Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: July 21st through July 27th

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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  93 comments for “Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: July 21st through July 27th

  1. JanF
    July 20, 2019 at 5:28 pm

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

    Morning low of 68 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 79. Light rain is in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!

  2. JanF
    July 20, 2019 at 7:35 pm


    • July 21, 2019 at 10:09 am

      How splendid to have a moose on one’s front lawn!

      Much better than waking up to find a frightened female tiger in bed with one. Didja hear about that? Read it on the BBC site yesterday. There was flooding in part of India so all the animals fled the forest. The tiger took refuge in the nearest house, which was occupied.

      Poor little thing, she was so scared. Some decent people helped to get her out of there and took her to a dry forest so she could feel safe.

  3. Denise Velez
    July 21, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Sunday Meese

    Heat wave continues here in Saugerties, NY

    78 atm- going up to 97

    Puerto Rico

    From one of the women disrespected in the chat tapes

  4. anotherdemocrat
    July 21, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Up & watching the news & Le Tour. Watched the Apollo stuff all day yesterday. Reminded me how it felt to be people who did great things, who had aspirations….. Anyway, today: church (sermon series on musicals continues with today being South Pacific), and this afternoon laundry & tea. Maybe the gym.

  5. Denise Velez
    July 21, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Sunday post up

  6. July 21, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Good hot Sunday morning, Moosekind! At 10:12 a.m. it’s 92 F. in Ashburn, going up to 100 F. today. I spent a little while on the screened porch reading part of the Sunday paper, but am now back inside.

    Worked so frantically yesterday, hiding junk in closets and drawers that I was in the shower when Daughter, Granddaughter, and Grandson arrived. However, we had a grand afternoon tea. I told them that although not everyone rated tea from the silver teapot, they certainly did. They loved the lavender shortbread, so I gave them a packet each when they left. Younger Son and family also visited, but the children were so overcome by shyness they didn’t engage much.

    Having done enough housework yesterday to last the next six weeks, I’m going to take it easy today. However, I do need to trek out to the supermarket to buy the ingredients for tonight’s dinner. I’m making Peach-Blackberry Crisp, which fills the place with heavenly fragrance when baking.

    Haven’t caught up with the news yet—do I want to? Perhaps I’ll just enjoy looking at the basil, lavender, parsley, and mint growing on the back porch. The mint I bought at Wegman’s is loving life out there! I would like to buy a Boston fern today as well.

    Wishing a nice, quiet Sunday to all at the Pond.

    • princesspat
      July 21, 2019 at 11:05 am

      I can smell the cobbler baking Diana! Good to know you are enjoying your porch.

  7. bfitzinAR
    July 21, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Already in the 80s and the house is closed up again – I didn’t open it up until 5 am (then went back to bed for a “cat nap” until the kitties demanded breakfast at their usual time). I will soooo welcome the cool front that’s moving in tomorrow morning. Tomorrow’s forecast high is just under where my thermostat is set. 👍👍👍 And the overnights will be in the low 60s (a couple of high 50s even!) til next Sunday. I’m not sure who will be happiest, me or the cats. At least we’re getting sunshine with all this heat. Yesterday we generated 22 KWHs and the m-t-d is 359 with 11 more production days in the month.

    The less able I am to help my friends financially the more they seem to need the help. Sigh. Bobby’s OK for right now but will need another $800 by 8/15 if he doesn’t find a job – and $400 (just the one time to “pay back” the deposit used for his June rent) if he does. As to the other folks…it just isn’t a possibility for finding a job. They’re all either on Disability or need to be and can’t. So. Prayers and invocations. Virtual candles until it gets cool enough to burn real ones. I’m going to have to cut my giving rather than increase it. And I’m just fighting that, doing everything I can to keep giving as long as I can. The candidates and NGOs will go before my friends do – but actually I’m giving folks I know more than I’m giving any single candidate or NGO so that’s not a field that can glean much. We shall see what we shall see. And pray. A lot.

    I’ve got one more thing to do around the house. Then coffee and Dee’s diary. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  8. princesspat
    July 21, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Good morning, 62 and sunny in Bellingham. About a month ago I started pruning an overgrown salal planting, and to my relief the plants are putting out new growth so now I can continue to thin and cut back the most visible area. Our grand son will be here next week so his work project will be helping me build a path using river rocks, amending the soil with compost, and planting the ferns, evergreen huckleberry, and mahonia I bought at Plantas Nativa yesterday. I want keep some salal growing at about waist high to provide a screen from the street and plant a more interesting mix of plants where we (and my neighbor) will see them.

