Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Oct. 13th through Oct. 19th

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. Back from my 1st trip, unloaded and enjoying some coffee before I head back out. I tried using a cart so I could bring in more than one package at a time. Nope. I can’t get the cart up the 2 steps into the house. So 90+ trips to get the whole pallet inside. I know I’m good for a 2nd trip today. I’m hoping I’m good for all 4. (The $50 discount didn’t hold until now but the asst manager found a 10% discount that gave me $40 off the total so that helped. They only got one (1) pallet in – and gave it to me instead of splitting it up and putting it out in the store so I’m not gonna throw a bitch fit over $10.) Meanwhile I’ll do my internet stuff and then head out for trip no. 2. 😁😁

  2. Unexpected errand but now back from 2nd trip, unloaded, and having lunch before heading out again. I can do this. Right? Right!

  3. Friday Meese.

    49 degrees here in Saugerties NY, going up to 55.
    I’m headed to Westchester, NY this morning around 9AM(about 2 hours from here) to the medical center my husband was transferred to last night – he had a stroke on Wednesday, and was in hospital up here, they sent him down there for more intensive testing.

    Didn’t announce it online – many thanks to those of you in groups who are saying prayers.

    Puerto Rico

  4. Good morning, meeses! Friday …

    It is 39 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 57. Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast.

    The news is moving too fast for even me, a newsies from way back. I am going to curate my tabs this morning and save a lot of things to Pocket in the hopes that they become moot and I don’t have to read them.

    In the meantime, I have a few projects queued that I need to finish.

    See all y’all later!

  5. I think maybe I feel better today. Very tentative, but maybe. I’m taking the dermatologist’s advice & taking 4 zyrtec a day. He & his son both have eczema & take more than that. Slept a whole 7 hours last night, the most of the week. Anyway, I feel confident that I’ll put in 8 hours today. Using upbeat Heal Me for inspiration.

    • If the zyrtec works – and hopefully not just on the itching but all the allergies that are messing with your sleep – check into liver and kidney supporting supplements &/or foods. And sleep well. Healing Energy.

  6. Good Freya’s Day, Moosekind! It’s a fair, cool morning in Ashburn, still annoyingly breezy, but it’s 47 F. at 8:20 a.m. It’ll go up to 61 F. today—nice!

    Yesterday we staggered back from our four-course lunch at L’Auberge feeling like pythons who’d swallowed sizable pigs. I haven’t eaten from 3:30 yesterday until now: just about to have breakfast. Have some work to do, taking off the pounds I gained.

    Today there’s a political meeting at 10, after which I’ll go to exercise. I need to run to Trader Joe’s to get something for dinner, can’t face another meal at one of the restaurants here. This afternoon there is the Writers’ Group.

    Hoping to hear good news about Dee’s husband. Glad to hear Jan’s vertigo has disappeared, anotherdemocrat is getting help for the eczema, and that princesspat’s leg is better. Congratulations to bfitz for getting that ton of bricks put away! Ye gods.

    Dearly Beloved tells me he really can’t do long-distance flights or sightseeing any more, even in his home town of London. That probably means my traveling days are over as well. It’s not that I’m incapable of managing overseas travel, but this summer’s visit to Montréal gave me pause: if it hadn’t been for my friend, who is my elder son’s age, helping me down the impossibly long flight of steps in the Métro, I really don’t know how I would have managed them. A fall at my age is no joke. I’d have liked to take Miss Pink Cheeks to visit the British Museum but it seems that will not come to pass.

    Time for breakfast, so will wish everyone at the Pond a good day!

    • Diana, I use a walking stick now instead of a cane and it gives me much better support and stability, especially on stairs. It is harder to travel now, but your British Museum visit may still happen. Now that my grand kids are older they are very helpful and I’m sure yours will be as well.

        • Ashirs nana over at DK uses a walking stick. She says they are much better than canes. Something to do with the angle of support (that I don’t understand). {{{HUGS}}}

        • My physical therapist recommended the walking stick and helped me learn to use it. I bought mine at REI and they come as a pair so I can use both but I prefer to have one hand free. I tried to find them on my own but got confused so the expert help at REI was needed.

