Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Oct. 14th through Oct. 20th

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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  109 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Oct. 14th through Oct. 20th

  1. JanF
    October 13, 2018 at 8:41 pm

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

    Morning low of 43 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 48. Cloudy skies are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. Denise Velez
    October 14, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Sunday Meese

    37 degrees here in Saugerties NY going up to 60.

    Loved this Sista:)

    Puerto Rico

    Shades of Puerto Rico

  3. DoReMI
    October 14, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Good morning, Meesefolk; currently 34 with a high of 37 in Duluth. Whoever came up with the concept of vacations is an unheralded genius; I’m sore and tired from the amount of walking (yesterday we added in climbing and scrambling), and I can’t wait to do more today. I’ve realized I am well and truly a Great Lakes person. I spent an hour on the shores of Superior yesterday just watching the waves, just like I did as a child when I lived on the shores of Lake Erie…or on the shores of Michigan when I lived near Chicago. Time to get ready for today’s adventures; good day to and for all!

    • basket
      October 14, 2018 at 9:05 am

      checks to see that DoReMI isn’t an icicle brrrr!

      • DoReMI
        October 14, 2018 at 9:35 am

        With the right layers, it’s perfect walking weather. Chilly enough to keep from sweating, but warm enough to be outside without shivering. The only thing I would change is adding more sun; it’s been overcast the whole time with only momentary glimpses of the sun.

        • bfitzinAR
          October 14, 2018 at 12:19 pm

          Glad you are having such a good vacation and visit. Lapping waves along the shores of large bodies of water are always calming. Hope you get some sun before it’s time to leave. 💖🤗

    • Mvgal92691
      October 15, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      I loved the pictures you shared on twitter. Gorgeous!

    • Mvgal92691
      October 15, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      I saw your pictures on twitter. Beautiful.

  4. basket
    October 14, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Good morning meese. 57 with projected high of 84. Will be having brunch with some friends whom I don’t see very often in San Francisco this morning, so I need to wake up in a bit to start the two hour drive there.

    • bfitzinAR
      October 14, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Drive carefully and have fun. 💝🤗🤗🤗

  5. Denise Velez
    October 14, 2018 at 9:08 am

    I will probably catch a bunch of negative feedback for this – but felt it needed to be said

    • anotherdemocrat
      October 14, 2018 at 10:13 am

      rec’d & shared — I hadn’t seen, or had forgotten about, the thing about not voting; that’s really disappointing

  6. anotherdemocrat
    October 14, 2018 at 9:40 am

    One more warm day — sandals to church this morning — then a cold front. They say our highs will be in the 50s the next 2 days. We haven’t had lows in the 50s since maybe March. My neighbor couldn’t do the home repair last Sunday, going to try again today. She has the stuff to put on the ceiling before the paint, and the white paint; and she’s tall enough to reach the ceiling. She’s going to change the light bulb, too. The last time I changed it, years ago, I used my little step ladder to get where I could stand on the table. I’m afraid to try that any more. I bought super-long life bulbs, supposed to not need this again for 5 years. I don’t use the dining room a lot, but it’s nice to have a light. Here is Hozier doing Take Me To Church at ACL Fest last week. Just amazing.

  7. princesspat
    October 14, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Good morning, 42 and sunny in Bellingham. I think I have a Christmas sewing plan so I’m going to find the fabrics I know are in my stash and get started today. Table linens are easy to sew and my family enjoys setting a nice table so I’ll make a set of napkins and table cloths for each of them. Might even include a runner or two. My fabric stash will be reduced and it’s easier to just go downstairs and sew than it is to go shopping.

    Best Sunday wishes to all.

  8. bfitzinAR
    October 14, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    55 might make it to upper 60s, maybe, 100% humidity and overcast. Got 3 KWHs yesterday and the m-t-d is 124. At this time of year it would take something approaching a miracle to catch up to the 300 goal for the month but…we shall see what we shall see.

    A friend came over for coffee just as I was starting my Sunday morning routine – I got Denise’s tweets out but haven’t been over to DK and don’t have time now before I head for Dem HQ. I’ll visit & RT this evening when I get back. Doing what I can in every direction. Wishing I could do more – be it on financial, physical, or emotional levels. A lot of folks have “heart wounds” – many of them still bleeding. They’ll always be painful but if they could be healed enough to stop bleeding so some scar tissue could form, they wouldn’t be as triggering or debilitating. That’s the level that is so hard to heal and yet needs it so much. And why when I Channel Healing Energy I say “shaped to the need” – whatever the need is, that’s not necessary for me to know (although sometimes I can’t help it), but I can always send unformed Energy to Heal it. Gotta go. Healing Energy to everybody shaped to the need. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  9. anotherdemocrat
    October 14, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    I did another lip sync video for the AIDS Walk. Yes, it’s to a U2 song.

