Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: June 23rd through June 29th

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 (usually Saturday night with a Sunday date). 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 Tuesday Meese

    68 here in Saugerties NY going up to 83 with thunderstorms

    Puerto Rico

  2. Yesterday we had a record low high yesterday. I think it got up to 80. We had rain in the morning & clouds all day — it looked like November at 5pm yesterday at 3 o’clock when I looked out the window. It was wonderful to almost feel chilly. Brought the workout gear today, I’m definitely going to the gym after work.

  3. Good morning, Meesefolk; 64 when I got up with a sunny high of 82 today. Despite the wind picking up suddenly and clouds scudding across the sky, we did not get any rain last night. I would have liked some to soak in my planting, but I’ll just have to go out and do it myself this morning. There’s the distinct possibility that we won’t have rain again for at least a week; after what seemed like non-stop rain, this is actually disconcerting. On the other hand, having no rain since last week means I have now seen two more fields that have been plowed and planted. I’m not sure what was planted, but for farmers who are just growing corn for their livestock, there’s still time for it to mature before a freeze. The farm stand/grocery store corn is probably a bust for this year though. It occurs to me that my street cred as a total city girl is at risk with all of these farm updates; it may be time to acknowledge that after almost 30 years of living in the sticks, I’ve absorbed a bit more country girl than I care to admit.

    Time for me to head back in to the garden; I’m working this weekend, so I have to take advantage of whatever time I have. Good day to and for all!

  4. It was just over 60 at dawn in Fay., AR – 64 now and heading for mid 80s. It was also foggy at dawn but the fog’s burned off and it’s sunny at the moment. We’ve got rain chance but it’s under 25% so I’m going to go ahead and do my laundry today. Probably put it on in 45 minutes to an hour so it will be ready to hang out about the time the dew is off the grass. Yesterday morning I actually contemplated turning on the furnace for a bit. I didn’t of course. Just wrapped myself in a light blanket until lunch time when the sun finally came out. We got 18 KWHs bringing the m-t-d to 417. We’ve got similar rain chances for the rest of the week/month so there’s a decent chance of reaching 500 – not so much for our best of 568 or even last year’s 550 but still over 500.

    Evil Ones being evil. For now groups like @Raices are those kids’ best hope. If I were sure about any others I’d be posting them too but I do know @Raices is solid. They shouldn’t need to be. These kids shouldn’t be in our custody in the first place. They should be with their parents. But anybody, especially kids, in our custody should be treated like human beings. Safe, secure, sanitary surroundings. Edible food and potable water. Evil people planned this, set it up, are carrying it out. They are accursed by their own actions. Meanwhile the rest of us need to keep tabs as best as possible on these kids and help them whenever and wherever and however we can. Onward Together has an ActBlue donation site for 11 helping groups – the donation is split evenly between them (https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kids-and-families-border?refcode=20190624_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=onward&utm_content=3+-+Donate&utm_campaign=20190624_fr_full&source=20190624_fr_full) & I’ll see if I can push that one out as well.

    I’m gonna visit some other posts and internet stuff before I start my laundry. And get coffee. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Good morning, 56 and sunny in Bellingham. The weather forecast for the week keeps changing, so I hope Saturday will really be “mostly sunny.” Ava and I had fun doing party errands yesterday. She’s nearly 12 yrs old now and wants to learn what we know, including how to iron. She’s been watching, so I answered her questions, showed her what my hands automatically do, and then she took over and ironed pillow cases while I rested. A very nice moment :)

    I’ve got a list of life and party tasks to tend to today, so ready or not I’d best get busy. Best wishes to all.

  6. I had to leave work early. After making it all last week without having to, I thought it was behind me. Had hot herbal tea with honey, and hot & sour soup for dinner along with my corn & bean thing. Throat isn’t sore, just…..tired, and really hoarse. I called the nurse line that my insurance has, and she said I should call my doctor tomorrow. I’m trying to talk myself into not going to work in the morning. Doc is north of me, so driving downtown then back north to the doc’s office seems wasteful.

  7. Good evening, Meese, WHAT a day I’ve had! When I woke up this morning the raindrops on the windows told me that rain must have happened during the night. On questioning Dearly Beloved, he said we’d had a thunderstorm with a lot of rain and lightning at 2 or 3 in the morning. I slept through it all.

    Prepared three different breakfasts this morning because Miss PC was with us, prepared her lunch to take to Art Camp, and interviewed a long-time resident for the quarterly paper. This won’t come out until the fall, so I have plenty of time to write it.

