I’ll see what happens!

    Best Sunday wishes to all.

  8. Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 48 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 72. Sunny skies are in the forecast. This is perfect weather, by the way, cool nights suitable for sleeping with the windows open and comfortable days where the air conditioning is not needed.

    I was doing on-site project work yesterday and “missed” all the news and have no regrets! I did see a delightful headline “‘Scott Walker fatigue’ haunts Republicans” and put that story in a tab to read later. I suspect that “Scott Walker fatigue” has to do with unmitigated aholes running once-great states into the ground to impress donors. We have a very good chance of sending Walker packing.

    See all y’all later!

  9. Walked this morning — 1.08 miles & didn’t run, just wasn’t feeling it. But it’s better than nothing. I wonder what new craziness the week will bring. Here, listen to Nina Cried Power, maybe it’ll help you like it does me.

  10. and LMM with a morning blessing:

  11. Monday Meese
    Brrrrr. I just plugged in my portable heater – it is 53 here and raining.
    I shouldn’t complain – at least my roof doesn’t leak

  12. Good morning, Moosekind! Another drippy morning in Ashburn, with high temperatures in the 80s forecast for the week. Right now it’s 58 F., going up to 78 F. under cloudy skies. It was sprinkling when I took the dog out at 6:30. We’ll have a chance of rain all this week. September has already exceeded its normal rainfall for our area by 3 inches.

    This week is Ashby Ponds’ 10th anniversary, so there are events from midweek on. Today I think Dearly Beloved and I will concentrate on getting storm supplies in, just in case.

    Feeling weary of the news, think I’ll try to focus on my own life today. Wishing all a good day at the Pond.

  13. Good morning, Meesefolk; 55 now with a high of 63 and rain expected all day. It’s going to be in the 80s later in the week, so we’ve entered the time of the year when summer and fall wrestle for supremacy. My money is on fall. 😊

    This weekend slipped away from me, with very little accomplished. If I wanted to avoid responsibility for that, I would blame Diana, since I downloaded a cozy mystery by Elizabeth Cunningham onto my Nook (Murder at the Rummage Sale). But the fact is I was just plain old tired and decided to cut myself some slack. I suspect it had more to do with all of the wonderful, cool fresh air pouring into my house, coupled with a solid dose of “I don’t wanna” attitude towards household chores. If there were any bombshells in the political world over the weekend, I’ll catch up today.

    • Ha, ha, DoReMI, you’ll be pleased to know the sequel to Murder at the Rummage Sale will be out in January! I can’t wait, I adore all her books. I met her in person once at a weekend seminar she led.

      • I’m mostly pleased that it’s January, not now, or I’d be downloading yet another book and procrastinating again!

  14. Good morning, 54 and partly sunny in Bellingham. Our garden needs the rain but it sure is wet! I was in and out of the garden yesterday and I still feel soggy. My hydrangaes are like a box of crayons, and I can’t resist playing with the colors.

    Time for coffee, then the pool, and then lots of laundry. Best Monday wishes to all.

    • Princesspat, love your description of the hydrangeas as “a box of colors”! Blue hydrangeas will forever remind me of Cornwall. We were there two years ago this month, and I think of it with pleasure still.

  15. Welp, at 63 it’s not as cool as it was supposed to be but it’s just as cloudy and damp so I lit the fire anyway and my laundry is drying in front of it. I do also have the carport door ajar to let some of the heat out though. 😂😂 The cats are delighted to see the hearthrug back. They like winter. Got even less electricity generated yesterday than Saturday, sigh, the m-t-d is 107.6 – we need some sunny days soon to make that over 400 for the month target.