  10. JanF
    October 15, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 34 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 41. Sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I stayed mostly offline yesterday and a quick glance at the news this morning suggests that I would be wise to do the same today. The headlines are about a 60 Minutes interview where the idiot in the White House stomped his feet and sounded even more dotardish than normal. It just rips the scab off the unhealed wounds from the 2016 election and, really, our emotions should be directed towards the 2018 election – the vote on November 6th and then the seating of the 116th Congress in January. I can’t take any pleasure from seeing the damage being done to the presidency as an institution after the Obama years repaired the damage done by the last Republican who cheated to gain the presidency. This really is a cycle we need to break.

    See all y’all later!

  11. Denise Velez
    October 15, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Monday Meese

    44 degrees here in NY’s Catskills. Going up to 63 with rain.

    Sitting here with crutches next to my chair. Had to go to Emergency Medical on Sunday – because my German Shep – in an over enthusiastic race to get out the door, knocked me down and I banged my knee up pretty badly. After x-rays – relieved to find that nothing was broken, just bad swelling and bruising. Couldn’t walk un-aided.

    Just when I think the NYTimes can’t get worse they do:

    Outraged responses abound (20K atm).

    • October 15, 2018 at 7:54 am

      Oh, Sis, sorry about the crutches! What a thing to happen, as if you haven’t been through enough already this year. :(

      Will join bfitz in sending you love and healing energy. I visualize healing energy as a spiral of white mist enfolding the affected area of the body. It’s like a bandage: when you don’t need it any more, it vanishes into the air.

      Hope you’ll feel better soon.

    • anotherdemocrat
      October 15, 2018 at 8:05 am

      so sorry about the knee – glad nothing’s broken! sending healing thoughts your way

    • bfitzinAR
      October 15, 2018 at 9:30 am

      {{{Denise}}} – Healing Energy (alternating warm and cool compresses might help) – Golden Light of Healing surrounding, finding, shaping itself to the need. Hope your German Shepherd calms down a bit so it doesn’t happen again. Moar Healing Energy, moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • princesspat
      October 15, 2018 at 9:39 am

      So sorry Dee. Working knees are important so I hope your’s heals asap!

    • Mvgal92691
      October 15, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Here’s hoping you only have to use the crutches for a couple of weeks. {{{HUGS}}}

  12. anotherdemocrat
    October 15, 2018 at 7:56 am

    O. M. G. Yesterday it was 90 degrees & I was wearing shorts & sandals. This morning, it’s 48 — forty freaking eight!!! I wore a long sleeve shirt & a sweatshirt. I brought a hat & gloves for this evening because it’s going to get colder as the day goes on. Oh — and rain. This is madness.

    Uneventful weekend. Neighbor was a no-show yesterday. But I got lunch for the week — or maybe 2 — made, a couple of day’s worth of apples sliced, drizzled with lemon juice & container-ized, same for some avocado chunks to put on top of my lunch. And tea for the week.

    So, youtube has been suggesting Head Full Of Dreams to me & I’ve been ignoring it. What a mistake. If you need a song to lift you up, give you shivers & happy tears, this is it. It opens with a speech from the Great Dictator, and goes up from there.

  13. October 15, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Good Moon Day morning, Meese! It feels weird to be back in cold, rainy, dark Northern Virginia after spending last week in warm, sunny London! On Saturday, when we left, it was 25 C.! (Around 77 F., if memory serves.)

    Right now the sky is lightening because it’s full day at 7:55 a.m., but it’s still raining. I actually don’t mind this kind of weather: it makes me think of vegetable soup in the crockpot, warm gingerbread with lemon or orange icing, hot cider with a cinnamon stick, and things of that nature.

    Miss Pink Cheeks had the time of her life in London! We went to the Tower, skipping the Crown Jewels in favor of the torture place (ugh), saw four of the seven ravens, gawked at the beefeaters in full costume, and generally enjoyed ourselves. I kept looking for Tower Green, where Anne Boleyn was beheaded, but it wasn’t labeled. I later discovered that the wooden structure, which I took to be the replica of a scaffold, was placed on that patch of grass.