    During lunch we received a call from the Art Camp people saying Miss PC wasn’t feeling well, so poor Grandpa had to head back to Reston to pick her up. Once here, she promptly took a nap. She still has the cough, but her temperature is almost normal. I just gave her a shower, so now she’s nearly ready for bed.

    Tomorrow we have to leave here at 7 a.m. to get her home before 8; take the dog to day care, and then proceed to Ikea, which is miles and miles and miles away. We desperately need another cupboard. At the moment our excess crockery sits out on the kitchen countertops, which makes our place look very messy.

    I probably won’t have time to check in until evening tomorrow. Of course, at 9 p.m. I’ll be walking across the parking lot to the Debate Watch Party in another building. The Republicans here have nothing that’s equivalent to the Progressives’ Club. The guy that organized the Conservative Caucus, as it was called, has jossed it and no one else has stepped up to lead. The Republicans therefore are pretty much rudderless.

    I am so sickened by the concentration camps that I can hardly type this. If ONLY something bad would happen to that orange bastard! He gets away with EVERYTHING! It makes me wish there really were a hell so he could go there. He could hobnob with Pol Pot, Hitler, Idi Amin, and Ghengis Khan.

    Well, it’s time to get ready for bed, so will close. Oh, BTW, it was fair and hot today but with low humidity. I washed the eiderdown and put it to dry on the screened porch, thereby saving a little electricity.

    Wishing a good morrow to all at the Pond!

  8. Good morning, meeses! Wednesday …

    It is 66 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 82 degrees. Sunny skies.

    Just a quick check in on a too-busy day. I am not sure I will watch the debates but I will probably read about them. Share lots of opinions!

    See all y’all later!

  9. Wednesday Meese. 66 going up to 87 here in Saugerties NY

    Puerto Rico

  10. Stayed home from work, doctor’s office opens at 9. Voice is, of course, almost normal after hours of rest. Stephanie Ruhle is having a very long interview with Mayor Pete. I’m seeing more candidates talking about helping the countries the people are fleeing from, which is great.

    • AD, of course your voice is back…it wasn’t the rest, it was the pending visit to the doctor! Or am I the only one with that sort of “luck”? Keep feeling better, and I hope the doctor visit is routine and uneventful.

    • {{{anotherdemocrat}}} – you’re probably at the doctor’s office by now but Good Thoughts and Healing Energy. I hope the medical personage can figure out why this won’t go away – and how to help it. moar {{{HUGS}}}

      • My appointment was at 11:15. It could be a virus, but without any fever, it’s just hard to tell — but if so, it’ll run it’s course in a few days. So he gave me a note to stay home the rest of the week. Hot herbal tea with honey, and tylenol to reduce the inflammation (even though there’s no fever & no sore throat pain, the vocal chords are inflamed & swollen)

  11. Good morning, Meesefolk; 64 when I got up this morning with a sunny high of 82. It rained NW of me last night, but we didn’t get a drop. My friends who live near Lansing are all still bitching and moaning about the weather; I’ve decided it’s probably best to just keep my mouth shut.

    I had to get up bright and early to get my car into the shop near work. It sounds like a combination of a tank and an airplane taking off, so I’m assuming part or all of my exhaust system needs to be replaced. I am not happy about what will likely be a very expensive repair on a car I’m dumping in six months (after this repair, probably more like seven months since I’ll need more time to save). But I also have no desire to go deaf while my car breaks sound limits everywhere, so there were no other options. In what can only be viewed as a cruel irony, as I was driving in to the shop, I saw a car for sale by owner of the make/model that I hope to get. I pulled over to check it out, but it’s a 2013 with 104,000 miles. The price is reasonable (well within KBB ranges), but if I’m going to buy used, I really don’t want to start out with mileage that high. I’ll talk to Hubby about it tonight, but I think he’ll probably agree with my gut on this one.

    I don’t know if I’ll be watching the debates tonight or not. I’m thinking about it, but it just feels so darn early. Have we always had debates 1.5 years before an election? Or is this a function of having such a large field? I’ll probably end up putting them on in the background, but I have a bunch of chores I want to get done, so sitting and watching closely is probably not in the cards.

    Good day to and for all!

    • {{{DoReMI}}} – just over 100K is good or bad basically depending on the make/model of the car. If it’s a Subaru Outback not a problem – Subaru’s easily get 300K. If it’s a Chevy or really any American car, don’t touch it.

