Week-long Welcomings from Moosylvania: Nov. 3rd through Nov. 9th

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 “morning”, Motley Meese! The week begins …

    Morning low of 27 degrees in Madison WI with an expected daytime high of 41. Showers are in the forecast.

    Have a great day, all y’alls!!


    Don’t forget to set your clock BACK one hour as Daylight Saving Time will have ended at 2am Sunday morning!!

  2. Happy fall-back Sunday Meese

    36 going up to 53 here in the NY Catskills

    Puerto Rico

  3. I slept really well last night, I’m about 90% back to normal. Chilly but at least not freezing. Watching the MSNBC morning shows. Today: church then lunch with a group of friends. And I’m watching the NYC Marathon. Yes, I watch marathons.

  4. Happy Real-not-gummint Time Day, Meeses. It’s all the way up to 56-feels-like-51 right now heading for 59. Maybe. And it’s sunny which is always heartening. We got just under 8 KWHs yesterday and with this morning’s driblet (most of the panels are still in the shade) 16.7 is the m-t-d. That’s got us on track for 200 – a nice start to a month that most certainly is not gonna stay this sunny. I’ve got almost all my Sunday chores done and have baked 3-1/2 weeks’ worth of breakfast sausage. Ohhhh, that is so very much easier than doing the electric grill – both to do and to clean up. I don’t mind or even miss the caramelized/browned flavor of grilled or pan-fried sausage in trade.

    Prayers/invocations/Channeling Energy in large to the political situation and in small to individuals like Amelia, Aji, Fineena…& of course Dee/Dee’s husband. Some folks are in better situations, some in at least stable for the moment situations, some just holding on by teeth and toenails. I hope on all fronts we’ve reached the turning point. But that’s something we never know at the time, it’s always in retrospect. So we keep doing what we can do, keep getting up every time we’re knocked down, and pray a lot. We shall see what we shall see.

    I’ve got one more thing to do of Sunday chores, then coffee & over to Dee’s Sunday Sermon. Healing/Helping Energy to all who accept it, shaped to their need. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  5. Good morning, 42 and cloudy in Bellingham. For some reason the fall time change is easier for me than the one in the spring. It was nice to wake up at my “normal” time this morning and not feel like it was too early. Wa State voted to stay on Daylight Savings Time year around, but congress has yet to approve and who knows when that will happen.

    I also woke up a feeling of energy this morning, so I must be recovering from whatever ailed me. I hope that means I’ll be able to finish sewing my DIL’s birthday gift. She is involved with planning the project, my gift is getting it done. It’s fun to collaborate with her and together we are saving a well worn but beloved denim duvet cover. Hopefully it will last another 20 yrs!

    Best wishes to all.

  6. Monday Meese.
    35 going up to 53 here in the NY Catskills.

    Have a busy day ahead trying to deal with gov. paperwork re: my husband’s disability. :(

    Am too through with Mayo Pete. And analysts promoting bs

    • I got called out on social media for referring to him as Mayo Pete – I admit that I use it as a pejorative. It describes him perfectly – privileged white male with no lived experiences who wants to start at the top. Meh.

      The zombie lie about black voters rising up to pass Prop 8 will never die. There are a fair number of black voters who don’t approve of same-sex marriage and lots of white voters who feel that way as well. It is probably more related to religiosity than race but it is certainly not monolithic in either demographic.

  7. Puerto Rico

  8. Good Moon Day morning, Moosekind! We have a clear, pale blue sky in Ashburn today, with a current temp. of 33 F. It’ll be sunny all day with a high of 60 F. When the weather changes, it changes all at once.

    Yesterday when I changed the bedding I put on flannel sheets this time, along with the winter bedspread. Good thing, too, because last night was the first night I’ve felt cold. We even have the little fake woodstove with fake flames going for a while this morning. When Younger Son texted a photo of the first fire of the season in his fireplace, I almost passed out because I missed our house so much. Have to keep reminding myself there are tradeoffs, mostly good ones, to living here.