    Yesterday at Dem HQ we got a few people in but it was mostly quiet. Unfortunately I forgot my charger so I wasn’t able stay online. Did manage to read RonK’s post though. 👍👍 The Dem Central Committee’s officers are all new – green as gourds at running anything bigger than a specific candidate’s campaign out of their home. Wonderful people and dealing with a real mess, bless them, but things like “we need an HQ phone” don’t occur to them. Yes, it’s money which is tight. Yes, most folks have cell phones for making calls. But we need an HQ phone for people calling in. The folks who came by yesterday were the involved and determined ones – they actually drove to the office to see if signs were in (they weren’t), check times for a canvassing group, check times and location for a postcard-writing event. Most folks we’d really like to reach aren’t going to do that. They’ll blow it off because they can’t get the information. I’ve made the comment to a couple of the officers. We shall see what we shall see about them getting a phone of some sort soon. Anyway, I’ve some stuff to check online then need to get back to house stuff. Also need coffee. Healing Energy to everybody, shaped to the need. Protective Energy to everyone in the path of a storm. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  16. Good morning, meese! Tuesday …

    It is 52 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 77. Sunny skies are in the forecast. I am waiting for the “mosquitoes go away” part of Fall weather because it makes dog walking a challenge.

    The Senate Assley Committee has scheduled the committee vote on Kavanaugh for September 14th. Apparently the rules say that any member can request a delay to September 20th. The Republicans are determined to get him confirmed for the Fall Session of the court (October 1) so the vote will likely be early that next week. That gives people about 20 days to lobby their Senators to block Kavanaugh – or for something worse (i.e. something even Republicans would find unacceptable) to come out about him. I understand that there is quite a bit of pressure on Susan Collins related to the final vote but she has already signaled that she would not block any Supreme Court nomination from her party’s leader. It’s over – but it is up to us to pitch a fit so that everyone remembers who tried to stop this guy when he takes away their healthcare, their right to choose the size of their family, and who they can marry.

    It sounds like Florence is going to be a nasty one! I hope everyone takes evacuation orders seriously and gets out of harms way. I am willing to bet that when Florence hits South Carolina, Lindsey Grahams’ new BFF will do more than toss paper towels to the people there who lose their homes and electricity and loved ones.

    See all y’all later!

    • Informative diary, Dee (and yes, it’s a diary). I have family in the Triangle area of NC, and they aren’t likely to be exempt from the heavy rains and flooding. Most of them are diehard tRumpsters and feeling that they will be somehow exempt from Florence; the willful stupidity floors me. My [one decent] nephew has at least persuaded my sister to prepare anyway, in spite of her husband’s reluctance. How she and I are related is a mystery…

  17. Good morning meese. 54 with high of 88. I’m up very early because of a 7 am work conference call. Going to catch a few winks first.

  18. Good gray Tuesday morning, Meese! It’s drippy outside again, I can see raindrops clinging to the screens on the porch. The current temp. in Ashburn is 64 F., on its way up to 75 F. It will most likely rain every day this week, especially on Friday and Saturday.

    On this sad anniversary I remember how horrified we all were 17 years ago that such a monstrous thing could happen on such a lovely late-summer morning. It still drives me to shrieking fury that “the prez-dint” at that time started a war against Iraq. Not a single hijacker was from Iraq. Evil Atta was from Egypt, a couple were from the Gulf, and most were Saudis. I’m sorry, but I regard Saudia as a “sh*thole” country, full of woman-haters.

    We never did go out yesterday, as it was so rainy, but we have to force ourselves to do so today. If that hurricane follows the European model, there may be a storm surge along the Potomac. The Navy has sent the ships docked at Norfolk, VA, out to sea. (Wouldn’t that make things worse for them? I dunno, I’m not a Naval expert.) We may lose power, but I’m not sure about that.

    Fear is now out, so I’ve started reading it. It’s a bit anticlimatic, as the juicy bits have already appeared on the intertubes. I’ve ordered We Fed an Island too, but it’s not out yet.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

    • {{{Diana}}} – get what you need to stay safe. As to the Navy ships, they’re a lot safer out in deep water. The storm surge is a shallow water thing – if they stayed in their slots in a bad hurricane they’d take a lot more damage, potentially even being overturned or sunk. Take care of yourself. moar {{{HUGS}}}

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