      And no, we’ve never had debates 1.5 years out. Prior to W being installed in the WH when we went to 24/7 presidential campaigning nobody even declared until the year of the election. (Gore declared in January 2000 and that was considered pushing it.) The owners of the MSM and their political arm the R Party have been pushing us towards the “unitary executive” (i.e. dictator) for decades now. It’s why so many youngsters think the president is responsible for everything – good or bad – and that by electing or impeaching a given president they can/will get what they want. Meanwhile underneath the hoopla and ever-lengthening presidential campaigns the fascists are taking the Courts and the states. And going back to overt genocide. (What’s happening to the refugees at the border is almost exactly what was done to the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole et al once they’d reached “Indian Territory” at the end of the Trail of Tears. They were “concentrated” without sufficient food, potable water, or sanitary facilities for several months. 10% died on the Trail. According to some estimates another 10% died while waiting to be relocated to their assigned lands.) So not a function of a larger field. A function of the fascists saying “Squirrel” to the nation while they move us ever closer to a despotic/oligarchical society.

      • Hubby is going to go look at the car tomorrow (assuming it’s still there), but I’m not jumping into anything. It’s a Kia Soul, so not American, but not high-end either. But we’ve had such good luck with Kia that it’s at least worth a look. On the other hand, the shop just called me about my car, and because they know I’m intending to dump my 2006 Kia soon, they advised against replacing the whole exhaust system. They’re going to cut out the part of the exhaust pipe that rotted out and are going to weld in a new section. So instead of costing me between $800-$1000 for a whole new exhaust system, they’re charging me a grand total of $58.30 (tax included). That buys me time, and keeps me on track for an early 2020 replacement. Also, I love my shop guys…tomorrow morning, I’m going to stop in my village pie shop and buy a pie to take to them. The pie will cost close to a third of my repair bill, but it’s worth it.

  12. It was 68 at dawn in Fay., AR and hazy. The haze has burned off and it’s sunny at the moment. Temps are already in the mid 70s heading for upper 80s and I’ve closed up the house. That is one of the nice things about being home. I can manage household temps & comfort the old-fashioned way – opening and closing windows and curtains as appropriate. LOL. So far so good on keeping the A/C off this way. Not much I can do about overnights in the 80s and highs in the triple digits – it’s either suffer the heat or suffer the A/C – but we’re not there yet. We got 20 KWHs yesterday and with this morning’s driblet we’re at 439.5 – so still very possible to get to 500 and even maybe to 540. We shall see what we shall see.

    I keep thinking about calling my senators and rep’s offices – then not because I can’t think of anything to say. “Stop being evil” isn’t going to get anywhere. I just got Boozman’s monthly eletter bragging about how he & McConnell are teaming up to get poor kids fed in the summer – and carefully not mentioning that they’re also re-defining nutritional food to be those snack packs FEMA handed out to folks in Puerto Rico. Fruit, fruit-flavored candy – same thing, right? Bastids. That’s the kind of smarmy evil I’ve got “representing” me. They support everything I’ve called and written them to oppose over the years. At this point a call or letter from me just makes them think they’re doing it right. Evil, evil men – supporting/supported by evil, evil people. My best to get/keep them out of office has not been good enough. I’ll keep doing it – but I’m sending more of my money to candidates with better chances – we’ve got to get the Senate and keep the House if we are to stop this evil. Also sending money to NGOs who can help now. And praying. A lot.

    Had to do a mid-week catfood run – I thought I had enough to last until Saturday but I still don’t have a feel for how much 5 cats eat. I’ll visit the Market and do my own food shopping on Saturday. Now for coffee and the internets. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  13. Good morning, 60 and mostly sunny outside my window today. The weather widjet says “partly cloudy” but the sun is shinning on my old maple trees. Ava was here again yesterday for more party prep, so the barbecue area is really clean, the moss and PNW grunge is scrubbed off the front porch steps, the cedar needles and dead ivy leaves are gone from the back steps, the weeds growing between the patio pavers are pulled, spider nests and bird poop are gone from the patio furniture, etc. We were all weary but still smiling at the end of the day. Thanks Ava!

    We have an unexpected complication to resolve today however. A swarm of bees has settled into one of the trees by the veggie garden. I called a bee keeper yesterday and sent him a video. They may go away on their own, but if not I hope he can find them a new home before Saturday.

    More party prep today, focusing on flowers. I have the greens clipped and ready and today I’ll pick up the flowers and get them cleaned, clipped and into cold water so I can make the arrangements tomorrow. Fortunately my flower shop sells me bulk flowers when I need them, but the work of getting them party ready happens here.

    When Ron was still working as a Dean at WWU we hosted large college parties here so we know what to do, but we were younger then! We’re both really tired this morning.