    Anyway, the weather was so warm and sunny that Miss Pink Cheeks and I never needed the warm rain jackets Grandpa bought for us at Marks & Sparks. We couldn’t go to Windsor Castle to see Queen Mary’s doll house because of The Wedding. There were no trains for commoners on Thursday or Friday, worse luck.

    But enough of that. One more boring remark: despite the massive amounts of walking we did—one always does walk a lot in London—yrs truly discovered that no weight was lost at all! Of course, partaking largely of the huge English breakfast buffet provided by the hotel may have had something to do with that. After breakfast we didn’t need any food until dinner time.

    So here we are on Monday morning to be greeted by the Washington Poop with a big story on how Elizabeth Warren supposedly is building an organization to run for Prez in 2020? Oh, please. Is there anyone who isn’t running? Uncle Joe, Aunt Elizabeth, Michael “Tough Guy” Avenatti, possibly Bloomberg, Saint Bernard, and Goddess knows who else. Also, the right-leaning Post thinks there really isn’t going to be such a big blue wave after all because the Rethugs are so delirious about Kavanope getting on the Court. Really?

    Goddess save us from all this and also from polls. Remember how the polls said Hillary was going to… Oh, never mind. Anyway, I’ve a big political week coming up. Today Senator Kaine is going to speak here at the Home for the Aged, tomorrow The Woman Comstock is coming (I shan’t bother to go, I despise her so much), and on Friday an old friend of mine will speak at the Progressives’ Luncheon. Jennifer Boysko and I go back to Howard Dean days, and I volunteered at her campaign office her first time out. She won the second time she ran and has been a real firecracker ever since in the legislature in Richmond! If Jennifer Wexton wins over Comstock, as we hope, Jennifer Boysko may be nominated in a firehouse primary for Wexton’s seat in the Virginia Senate. This is very exciting for us Progressives, because Boysko is a staunch Democrat.

    Sorry to rattle on so much, but I am very happy to be back at the Pond with all of you! Hope everyone will have a good day. Try not to watch the news. ;)

    • anotherdemocrat
      October 15, 2018 at 8:23 am

      I’m so glad you had such a good trip! Sounds wonderful!

    • bfitzinAR
      October 15, 2018 at 9:32 am

      {{{Diana}}} – welcome home! Glad you had such a good time. Have fun with your political events. Definitely don’t watch the news. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • princesspat
      October 15, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Hi Diana, so nice to read your words this morning. I had forgotten your grand daughter was going with you. So many memories to share!

    • Mvgal92691
      October 15, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Sounds like you had a good trip. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

    • JanF
      October 16, 2018 at 7:25 am

      Glad to see you back!!

  14. DoReMI
    October 15, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Good morning, Meesefolk; 30 right now with an expected high of 37 in Duluth, 39 in Minneapolis, and 50 in Detroit…all places I’m going to be by tonight. I got up especially early so I could take a quiet walk along the lake, but when I got outside and saw the dusting of snow on the ground, I decided it made more sense to wait until the sun was fully up so I could see just how slick the (rocky) beach is. Even the Duluthians working at the hotel are grumbling a bit about the weather; not their first dusting of the season, but still too early according to them. I’m not sure of our plans for the day…last night we were so tired, we decided to leave itinerary planning for today. But tonight is the flight home and then easing my way back into real life. Good day to and for all…

    • bfitzinAR
      October 15, 2018 at 9:38 am

      Wrap up warm before doing anything. (& yes, I know you’re probably already gone.) Sounds like you’ve had a lovely vacation with your friends. Safe travels home. {{{HUGS}}}

  15. bfitzinAR
    October 15, 2018 at 9:56 am

    35 but “feels like” 24, 100% humidity, and might go up to 46. Maybe. This is the coldest projected for the week – upper 50s/lower 60s are on the rest of the 10-day schedule. Dodged the bullet on frosts, too – lows are in the mid and upper 30s on that same 10-day. Got 7.7 KWHs yesterday which at least is more than I use in a day. The m-t-d is 130, would need to be 140 or so to be on track for the goal of 300, but the month isn’t over yet. We shall see what we shall see.

