Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Nov. 18th through Nov. 24th

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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  108 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Nov. 18th through Nov. 24th

  1. princesspat
    November 22, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Good morning, 48 and cloudy in Bellingham. I’m enjoying some quiet time now, but a busy day of family and cooking is ahead. Despite my best efforts life keeps interfering so I’ve got more to do today than I hoped. Oh well, such is life!

    Happy T Day to all.

  2. November 22, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Meese! Overcast here in Ashburn at a quarter past 1 p.m. As usual when Miss Pink Cheeks is visiting I’ve had a lot to do. After breakfast I had to wash her hair. I still have to style it, which will be a huge nuisance (I’m not talented at that).

    Anyway, we’ve had breakfast and lunch and I’ve just taken the apple pie out of the oven. I could have bought one (and may do so in the future), but I find most commercial apple pies too sweet. And they’re flat. And no one bothers to glaze the crust the way my mother taught me to do. Just to be cute, I carved the “pi” symbol into the crust: I used to carve a huge “R” for our last name, but we don’t have our own backyard apples any more.

    Anyway, we’ll leave here at 3 after barricading the dog in the kitchen with his bed, food and water, and a kong, and roll off merrily to Elder Son’s house.

    Dearly Beloved’s shoulder has been bothering him terribly, to the point where he went to the doctor yesterday. Apparently there’s nothing the doctor can do. Hubby is taking strong Tylenol, and using a heating pad along with lots of rest.

    Wishing all a good day with family and friends!

  3. JanF
    November 23, 2018 at 5:06 am

    Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 30 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 46. Sunny this morning and then light rain this afternoon into the evening.

    I will never understand why the military likes Republicans – they are terrible on the VA, terrible on the social safety net that so many veterans need, and they are used as political props. How can anyone feel proud of a commander in chief who calls troops and uses that call to give thanks to himself and campaign for his re-election? I guess they are like the rural white people who are losing their jobs and their farms because of the trade wars and happy to do it – white trumps everything, even self-respect. It is encouraging that Secretary of Defense Mattis understands what the Posse Comitatas law means but frightening that in the White House there are advisors who feel there are no constitutional limits on the powers of the president. Their party controls Congress and the Supreme Court so I guess that is true. Nixon was just unlucky because he did not have a Republican Congress or the Keggernaugh court to rule in his favor.

    I got myself sidetracked to a research project that I am going to need to do before I can implement a new feature for a client so my quiet time is not being very productive. No one is going to be working today at that client’s site so I am going to set it aside to get accounting work done. Next week is the last week of November and month ends are hard deadlines.

    See all y’all later!

  4. Denise Velez
    November 23, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Friday Meese. Brrrrr it is 8 degrees here in Saugerties NY. Going up to 30. I have water dripping in each sink to help prevent pipe freeze :(

    The stupid of Trump knows no bounds.

    Puerto Rico

    • JanF
      November 23, 2018 at 6:26 am

      Trump has no idea what closing the U.S. – Mexico border would do because he is ignorant and because he is stubborn in his belief that he does not need to be educated about anything. It is a dangerous combination.

  5. November 23, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Good morning, Moosekind! Although last night was so clear that we could see the almost-full moon, this morning is overcast. We’re expecting rain all day tomorrow. Currently the temperature is 28 F., going up to 37 F. It seems I’ll be visiting my friend 30 miles away today, although I hate to leave my husband. He is feeling miserable with the shoulder pain, treating it with Advil, the heating pad, and rest.

    We had a wonderful time with the family yesterday, although by the time we arrived home I was too tired to write. Had a dreadful night, too, awakening at three and unable to get back to sleep. Lots of caffeine today! Hope I can write tonight, I am so very behind.

    Wishing a good day to all!

  6. bfitzinAR
    November 23, 2018 at 9:06 am

    47 windchill 39 and overcast. We got 7 KWHs yesterday and the 133 m-t-d is on track for 180 – but considering the forecast (cloudy with rain midday) the likelihood of staying so is slim. Holding the Good Thought. I got 2/3s of the wood I’ve already paid for Wednesday night and I’m expecting half of the wood ordered but pay on delivery in about an hour. Which is why I’m here and not at the oil change place (with the lovely name of “Grease Pig”) right now. Oil change place and the shoe repair place are only a few blocks apart and I’d planned to drop the car off, walk down to the shoe repair place and drop off a pair of shoes that will probably last through one more set of heel taps, then go back and get the car. If I get there early enough to be first in line that actually works out. 😁 As it is, once the wood has been delivered, stacked, and paid for I’ll head over to the Credit Union to get my monthly cash (Social Security hit Wednesday and paycheck hits today) and then do some minor grocery shopping I didn’t want to battle the crowds over on the day before Thanksgiving. Holding the Good Thought for folks I know who need help (& folks I don’t for that matter but there’s more power when there’s a connection). Healing Energy to everybody shaped to the need. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  7. anotherdemocrat
    November 23, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Slept in, doing laundry & watching the news. Hearing that the Talking Cheeto wants to “completely close” the border. I hope my fellow Texans who voted for & still support him feel just great about that after the Texas economy craters if he does that.