  7. Welp, my hands ache but I’m still able to hold things (it’s a lot more work than folks usually notice to “cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs” if they don’t have problems with their hands). It hurts but I can actually do the job. I must have done something to my low back in all that because it’s saying nasty things to me right now, too. And of course the irony of all that is it was too warm to even have a fire last night so I don’t know how these fire bricks work compared to the other brand. Hopefully tonight. It’s 50 heading for 70 and supposed to be sunny again. That will make the difference. When the clouds move in, as they did just after I finished unloading, the temps don’t start dropping until after my bed time. When it’s sunny at sunset the temps start dropping immediately.

    We got 9.8 Kwhs yesterday and the m-t-d is 155 so on track for 250 anyway. I wasn’t online much yesterday and looks like I didn’t miss anything good. As to the bad, well, I’ve been expecting it in general if not in the specifics. Cassandra I may be, but I’m not good enough for specifics. As to my personal friends/concerns, everybody is holding on. Some with a stronger grip or from a firmer ground than others, but still holding on. More Healing Energy to Dee’s husband. & everybody sufficient and shaped to the need. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  8. Good morning, Meesefolk; 39 when I got up [late] this morning and rocketing up to 55. I don’t have much planned for today, although at some point I should consider getting out of my jammies and into clothes.

    I did a ton of running around yesterday, so I haven’t caught a single glimpse of the news. I had to pick up cider (regular and hard) and pies, and within ten minutes of getting home with the pies, SIL texted me and asked if I could get him a different pie than his usual favorite. I am incapable of saying no to either of the kids, so I did an extra trip to the pie shop. (Hubby isn’t complaining, since now he gets the “extra” pie.) We met at a restaurant in Findlay, had dinner together, and then swapped food and drink for the new-to-me computer. I’m using it now, despite the fact that Kiddo didn’t get around to cleaning all of her “stuff” off it. I’ve spent the better part of the morning clearing away her bookmarks and adding mine. That’s the easy stuff; some of the other stuff, which is password-protected, will have to wait until I can talk with her or meet with her to have the passwords removed/changed.

    I did manage to get logged in to my unemployment account to figure out why I only received one week of compensation. As I suspected, my vacation pay screwed things up…my ex-boss had told me I could pay myself for my unused vacation time, but it had to be in my regular payroll checks and nothing beyond 9/30. If I had been thinking, I would have made sure the last vacation payment was finished before my final, for-one-day check. But it had been so long since I had been unemployed that I didn’t think things through, and having a paycheck for one day plus 20+ hours of vacation pay has put my first payment in the “to be researched” category. I honestly never expected to see any money for that first week; back in the day, you had to go one week without pay before filing for unemployment. That has apparently changed, and if it weren’t for the vacation confusion, I would have received payment. I’m glad I didn’t plan on receiving anything, and therefore built our budget based on no pay. I guess the good news in all of this is that assuming the determination is that I don’t get a check for that week, it just means that week isn’t counted against my 20 allowed weeks of unemployment. So it’s not a win, but it’s not a loss either.

    Good day to and for all!

  9. Good morning, 50 and cloudy in Bellingham. It’s been a busy morning, but Heide and I are now settled in for a quiet weekend. RonK and some of the family are on their way to Orcas Island but I’m staying here so I can tend to my leg. After the flurry (and noise) of activity as they packed the car and left to catch an early ferry I’m welcoming the quiet.

    Best wishes to all.

  10. Brrr, chilly Saturday morning. 38 degrees here in the Catskills, going up to 60

    I think I’m going to get one of those walking sticks princesspat talked about.


  11. Puerto Rico

  12. #ThingsSeenAtATrumpRally

    • Exactly! You can’t embrace these people without losing your humanity. They support Trump because they hate people of color and powerful women, period. I read someone yesterday saying “don’t go after these voters, instead find decent people and register them to vote.”