    Best wishes to all on this sunny/cloudy day.

  14. Good morning, meeses! Thursday …

    It is 61 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 88 – heat index of 104! Sunny skies are in the forecast with a line of storms moving through this evening. I hope it cools things down!!

    I have not looked at the news yet and will wait for DoReMI to tell me about the debates. :) Thank you for posting those diaries here – they are very helpful. I will probably watch tonight’s debate because I want to see how Biden handles Bernie. But then again, I may not because life is short and it will likely cause me anxiety. I have my candidate.

    This morning the census case and the gerrymandering cases will be announced by the Supreme Court. They are important because they give John Roberts a chance for a do-over after his hacking up of the Voting Rights Act back in 2013. Will he take it? We shall soon find out.

    I will catch up on comments later – I have some early morning server projectgs hat need to be done before people start work.

    See all y’all later!

  15. Good Thor’s Day morning, Moosekind! It’s going to be another hot, beautiful day. Right now in Ashburn the temperature is 64 F., going up to 88 F. It’ll be hotter than that, really.

    Watched the debates last night but was so weary from the “night from hell” on Tuesday night that I was the first one to leave the Watch Party at 10:45 p.m. Ha, ha, I think everyone else was waiting for someone to be the first to wimp out, because after I stood up and thanked the hostess, everyone else got up too.

    Thought Castro broke out, Booker did surprisingly well, Warren came across as sincere, Klobuchar did well (when she was allowed to speak), and de Blasio and Ryan won the “most obnoxious” prize. Delaney looked weird, Beto seemed ill at ease, and Inslee came off as an entitled white guy.

    Have another hugely busy day coming up and I have to leave here at 9 to pick up Miss Pink Cheeks to take her to camp. Must visit the laundromat in Reston because our winter bedspread is too big for our machine here, then there’s Biography Book Club from 1:30 to 3:30, followed by rushing home to work on my Kamala diary for tomorrow, followed by dinner and going to the second night of the debate watch party. So that’s going to be my day.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  16. Thursday Meese 73 going up to 90 here!

    Fell asleep when the debate started. Hubby watched. He said Castro stole the show.

  17. Well, last night did nothing to change my top 3: Harris, Warren, Castro. Throat feels better — a full day of not talking definitely helps with the tired feeling. Couple of test words sound normal-ish. Today, I’m going to the gym. There’s no reason not to, I’m not sick.

  18. It was 67 at dawn, low 70s now, heading for 90 officially which will put the heat index into triple digits. I’ll need to close up the house soon to keep the coolth in. We shall see what we shall see about turning on the A/C. It was not exactly cloudy yesterday afternoon but hazy enough we only got 19 KWHs yesterday bringing the m-t-d to 457. Whether or not we manage to get into the 500s over the next 4 production days is another thing we shall see what we shall see about.

    I didn’t watch the debates – won’t watch tonight either although “my” candidate is on the slate – and only know what I’ve read here at the moment. I’m glad Castro broke out. He’s not my number one for president – but he’s definitely my number one for veep! 😁😁😁 And he’d make a good president – he definitely did the right stuff when he was over Housing and as mayor of San Antonio. Electing our candidate – primary and general – is very important. But the hope is a long way out and there’s a lot of work between here and there. As we Meese know, and apparently very few others, we’d dang-well better get the whole of Congress while we’re at it. That hope is also a long way out and gonna take a lot of work. While we’re doing that work to make that hope reality we also need to be doing what we can with NGOs to prevent the obvious genocide the Rs are doing – especially the kids (& their families) in the concentration camps and the folks in Puerto Rico & USVI. These folks aren’t the only targets by any means but they’re the most vulnerable. If impeachment happens – & I pray goddess no Articles of Impeachment get handed off to the Senate until after the election – well, twitler is most certainly a crook and most certainly should be indicted and tried. But we can’t remove him from office and even if we could it would not stop the concentration camps or any of the other racist and xenophobic attacks. This is how the Rs got into power. This is what they were elected to do. These are the “values” and the “interests” of their base. Changing the titular head isn’t going to change that. So. We do what we can with groups like @Raices and @supportkind – and hope the Courts stay with us on this.

    And give ourselves little treats occasionally to keep our spirits up enough to keep on keepin’ on. My friend and I went out for “dinner” – split a plate of Nachos and she had a Margarita with it – last night. We haven’t done that for years and it was very pleasant. Welp, soon is here and I need to close up the house. Glad I made some cold-press coffee because I need the caffeine but it’s getting a bit sticky for hot stuff. Bright the day Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

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