    Except for boosting signals for Denise, Aji, various Meeses and a few others I’m staying away from even Twitter. Activities at Dem HQ are ramping up. Makes my staffing of the office feel more worthwhile. I’m freeing more able-bodied folks to do the canvassing and other stuff and that’s a good thing. On the not-political front I’m also working part days this week – the “new guy” is gone as of the end of today and they need someone to cover the phones and stuff while various meetings and trainings are taking the senior staff out of the office. They’re searching for a new junior staff person already so my back at work is very temporary. I’ll be very surprised if I’m still doing it by Thanksgiving. But some birthdays and holidays are coming up it will be nice to have the extra money for. & if I can, I’ll set some aside for a trip of some kind next year. Healing Energy to everybody shaped to the need. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  16. princesspat
    October 15, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Good morning, 38 and still dark in Bellingham. I’m going go to the pool earlier today with the hope that being there when the first class ends will be a quieter and less crowded time. Just walking in the warm water was best for me at the old pool so I hope I can find a way to do that again.

    I found a few of the fabrics I was looking for yesterday, and got my plan on paper so now I can pre wash for the items that will be laundered and then cut and sew. Working with what I have will be my creative challenge, and sticking with my plan will be my discipline challenge! One idea does lead to another with me :)

    Best Monday wishes to all.

  17. Mvgal92691
    October 15, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    It’s a blustery 72 degrees here in Costa Mesa. The skies may be clear but the Santa Ana winds are 25-35 mph with gusts that can double that speed. They’re called Santa Anas because the winds from the desert (think Palm Springs) then roar down canyons like Santa Ana canyon into coastal Southern California. Everything is flying around, leaves, trash, small branches, etc. My asthma has gone on red alert! It’s a day for the emergency inhaler. Did manage to an hour’s worth of canvasing yesterday. I ran out of flyers so I had to quit. Will be picking up more flyers this evening.

    • bfitzinAR
      October 16, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Take care of yourself first, please. If the weather is putting your asthma on red alert, hand the canvassing off to somebody else and see what you can do indoors. (& thank you so much for doing the canvassing in the first place.) Healing Energy and {{{HUGS}}}

      • Mvgal92691
        October 16, 2018 at 5:38 pm

        The Santa Ana winds started Monday. I was canvassing on Sunday. But I am trying to baby my sinuses at the moment.

  18. JanF
    October 16, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 37 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 52. Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast.

    I wish that people considering 2020 runs would not distract the news cycle until after the midterms. Does anyone really care that Elizabeth Warren took a DNA test and does it need to grab a half dozen headlines? I understand it is “fun” because it allows people to poke at tRump for another of his stupid remarks. In 23 days, they can do whatever they want – first we need our firewall because if we don’t put that in place, it won’t matter who is running in 2020, there may not be a country left to run!!

    Busy day here – see all y’all later!

  19. anotherdemocrat
    October 16, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Terrible flooding near Austin — there won’t be any in the city because of the highland lake chain, but the Llano River is expected to crest at the 2nd highest ever — not seen since 1935. They’re saying mobile homes will be washed away, and the roads out of the are are already impassible. Lake Travis has risen 4 feet since midnight. And it’s still raining. There’ve been lots of jokes about the temperatures: “went from 90 to 45 like it saw a state trooper”, and the rain hasn’t been hard, just continuous. Like, continuous. Anyway, I see Trump is collaborating with the Saudis on their excuse for murdering Mr. Khashoggi. Why doesn’t he just say he’s ok with people who murder journalists? He actually has already, with his praise of Duterte (the Philippines guy) and Putin. Saying it a third time can’t be that big a deal. I’m gonna post Head Full Of Dreams again, because I need the uplifting. I was talking about this video last night & she said she watches it when she needs reminding about goodness in the world.

    • JanF
      October 16, 2018 at 8:08 am

      Trump’s businesses are entangled with the Saudis and it would not be surprising to find out that he owes them millions – maybe billions – of dollars. He will not go after them and the cowardly Republican Senators won’t either. Some businesses and organizations are backing out of the Saudi “Davos in the Desert” event later this month but watch for them to change their mind once they find plausible deniability in the “Khashoggi tripped and fell on a bone saw and dismembered himself!” theory. I don’t have much confidence that dollars won’t override any sense of decency they are showing now.

    • anotherdemocrat
      October 16, 2018 at 10:44 am

      really terrifying & sad flooding:

  20. Denise Velez
    October 16, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Tuesday Meese.
    43 going up to 58 here in NYS.

    Remembering 50 years ago.

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