    On Saturday my friend and I went canvassing for three hours in a rich neighborhood. The canvassing effort didn’t seem nearly as well organized as the canvassing effort for Hillary three years ago. I can never get the “Minivan” app to work on my phone, so we used street sheets. It was a spectacular afternoon with brilliant sunshine, blue skies, and deep shadow, so we rather enjoyed walking from house to house. We didn’t find many people at home (which is why, I unblushingly admit, I prefer canvassing on Saturdays), so we mostly left doorhangers.

    Once I returned home my store of energy was depleted for the day, so I simply vege’d. I have a cold that I’m fending off with cold tablets. Tomorrow I work an hour in the morning and from 2:30 to 5 in the afternoon, so I can’t be ill.

    Yesterday we took the Littles to breakfast, enjoyed a nice chat with Younger Son, who was splitting logs for his fireplace when we brought the children back, and then enjoyed a visit from Elder Son, who happened to be in Ashburn. He’d been on a simulated “Spacewalk” experience at Dulles Airport.

    Today I have to pull myself together and write the articles that are due. Can’t imagine what’s the matter with me, I’ve been so slow. Also, when I have a spare five minutes, I have to Google “opening old WordPerfect files” to find out how to retrieve my files for a novel I wrote called Revenge. I finally did figure out how to retrieve some of the historical novel files.

    I probably will check on the happenings on the Hill from time to time today, but mostly will be busy with my own stuff. Wishing a good day to all at the Pond!

    • I’m doing the Harris 2020 diary on the 18th. It’s 2 days before the debate — should I do a debate preview with clips of her best speeches & moments from the debates? Or something lighthearted & fun? There’s one video, “Cooking with Kamala” that says it’s the 1st of a series, but I only see the one…. (also, it’s bacon, so not really my thing)

  9. Warmer day today — supposed to be a high in the 70s. I’m eating breakfast & watching TV. Today’s plan: gym & housework.

  10. It’s 46 going up to 64 in Fay., AR and sunny at the moment. Rain moves in this afternoon/evening. We shall see how quickly the temps drop, even with standard time back. If the clouds keep it too warm, no fire tonight. I got enough smoke in the house last night. Yesterday we got 7.6 KWHs and 23.5 is the m-t-d. Still on track for the 200 goal but depending on when the clouds move in this afternoon/evening that could change. It will change later in the week if the couple of fully cloudy/maybe raining days currently predicted happen. sigh.

    Tractor Supply finally got in multiple pallets of wood bricks – not their full order but over a third of it – so since I needed to get more Iams kibble for the kitties, I went there instead of PetSmart and picked up another 24 6-packs of them. And picked up a bunch of broken pallet pieces on the ground at the loading dock for kindling. If they still have any & I can afford it I’m gonna do that again next month when I do the critter-supply run. It takes so little space to store, relatively speaking, and it will be good to have some left for going into next season. I’m still learning how best to use these. They use a fair amount of kindling to get started and then the first bricks have to get really going good before adding any more. Working on it.

    Hold the Good Thought for Fineena. She’s got cataract surgery today. & Dee’s husband, of course. (& Dee, dealing with all the paperwork and effed-up regulations.) Aji thinks she might have a fracture of her right kneecap from that fall the other day. Says it’s gonna have to heal itself – no sales & not all patrons actually paying means they can’t stretch to regular stuff (utilities, gas, groceries, vet bill…) much less go to a medical facility for anything. Sigh. I’m hoping it’s “just” pain from (re)doing the sanding & prep work to finish sealing the deck, doors, and wood trim. She’s gonna power through and finish that today so they can seal everything before the 1st heavy snow that’s expected Wednesday. Amelia is still sounding good. I’m hoping folks step up and cover the rest of the month at the motel soon ($82.50/night or $577.50/week including sure as heck beats the other motel I don’t remember the night rate but the week rate was $720) so she can move her focus to finding a permanent situation.

    I need some coffee. heh. And my lap has just be vacated so I’m gonna go get it before I get another lap tenant. 😹😹😹 Healing/Helping Energy to everybody who accepts it, shaped to their need. Bright the day, Meeses. {{{HUGS}}}

  11. Late good morning, meeses! Monday …

    It is 43 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 36. Cloudy skies most of the day then sunny later. We are going to go into the deep freeze later this week with a couple of days where the highs will not get above freezing.