    I’ll do some more pruning this morning before the day gets warm. A high of 80 is predicted and that’s hot for Bellingham :)

    Best wishes to all.

  9. Denise Velez
    July 22, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Monday Meese. 70 here this morning – looks like the heat wave is broken – we will only go up to 77 with rain here in the Catskills

    National strike today in PR. The mainland media is framing these massive protests around the chat text. This is not an uprising about the chat – it may have been a tipping point – however the demands are for the end of the rule of “La Junta” – the fiscal control board, and to violence – especially against women…and other issues, like Trump, the closing of schools…long list

    • JanF
      July 22, 2019 at 6:45 am

      I think saying “I won’t run for re-election” is not enough. First, that is just words and he can go back on them for any reason. Second, he is morally unacceptable as a leader. I hope they can oust him – resigning a governorship is not unprecedented and if they have a succession plan in place, it is not likely to create any more of a crisis than they have now.

      • Denise Velez
        July 22, 2019 at 6:49 am

        This is the best read so far from Professor Marisol LeBrón

        The combined catastrophes of the island’s debt crisis and Hurricane María have forced Puerto Ricans to endure an onslaught of both symbolic and material violence that must be negotiated on a near daily basis. From a surge in police killings and repression to rampant government corruption to the regular insults emanating from the colonial government, Puerto Ricans are confronted with constant attacks on their communities, bodies, mental health, and very humanity. The leaked chats painfully show how the current political formation in Puerto Rico, and the economic and political elites who sustain it, devalue life and facilitate the premature deaths of Puerto Ricans—particularly those who occupy the most vulnerable positions in society. The rhetoric and attitudes of the governor and his closest allies captured in the chat are ones that promote harm and death in myriad ways, from the outright incitement of violence to the promotion of a neoliberal politics of deadly neglect. This is something that protesters have been clear about since the beginning of the protests, although the mainstream media, and particularly U.S. based outlets, have narrowly framed the story around the governor and his associates’ inappropriate language and conduct. To suggest that thousands upon thousands from across the political spectrum are pouring into the streets with an intensity that has not been seen in years over foul language minimizes the ways that, for Puerto Ricans, these protests are quite literally about life and death.

      • July 23, 2019 at 7:45 am

        He can ask Sarah Palin for advice on resigning the governorship.

        How did Alaska become Republican, anyway? I’m mystified.

        • JanF
          July 23, 2019 at 7:50 am

          “Rugged individualism” except for the part where the government helps 60% of them survive. Did you see that Alaska nuked their university system yesterday? Their new Republican governor, who replace the Independent who leaned left, cut their budget by 41% which will cause the university system to have to lay off over a thousand teachers and cut classes and services by 18%. Most Alaskan students will lose their scholarships and grant money. Who needs a future? Not us, say Alaska’s Republicans!!

      • DoReMI
        July 23, 2019 at 8:27 am

        Last night, Rachel had a clip of Rosselló’s recent interview on Fox. I don’t know whether he thought Fox was friendly territory or if he was just woefully unprepared, but Shep Smith savaged him. It was downright painful to watch…but satisfying too.

  10. JanF
    July 22, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 64 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 75. Sunny skies are in the forecast. This nice weather (with overnight lows in the 50s!) is expected to stick around for a few days. Whew!

    No one is shocked that the party of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Lee Atwater, and George H.W. Bush is racist and plans to win elections by appealing to racism and white nationalism. We have a way to win – get all of our people out to vote, increase the youth vote, continue to increase our numbers among white college-educated voters and shut down talk of third-party candidates. I refuse to believe that we can’t choose the candidate we want rather than sacrifice her on the altar of “electability”. People thought Barack Obama couldn’t win and he won twice – and he wasn’t even running against a literal pile of garbage, just run of the mill Republican destroyers of everything we believe in.

    This week is the Mueller hearing and it appears that House committee chairs are planning to use that as their kick-off off for an impeachment inquiry. That makes sense – hear from the author of the blueprint for impeachment first then begin our inquiry. Perhaps “go slow and do it right” will be rewarded by some cooling down of the impeachment fervor (wishful thinking, I suspect). A well-done inquiry with hearings early next year and articles of impeachment introduced in late summer 2020 – set up so that there is no chance for a Senate trial which will surely acquit him – will be a good campaign ad for why tRump should not be re-elected.