    Here have a happy INXS song Shine Like It Does & a pretty video with flowers

  8. princesspat
    November 23, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Good morning, 45 and raining in Bellingham. It’s quiet and calm here this morning, a contrast to yesterday’s full T Day house. My BIL is flying home today but my sister will be here until mid Dec. She’ll divide her time between house and pet sitting for an old friend and staying with us. My daughter and her family stayed with our son last night but will be here soon to collect their T Day share of leftovers. I’ve got some clean up to do and then the goal is to do nothing for the rest of the day!

    Best wishes to all.

  9. DoReMI
    November 23, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Good morning, Meesefolk; 23 when I got up and headed for a high of 39; it’s a virtual heat wave! It’s supposed to be even warmer tomorrow, but there’s a 90% chance of rain…but tomorrow’s our holiday meal, so our house will be nice and toasty.

    I wasn’t paying much attention to the news yesterday, but I did notice that the Current Occupant did his usual “me, me, me” schtick when making calls to overseas military members. I will be forever grateful for the life we had while The Hubby was active duty, but I’m also glad he retired in 1996. When he was in, the folks we hung out with did not fit the current stereotype of military=conservative, and I have to wonder if 9/11 brought in an influx of those inclined to be conservative. Or maybe our social groups were just a matter of self-selection. I’ll never know, but if Donnie Duncecap keeps it up, his support within the ranks will keep declining, and that’s a long overdue shift.

  10. Denise Velez
    November 24, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Saturday Meese
    We have a heat wave – it is 23 degrees instead of 8 like yesterday :)

    This is pretty interesting – we won’t be hostages to Iowa and New Hampshire


    • JanF
      November 24, 2018 at 7:20 am

      I have that article about early voting up in a tab but have not read it yet. I love that the photo on the top of the article is President Harris!

      I hate hate hate that we are held hostage to Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the whitest states in the country and which are bellwethers of nothing. We have to cater to them because they are also two of the most easily butthurt states; we need Iowa’s electoral votes and their Senate seat in 2020 and in New Hampshire their out-of-step Republican governor is up for re-election again. Anything we can do to limit their power to choose the next president will be good.

  11. JanF
    November 24, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Good morning, meeses! Saturday, I think …

    It is 41 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 43. Showers this morning, mostly cloudy this afternoon and then batten down the hatches for a snowy day expected Sunday – just in time to make life unpleasant for returning Thanksgiving travelers. I have to travel but can delay the trip until Monday morning when I hope the roads will have been cleared.

    The climate report landed and I am glad it got more than a passing reference – “oh, look we are all going to die a slow miserable death, did you hear that Donald Trump said something rude about Mnuchin?” It is good timing in that Democrats have the opportunity to make this a signature issue when we regain power in January – we have the chance to set the tone for the rest of the century. I am unlikely to personally experience the last half of the 2000s but my daughter and her contemporaries will. In the late 60s early 70s, a lot of engaged young people were pro-environment and laws were passed cleaning up and protecting our natural resources. This time around, the job will be more difficult because the destroyers are an entire political party which holds complete power in two branches of government. We need to big picture for everyone how Democratic policies – and an administration to implement them – can make changes to put a stop to the damage being done.

    The Weekly Democratic Party address is by the Senate side this week and because they are essentially useless there is no transcript – all I know is that it is by Mark Warner, one of the least inspiring people in Congress. There was no Nancy Pelosi presser because of the holiday and only a few meta press releases from her this week related to proposed House rules changes. This will require me to dig a little deeper to find something inspiring for the Fighting Back post. It will have to wait until I finish a too-long-delayed accounting project.

    See all y’all later!

  12. November 24, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Good morning, Moosekind! Gray and misty here in Ashburn this morning. Whatever freezing rain we’re supposed to get hasn’t started yet. Anyway, it’s warmer than yesterday, with a current reading of 34 F., going up to 45 F. today.

    Visited my friend in Greenspring yesterday and was shocked at how frail she was. She has osteoporosis anyway, and the ‘flu and subsequent pneumonia that felled her in January didn’t do her any good. She has to use breathing apparatus three times a day and oxygen at night. She couldn’t even go out to dinner on Thanksgiving with friends because the intense cold makes it difficult for her to breathe. OMG, she’s only 82!

