Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Oct. 20th through Oct. 26th

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?

NOTE: The comments page will now split off after 20 or so left margin comments with the most recent comments on the current page. To see the older comments, scroll to the bottom of the page and use the link.


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  1. Morning, meeses! Friday …

    Quick check in – 28 degrees, brrrrr!

    princesspat tells me that she is having site problems. Please direct tweet me if you have any issues logging in – she is getting a 404 which means “no meeses to be found!” Yikes!

    See you tomorrow!

    • Good morning Jan…..I found you! Computer magic happened with my upstairs computer and I’m connected with the moose. Safe travels and no worries.

    • Jan……just logged in on my sewing room computer. I cleared all browsing history, updated chrome, restarted the computer, scanned with Bitdefender (no problems), tried my saved link and got the 404 message again. So then I went through goggle for a new link, and here I am, yay! I’ll delete the saved link now.

    • I’m now logged in on my main floor computer, and my saved link worked. I still get the 404 notice on my iPhone though.

      • Apple operating systems have a very strong dislike for web sites that don’t comply with the latest security features. The Moose doesn’t do eCommerce and there is nothing personal that hackers could scrape from the site except email addresses so I am not overly worried about breaches. We have a couple of barriers up that block attacks and kill off spam which seems good enough for a town this size. Can you do what you did on the PCs, assume that the shortcut link is bad and start from scratch? If you type in “www.motleymoose.net” and still get a 404, you could try putting the http:// in front of it. We don’t use https (secure http) and if the iPhone tries to default to that, it will 404. Some day I will fix the https (it is on my Moose to-do list) but with my work to-do stack threatening to topple over on me, it is not going to be soon. I hope one of these addresses gets you in!

        • Jan, there are some things I like about Apple and a boatload of things I don’t like, such as the situation you just described. Interesting about the http://, though. I’ll have try that on my iPad.

          I loathe Apple for insisting that my password doesn’t work, then, after I’ve changed it, insisting that the new password doesn’t work, which leaves me snatching myself bald. If I could put up with Windows and its constant viruses I’d be tempted to go back to a PC. Haven’t used MS software since 2014, but its Explorer file system was 1,000 times better than the loathsome “Finder,” and as for Pages word processing, well, I won’t get myself started on that subject. Faugh!

        • Thanks Jan…..I’ll persist with the Apple devices later today. I usually read the Moose on the computer but it would be nice to have the option of interacting on my iPad.

  2. Rep. Elijah Cummings
    Funeral service today

    Funeral plans for Rep. Elijah Cummings

    Who’s speaking at the funeral?

    The speakers will include former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton; Hillary Rodham Clinton; U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; and former NAACP leader and Maryland congressman Kweisi Mfume. All are Democrats.

    University of Maryland law professor Larry Gibson — a mentor of the congressman — will also address the service at New Psalmist Baptist Church. Other speakers include former Baltimore health commissioner Leana Wen, a Cummings mentee; clergy member Dr. Alfred Vaughn; Deaconess Margaret Ann Howie; Jon Alexander, whom Cummings mentored; and congressional staff member Harry Spikes.

    A number of Cummings’ family members will be speaking, including his widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, who is also the chair of the Maryland Democratic Party. The congressman’s daughters, Jennifer and Adia Cummings, and his brother, James, are also expected to speak.

    Who’s delivering the eulogy?

    Longtime pastor of the Lochearn church, Bishop Walter S. Thomas Jr., will deliver the eulogy.

  3. Honor

    • Thank you for posting the honor tweets Dee. Remembering his legacy is important and reading the messages helps me feel like I’m doing so.

    • That Karen Bass speech is spot on. We have lost a giant and our party and our country will be the lesser for it.

  4. OhMyGoshIt’sCold. I know that where some of y’all are, 45 may not be “I should have worn a hat” cold, but it’s over 20 degrees colder than 24 hours ago. So, yes, I regretted not grabbing a hat. Yesterday after the doctor, I did laundry & made tea, just puttered around the house. I am supposed to lose weight, exercise more to get my good cholesterol up, all the usual things. I did not walk this morning, but I may this evening. A good walking song: U2 — Big Girls Are Best — also includes the line “I’m gonna change like the weather, Hot to cold”

  5. good morning, 53, still dark and raining in Bellingham. As Jan mentioned I couldn’t log into the Moose yesterday. I keep a computer on each floor of my old house and for some reason both the basement sewing room and the dreaded desk machines wouldn’t allow me to log in. Ron got the same error message, but later his desk top computer magically fixed itself so he’s connected again. Computers are logical, weird, and magical, all at the same time!

    Messy progress with our basement painting project happened yesterday. The new baseboard and molding trim looks very nice, but the dust and mess involved doesn’t. I’m pleased with the progress, and even though there’s more dust to come I’ll clean today.

    Best wishes to all.

  6. It’s 45, “feels like” 39, and is heading for 52. Also rainy drizzly just like yesterday. When we didn’t get a whole kilowatt hour the entire day. (m-t-d is 211.5 – seriously doubt we’ll get to 250 this month.) Yesterday I tried a different way to stack the wood bricks for starting. Bad idea. I spent most of the morning re-starting the fire and it didn’t actually get going until almost 11 – used 4 bricks, 6 of the smaller blocks, and 2 pieces of cord wood over the course of the day. I don’t know how much kindling and paper…too much. But I’ve got sort of a base line for what I’ll need to burn fires the whole day versus just in the evening so I guess that’s good.

    Evil Ones being evil – & trying to rig the system so their evil can be perpetuated. sigh. Add my friends’ health and money problems and well, seems overwhelming at times. Well, these days most of the time. I’m getting old. I suppose it would be easier if I could see the change I’m making. But that is not usually given to us. So we all keep on keeping on and hope the changes we make will be enough in the long run. Even though we can’t even see the changes in the short run.