    See all y’all later!

  11. July 22, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Good Moon Day morning, Moosekind! It’s fair today after last night’s very noisy thunderstorm. (Monty was so frightened he sought refuge under my desk, poor baby.) Currently it’s 75 F., going up to 90 F. or worse. Another thunderstorm is predicted for the evening.

    We have Mr. Kindergartener here through Thursday afternoon. DIL works at home on Fridays so we’ll drop him off for the weekend. I regret that I won’t be home today, but on the other hand I’m very excited to join the expedition to visit the Museum of African-American history! Considering I was No. 13 on the waiting list, I didn’t think I’d have a chance.

    The mint is growing quickly that soon I’m going to have to buy a bigger pot especially for it. The parsley is perking up a bit too. All the little green darlings received Free Drinks during the storm last night.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

  12. anotherdemocrat
    July 22, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Ugh, another hot, sticky morning — 80 degrees & I don’t want to know what the heat index is. But we’re supposed to get a cold front tonight & overnight lows for the next 3 days in the 60s! And highs only in the 90s, that will also feel like the 90s. (we’ve had heat indexes over 100, so that’s actually nice). Anyway, one more day of posting Shut Your Eyes.

    Shut your eyes & think of somewhere

    Somewhere cold & caked in snow….

  13. Denise Velez
    July 22, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Kamala2020 posted from rflctammt

  14. bfitzinAR
    July 22, 2019 at 9:57 am

    The cool front moved in with some rain around 3 am and it’s still 68 and cloudy enough we might get at bit more rain. The A/C is off as the projected high is lower than what it’s set at. Windows are open and cats are happy. We only got 19.7 KWHs yesterday but that’s still a tad more than I use when I’m running A/C so it’s good. The m-t-d is 378.5 and we’ve 10 production days to go. The sun’s supposed to come out this afternoon so we’ll see what we add to that today.

    I devoutly hope saner heads keep the impeachment hearings going until we have a whole slew of things to indict him, his crime family, and the R leadership who are part of the whole treasonous infesting the WH with him. And don’t let it go far enough to turn things over to the Senate. I know people who are demanding impeachment to close the concentration camps and save the children. It won’t. Even if we could remove him from office, which we can’t, he’s just the vulgar, tweeting, gasbag balloon character – the people who are doing this are hiding behind him. And will keep doing what they’re doing even if the balloon gets popped. Worse. I don’t know if other folks have nightmares about what the evil administration will do to those hostages in the concentration camps if they’re “vindicated” with a Senate acquittal but I do.

    Holding the Good Thought for my friends living on one side or the other of the edge – I’m down to prayers and invocations now. So I hope those prayers and invocations draw what is needed where it’s needed to get/keep them on the safe side of the edge. By 8/15 Bobby’s gonna need $800 if he doesn’t get a job and $400 (one time deal to replace the deposit) if he does – but with what’s going on in San Juan and all over Puerto Rico right now getting a job is, well, a miracle.

    Been cooking meat for the last hour on the electric grill with another 15 minutes to go. The way it’s heating up the kitchen I might have been better off using the oven. Wouldn’t have taken quite as long as I could do everything at once instead of in relays as it were based on how much can go on the grill at one time. It’s also smoking up the house so it’s a darned good thing I can have all the windows open. On the other hand, I won’t have to get it out again until September so I guess it’s worth it. I guess. I can’t make coffee until the grilling is done. Circuits won’t handle 2 heat-producing appliances at once. But as soon as the last of the meat is off the grill, coffee! & heading to DK for the #KHive diary. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  15. DoReMI
    July 22, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Good morning, Meesefolk; 63 when I got up and a high of 75 today. Perfect #PureMichigan weather.

    Things are still jumping here at work; oh the tales I could tell! Let’s just say that BossMan has settled into the routine without the intransigence, but with an extra added dose of education about how Republicans game the system for Big Corporations, leaving Little Guy holding the bag. He’s furious, but not furious enough to see how his political beliefs have enabled the system he’s now railing against. Auditors are racing around in circles, because their boss changed things up midstream; as a result, a quick 3-day spot check has probably turned into a week or more with us (or, if not with us, with a to-do list left with us that will consume the balance of the week). I’m already exhausted, and it’s still only Monday morning. This will be quite the week…

    Good day to and for all!