    Dearly Beloved continues to have issues with his shoulder but is responding to rest, Tylenol, and the heating pad. Oh, and just to make everything merrier, I’ve got pinkeye or something! Well, I know exactly what to do do about that, no need to bug the doctor.

    Have not had the time or energy to write for three days but have promised myself a writing day today. Whatever else gets done or doesn’t get done, I’m going to write. The other night we waited one hour to be seated for dinner, which annoyed us so much we haven’t dined at the restaurants here since Wednesday.

    Hoping everyone will have a restful Saturday after all the holiday prep!

    • JanF
      November 24, 2018 at 8:17 am

      Good luck with writing! The most difficult part of writing is getting started and it sounds like you have a lot of distractions – may your muse overcome them!!

    • bfitzinAR
      November 24, 2018 at 8:45 am

      {{{Diana}}} – Healing Energy to your household – & holding the Good Thought you get some writing time in today. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  13. bfitzinAR
    November 24, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Depending on the weather widget I look at, it’s either 35 or 42 w/ windchill of 35 here in Fayetteville, AR. The sun is shining which is good. Only got 2 KWHs yesterday which of course means we’re back to not on track for 180 for the month. My “dashboard” has decided to malfunction – it’s showing 2 different totals for m-t-d, some 6 KWHs apart. Which is totally irritating. SolarEdge probably did a program update overnight that didn’t update what they thought it would. sigh. Oh well. Definitely a first world problem as long as the actual generation is correct.

    I’d love to see the primary system overhauled. Starting with IA and NH – very small, very white states – has been a problem for a long time. About the only good thing I can think about it is it keeps the MSM relatively harmlessly occupied (relatively) and brings some revenue into those small states. Not as much revenue as on might assume – most of it is media buys that enrich the already filthy rich and definitely not local owners of the MSM. I’m not entirely sure what would be the best way to overhaul it though. And I’m much more concerned with getting rid of voter suppression than about who’s on first (what’s on 2nd, I don’t know – 3rd base) as far as the primaries are concerned. Which of course means I think they should all be primaries – no caucuses.

    It’s starting to look like there won’t be a “decorate the tree at grandma’s” this year. Definitely my younger son’s family isn’t coming up from Austin and now I’m having trouble tracking down my eldest grandson and his family. My older son when he was here on Thanksgiving said that it’ll have to be later than usual if we do manage to do it. He’s working until 4 and grandson #2 is working until 5 on the only Sunday that looks possible. Which is sad making but not entirely unexpected. I knew we were on borrowed time once grandson #1 hit 18. If last year was it, well, I had a 14-year run and that’s not too bad for a family as disjointed as mine. I’ll probably get a small tree anyway – all the ornaments are memories, so I will spend an afternoon hanging memories on an evergreen tree.

    I’m debating with myself on starting a fire this morning. Yes, I’m chilly but it’s supposed to go up to 68 today. Even I don’t need a fire when it’s almost 70. 😁 I’m making stock at the moment – I hadn’t realized how low I’d gotten and I’m making 2 batches of soup either today or tomorrow. I’ve enough turkey leftovers (from what my friend brought me) to add protein to both the Mexican rice refried black bean soup and the Turkey vegetable soup which will give me lunches and dinners next week on what is possibly my last week back at work. They’re interviewing the “short list” Monday & Tuesday so a decision should be coming soon. Aside from worrying about folks, some of whom have been radio silent for a couple of days, that’s pretty much it for right now. Healing Energy to everybody shaped to the need. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  14. anotherdemocrat
    November 24, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Yesterday, I took out the trash & recycling, did a load of dishes & laundry — the first night with freshly washed sheets makes me wonder why I don’t do laundry every day. Watching the news, might go to the farmer’s market — there’s a guy with chocolates that are just so great, and another with mushrooms… Definitely going to the grocery store. INXS again today: Mystify

  15. basket
    November 24, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Good morning meese, 55 with a high of 61 and cloudy. Just checking in briefly after a couple of worried emails yesterday from someone, although I’m not yet ready to share more.

    • November 24, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Good to hear from you, basket!

    • bfitzinAR
      November 24, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you. {{{basket}}} – Healing Energy.

  16. princesspat
    November 24, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Good morning, 44 and cloudy in Bellingham. RonK is organizing a visit to the family land trust project this morning. So far he and Ava have been the active stewards. I may go too, but tending to my TMJ joint is my main focus. I still can’t open my mouth wide enough to get a night guard made so the Advil, ice, heat, no chewing and trying to stay less stressed routine is my new normal. T Day was a bit of a set back, but not as much as I feared it would be.

    Best wishes to all.

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