  13. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 48 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 57. Cloudy this morning and showers this afternoon and into the evening.

    The firehose of news seems to have turned off for the time being which will, I hope, give people a chance to sort through it and decide what is important and what is not. Kurds being killed, important. Trump Doral G-7 as another example of grifting, not important. John Kasich supports impeachment, laughably unimportant. U.S. District Court barring Florida from denying voter registration for ex-felons who can’t pay their fines, hugely important.

    Can someone tell me what the value of a Michael Moore endorsement is and why someone who lives in Bernie Sanders’ colon even has to say that he will endorse Sanders? The only thing you need to know about Michael Moore is that he will always choose the person who hates the Democratic Party the most. I will probably have to mute parts of my Twitter feed today while everyone slobbers over him.

    Today’s Weekly Democratic Party Address is by Florida Congresswoman Donna Shalala talking about the bipartisan #LowerDrugCostsNow Act, H.R.3, which will be renamed to honor the late Rep. Elijah Cummings. I will post it later along with Speaker Pelosi’s Thursday news conference and links to her WaPo editorial honoring Rep. Cummings as the House’s North Star.

    See all y’all later!

  14. Good Saturn’s Day morning, Meese! It’s 39 F. in Ashburn at 8:30. Sunny but cool is the forecast today, which is perfect for a drive into the Virginia countryside. We’ll stow the Badly Behaved Beagle at his favorite hotel and make our way to Staunton, Virginia, in the hope of buying apples and cider on the way. I mentioned Staunton in my book, Turnabout, but have never been there. Apparently it’s quite a nice, artsy place.

    Was so tired yesterday (too-early awakening and no nap) that I feel asleep in a chair after dinner. Felt a cold coming on with a raspy throat, so took knock-out pills, with the result that I think I actually received 7 hours’ sleep. Wow!

    Not much to say except “Tomorrow it will rain so today I’ll follow the sun,” literally. I’ve promised myself a writing day tomorrow to catch up on my correspondence. Have an interview scheduled for Monday morning, so can’t slack off much longer.

    Wishing a nice, peaceful Saturday to all at the Pond.

  15. Up & watching the news. Going to a candidate meeting a a coffeehouse later this morning. Going to keep myself busy & active today, to stop the scratching.

  16. It’s 54 in Fay., AR and drizzling. I managed my grocery shopping and driving home in it without incident for which I am blessed and can’t really take credit. Yesterday we got 10 KWHs and the m-t-d is 165 – on track for 250 which will do. (Well, it has to. Not much I can do about when the sun shines – or doesn’t.)

    I tried the new wood bricks last night. Yes, I started too early and got a house full of smoke – but at least could open the windows for a few minutes to let said smoke out. These bricks start easier than the others. As with the other bricks and regular wood once they get going well it takes about half an hour for them to start putting out heat. They burn longer than either the other wood bricks or regular wood – it took 4 hours from lighting before they were down to coals. The other bricks last about 2 and regular wood just 1 before I have to add more wood. We’ll have to see how many bricks it takes to run a full day (not today, it’s gonna get too warm) but for an evening fire 4 seems to do it. Definitely 4 of these bricks with at addition of 1 of the other bricks or a regular log when these get to the coals stage will carry me to bedtime.

    Evil Ones being evil. Kurds, immigrants/asylum seekers at our border, voter suppression in FL (& elsewhere), appointing “back to the Nadir” judges – and using what should be a free press as a propaganda machine to continue this – these are serious evils. We shall see if we can overcome the propaganda machine and voter suppression enough to dismantle them and repair all they damage they’re caused by putting the Evil Ones in power. (If we even try to dismantle them. Most folks have erased their existence even more than the propaganda machine is erasing our non-white candidates – right up there with erasure of Kamala since she’s both non-white and female.)

    I need coffee. Then I can get to the various internet stuff to read & boost. Glad they’re naming that bill for Elijah Cummings – he deserves more than that of course, but it’s a start. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

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