    Healing/Helping Energy to everybody who accepts it. To their need and shaping. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  7. Good morning, meeses! Saturday …

    It is 30 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 52. The hard frost took its toll on the beautiful fall leaves and the rain later today and tomorrow will finish them off. It was an excellent run, though, thank you, goddess!

    Speaking of fall foliage, don’t miss RonK’s post Fall Color on Orcas Island and a Couple of Seals . Thank you for sharing this trip with us, RonK!

    It should shock exactly no one that Donald Trump fouled the Benedict College venue with his speech attacking Barack Obama. The people giving out this award are idiots and deserve the disrespect being heaped on them for honoring a white nationalist and giving him a venue to disrespect the first Black president and the students at the college, who were told to “stay in their dorms.” I was glad to see that Kamala Harris (who won the same award in 2016) chose to boycott the forum today. She will hold her own presentation in a venue where Black students will be respected. The college apparently never saw the hashtag #ETTD – #EverythingTrumpTouchesDies – and disgraced themselves.

    I have the Elijah Cummings funeral video up in a tab and I hope to have time to listen to some of the speeches. The Democratic Party Weekly Address was given by Senator Tammy Duckworth – one of my favorites – on the Kurdish betrayal and I will post the Fighting Back later this morning or tomorrow morning if I run out of time (I have some catching up to do from traveling yesterday). I also want to post some of the transcripts from the lying in state and the eulogies.

    See all y’all later!

  8. Saturday Meese

    44 going up to 60 here in the Catskills

    Puerto Rico

  9. Welp, one widget says 37 and the other says 44 “feels like” 40 – but either way it’s drizzling and chilly. And dark. The PV system is still in night mode. I need to wait until it gets lighter before I can do my shopping. We got a hair under 3 KWHs yesterday which ain’t good but is more than 3x better than the day before. The m-t-d is 214.4 – the 250 is still possible but considering the forecast not likely. sigh.

    Good for Kamala! I hope she manages to make this a good one. MSM is going to either erase it or treat it as partisan grandstanding but if the forum itself is solid the kids themselves may get the good word out via all the different social medias – and their school/local newspapers etc. I watched most of the funeral yesterday – the CSPAN link was so much better than trying to figure out what was going on via twitter & I don’t do MSM for anything more than the clips that show up in twitter or Black Kos. We’re gonna miss him. But the best thing we can do in his honor and memory is carry on his work.

    Emergency with earicicle/AmeliaEarhart1 – the motel where she’s staying booked up for the weekend before she could extend her reservation. It was seriously looking like she was going to have to do something that really terrifies her – go into the hospital for a psych admit. And that breaks her heart – give up her cat. This morning I was greeted with the message that a college friend has set her up for 5 days at the nearest motel in the same chain. And the even more blessed news that MVgal/Pat is driving down today to help her move. If there be deities, MVgal is now & always has been a messenger of them. I’ll keep praying to whoever or whatever might be listening to find that same kind of safe space for Amelia that Bobby moved into last Sunday. Not the same of course, but the same kind – long-term temporary safety, health issues taken care of, help getting to a permanent safe situation. & otherwise help however I can. Aji, Fineena, and others too of course but Amelia’s the most critical at the moment (although Dee’s husband is right up there).

    I need to get a fire going. My fingers and toes are not happy with me. Maybe coffee first. Healing/Helping Energy to everyone who accepts it, shaped to their need. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  10. Cold (for central Texas) morning. I have the heat on & I’m using a space heater. Yes, I was not happy with it staying in the 90s through September but this is a bit much. 46 degrees seems more like a November overnight low.. Going to go to the gym this afternoon. No, really. Gym & groceries, that’s the plan for this afternoon.

  11. Good Saturn’s Day moaning, Meese! Literally, moaning, after the Night from Hell, during which yrs truly did not sleep until 2 a.m., then woke up at 6:30 a.m.

    Because of the power outage we spent yesterday at Elder Son’s house after dropping Monty off at Healthy Hound Playground. Because he’s old and crotchety, they have to keep him by himself in a little cell with nothing to do but read magazines and watch soap operas. Well, it’s his own fault for snapping at the other dogs. He howls and curses terribly when we pick him up, because he always feels we’ve abandoned him.

    It was good to spend time with 4-year-old Mr. Preschooler, who will be a dinosaur at this morning’s Halloween parade in Arlington. Our DIL spent yesterday first at her doctor’s office, then at the ER after her doctor referred her there. It turned out that she was not having a heart attack, but her blood pressure was up so high the ER doctor put her on blood pressure meds. She’s going to wind up being one of those “Mystery” patients who are regularly written up in the WaPo’s “Health and Science” section. As a rule I put off reading that for days, it’s so depressing.

    All these 4- and 5-year old people who are “too big to take naps” certainly take a lot of naps. Mr. P. conked out on the family room sofa while watching ‘toons on “Netf’ix.” Grandma grinned fiendishly to herself, recalling how she’d encouraged him to use every single piece of equipment on the playground that morning. It worked, people. He was still asleep when we bowed out at 4 p.m.

    Today there’s a lot to do, as usual. Hope I get some of it done. It’s already nearly 10!

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

  12. Good morning, 41 and partly cloudy in Bellingham. I’m slow and sleepy this morning so I’m easing into my day. Our grand daughter’s school is having a Goodwill connected fund raiser so yesterday I packed several bags and boxes full of stuff for her to donate. And I did some cleaning before I got tired and napped the rest of the afternoon away.

    Our congressman, Rep. Rick Larsen, is having a fundraiser/coffee this morning so we will go. He was on the record early as a yes for impeachment so I’m curious re his opinion about what’s happening now.

    Best wishes to all.

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