    I had a tiring weekend and not-great sleep so I am going to take the day off. I have a couple of errands to run then I am going to sit around doing nothing and catch up tomorrow. I have a relatively easy week of planned activities so I think I will not pay too great a price. I guess I will find out!

    See all y’all later!

  12. Good morning, Meesefolk; 45 when I got up really late this morning and heading to a cloudy but probably dry 54. It’s supposed to be sunnier the rest of the week, but the temps are going to bottom out too. Bummer. This morning’s lie-in was courtesy of falling down the rabbit hole of genealogy research last night/this morning after having a breakthrough on a brick wall; the dogs getting up early but being willing to return to bed; and Hubby getting home from work and taking the dogs into the LR with him. I really need to avoid staying up until 3:30am, but I finally found my 2x great aunts marriage info, which led me to clarifying information about my 2x great-grandmother. I was able to work several generations forward and backward as a result. After making no headway to speak of for the past year, this was exciting stuff, but boy, am I paying for it today. I’ve been trying to avoid daytime naps as part of my “I’m unemployed, not retired” mantra, but today may have to be the exception.

    Good day to and for all!

  13. Good morning, 44 and cloudy in Bellingham. Seems like a gloomy Monday. tRump is marauding around in the big world, and in my small world the deer ate the last of my fuchsias for breakfast. And I can’t do anything about any of it so oh well!

    I’m going to be in the basement today, working on our clean up project and sewing when I can. The good news is that my donation pile is growing larger every day :)

    Best wishes to all.

  14. Good morning, meeses! Tuesday …

    It is 32 degrees in Madison with an expected daytime high of 34. Mostly sunny skies but a snow storm is expected overnight – last report was that it will foul up the Wednesday morning commute.

    It was depressing to see that the Nationals baseball team has out and proud right-wing haters who want to harsh the buzz of their fans. That a white Major League Baseball player is a trumper is expected (most of them are) but that a 4th generation Japanese American from Hawaii is, is pretty sad. May their “bats” rot and fall off.

    Polls polls polls! Holey maloley, too many polls!! I shall ignore them and the news today and catch up on the projects I blew off yesterday. I got a nap yesterday and a good night’s sleep last night.

    See all y’all later!

  15. Tuesday Meese
    Election day today – so I’ll be heading to my polling place early. It’s still gray skies here in the Catskills – and raining. 43 going up to 58.

    I’m still really really pissed about the black homophobia excuse being pushed by Mayo Pete and crew.

    Rev. Barber got into it

    As did Kamala Harris

    In response to Boy George:

    On Pete:

    • Yikes, I didn’t realize that it was Representative Clyburn saying that, I thought it was Mayo Pete’s fans making an excuse for his poor showing among black voters. Older black voters are conservative and so are older white voters so there may be some bigotry there – I am certain that my older white relatives would not vote for a gay man. But if black people don’t want to vote for a 30-something mayor from a small town who can’t win a statewide election and is so full of himself he is likely to burst at any moment, it might be something other than his sexuality. It makes for an easy excuse for why a totally unfit candidate is not polling well.

    • And my daughter said, “But Mayor Pete speaks Norwegian!”

      Oh, goody. Kirsten Gillibrand, who dropped out, speaks Mandarin, a language much more important on the world stage than Norwegian!

      To my mind, Buttiegieg is (1) far too pleased with himself, and (2) so steeped in white male privilege (yes, he has that even though he’s gay) that he can’t “see” people who are not white, male, or privileged.

  16. Puerto Rico

    The CVS story has garnered quite a bit of media attention

  17. Xenophobia

    • The suspect’s family said he is a veteran suffering from PTSD and that he should not be held accountable. Nonsense – PTSD does not change your heart, he is a fking bigot and should be made to pay for his crime.

      Excellent point by the AltNunes account:

      I HATE that the MSM needs to qualify this man’s right not to have fucking battery acid thrown on his face by saying he’s a US citizen.

      He could be just visiting the US. He could’ve even come here illegally. Each of these scenarios is still equally evil

    • That goddamn Thing in the Oval Orifice has made it “okay” to say and commit horrifying things against people of color. We’ve got to get rid of him!

      I hope someone has started a “Go Fund Me” for the victim.

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