  16. princesspat
    July 22, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Good morning, 64 and sunny in Bellingham. My creaky joints are demanding a day off from gardening, so like it or not I’ll tend to the desk and laundry today. I much prefer to be outdoors :)

    I love seeing the sunlight shining on my old maple trees……the leaves are still summer green and the blue sky behind the tree trunk and branches makes them look enduring and strong. A gift of nature, and a needed antidote to the tRump angst I wake up with every morning.

    Best wishes to all on this sunny Monday.

    • July 23, 2019 at 7:49 am

      I can just visualize those maple trees, princesspat! Enjoy!

    • DoReMI
      July 23, 2019 at 9:19 am

      One of the things I’ve noticed as I’m getting older is that I’m regaining the child-like wonder of my early years. When I was little, I’d often lie on my back and stare at the sky through the branches of the trees in my yard. Saturday, when it was too hot to move, I found myself doing almost the same thing (I settled into a chair, because getting down on the ground now includes the risk of not being able to get up again without assistance!). There’s something both mesmerizing and humbling about sitting at the base of a large tree and looking upward from that position. And yes, it is an antidote to the poisons we’re being exposed to day-after-day.

  17. JanF
    July 23, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 63 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 79. Sunny skies this morning with a chance of storms this afternoon.

    A police officer in Louisiana was fired for a Facebook post where he was hoping someone would kill a Congresswoman for a slight he imagined based on a fake news item, the kind that proliferates on that website. One of his fellow officers “Like”d the post and was also fired. Mark Zuckerberg, clean up your mess – you are making Americans stupider and our country more dangerous.

    So Al Franken says he shouldn’t have resigned and seven of his former colleagues say that they shouldn’t have asked him to. There is nothing more infuriating to me than when people act as though they have no agency, that someone “made them” do something that they now regret. I know one thing – if I considered myself innocent of a reputation damaging accusation, I would have fought it. That he didn’t tells you something; it is very easy for him to now say that he shouldn’t have quit because he gets to reset the narrative (“I am innocent”) without having to prove or deny anything. Once again, the women who came forward are treated like liars and the man gains the mantle of victimhood. That Patrick Leahy, the man who allowed the Senate to block President Obama’s Circuit Court nominees because of Comity, leaving dozens of seats to be filled by Donald J. Trump, considers it the worst thing he ever did in his 45 years in the Senate tells you everything you need to know about his character.

    See all y’all later!

  18. Denise Velez
    July 23, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Tuesday Meese.
    72 and raining going up to 74 here in Saugerties NY. It is blissfully cool.

    Sat up late watching massive protests in Puerto Rico – and sister events on the mainland.

    Very unhappy that people who should know better on ‘progressive blogs are doing exactly what the mainstream media is doing – making this all about the ‘chat’ and not looking deeper into what is really happening in PR and why.

    Smiled when I saw some old friends in NYC at Grand Central Station

  19. anotherdemocrat
    July 23, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Front came through, we supposedly got rain overnight, though I saw no sign, and the high today is supposed to be only 92. Gym stuff is still here from yesterday, funny how that worked. I’m thinking of asking for tomorrow off, but also wondering if it would be worth it. I’m betting Mueller’s testimony, like the report, will be a let down. Today I give you Wild Horses.

    What are you holding back
    I know you’ve wild horses enough inside of you

  20. July 23, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Good moist Tuesday morning, Meese! It’s cloudy still after the rain that fell while we were asleep—the plants received another free drink, not that they needed it. Currently the temp. is 67 F., going up to 78 F. Showers are expected this morning and it’ll be cloudy all day. However, the rest of the week should be rather nice.

    Pleased to see the WaPo has finally deigned to cover the crisis in PR. Now, as Dee says, if they’d focus on what’s important rather than “the chats,” we might get somewhere.

    The Museum of African-American History is superb. It’s so large and comprehensive that one would need four visits to see it all. We left here at 9:30 and returned at 3:30 yesterday. I was so exhausted after tramping round the place that I came home and sacked out for an hour and a half.

    Mr. Kindergartener wants me to play the opening scene from “Stars War” for him, so must close now.

    Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

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